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Any successful fundraising event requires planning.




1. Location, Location, Location
Pick a popular spot with lots of traffic. Your driveway is great, but if you live near a corner, double your traffic by setting up there. Neighbourhood pools, yard sales, ball tournaments, farmer's markets and local parks are also great for business but note that you may need permission or city permits. Remember to bring chairs for those who will be selling the lemonade. A beach umbrella will keep the sun off of you and provide a vibrant visual cue for potential customers.

2. Get the Word Out
Bring those customers in! Before you open up shop, go around the neighbourhood and post lots of signs in locations that are easily seen from the road (telephone poles, mailboxes, bus stops) and on community boards in local stores. You could even drop flyers off at neighbours’ doors. Use sidewalk chalk and a chalkboard to create a colorful sign to attract customers to your lemonade stand. If you’re serving more than one type of beverage, create cute name tags to label each pitcher or dispenser. Make'em big, make'em colourful, be sure to include time, date and location. Dress up your stand with bright colors, balloons and posters. Don't forget to advertise that you're supporting The Best Centre! 


3. Upsell Those Customers
Customers love fresh, cold lemonade but consider expanding the menu with kool-aid or treats like Rice Krispies squares, cupcakes and cookies. Keep some water nearby, in case someone just really needs a chilled glass of good ol' H2O. Consider people with allergies (gluten, celiac, nuts) and have some snack options available.


4. Prepare for Success

Be sure not to run out, but know when to quit. Keep some ice and pre-mixed lemonade cool inside a portable cooler and replenish often. Slice some fresh lemon and display your lemonade in a clear pitcher to increase visual appeal. Wait to add ice to the glass until you serve it, so your lemonade doesn't get watered down. Bring a money box to collect payment and have exact change ready. Bring a trash can or recycle bin with you and keep them near by. Don't forget the cups! Recognize when your kids are no longer having fun or crowds have died down and pack it in for the day. See how much you can sell before noon. Or pack up and celebrate once you sell 50 glasses.  A goal is a great way to stay motivated.


5. Price It Right
Don’t underestimate the power of cute. Or inflation. A quarter might have been the going rate when your parents were kids, but today’s customers will think nothing of paying 50 cents or a $1 for a glass of lemonade. Have your kids make the signs - your kids’ writing is way cuter than yours.


Making the Lemonade: 

  • Make it from scratch with fresh-squeezed lemons. For 1 gallon of lemonade, you need 2 cups of fresh lemon juice and 2 cups of white sugar. Mix well to make sure that all the sugar dissolves.

  • Make it from concentrate. You can buy a can of frozen lemonade concentrate in the freezer aisle of your grocery store. Mix it with water according to the instructions on the package.

  • Make it from powder. Get a can of powdered lemonade. Follow the instructions to dissolve the powder in cold water.

Be sure to sample what you make to ensure customer satisfaction!

Yard Sale



1. Pick a Date

The first step is to choose dates and times for your yard sale. Most people go with Saturday mornings from 7 - 11am. You’ll get a larger crowd if you start early because people won’t have to interrupt their day to attend your sale, and it’s likely to be cooler out which is an important consideration - especially in the heat of summer.

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Pro Tip: If possible, hold your yard sale when the weather is moderate. Skipping out on the sweltering August heat and waiting for the end of September will give you a better shot at having a successful sale. You’ll get the most customers in the late spring or early fall.


2. Gather Your Goods

Yard sales offer a great way to declutter and downsize your house. Grab a box and go through every room. Pick up anything you don’t want or haven’t used in months and toss it in. Don’t forget closets, attics, basements, and garages as these are usually treasure troves for yard sale finds. Don’t underestimate the value of what you find either; people will buy anything from old CDs to unwanted bottles of perfume. After all, the worst case scenario is that something doesn’t sell. Ask your friends to contribute to your sale. Most people aren't fans of hosting their own yard sale, but would love to take advantage of spring cleaning and contributing to a worthy cause.


Pro Tip: Have any old power strips, cell phone chargers, or USB cables you’re not using? Throw them in a separate shoe box to sell at the yard sale. It doesn’t matter if you’re not sure what that charger even worked for; someone may buy it.


3. Get the Word Out

Advertise Online - There are dozens of websites where you can advertise your yard sale for free. Post an ad on as many as you want, but aim for at least three (Kijiji, Facebook, Twitter, local newspaper's online classifieds). Simply tell people what you have and when you’ll have it, and let their own imaginations work it out. Don’t post your ad too early. If you’re holding your yard sale on Friday, it should go up Wednesday night or Thursday afternoon.


Pro Tip: Type up your ad in Word or Pages and then copy and paste it to each listing website site. This will save you the hassle of retyping it over and over again.


Create a Newspaper Ad - If you want to drive major traffic to your yard sale, consider purchasing an ad in your local newspaper.  Keep your ad short and list your biggest ticket items first. The most popular yard sale items include furniture, kids’ toys, and collectibles. Don’t forget to include your address as well as the dates and times your sale will run.


Pro Tip: Consider advertising in your local paper and the major daily newspaper in your area. Most local papers charge $15 or less for ad space, and every home in the area gets a free copy, which means more potential customers for you.


4. Make Yard Sale Signs

Don't forget to advertise that you're supporting The Best Centre!

Check the laws in your area before making yard sale signs as some places have banned them. A clerk at your local police station can tell what you can and can’t do. If you are allowed to make signs, brightly colored poster board and a Sharpie is all you really need. Make sure your sign says “Yard Sale” large enough for people to see as they drive by. Include your address or an arrow pointing towards your house.

Pro Tip: Wood paint stirrers make great posts for sticking yard sale signs in the ground. You can get the stirrers free from most home improvement stores. Dollar stores also sell signs with stakes you can use.

5. Get Supplies

Make sure you have everything you need at least a day before the yard sale starts. You’ll need chairs to sit on, a table or other flat surface to take payments and provide change, and plenty of areas to display your goods. Don’t waste money on renting or buying tables. You can find or make enough surfaces to suit your needs. For example, I gather up all of the card tables and patio furniture I can find for placing breakable items on. For smaller, non-breakable items, I put a board over two milk crates. For clothes, you can use a garment rack or hang them on hangers off the top of your yard door.


Pro Tip: Keep tables with breakables off to the side of your sale or against a fence. Unattended kids love to run underneath tables, so the more centrally located they are, the higher risk you run of the table being knocked over.


6. Don’t Forget the Change

Odds are, you’ll have to make $19.95 in change for your first customer. Make sure you have fives, ones, and at least twenty dollars in toonies, loonies and quarters. You can get them from your bank, but you’ll have to go inside a branch to do it.


Pro Tip: Ask the bank for a reusable cash envelope. Many branches are happy to give you one. You can use the envelope to run extra money back into the house throughout the yard sale so you won’t have tons of cash lying around outside.


7. Sort Your Items

Sort before you price. It’s the easiest way to keep your yard sale organized and make it easy on potential buyers. Dedicate a room in your house or your garage to yard sale planning and divide all of your items by category; such as clothes, books, home goods, and kids’ toys.


Pro Tip: If you have a lot of clothes, divide them by men’s, women’s, and children’s. Most people are looking for something specific and will appreciate the organization.


8. Price Your Items to Sell

It’s best if you price your items individually rather than just group them into boxes with one price sign. As the yard sale progresses, people will get the boxes mixed up and you’ll have a hard time keeping it organized. To price items, use a roll of masking tape and a Sharpie, which is a lot cheaper than going out and buying fancy price tags.


Pro Tip: Don’t increase your prices on the assumption that everyone likes to haggle. While many people do enjoy a good verbal match, some will just walk away if they think items are priced too high.


9. Organize and Arrange Your Sale

Arrange your tables and put all the clothes on hangers the night before the yard sale. No matter what you tell yourself, you won’t have enough time to do it in the morning. Arrange everything the night before and store it in the garage for safekeeping. Map out where everything will be placed to make the morning setup as easy as possible and to keep it in a logical and organized fashion for customers.


Pro Tip: If you can’t put everything in the garage the night before, group similar items into laundry baskets and boxes. You will save time in the morning if you only have to pull items out of boxes that don’t require further separation.


10. Be Prepared and Work the Crowd

Ask family or friends to help

Give yourself at least an hour before the yard sale starts to set everything out and put up signs. Make sure you have your change in a safe place, and find a comfortable, shaded area to sit. If your yard sale is hard to spot from the street, place a yard sale sign in front of your house so people know where to stop. 


In an ideal world, a yard sale would work like Walmart. People would come in, grab what they wanted, pay, and leave. Unfortunately, people see yard sales as a sort of interactive shopping experience. They’re going to ask questions, they’re going to haggle, and they’re going to pick up everything, especially if it’s breakable. You’ll do better if you don’t act pushy. Instead, stay seated, shout out a friendly hello when people walk up, tell them that the proceeds from your sale will benefit The Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre and let the customers come to you. Keep in mind that you don’t have to haggle right away. Don’t let your couch go for $5 with the first customer. Odds are that someone else will come along willing to pay your asking price. Start haggling like crazy using effective negotiation strategies on the last day, or in the afternoons after the morning rush.


Pro Tip: Position your chair so that you can easily spot people walking up and make sure you greet everyone. Saying a quick hello and letting them know that you're raising money for a local charity makes shoppers more comfortable about standing in your driveway.


11. Dealing with Leftover Stuff

You’re going to have leftover stuff. You can just put it all on the curb with a free sign, but that won’t earn you any more money. Instead, consider taking the leftovers to the donation bin at The Best Centre.


Pro Tip: If you have large items left over, like a couch or a TV set, consider selling them on Kijiji. Kijiji surfers love to buy big-ticket items and you’ll make more money than you would donating them and using the tax deduction. If you're not comfortable with selling items online, please contact Marla in advance of your sale to arrange for one of our volunteers to take on that task for you.


12. Final Word

Yard sales are a lot of work, especially if you’re not used to holding them. You’ll probably spend several hours organizing and pricing items, writing ads, and getting your supplies. But after it’s over, you’ll hopefully have a wad of cash instead of piles of stuff you don’t want, which makes it all worthwhile.  Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at The Best Centre when planning your sale (at least 4 weeks in advance) if you need some help recruiting volunteers to assist with your event.

Tribute Gift





Join the trend of so many that have strong ties with specific charities and are motivated to share their passion for fundraising with their social networks. Consider gifting monetary presents from special events (graduation, weddings, etc.) or foregoing the typical Christmas and birthday presents for donations to The Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre. You can use personalized notes or tent cards with this link: printed on them to invite your guests to make online Tribute Gifts.

Bake Sale



1. Presentation is Everything

Set your stage like a bakery. A fresh-looking bake sale table will attract more people than an overly decorated one. Set up with plain white butcher paper underneath your homemade goods, accented by just a few seasonal decorations. The white paper will also help your baked goods pop off the table. Divide the baked goods according to type (cookies, cakes) and/or serving size (whole cakes, individual cookies). If you have several tables, separate them into just pies, cakes or even one just for chocolate goods.

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2. Think Beyond the Baked Goods

Serve coffee at bake sales in the evenings or on cold days. Selling cold bottled water or lemonade along with the baked goods at a baseball game could increase profits. If sales are slow, have hourly specials. Group certain goods together for special pricing. Get recipes for all of the baked goods prior to the sale and prepare a cheap cookbook to sell at the event. Don't be limited to the typical bake sale. Try to coordinate donations of specially packaged baked goods that the buyer can give away as gifts. Offering cookie ingredients or homemade granola in decorated jars would be the perfect sale for that time of year.


3. Contributing to the Sale? 

Make it easy for sellers. If you're just contributing, bring everything already wrapped to minimize handling (germs!) and mess. If you decorate your packages with a bit of ribbon or coloured paper, they'll likely sell even better. 

4. Be Clear About Pricing

Guessing customers are more likely to walk away. Label everything clearly with the price. If something is too small to label, set out a card with the price nearby. 

5. Don't Spread Germs

Have all necessary tongs or pie servers ready. Pull out cookies with tongs; lift brownies with pie servers. Keep a stack of napkins or paper towels on hand. Have or provide the serving utensils needed to minimize handling. 

6. Keep Allergen-Free Goods Completely Separate

More and more Canadians have sensitivities to nuts, wheat, citrus, eggs and dairy. Avoid cross-contamination by keeping anything allergen-free on a separate table with clear labeling and separate serving utensils. 

7. Have Items Children Can Purchase Themselves

Kids love to buy treats for themselves. Small popcorn bags decorated with stickers or gingerbreads hanging from ribbons are great ideas for kids. 


8. Organize & Promote

Post a sign with the name of the organization or how the proceeds will be used. Turn your bake sale into a social event with live music, craft and food demonstrations and games. Schedule a bake day to prepare for the event. Spacious school and church kitchens are particularly helpful. Arrange a telephone committee to contact each organization member to solicit baked goods. Promote your bake sale any way you can - via email, social media, radio, TV and your local newspaper. Include a thank-you note with purchases that talks a bit about The Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre. Find a business that will match or double your profits. Sell a recipe booklet that includes all bake sale recipes.


9. What to Bake

Bake and sell small treats like doughnuts and mini muffins while the sale is in full swing. Be sure to include everything from decadent chocolate treats to items for special diets, along with water and coffee, and customers will likely buy more. Offer a variety of sizes - from single servings to full cakes and pies - and sell individual cookies and bars. Have a variety of prices, but keep prices simple for adding and making change by pricing in increments of 25 cents. Don’t forget to keep things simple and also offer items that don’t require baking. Top 10 bake sale items include: chocolate chip cookies, sugar cookies, shortbread cookies, pies, banana bread, bundt cakes, oatmeal cookies, rice krispie squares, candy loot bags and cupcakes.


10. Pretty Packaging

Explore dollar stores and bargain bins for inexpensive containers for your baked treats. Think small galvanized buckets, take-out containers, cellophane bags, fabric bags and gift boxes. Purchase cute, inexpensive plastic plates and place your treats on them. Wrapped with clear wrap and tied with a pretty ribbon, they look gift-worthy and give the buyer the perk of a free plate!

Search sites like Etsy or Pinterest for adorable sale tags that you can affix to packages or display on your table with the name of the treat. For extra-easy transportation, package cupcakes in clear punch cups, covered in cellophane and tied with a bow and name tag.


11. Last-Minute Details

Bring bags, a cash box with plenty of change, price stickers and marking pens.

Make it easy for customers to carry bake-sale items home. Furnish bags big enough to encourage the purchase of more than one product and a few for the freezer. Have recipes printed and available for people to take with them. This is especially important for people who need to know the ingredients and nutritional info because of T1D, special diets or allergies.

Car Wash
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A car wash is a fun way of raising money for a great cause! All you need are willing volunteers, a high-traffic location with good visibility, and some attention-getting signs. These car wash fundraising tips will help you raise more funds fast.

Getting Ready To Wash Cars

  1. Line up a location with good main road frontage

  2. Ensure it has suitable water access

  3. Assemble supplies list – hoses, buckets, wash towels, dry towels, squeegees

  4. Assign each volunteer an item from the supplies list

  5. Make 8-10 poster board signs in high-contrast colours

  6. Arrange your volunteers in 2-hour shifts

  7. Get advance publicity, if possible


You will need:

  • Hoses

  • Buckets

  • Clean Rags

  • Chamois

  • Soft cloth for polishing

  • Car shampoo

  • Volunteers who don't mind getting wet (because they will)


Car Washing Tips

  1. Organize your group into teams – Promotion, Sales, Wash, Dry

  2. Promotion team attracts new clients and brings in more cars

  3. Sales team collects the money

  4. Wash team soaps, scrubs, and rinses each car

  5. Dry team gets water residue off, vacuums, does tires, etc.

  6. Try to use at least 2 lines and wash 2 or more cars at once

  7. Wash cars for six to eight hours - Saturdays from 9:00am to 3:00pm is optimal


Your fundraiser’s success will depend on the weather. If you can wash 12 cars an hour (1 car for every 10 minutes in each line), you can easily raise $600- $1,000 in one day.


Put together a flyer that includes the reason why you are raising funds and clearly states the price.


Tips for Success

  1. Location, location, location! Access to water supply is a key consideration. Options include community school, club or supermarket parking lots, parks, company properties (be sure to get permission from the owner of the space).

  2. Sell car wash fundraiser tickets in advance

  3. Use a flyer that clearly explains why you are raising funds

  4. List all prices concisely in large, bold type

  5. Be friendly - lots of smiles and energy brings people in



Free Car Wash

Alternatively, you can advertise a free car wash and just ask for donations for your cause. Often, this can raise more cash than stating a specific price, because people will see a group of volunteers working hard and having a good time, and may actually donate more money than you would have charged.


Make sure to keep the event fun for all your participants and your customers. Play upbeat music. Provide soft drinks and snacks to keep the energy level up.


Keep safety in mind when trying to attract customers. Be sure to get volunteers to hold and wave signs toward passing traffic, not just volunteers to wash cars.


If you have time, increase your turnout by getting your car wash fundraiser some advance publicity coverage in the local newspaper, or by posting roadside signs a day or two ahead of time.



Throwing a barbecue fundraiser is a great way to raise funds for your group and get the whole community involved! With live music and children’s activities, your BBQ fundraiser becomes a fun way to spend the day with the whole family, while supporting a good cause at the same time. Add a competition for the best BBQ with an attractive grand prize and you will increase interest even more!​


You can barbecue a wide range of foods, such as meats, fruits and vegetables, and vegetarian hamburgers and hot dogs.  Sometimes it can be difficult to get people to participate in a fundraising event, but a BBQ fundraiser has great potential to draw a lot of people!  A community BBQ is a fun way to involve Best Centre supporters in the fundraising effort!

Tips for Success

  • As with any fundraiser, getting supplies and services donated is the first step to maximizing your income. In exchange for providing free advertising, you could get food and drinks, condiments, paper plates, cups, bags, table and chair rentals, entertainment donated. Some ideas for places to ask are grocery stores, butchers, restaurants, party supply services and so on.

  • Since a BBQ fundraiser is large event, start planning at least 6 months ahead of time.

  • Provide appropriate food choices, activities and seating arrangements for your expected audience and weather, such as umbrellas for heat and rain, areas to eat sitting down or standing, children’s activities, finger foods, vegetarian choices, and also consider offering lighter fare in addition to barbecued foods, like salads.

  • Plan for waste removal: use plates, cups, and utensils that are either biodegradable or recyclable so you don’t create a mountain of trash to be added to your local landfill.

  • Create a menu to hand out that can also serve as a flyer for the event: what are the main dishes offered, side dishes, drinks, desserts, and forms of entertainment?

  • Consider musical entertainment and children’s activities.

  • Where will the fundraiser be held? Do you need a permit?

  • Don’t know how much to charge? Determine pricing depending on your total cost and add in enough to make a good profit. Get help from someone with experience (restaurant or food truck owner?).

  • Consider selling meal tickets ahead of time to help with planning and cash management.

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Some of the best breakfast fundraising ideas are those that work in conjunction with a holiday. For example, you can have a "Breakfast with Santa" or "Breakfast with the Easter Bunny" and offer photographs of the children who attend for a small fee. Before you set up a breakfast fundraiser, you should check your community calendar and see if other organizations are hosting similar fundraising activities. This will help minimize conflicts and help attendance as well.


Plan Your Event

You'll need to scope out a popular, easily accessible location to host your fundraiser that has a kitchen or source of electricity to plug in grills to make your pancakes. You'll need lots of space to set up your serving and condiment tables with extra room for people to roam.

Organize Lots of Volunteers

You'll need lots of help to run your pancake breakfast. Consider organizing volunteers into roles and shifts to get sponsors, make posters, and scope out a good spot to host your breakfast before hand. On the day of, you'll need help with set-up, cooking, serving, collecting money, and clean-up.

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Having a bottle drive for charity is a great way to raise funds for your cause! We welcome your returns!  All wine, beer and spirit containers over 100ml have a deposit value of 10 or 20 cents.

Before your bottle drive...

  • Please contact The Beer Store in your community to let them know your plans

  • We will advise you of the best return location and coordinate a return time

  • Drop by the store to obtain cardboard cartons if required


Getting ready to return your empties...

  • Closer to the time of your bottle drive, contact the store to:

    • Reconfirm your return date, time and location

    • If possible, advise the store of the amount of containers you expect to return

  • Organize your containers into their original packaging or the cardboard cartons provided

  • To speed up the returns, sort empties into “like” groups

    • Separate beer bottles by colour

    • Separate wine and spirit bottles by clear and coloured glass

    • Separate Tetra, Plastic and other containers (bag-in-a-box)

    • Cans


When you return your empties...

  • Minimize the number of people who come to the store to assist with the unloading of empties; we suggest children do not handle containers or boxes

  • For everyone’s safety, please supervise children in store parking lots


Click HERE to view The Beer Store's brochure on how to run a successful Bottle Drive

Bottle Drive
Pub Night



T1D demands a lot of time and effort. What better way to reward  yourself than to take a night off and join other parents and adults that know what you're up against, day in and day out? Lots of restaurants and coffee shops look for opportunities to sponsor charity events. Do you have a popular pub or meeting place in your neighbourhood? Drop in and ask to speak to the manager about an opportunity to support The Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre by donating a percentage of one day's revenues if you provide the waitstaff support. 

Contact Marla at The Best Centre for help with your event planning or to pass on the name of an establishment that is open to being presented with a fundraising event idea.




Both silent auctions and 50/50 raffles are popular fundraisers that can be combined with other events or hosted online.

Here’s a high-level list of what you’ll need to get started with silent auctions:


  • Desirable Items: Your whole auction revolves around the items that are on offer. Sourcing valuable items that your audience will be excited by will help you get the maximum possible revenue from your auction.

  • Item Display: Displaying your chosen items appropriately will help you to make them more desirable.  Keep in mind lighting and location when arranging your collection or taking photos to post online.

  • Bid Sheets: Bid sheets are where the actual auction takes place. As mentioned above, they need to have the name of the item, a short description, its value, a minimum bid amount, and spaces for people to note down their names and bids. It is good practice to make sure the bid sheet is securely fastened near the corresponding auction item or easily accessible online.

  • Volunteers: Silent auctions can be labour intensive. Recruiting well-trained volunteers to help with soliciting for items, inventory management, auction set-up and check out will help make sure your event runs smoothly and your bidders have a good time.

  • Auction Monitors: If possible, experienced or trained volunteers or staff should act as auction monitors. As the bidding is “self-service”, the monitors should be in charge of keeping an eye on the items and bid sheets to make sure that your guests are following the auction and bidding rules. Hosting an online auction is a little easier to manage on your own, but feel free to contact Marla at The Best Centre for help.


Your silent auction will be a success if the items you’ve laid out for auction are valuable to your attendees or offer up a unique experience. When someone “wins” an item, they should truly feel more like they got lucky, rather than feeling like they paid for something. Make them have a good time and they’ll look forward to supporting you and The Centre, again, in the future.


Of course, you want items that sell well


To achieve success, it is critical to focus on finding auction items that will excite people and give you more bang for your buck. But, how can you figure out what kinds of items will excite your guests? Think about your audience. For example, are they young singles? Retirees? Big spenders? Art lovers? Sports fanatics? Wine lovers? Environmental enthusiasts? If you know your audience fits into a particular niche, you can focus on finding items and services that would suit their interests. Regardless of your crowd, there are certain items that tend to sell well among many demographics, and some that don’t.


Some of the items that work across the board;

  • Restaurant gift certificates

  • Wine and wine collections

  • Vacation getaways

  • Hotel stays

  • Sporting event tickets –  especially VIP boxes that bidders would not otherwise be able to access

  • Entertainment (concerts, theatre, symphony, opera, ballet) tickets – especially when these events tend to sell out

  • Gift packages of any of the items described above


Auction items you may not have considered;

  • Personal services performed by your staff, your board or a group of your supporters – these may be babysitting by a favourite teacher, a party hosted by your board president for the winner and 10 friends at the board president’s house, monthly baked goods delivered by a staffer who is a phenomenal pastry chef, or a certificate good for 4 hours of IT support from your IT specialist. Get creative!

  • Unique community experiences – perhaps lunch with a respected professor, behind-the-scenes with a local broadcaster, a ride on a traffic helicopter, etc.

  • Once-in-a-lifetime experiences — If you have big spenders, look for that walk-on part in a movie… the dinner for 8 cooked by a celebrity chef in your own home… the box seats for the World Series… the opportunity to conduct the symphony. If not, don’t bother moving heaven and earth to come up with this item; you won’t get an appropriate bid, and the donor will NEVER give you another item.


Some items that generally do not sell well:

  • Professional services such as (unless the provider is well known and respected):

    • Interior design consultation

    • Pilates classes

    • A chiropractic session

    • Financial services consultation

  • Art (unless you have a crowd of art lovers and your art has been vetted by professionals).

  • Antiques (same rules apply as for art)


But how do you get the good stuff?

Once you’ve given some thought to your audience and the kind of silent auction items they might appreciate and value, how do you secure the right auction items?

Get your friends and family together and brainstorm based on their various networks of friends, business associates, alumni, etc. Together you can develop a list of possible donors and items and then assign volunteers to follow up and solicit those items.


Questions that might help secure the “good stuff”;

  1. What restaurants do you frequent? Could you get a gift certificate? Would the chef host dinner at the restaurant? Would the chef come to cook dinner in someone’s home? 

  2. Are you a subscriber to, or on the board of, a local entertainment venue? Could you get tickets… behind-the-scenes tour… lunch with the director… a performance?

  3. So you have season tickets? Could you offer up one or more pair? Could you get something special, like an autographed ball?

  4. Do you have season tickets?  Could you donate a pair of tickets? 

  5. What hobbies do you have? Can you offer a beer-making class? A gourmet cooking class? 

  6. What access do you have to special experiences? An afternoon on your private yacht? Two hours on your private jet? A signed television script (you know someone who works at the studio)?

50/50 Raffle

50/50 RAFFLE


A 50/50 raffle fundraiser is not the most glamorous fundraiser or the most productive for the amount of money it raises, BUT when used correctly, the 50/50 raffle can be a steady ongoing source of fundraising revenue for The Best Centre.

A 50/50 raffle fundraiser has a lot going for it and almost no downside:

  • Easy Fundraiser – No need to explain it. Everyone knows about it.

  • Return on Investment – For the time, money, and manpower invested you won’t find a better return.

  • Start Now – A 50/50 raffle fundraiser is easy to organize.

  • No Interference – The 50/50 raffle won’t interfere with other fundraisers.

  • Everyone’s a Donor – A buck or two per person adds up quickly.

  • No Burnout – This is a low impact fundraiser.

  • Repeat as Needed – Repeat this fundraiser time and time again with success.

  • Add On – A 50/50 raffle fundraiser is a great add-on to an existing event.


How the 50/50 Raffle Fundraiser Works

A raffle involves many people buying tickets for a chance to win a prize or prizes. In the case of a 50/50 fundraising raffle, the prize is 50% of the total money taken in by the raffle ticket sales. The other 50% is donated to The Best Centre. Hence the name, 50/50 raffle fundraiser.  A person can purchase one or more tickets, and each ticket purchased equals one entry in the drawing for a winner. A certain number of tickets are sold or a specified time passes and a single ticket is randomly chosen.  You sell as many tickets to each person as possible, for a fixed fee. Typical ticket prices are $1, $5, or $10 depending on the makeup of your group. All you have to do is sell the raffle tickets, collect the money, add up the amount you have collected and divide it in half. One half goes to the winner and the other half to The Best Centre.


You may also find it convenient for your raffle ticket sellers to purchase carpenter style aprons that tie around the waist. The aprons have two pockets. One for money and the other for the sold ticket stubs. A large clear plastic jar (gallon size or larger) to put tickets into for the drawing is nice too. It lets everyone see that everything is on the up and up with the ticket drawing.


How To Sell More 50-50 Raffle Tickets
The more tickets that are sold, the more money The Centre AND the winner will make. No matter how much you charge per raffle ticket, offer incentives for multiple purchases to increase the pot. If you charge $1 for one raffle ticket, offer three for $2, and seven for $5, or an arm's length for $20. 


Don’t forget to ask EVERYONE! Just because someone hasn’t bought a raffle ticket before doesn’t mean they won’t buy one now. Some people just haven’t been asked. Others may not have had the money available the first time. Keep a running tally - make sure you let people know what they can win when they buy their raffle tickets.


Where can you buy the 50/50 Raffle Tickets?
50/50 raffle fundraising tickets are the style of tickets that have two sections that both share a unique serial number. They come on a consecutively numbered double ticket roll. The seller keeps one-half of the ticket and the buyer gets the other half. Tickets can be sold fast because there isn’t any name, address, or phone number to fill out. They are usually available at local party supply stores and big box office supply stores for under $10 for a roll of 2,000 tickets. For larger orders and to buy in bulk, go online and search for 50/50 raffle tickets rolls.


50/50 Raffles and the Law
A 50/50 fundraising raffle is a game of chance that are usually regulated. Before you start, be sure that you understand all the rules and regulations involved. In some instances, paperwork will have to be submitted and approved before you can hold a 50/50 raffle. Contact Marla at The Best Centre for help.

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