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   Posted 5/28/2008 5:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Friends this is a little offbeat here but I do admire your thinking and since my brain is a little on overload at times .Well here goes. The Church in my area is in need of repairs so have you any good found raising suggestions I could give them? I know us IBDer's are great thinker's so thought you all might help me with this. Keep in mind this is a very small community. :-) Thanks lol gail

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   Posted 5/28/2008 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Gail, there is a kind of program (something called "script") where an organization registers with them. Members of the organization (or anyone else that wants to support it) can buy gift cards to use in stores and a certain percentage goes to the organization. I can find the link for you if this sounds like something your church would be interested in.

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   Posted 5/28/2008 11:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Chris If that is available in Canada sure won't hurt to try. Thanks lol gail

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   Posted 5/28/2008 2:05 PM (GMT -7)   
hey gail, after my friend passed away and left his 2 little girls behind we decided we needed to do a fund raiser for them. we held it at our local bar we used to shoot pool at all the time (free for us being regulars!) and we had each friend bring a dish of food. we also asked local businesses for small donations like, gift certificates that we could raffle off. our friends dj'ed for free, we charged $10 to get in and we raised over $5,000. so, just try to be resourceful as possible, a.k.a., anything you can get for free and people usually are more than happy to make some food for a good cause :) we also had a jar that read "random act of donation" and people threw money in there, too!
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   Posted 5/28/2008 3:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Many organizations around here hold trivia nights. You have 8-10 people per team and it costs $10 a head. During the event they also so 50/50 drawings and give away door prizes. The door prizes are usually freebies you would get from whoever is hosting. For instance, if the bank hosts the trivia night then the prizes have mugs, pens, hats, etc. with the bank logo on it.

Could any of the work be bartered?

Many churches in this area have huge rummage sales. Some also do some sort of festival with games and such as well as silent auctions and bake sales.

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   Posted 5/28/2008 4:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I was going to say a rummage sale, or a bake off. Good luck Gail.

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   Posted 5/28/2008 4:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Do you have any Eagle Scout / Girl Scout Gold Award candidates in your area? They're often in need of service project ideas, and might gladly take on the task of assisting you, either with the repairs themselves or with fundraising.

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   Posted 5/28/2008 7:35 PM (GMT -7)   
We have a church in our area that sells "the use of" hot pink flamingos for their youth program.  The way it works is; you purchase a flamingo for a dollar (of course you could purchase up to 30 of them for $30.00) then the church youth takes the flamingos and "flocks" the person's yard of your choice.  This gets very competitive as arch rivals go after one another.  The key is the flamingos are to be placed in the front yard and whoever lives at the residence can not remove them for 24 hrs.  Then the youth come in the evenings after school and move 'em to the next designated person's yard to be flocked.  Good fundraiser and creates alot of amusement amongst the community.  30 hot pink flamingos roosting in your front yard is a sight to behold upon waking!

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   Posted 5/28/2008 8:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Goodsearch dot com is a way to spread the fundraising outside your community and it doesn't cost a thing. I work for a nonprofit and we use it, it has raised quite a bit of money for us. My church had an auction of baked goods, homemade quilts, 'dates' with the pastor and his wife, and it was all in fun. People were paying 90 dollars for a box of cookies and passing it around. This is a small community too, but people can be generous. Car washes, pancake breakfast, spaghetti dinner, poker night where all winnings go to the fund, materials tree where you post different items needed for the repair and people can buy one or two things, fireworks potluck dinner asking for donations for the fireworks from walmart or wherever (more people will come if there will be entertainment). Larger churches, even from a distance, will help sometimes if a carefully worded letter and phone calls are made. There are alot of grants out there, and while funds can be hard to come by, they can be found. Maybe a phone drive asking people not to give money but to make phone calls to different organizations, companies, even state and federal government sometimes has money for religious organizations that do community services. Donating your time can be more helpful than money!
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   Posted 5/29/2008 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey you guys are the best and it did open up some good ideas from you and I managed to come up with a few ideas myself. I do my best thinking here with all my good friends thanks for taking the time .lol gail
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