One of the most common concerns I hear from my readers is that there never seems to be enough money in the budget. You come up with all sorts of terrific ideas to enhance the lives of your residents, but there simply aren’t enough funds.
Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll share 3 of my favorite holiday fundraising ideas. This time of year is perfect for smaller fundraisers that add fun and festivity to the season.
I love the idea of singing Christmas cards. Not only are they very special to the residents who receive the cards, but it’s also entertaining for other residents and staff who hear the music.
Here’s how it’s done:
- Create a flyer to mail to your residents’ families letting them know they can order singing cards for their loved ones. Also describe the project that the money will go toward.
- Provide a list of a few songs for senders to choose from.
- Charge a small fee to sing a Christmas carol to their loved one on a specific day. It’s also a good idea to give people the option of adding an extra donation to support your cause if they wish.
- Provide an opportunity for staff at your facility to send singing Christmas cards to each other.
- Get together a small group of volunteers to do the singing. You want this to be a high-quality experience for the residents, so be sure to recruit good musicians and rehearse ahead of time.
- Another option is to invite a small group of students from a nearby high school or college to sing. If you choose this route, be sure to recruit someone who knows the residents well to escort the group as they deliver the songs.
- Encourage singers to wear holiday sweaters and Santa hats if available.
- Leave a little card with the resident letting them know who sent the singing Christmas card.
Check out these previous posts for year-round fundraising ideas.