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We are putting together a resident and family cookbook

We found a publisher who would donate half the cost

 

Then we will sell the book around Christmas/ Holiday time

The proceeds will go to our piano fund! Can you believe I still don't have a piano, but we are $1000 richer due to our fundraiser

We also have craft and bake sales

Basket Raffles, and a jewelry Show

 

Good Luck with the fundraising

Contact local papers for coverage, send out press releases, advertise, advertise, advertise

Ask for donations!

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I had a guy call me this month saying he sets up a bookstore in your nursing home/community...and like 10% of the proceeds go to the ACT dept. I was thinking, I could set this guy up in our community and turn it into a fundraiser/family night and send out an invitation to all family members in the monthly billing asking them to come check out this book store/book fair and that a proceed will go to the act fund for special resident outings etc. That's an idea:) You can serve punch/cookies...

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I would love more info on publishing a cookbook. I think the residents would get a kick out of seeing thier recipes published with thier names in a book. Thanks,

 

Tiff

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Guest Tinki

Hey there are some companies that will make professional cookbooks - www.morriscookbooks.com ( just search the web). I just made them myself, it was time consuming but if you have a good volunteer group they can help. I typed each recipe myself in publisher (postcards). Just put two on a page and cut in half, saves money on the copies. I made the front and back cover out of cardstock. Then hole punch three holes on the top - to make a flip book. I bound them with individual three ring binder rings. The families loved them. I also had the staff donate recipes. You can use it as a fundraiser I just charge everyone what it cost to make the books.

 

Hope that helps - hope you can understand what I wrote it is really late,

 

Karen

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Hi Everybody! :-)

 

One of my greatest fundraisers was selling taco salads. I always schedule it for a day shortly after payday...unsually once per month, sometimes two. The taco salads sold for $4 to $5 each; and we cleared $150 to $200 per sale. Over the space of a year it raised $1000+ for the Activity Department. It was always sponsored by and manned by the Resident Council with the profits going to the Resident Council Special Events Fund (they decide how to spend it for activities).

 

All ingredients were purchased through our food supplier (Gordon Food Service) and picked up at their closest outlet. Notice was given to the residents, staff and visitors about a week before the sale. Residents who ordered and paid for their salad all previously signed up thorugh the Activity Department and the list of names given to the Dietary Manager prior to the sale.

 

Preparation secret: Use the canned taco meat sauce. All you need to do is heat it up, add some extra taco seasonings and serve it. It saves a couple of hours over starting from scratch.

 

Hope you give it a try.

 

Sincerely,

 

Linda Lucas, AD ;-)

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Hi, What I've done is have a Taco Bar all staff, family paid $4.00 a plate. You have all department hands get one or two things off your list. that way you dont have to put out any money to make money. Also make up a easter basket in 3 diff. sizes and have staff, family and friends pay $5.00 for a small one $10.00 for a med. one and $15.00 for big one. Then write or stop by all stores in your area and hav them give you the stuff to make them up. put it in your newsletter asking for all the styff you will need and ask the staff to bring in bags of candy, toys, small gifts to help. I did this 3 years ago and made $800.00 after what i had to go get. On the taco bar we made $475.00. Have the residents make something and the put it up for sale.

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We do candy sales through candy companies that specialize in school sales. There are several that can be found on the internet where you get the items and have 60 days to pay. It consistantly brings in money for resident council. We have several people who sit in the lobby all day and sell candy.

Also all those "Home Show" campanies have fundraising programs. We raise a ton of many and get a ton of "hostess gifts" (whcih are great for activities supplies and don't cost us a dime..

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I have contacted a local firm that manages plants for businesses. Once a month they recycle plants and offer "used plants " for sale at a low price. Some of my residents go help select plants and then these become gardening projects for a month- spruced up, repotted or whatever the need. Next comes a day long silent auction for plants. Plants are numbered and a minimum price noted for each-a big hit.

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We sold singing telegrams, carnations, and balloon bouquets for valentines..staff, residents, families, childcare..everyone ordered and participated. We raise $1,000.00 for the Alzheimer's Walk

denese

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Does anyone have any ideas for a great fundraiser. I need to make some money for our activity budget. As you know most of us have slim budgets! We have had fundraisers in the past, some raised quite a bit of money, others did not. We have had a yard sale, bake sale, made our own cookbook, had a raffle with several items available to win, sold balloon bouquets, cookie mix jars and of course 50/50's. I would like some new ideas so staff, family members and the community does not opt out of getting involved because it is "the same old thing". Thanks for your input!

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We will be trying something new at the facility where I work.

Will be doing a Pampered Chef fundraiser and hoping to rasie some money towards a new kitchenette in our activities room.

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Here are a few ideas :

Call up Otis Spunkmeyer - they will give you an oven for free with purchase of 2 boxes of cookies a month - all proceeds go towards whatever you want when you sell the cookies - Great, ongoing fundraiser idea.

 

Have a Cake Auction - have families, staff, and vendors all make or donate cakes and either have a silent auction (have lists with pictures of cakes in central location and have everyone bid by simply writing down their name and bid amount) or an actual auction with a "loud mouth" for the auctioneer. One of our vendors donated a cake from Nadlers, a really nice bakery in town. That cake went for $40!

 

How bout a plate sale? Get everyone involved with having this large sale that can get you approx $400-$500.

 

oh, and for those families and staff worried about the "same old thing" they need to get a life or get involved with ideas - people are too opinionated for their own good :lol: That's my two cents!

 

Hmmmm...

 

That's it. My office mate needs the computer now.

 

Diana

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i have several fundraisers a month, i have to raise money for the residents and staff events.

 

Little ceasar Pizza dough, cookie dough and pies. you make $5.00 per item sold. min of 50 items we make over $500. we also use a jewelry co called san Marco inc. we made $500 with them also. Books for fun book fair gives you 10% profit.

breakfast for staff- french toast , scrambled eggs and bacon&sausage=$2.50 a plate. Also every Home Health agency donates a raffle basket or gift certificate to activities during Nursing Home week. So we raffle these off too! ask them they'll do it, one home health agency said "we always give to the social workers, I had no idea activities could use these these things also". Then I post my thank you's to them in my newletter and in a thank you card sent to them. I just found out from a Rent Way co. Rent to own furniture store, that they will sell you a big screen for a good price (used, one owner) if they have rented it out enough and have made what they needed to. I was quoted $500.00 for a 46". Of course there are those co like Avon, tupperware, Home and Garden Party, pampered chef, home interiors that also have fundraising. Good Luck!

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Guest Hillview Terrace

[sI :-D ZE=14] I work at a LTC facility and money is always tight. So we have to raise money. It is never easy, not much fun, and if your budget is like mine you wait to get reimbursed.

The constant is we went to Sam's and purchased a 4 line soda machine. $250. Yep a lot of our budget $, but it makes over $60.00 per month. Sounds small but now we have two machines making twice that.

We have breakfast burittos, we have hot dog lunch, and pancake supper sales. Trust me, if folks don't have to leave for lunch they won't. They will eat hamburgers and hot dogs.

We also make funnel cakes, nachos (rotel dip), snow cones, and carmel apples...southern folks, we love to eat.

Sherry :-D

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Here are a few fund raising ideas that I conduct at our facility.

 

#1) Spring and Fall Bazzars. I advertise (donated space in the paper) and ask vendors to join in on the fun. We assign them a vendor number and have them inventory all items and mark the prices on them. After the sale another inventory is done and the Activities Dept. gets 20% of the sales. The public as well as the residents love the shopping for craft items, baked goods etc.

 

#2) We ask the employees to bring in gently used items for a facilty yard sale. Again advertising in the paper (donated space) brings out the public and helps awarness of the facility for admits.

 

#3) Have an employee Raffle. Sale tickets for donated items from local businesses, everyone loves this. We've had T.V's donated, Quilts, VCR's, even Pizza gift certificates from Domino's, Pappa Johns and Pizza hut etc.

 

#4) Have Bake sales on 1 day a month.

 

#5) Have an open house with a theme and sale tickets (again, advertise). Do a sock hop, Hawaiian theme, Mexican Fiesta.

 

GOOD LUCK

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I just have a question......

 

Why are Activity professionals required to fund raise?

 

Do other departments fund raise for their budgets?

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I just have a question......

 

Why are Activity professionals required to fund raise?

 

Do other departments fund raise for their budgets?

Hi,

In response to your question about fund raising. At the facilities I have worked at & Consultated at I have never seen any other dept. do a fund raiser except for activities. We usually have these because we have the smallest budget of all the depts. As AD's we need some items that are to expensive for our budget so we raise the money by having fund raisers. Examples would be; Big Screen TV, Stereo, Popcorn Machine, Cordless Microphone System, money to have good prizes & even money so that we can purchase items for some of our residents that have nothing & no one to get things for them (especially during Xmas). The good thing is that we usually have the support & help from other staff, family & community. Many times I have started a fund raiser for something (like a popcorn machine) & placed the info. in my newsletter as well as the bulletin board. Before I raise half of the money a family member spoke with her church & they bought us one. We used the funds for something else. This has happened more than once. It is good ideal to place a wish list board in the facility (place items on it that your dept. wishes for) also put this in your newsletter. You may be surprised by you next phone call :-P Bye Pennie

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Thanks, I guess I should've been more clear. It's hard to convey the tone of a message in print.

 

I understand why, as a department we have to fund raise, I just think we shouldn't need to.

 

Fundraising for special projects & items is a good idea and is excellent p.r.

 

I just object to the fact that Activity departments generally have the smallest budget of all departments, thus they need to fundraise just to provide for the basic activities for their residents.

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This is a great fundraising event that the kids will love! Young children get donations per lap that they will ride on their tricycles on a given day or flat donations. Hold this event at your facility on a Saturday or Sunday so the parents can come cheer the kids on! Invite local Moms Clubs, Preschool Classes and Day Care! The Flat donations (like $1.00 a person) might be the easiest have the Parents ask around at work and family to get donations for the kids to ride. Also have great prizes for all the kids that participate. Be sure to get an article in the local paper!

 

 

I thought this would be so fun - I would love to see my son in one of these activities!

 

Karen

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One os the things that I have found I can do pretty well is beg. So one of the most successful fundraisers I have conducted is the silent auction. In the past 3 years, I have raised 12,000 buckaroos.

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One of our on going fundraisers is soda pops. We had a refrigerator donated to our department and we stocked it with drinks and water. We sell them for 50 cents each. You wouldnt believe the amount of money you can make in just a month of soda. Our staff would rather give us the 50 cents to help with resident activities and they save 25 cents. The outside machines cost 75 cents per a drink, and it takes your money!

 

We had a raffle back in july. Tickets were $1 each or 6 for $5. We went around to local businesses and asked for donations. We had free gym memberships, $50 gift cards, free tumbling lessons, free movie tickets, free meals, free movie rentals, etc. We had about 25 different items to raffle off and all we had to pay for was the raffle tickets which were $10, we ended up making over $1k in profit from donated items from our local community.

Hope this helps :-

Cassey

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We have a very large fundraiser each year at Valentines day. We send out fliers offer to make balloon bouquets for anyone and deliver to local schools. This is a very inexpensive way for families to send things to their kids on Valentines day. Our arrangments range from $6.00 to $25.00 each to enclude a candy bag two latex balloons and one mylar balloon. The familys can add different things to the order but you can buy all the items you need through S&S or oriental Trading at a very cheep cost to the facility. We made over $2000.00 last year with this event and the families loved it. We even had ones bought for our residents. if you would like any of the information on this event please feel free to contact me at vickie.dykes@junipercommunities.com

 

Vickie

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