This site is packed with non-profit fundraising ideas, but THIS has to be one of my favorites!
Popular in the UK, Canada and Australia - but still relatively unusual in the US - tea towel fundraisers (or dish towel fundraisers, depending on your terminology) are easy to organize, HIGHLY effective and produce wonderful commemorative keepsakes that your supporters will be HAPPY to buy!
A tea towel fundraiser is where you have members of your 'group' (pre-school, grade school, church, sport's team etc) collectively design, then sell, tea towels.
There are 2 approaches to doing this...
But the second option - easier, and far more lucrative! - is to have your tea towel (or dish towel) DESIGNED by members of your group, then printed in bulk by a company that specializes in doing so.
The process is straightforward and follows more or less the same format with every tea towel company...
The finished tea towels are then sent to you, ready to sell through your organization or at fundraising events.
Because they're just SO successful!
Unlike some fundraising items, which supporters tend to buy purely to "help a good cause" without actually WANTING the item they're purchasing, people really LOVE to buy these commemorative tea towels.
Particularly effective for pre-schools and schools in general, these tea towels make amazing gifts and parents tend to order several at a time. After all, what grandparent/aunt/uncle/family friend etc could fail to love a tea towel featuring a handprint or hand drawn self portrait of a little person they love?
In fact, I STILL have one made by my daughter's school when she was 5 (above)... and she's 19 now!
What's more, they're lightweight and small in size, so they're easy to post to recipients far away - another factor that can increase sales significantly.
Countryside Art (UK)
Creative Tea Towels (Canada/US)