I have a young lady I mentor and she and I will be going on a mission trip (community-service trip) this summer to Puerto Rico. Originally we were working to get her to China, but we found that that’s a trip for another year.
She hasn’t been out of the country or on a plane before and so this trip is already going to be full of new experiences which for her, upon reflection, were best experienced with someone close to her – voila, me! We did a fundraiser at Valentine’s Day and we’re about to embark on our next one – a Pink Flamingo Fundraiser.
Here are the instructions and resources needed if you want to organize this as a youth group FUNdraiser:
1. Pink Plastic Lawn Flamingos (1-3 per youth is probably sufficient)
2. Flamingo Name Tags – including the following information:
- Information – You might want to say something like ‘I’m a fundraising flamingo from (date to date) for (insert youth name here) to go to (insert trip, activity or location here). My trainer can be reached at (insert phone number here) for collection’
- Prices – ‘It’s $10 for flamingo removal. For $5 more you can receive flamingo insurance, keeping your lawn flamingo-free for the rest of this fundraiser and for a further $5 you can send this flamingo to someone else’s yard!’
3. Cars – you’ll need youth that can drive or responsible adults who are willing to drive around, not only to distribute flamingos initially but also to collect them and move them to other yards as requested.
4. Flamingo Tag (optional) – this lets the next friend or family member know who sent this flamingo to their yard (i.e. ‘you’ve received this fundraising flamingo from (insert name here)’
Start with friends or family of the youth who you know would be willing to participate in the fundraiser initially. For example, we’ll most likely be starting with someone from my family and someone from the family of the girl I mentor.
Wait for the calls to come in for removal – set up the date/time to collect the flamingo, ask if they’re purchasing flamingo insurance and if they would like to send it on to anyone else. If so, get those details including an address.
Collect flamingo and money and provide a receipt if necessary.
Deposit the pink flamingo fundraiser money into the bank.
It’s just that easy!
For large groups you can also send a ‘flock of flamingos’ to someone’s yard and they can pay a larger fee to have 25-50 flamingos removed (although the cost for the initial flamingos might outweigh the benefits to the group).
If you liked this idea, check out all our other fundraising ideas for youth groups.
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