Get started: Fundraising
Ideas for getting local businesses involved
- Ask them to sponsor Character Development Seminars for teachers, administrators and other youth-influencing adults.
- Ask them to sponsor Pursuing Victory With Honor – Sportsmanship Seminars for coaches, athletic directors, and others involved in amateur athletics.
- Ask them to build community awareness and contribute banners, posters, billboards, buttons and other awareness products during CHARACTER COUNTS! Week.
- Ask that they sponsor space ads, billboards, banners, posters, and brochures promoting CHARACTER COUNTS!.
- For any of your contests, competitions and raffles, solicit the support of booksellers, video and music stores, toy stores, restaurants and any other merchants who could offer prizes that young people would enjoy.
- Ask large businesses to underwrite your activity. Usually there is one person in charge of corporate giving. Find out who this person is and what the company’s guidelines are for giving before you send your letter. Ask them to support CHARACTER COUNTS! in their advertising and make reference to an event or ongoing activity. They may sponsor a newspaper ad or billboard sign.
- Ask a local newspaper to provide free advertising of an event or ongoing activity. A local newspaper, print shop or copy shop may donate printing and typesetting services to a community newspaper produced by young people.
- Ask a print shop or copy shop to donate its services to reproduce and bind materials to make a collection of essays on the Six Pillars. An office supplies store may donate materials (e.g., paper, notebooks, pens) for the activity.
- Ask a local chain of grocery stores, restaurants or other businesses to display posters or include information on marquees or billboards at all of their locations.
- Ask local grocery stores and restaurants to make contributions to run a food drive
- Ask office and art supplies stores to contribute materials for arts and crafts projects focusing on the Six Pillars.
- Ask video stores to provide free video rentals, and supermarkets to donate snacks, for a movie night focusing on character development.
- Ask hardware stores, car/truck rental lots, and refuse haulers to donate materials for community service endeavors such as school painting and other maintenance projects, park cleanup projects and recycling activities.
Check our Local News Blog to read about what other CC! schools and communities are doing.