Having helped to compile our list of 150+ fundraising ideas, I thought I'd heard of everything. But then I saw this fundraiser, and thought, "Wow, that's a cool new idea!" Leave it to folks in a Playful City USA community to come up with something new!
Folks in Dothan, Ala. needed to replace old, worn-out exercise and playground equipment at their schools. Like many communities, they're facing budget cuts and needed to come up with a fundraising solution. So they partnered with a local used sporting goods store to have a one-day event where people could bring in their gently-used sporting equipment, donate it, and the store would then donate the cash value of everything brought in to the school system.
I like the idea of partnering with a local business that deals in the same kinds of things as what you're raising money for - in this case, partnering with a sporting goods store to help raise money for exercise and playground equipment. The store gets a quick infusion of new merchandise to sell, and the schoolchildren benefit, too. It's win-win.
You can read more about the event here: Old sports equipment trade to benefit schools (Dothan Eagle).
Have you tried something similar in your community? How did it go?