Coming up with Fundraising Ideas for Libraries

Let’s be honest: thinking up effective fundraising ideas for libraries is not the easiest task in the world. These days, just getting people in the library is challenging enough; getting them to show their generosity to help keep the library funded is another thing entirely.

But that doesn’t mean that you should feel discouraged about your fundraiser. In fact, the better your attitude toward the process and the outcome, the more likely you will come up with useful fundraising ideas for libraries that will spell success for you and your fundraising team.

Library fundraising ideas come in all shapes and sizes, but one of the best ways to go about this is to find a way to get people to stop in and see what the library is all about. Today’s libraries are not just about books – computers, internet access, CDs, DVDs, and weekly activities make up a huge portion of what libraries have to offer. Many people are not aware of this, so if you can host an event to entice them, you can work on getting more patrons for the library, and raise some money while you’re at it.

The only issue with these kinds of fundraising ideas is that getting people to attend your event can be tricky. Many libraries choose to spread the event over a week or so and turn it into an “open house” kind of thing. The strongest way to attract people is to have food. Even if you just put out snacks and drinks for people, they’re bound to come in to see what all the fuss is about.

Advertising is also important with event-based fundraising ideas for libraries – the more posters and flyers you can get out around the neighborhood, the more likely people are to come. No one will attend your event if they don’t know about it, but if you keep the dates flexible, advertise well, and give incentives, you might be surprised at how lucrative these kinds of fundraising ideas for libraries can be.

Softball scratch card

If your softball team is looking for a high profit softball fundraiser scratch off cards should be considered. Each of the fundraising scratch off cards will raise $100 each. That amount of money should go along way towards paying for tournament fees, uniforms, and other items softball fundraisers are held for.

What You Should Know

Here is an example of the coupon page you give to the people as a “Thank You” for participating. You can also create a custom coupon hand out with your town’s unique businesses.

As you can see from the profit chart below the lowest profit percentage you will make from using scratch cards for fundraisers is 70%. There are, however, price breaks that can increase your profit percentage. The more cards you purchase the higher your profit potential for each card.The profits and profit percentages show are based on successfully having all 50 dots scratched off on your scratch card:

Profit and Cost

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Cards Bought Cost Per Card Each Card Raises Your Profit $ Your Profit %
100 $10.00 $100.00 $9,000 90%
25 $12.00 $100.00 $2,200 88%
10 $15.00 $100.00 $850 85%
1 min. $30.00 $100.00 $70 70%
Specialty Popcorn

We know you and your customers will be thrilled with our Specialty Popcorn. You offer bags of eight scrumptious flavors that are all Gluten Free, MSG Free and made with GMO-Free corn. Your group will make a 40% profit and can even qualify for free shipping.

What You Should Know

There is no money needed upfront for this popcorn fundraiser. We provide free brochures, order forms, and cash collection envelopes. You will pay us after you sell your popcorn when you can use the money you collected to pay for your order.

When you place your order, Easy Fundraising Ideas will calculate the cost of your order based on the profit percentage you earned. You will pay us that amount of money and keep your profit.

Profit and Cost

  • No upfront cost
  • Free brochures for your participants
  • Free shipping (orders of 150 items or more)
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Items Bought % Profit Free Shipping
150 plus 40% YES
1 to 149 40% No
Elementary school scratch card

Virtually every student will experience an elementary school fundraiser before reaching the 6th grade. So much is paid for with elementary school fundraising efforts that are not covered by school budgets. If you need a high-profit fundraiser, take a look at our scratch card fundraisers. Each participant can raise $100 using just one card.

What You Should Know

Here is an example of the coupon page you give to the people as a “Thank You” for participating. You can also create a custom coupon hand out with your town’s unique businesses.

As you can see from the profit chart below the lowest profit percentage you will make from using scratch cards for fundraisers is 70%. There are, however, price breaks that can increase your profit percentage. The more cards you purchase the higher your profit potential for each card. The profits and profit percentages show are based on successfully having all 50 dots scratched off on your scratch card:

Profit and Cost

  • In-hand products
  • Free shipping
  • Start in under a minute
Cards Bought Cost Per Card Each Card Raises Your Profit $ Your Profit %
100 $10.00 $100.00 $9,000 90%
25 $12.00 $100.00 $2,200 88%
10 $15.00 $100.00 $850 85%
1 min. $30.00 $100.00 $70 70%
Baseball Scratch Card

These scratch off cards are our most profitable baseball fundraiser.  The card graphics with batter and catcher clearly let people know you are holding a baseball team scratch card fundraiser. We will imprint your team name just below the word Team on the cards at no additional cost. Make up to 90% profit.

What You Should Know

Here is an example of the coupon page you give to the people as a “Thank You” for participating. You can also create a custom coupon hand out with your town’s unique businesses.

As you can see from the profit chart below the lowest profit percentage you will make from using scratch cards for fundraisers is 70%. There are, however, price breaks that can increase your profit percentage. The more cards you purchase the higher your profit potential for each card.The profits and profit percentages show are based on successfully having all 50 dots scratched off on your scratch card:

Profit and Cost

  • In-hand products
  • Free shipping
  • Start in under a minute
Cards Bought Cost Per Card Each Card Raises Your Profit $ Your Profit %
100 $10.00 $100.00 $9,000 90%
25 $12.00 $100.00 $2,200 88%
10 $15.00 $100.00 $850 85%
1 min. $30.00 $100.00 $70 70%
Dinner and Movie Card

Our newest fundraising discount card – the Dinner and Movie Fundraising Card – offers discounts up to 50% at more than 100,000 different restaurants, theatres and movie rental stores for an entire year. Make 60% profit. Free shipping.

What You Should Know

You pay only $4 per card and sell them for $10 so you make 60% profit or $6 profit for each card you sell. There is a 75 card minimum. Shipping is FREE.

Profit and Cost

  • In-Hand Products
  • Free Shipping
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Cards Bought Cost Per Card Profit %
75 min $4.00 60%

Hot Pops Show Profit

Hot Pops

Made with real chili, Hot Pops Lollipops are an enticing combination of sweet and spicy.  Hot Pops Lollipops come in an array of colors and a variety of flavors including Watermelon, Pineapple, Orange, Lemon, Mango, and Green Apple.

What You Should Know

You will make 50% profit when you sell our gourmet lollipops. That’s the same profit we offer on all of our other lollipop fundraisers no matter how many cases that you purchase. You will sell the lollipops for two times your cost. Here is a quick profit chart for you to review:

Profit and Cost

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  • Free Shipping
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Cases Bought Cost Per Case Profit %
1 min $160.00 50%
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