Decorating luminary home lights should be the funnest fundraiser event you do all year! Follow the easy steps and let us know if we can be of further assistance or if you have good ideas for how we can improve our approach to fundraising.
Step 1: Build enthusiasm! Send our website information to others. Order one or more single fundraising kits to show others. These sell themselves once people experience them in person.
Step 2: Make a plan. Decide how you will theme your event. Will you hold an auction at the end? How many kits will you need? Will they be pre-sold?
AUCTION - If you intend to hold an auction you may want to consider safety concerns around Covid. At this time, many participants are turning to Zoom auctions. You may have to break your groups down into several auctions because it is difficult to operate with too may people. Something that makes auctions colorful and more profitable, is to have an auctioneer. Maybe you can't afford one, but no worries... just search on YouTube.com for auction tutorials and you'll have no problem getting a volunteer to tackle it. Usually, it's parents biding on their own kids' luminaries. An easy way to do this and make sure you receive a decent donation without putting parents on the spot or shaming a student with no bidding... work out with parents ahead of time what they would accept as a maximum bid. Keep your bid max sheet with several of your staff and create a fun bidding situation that hits the target every time. Kids love to watch their luminaries fought after!
HOW MANY TO ORDER - It's a good idea to pre-sale or get pre-commitments far in advance so you can order correctly. Ask parents for other family members wanting an heirloom. It's common to sell many luminaries within the same family! It's also a good idea to order a few extra. Even though permanent markers are used for decoration, the color can be wiped clean with rubbing alcohol. So you shouldn't have cases where someone fouled up their art enough to force using another one. You can also use adhesive-backed applique on your luminaries, and also many glues. Most of the time, these applications can be removed if changes are desired.
Step 3: Far in advance of your event, make sure to start promoting the date and time of your event. Perhaps you have several dates to mention. First would be the time to decorate the luminaries. It's a good idea to decorate luminaries together so you can take advantage of sharing the same supplies, like Sharpies, printable clear film in a printer (to print photos on), and other art supplies (glue, glitter, decals, etc.). If Covid is a concern, you can setup sharing supplies and have them decorated at home. Make sure all supplies are cleansed between houses. Other times to plan for include your auction (optional). If you are holding an auction and doing it through Zoom, please make sure your auction groups are not too large and consider having multiple auctions. Take advantage of email, phone, texting, and maybe even direct mailing, to help promote your dates. It's a good idea to include photos so people understand more about what this is exactly. Most people do not realize solid luminaries exist! You can use any photos we post on our site for this purpose. If you need assistance with this, please contact us and we are happy to help you!
Step 4: Make sure to take ample photos of everything relative in your fundraiser. You may be using these photos next time, when you do this fundraiser again! Think about the best ways to build this into something bigger every year!
Visit our Fundraising Products page by clicking here and start to raise money!