November is nearly here so I wanted to focus on what I consider to be the ideal holiday adoption fundraisers.
Amazon.com Associates – Last year between Nov. 1 and Dec. 26th, consumers spent 35.3 BILLION online. Why not cash in on some of that by creating an Amazon.com Associates account and encouraging your friends and family to use it to do their holiday shopping. It’s super easy to set up and this post gives you step-by-step instructions. The Kennedy’s have raised over $1,400 for their adoption due in large part to their early Christmas letter last year that mentioned their Amazon link.
CoupAide.com – Holidays mean two things: gift cards and probably more eating out due to crazy schedules. You can benefit from both of these with CoupAide.com. You set up a fundraising page, your friends and family, pay $20 and receive a $50 gift certificate for restaurant.com. You get $10 for each certificate bought. The really cool thing is that when they go to restaurant.com, of course, they can generally get about double that value in gift certificates for specific restaurants. CoupAide will even work with you to sell offline gift certificates. One successful family has raised over $5,000, partly due to getting friends and family involved in selling offline.
Just Love Coffee – Coffee makes a great gift, especially for teachers, co-workers, pastors, grandparents, etc. People are looking for easy gifts like this. For every 13 oz. bag bought, you receive $5.
Jewelry Sales – Again, people are looking for easy, unique gifts for teachers, co-workers etc. and jewelry is an easy option. Obviously there are several routes to take with this. You could do a Noonday Collection show, host an online Delicate Fortress Collection show, or the Rebekah Blocher ceramic necklaces.
Of course, if your schedule allows, look into taking on a seasonal job part-time. Many retailers are hiring for the season and you could put away some extra cash, maybe even get an employee discount on some of your Christmas shopping.
Use some creativity and see what else you can come up with. Offer a mom’s shopping day babysitting service on a couple of Saturdays. Get some volunteers and do a gift-wrapping party.
What ideas do you have that would work great around the holidays?