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Feed Your Interests, Raise Money

Posted by businesswom on February 26, 2009

By: colguie


It’s amazing that even during these tough economic times people are still finding creative ways to fundraise and give back to the causes that mean the most to them.

Two local mom-preneurs from the Baltimore area who were tired of buying cookie dough and wrapping paper decided to start their own green online fundraiser, Pomona, which allows organizations the flexibility to raise money throughout the year while also supporting fair-trade and earth-friendly practices.  Even their boxes are 100% recyclable and biodegradable!

If you’re busy with your career and don’t have the time or resources to start your own business there is still so much you can do.  Come together as a community like these local Business and Professional Women (BPW) chapters did.

Several local organizations held creative events to raise money for BPW Foundation.   BPW/Atlantic, IA held an auction of brown paper bag dinners.  Each member provided dinner, wine or another treat in a decorated box that was further concealed in a brown paper bag.  A menu was attached to the bag with a delicious culinary description enticing potential buyers.  All the money raised went towards BPW/IA state foundation and BPW Foundation.  Here, the main course was definitely for a good cause.

BPW/Cleburne, TX is auctioning a diamond necklace (appraised at $1,360) for their scholarship fundraiser.  They also just celebrated their 80th anniversary last week with a kicker reception and a silent auction withall sorts of goodies.  Check out some snapshots of their event.

There’s no wrong way to fundraise-whether you sell cookie dough, bid at silent auctions or throw pies at your teachers-the important thing is to unite with your community, friends and colleagues and come up with a way to feed your interests while raising money for an important cause at the same time.

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2 Responses to “Feed Your Interests, Raise Money”

  1. jpflaste said

    There are always the ice cream socials where you can tie in food, dunk tanks and pie throwing.

    I’ve heard that there are some BPW locals that are partnering with other charities so that they can host bigger events and share the expenses giving more publicity and an ability to reach a greater number of people.

  2. businesswom said

    Good idea, partnerships.

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