Fundraising means any facility event or program designed to raise money, with or without food, for your facility, program or team.
Action 1: Discuss your Healthy Choices criteria with fundraising organizers.
Action 2: Encourage healthy fundraising activities or events. Consider the following:
- Sell non-food items:
- Healthy cookbooks;
- Recreation equipment (e.g. Frisbees, skipping ropes);
- Reusable lunch bags; or
- Water bottles.
- Sell healthy foods:
- Pre-packed apples and other local produce, or fresh turkeys or salmon (need to be properly stored);
- Homemade trail mix; or
- Picnic baskets.
- Provide a service:
- Car wash;
- Clean-up after events at stadiums or concert venues;
- Dog walking;
- Snow shovelling; or
- Yard work (raking, spreading compost)
- Host an event:
- Carnival (set up games and healthy snacks);
- Garage sale;
- Talent show; or
- Sport tournament.
For more ideas, see Healthy Fundraising for Schools from DashBC
Fundraisers to Avoid
- Bake sales; If you really need to have a bake sale, share this resource with your bakers for healthy choices tips
- Community drives (e.g. selling unhealthy products door-to-door and in front of supermarkets);
- Fast food restaurants designating a percentage of sales to the fundraiser; and
- Label-saving programs.
Tips for Successful Fundraising
- Promote healthy foods with attractive ads and pictures.
- Offer samples of nutritious items that are new.
- Adapt favourites to make them more nutritious (e.g. serve hamburgers on whole wheat buns with a side of veggies and dip).
- Price nutritious foods attractively (e.g. water, milk and 100% fruit juice $1, sports drinks $2).