plan for change

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:
    • Bingo;
    • Carnival (set up games and healthy snacks);
    • Festivals;
    • 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).