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Cooking for a Cause

Guest Author - Brandii Lacey

Bake sales are a great way to raise money for a good cause. Planning one is relatively easy and a great activity to do with your kids.

Follow these simple steps for a successful fundraising bake sale!
  1. Choose a cause that you want to raise money for.

  2. Find a local organization (or local office of a National organization), and let them know about your fundraiser bake sale. Ask if they will send some brochures that you can pass out to customers, so that they get a chance to see where their money is going. Ask who customers should make checks out to, in case someone wants to make a large donation.

  3. Make large, bold signs with your kids. Use brightly colored poster board and markers.

  4. Announce your bake sale to friends, neighbors, social groups, play groups, etc.

  5. Plan what types of treats youíll offer for sale. Cookies and brownies will store easily, and you can make many different types.

  6. Recruit a friend or two to bake a few batches of goodies, or host a baking party to bake, decorate, and bag the treats.

  7. On the day of the bake sale, make sure you have plenty of change.

  8. Set up a table, and place any brochures or literature for the cause youíre raising money for. If you donít have any, print out a simple face sheet that lets customers know about the charity or cause.

  9. Remember to tell your kids to thank every customer that purchases a treat.

  10. Let your kids accompany you as you take the proceeds from your bake sale to the nonprofit organization or charity.

Tips:
  • There are other types of bake sales you can have with your kids. Lemonade stands are perfect for warmer days, and hot chocolate/coffee stands are perfect for the colder days.

  • Consider recruiting three or four friends to pitch in the bake sale. If each friend helps spread the word through their own neighbors, schools, churches, work, etc., thereís a great chance youíll have a huge turnout.

  • Talk with your kids specifically about how the money they helped raise will help the charity.

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This content was written by Brandii Lacey. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Kymberly Morgan for details.

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