We have done fundraising for the last couple of years. We have done garage sales....that's a lot of work. People were so gracious to donate items! We always made sure we had lots of signs.."Benefit Garage Sale" and I always had Lilly dressed up soooo cute to show off! hahaha! I even put up posters to explain Lilly's diagnosis and what we were raising the money for. And then we had a donation jar. If someone bought $2.50, I'd ask them if they would like to round up to 3.00 and it would go in the donation jar. Always did o.k. and some went really well and sometimes the donation jar was more $ than the sale!
Right now times are tuff. And I firmly believe people want to help children and families like ours even now. My sister is a stylist and she and some of her friends have done Free Haircuts. We usually do a couple Sundays. Advertise with friends and family. People get haircuts(which they have to get anyway...) and then they donate the cost to Lilly. I try not to advertise to strangers b/c I don't want people coming in we don't know and giving a buck for a haircut! You never know! But, if you can find someone that provides a service, no cost involved, that people still have to have even in hard times....there you go!
One way to use the internet to raise funds is events pages on facebook. We started this last fall. During Thanksgving and Christmas, we baked pumpkin rolls. I created the page, sent it out, asked friends to send it out and the first day sold 60!!! We ended up selling 320 rolls and about 3/4 came from fb! Just finished chocolate rolls and sold 100. That was by choice....I can only bake for so long! : ) You can use their events page for just about anything....advertising garage sales, benefits, anything!
Hope this helps someone have a light bulb moment! Good luck!!