Winery Tours

Winery Tours

Winery Tours are a great deal of fun and are run in most major cities to their nearest wine growing areas. Tours normally include a selection of wineries to see how wine is produced, sample the product and cellar door sales. As well as making a profit on your ticket prices, run raffles along the way to boost your fundraising dollars.

Wine Fundraising Ideas

Give your members, their families and friends the chance to replenish their cellars while boosting your organisation’s fundraising. Some companies specialise in selling wine to community groups with a system to make the wine drive very manageable. Some groups customise their wine, labeling cleanskins. Fundraisers usually receive a percentage of sales or retain the difference between cost and sale price. Wine drives sell well when combined with special occasions such as a club or parish anniversary or in support of a new project.

As an alternative, organise a wine club within your group to get great discounts on the wines you were already buying.

Custom labelled wine

Wine is a popular money-spinner in kindergartens and preschools – and in some high schools.

It’s also a popular social club fundraiser.

Some schools do not support wine drives out of concern for the message it sends young people about alcohol consumption.

Clearskin wines are wines sold without a label. They’re cheaper than wine sold in labelled bottles because of the marketing behind the image. Maximise your profit by having labels custom-printed with your organisation or event details.

For your customized labels, you could run an art competition with a gold coin token entry: the best entry becomes a label. Many providers will design a label for you with your logo.

You can maximise your sales by linking the fundraising drive to events.

Click here for our list of fundraising wine suppliers.

Trivia Nights

Trivia or Quiz nights are great fundraisers. They are also a lot of fun and more profitable than most other activities. Trivia night questions should be designed so that at least 80 percent of the questions will be answered correctly and should also cover a wide variety of topics thus ensuring everybody will have a rewarding evening. Trivia nights are perfect school fundraising ideas as well as for sporting clubs and kindergartens.

What you need to do

Depending on the amount of people attending you will obviously need to organise a venue which will cater for all of the people comfortably. The venue can be set up in any shape you wish bearing in mind the presenter will need a table at the head or front of the venue ( a small platform or stage is ideal). Teams of no more than 10 people should be encouraged. Small teams (eg: 4 people or less) should be encouraged to join ‘forces’.

A good, reliable P.A. system is required for the evening.

A portable whiteboard is ideal or a laptop and projector screen is even better for the scoring table.

Aim to play at least 3 games played during the course of the evening and a prize needs to be awarded to each winner. The prizes need not be anything extravagant (a bottle of Champagne, a box of Chocolates or a book are some examples).

Award prizes for the teams which come first and second for the evening and again these do not have to be overly extravagant.( a small hamper of goodies or a small trophy per player usually does the trick) Remember, to provide at least one prize per team member. This of course is at your discretion – you may only wish to reward the winning table. The table which comes last could also receive a prize (in good taste of course!).

Another effective means of raising funds is to run a raffle during the course of the evening. This is where, if at all possible, an attractive prize needs to be provided. The bigger the ‘carrot’ the more tickets will be sold. An effective way to run the raffle is to have two separate draws for the evening, leaving the big prize until last of course. The amount of draws will depend on the amount of prizes on offer. Tickets can be sold during the course of the evening.

Trivia companies can organise nights for you or supply you with kits to do it yourself.


Toys Fundraising

Running a toy drive as a fundraiser earns your group a percentage of sales. Often run as a catalogue fundraiser, the products are often of high quality and priced appropriately.

This is an excellent program to run in the last term of school year to take advantage for Christmas shopping as well as stockpile for birthdays or other special occasions. And of course, toys can be educational too.

Often, the fundraising percentage is given as a voucher to purchase supplies and equipment.

Click here for our list of fundraising toys suppliers.

Toad Races

Cane Toad Races

Cane toads, cockroaches, whatever – we all hate them but what a great fundraiser they make on a race track of sorts.

Gather up a decent number of the preferred racing stock, mark with non-toxic face paint to differentiate and sell them off individually at ‘auction’ together with some creative pedigrees.Then it’s race time.

Mark a circle (about 3m diameter) using a piece of string, a stake and some chalk This is your race track. Mark a small circle (about 50cm) inside. This forms the ‘starting gate’ from which the ‘thoroughbreds’ race on release from their bucket or calico bag. The winner is the first to break out of the big circle.

These races need a race caller and auctioneer with enthusiasm.

Charge an entry fee for each cane toad race and give a percentage of takings as prize money (say 25% for the first out of the circle, 10% for the last). The balance is your fundraiser.

Betting is illegal. Your money comes from the sale of the racing stock and entry into individual race.
Owners can take their new ‘pets’ home after the races or leave for humane disposal.

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Temporary Tattoos

Temporary tattoos are really popular with all ages. You can have a company attend your event and pay you a percentage of the takings. You can purchase tattoos yourself and have your own stall or add to your crazy hair or face painting stall. Consider custom made tattoos to promote a special event such as the school anniversary, a sports carnival or special fundraiser.

You can have glitter tattoos or make your own!

Tea Towels


Tea Towel Fundraising

Group tea towel projects involve students, produce a wonderful memento and also provide a meaningful present for parents, relatives and special friends. Personalised tea towels also make keepsake reminders of a child’s artistic development or a community group milestone, special event or anniversary.

Click here for our list of fundraising tea towels suppliers.

Sunscreen Fundraiser

Sunscreen is a practical fundraising item that is easy to buy, sell and store. Sunscreen is another everyday item families buy: change where they buy it through your product drive. Stay protected this summer while raising money for your school or group, advertising ahead of the summer break to enjoy success. Have a small stock available for swim carnivals, sports days and fetes too.

Click here for our fundraising sunscreen supplier.



Street Numbers

Visit homes in your local area and offer to paint street numbers on the kerb. It is a quick and easy fundraiser and all you need is a set of stencil numbers from 1 – 0, a square stencil cut out, a can of white reflective paint and a can of black paint. Use the square stencil and spray paint a large white square in reflective paint, then use the number stencils and black paint to paint the house number. It will only take a few minutes to complete and $15 is a reasonable amount to charge.

Sports Day Fundraising

How to fundraise on sports day

One Fundraising Directory colleague observed that she never saw much fundraising at her children’s sports days. Yet this is a huge opportunity for schools to capitalise on a wider than usual audience – parents, younger siblings and thirsty contestants are all tempted by some cool and sustaining treats during the day.

Here are some ideas to get you thinking:

Sausage sizzles

This is often an easy one because you have hungry competitors, restless younger siblings and potential volunteers who’ll be attending the event anyway. Many schools have enough BBQs that a sausage sizzle takes very little organising, just make sure there’s a roster for the parents so they don’t miss seeing their children compete!

Bottled Water

Schools get a bit nervy about letting kids wander about the school unsupervised, so this may be one day where bottled water is more popular than tap water. If you’re really keen, you can get the labels customised for the school.

Face painting

For any artistic (or adventurous!) parents or older students. Use the different sport house colours and charge $5 for a whole face paint, or $2 for a red (or green/yellow/blue) nose. The face painting tent can also include coloured hairspray.

Ice blocks

A VERY easy one – all you need is an esky, ice and lots of change.

For a more adult treat, here is a recipe care of Emma Knowles at Gourmet Traveller:


Lemonade and Passionfruit Icy Poles

Prepare two days ahead


500 ml (2 cups)traditional lemonade or bitter lemon soft drink, 12 ice block sticks, 12 passionfruit (pulp only), 1 vanilla bean (coarsely chopped), 200 ml sugar syrup (see note), 2 limes (juice only)


  1. Divide lemonade among twelve ½-cup capacity dariole moulds or disposable cups and stand for 10 minutes to allow bubbles to subside. Place on a tray and freeze for 2-3 hours, then insert an iceblock stick into each one and freeze overnight.
  2. In a food processor process the passionfruit pulp and vanilla bean to crack passionfruit seeds, then pass through a fine sieve into a bowl, discarding solids. Measure 210ml of passionfruit juice and combine with sugar syrup, lime juice and 2/3 cup water. Refrigerate until cold, then divide among moulds or cups with lemonade and freeze overnight. Unmould and serve.

Note: To make sugar syrup, combine an equal quantity of sugar and water in a saucepan and boil for 1 minute. One cup each of sugar and water will make 1½ cups sugar syrup which will keep indefinitely refrigerated in a sterile container.