Fundraising with Balloons

Fundraising with Balloons may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re thinking fundraising, but they can be an inexpensive and easy way to inject some fun (and certainly some colour) into your next fundraiser. From fetes to trivia nights and awards dinners, balloons are versatile enough to adapt to a range of events.   Here are a few ideas to start fundraising with balloons:

The Great Balloon Pop

This can work well when you have have donated vouchers that you’re just not sure what to do with.  Alternatively if you have a sponsor that has donated a high value item (eg. expensive jewellery or electricals goods like a TV, computer, ipads etc, you can have one major prize and a few consolation prizes.

To get started you’ll need enough balloons to cater for the size of your audience (as many as you think you can sell) and helium to fill them. Make a list of all the prizes that you have and write them on a piece of paper that can be slipped into each balloon before it’s inflated.  Winning slips could say “congratulations, you have won …” and the remaining balloons will have a slip that says “better luck next time” or “sorry, but thanks for your support” or something similar.

Depending on the value of your prize or prizes, you can sell your balloons for anything from $5 up to $50 each or even higher if you have one major prize and your audience will pay that amount. Once all the balloons are sold, have everyone pop them at the same time and find your winners.  Create an atmosphere of excitement by counting down before everyone “pops”.

Talk to balloon suppliers about sponsoring your event by donating all the balloons, string and the helium to ensure that your profits are maximised.  Custom-printed balloons are an effective way to add colour and promote your event. A major sponsor will be happy to pay for this simple and popular promotion bearing your event details on one side and the sponsor’s details on the other. And children happily act as walking advertisements, holding onto their helium-filled freebie while promoting your event and your sponsor. But make sure you have a team on hand for the inflation process.  It could take a while!

Of course, this doesn’t have to always be done on a grand scale.  Simplify it and use the same concept for a dress down day/school disco/end of year fun activity for students.  Prizes could include a $10 or $5 tuckshop vouchers, chocolate bars, bag of lollies/chips or getting away from food, books, itunes vouchers, products from Smiggle or Typo (kids LOVE stationery!).  But make sure they clean up the mess afterwards! Oh, and you might want to skip the helium for the kids.

Fete Stall

Having a fete? You can use balloons as a side show alley stall. Sort your prizes into 3 categories.  1 for cheapest prizes and 3 for the best ones.  Inflate and number the balloons and pin them to a backing board.  Mark your throwing line and use darts to pop them.  3 darts for $5 and of course not every balloon has to be a winner.

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Guess how many?

Another great idea for fundraising with balloons at a fete.

Engage a car yard or rental car company as your sponsor and have them bring one of their cars to your event.  Alternatively, you could try banks, real estate agents or loan centres for sponsorship. Fill the car to capacity with inflated balloons and punters can pay to guess how many balloons fit into the car.  Correct or closest guess wins the prize.  This is a great branding opportunity for your sponsor and with some great salesmanship, you could even get them to donate a prize – maybe even a car!  Great for fetes where your sponsor will get enormous exposure for their brand.

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Balloon race or relay

These are fun game for trivia nights or fetes and you make your money by charging an entry fee.  For trivia night setting, the winning team gets bonus points and in the fete setting, you can have a winners’ prize. For fetes, advertise the time the race will be run and allow as many teams as you have room for.

Your relay team can consist of 4 or more people.  Line up the team and place a chair at the front of the line.  Give each person an inflated balloon (or if you want to make it more challenging, have them inflate the balloon as part of the game).  They are then required to run to a marked line and back with the balloon between their legs without dropping it.  If they drop it, they must put it back between their legs before continuing or if you want to be nasty, start again.  Once they return to the line they must pop the balloon by sitting on it on the chair before their next team member can run.  First team to have all balloons popped is the winner.  I guarantee you’ll have lots of laughs with this one!


This Blows

Step up the challenge with this fundraising with balloons idea.  This is a Minute to Win It game that is a fantastic filler for a trivia night or a team building game for a welcome back bbq or a team challenge for a fete etc.  To do This Blows you will need a balloon for each team member and a number of plastic cups. Each person takes it in turns to blow up the balloon and use the air escaping from the balloon to knock the cups off the table.  When they have all been knocked off the table they tag in the next person. It is quite a bit harder than it sounds but lots of fun!

Fundraising with balloons is definitely a great way to bring some colour and fun to your next fundraiser!


Originally published Mar 15, 2015

Source Direct – Custom Label Bottled Water

Source Direct – Custom Label Bottled Water


What products are available? 

We supply custom label bottled water, sunscreen sachets and individually wrapped mints.


How does it work? 

We put your logo and details on the labels. It is much better to have your own label on the bottle etc when you sell it to raise funds or reward your staff and customers.


Are products Australian made and exclusive as fundraisers? 

Yes we supply pure Australian spring water. As the labels are custom made for each fundraiser then yes they are exclusive in that respect. We also supply schools, gymnasiums, sporting clubs and businesses large and small, throughout Australia.


What are the costs? 

The minimum order is 5 cartons x 24 bottles at $1.10 per round bottle including the label. Price reduces with larger quantities. As an example a pallet lot of 350ml bottles is $0.68 per bottle plus delivery. Artwork charges are extra.


How many should we order?

Any quantity in multiples of 24 bottles (min order 120 bottles) but the more you order the cheaper they get.


How long have you been operating in fundraising?

We are a small family owned business and have been supplying fundraisers since 2004.


How can we maximize sales?

Having your fundraising details on the label is a great start. People generally don’t mind paying a bit extra if they know the funds are going to help a good cause. You could also pre sell carton lots to ensure that you can order larger quantities (pallet lots) at the lower price.


What types of groups are suitable?

Custom label bottled water is ideal for everybody everyday as bottled water has a high perceived value and is healthy.


Why your business?

We pride ourselves on our service and value. The quality of our product speaks for itself as we use locally sourced premium spring waters and we are a certified carbon neutral supplier which is better for the environment. We work with fundraisers to ensure they receive the best value and products to suit their requirements. We also donate a small portion of each sale to the Clown Doctors which makes us feel good as well as our customers.


Source Direct

1300 447957

Learn more about fundraising with custom bottled water here.

Heather Brae Fundraising

Heather Brae Fundraising


What products are available?

Supa Slice and Bakery Treats Drive offers 7 assorted slices packed in Décor containers and freshly baked bakery treats including Choc Viennese Fingers, Yo Yos, Neenish Tarts, Anzac Cookies and Gluten Free products. The Supa Cookie Carry Pack contains 50 individually wrapped cookies and 6 delicious varieties of freshly baked cookies.


How does it work?

Supa Slice and Bakery Treats drive use an order form system. We dispatch the required number of order forms to you. We suggest giving members/families 2 weeks to gather orders and return them. Then all you need to do is return the ‘formal order form’ to Heather Brae and we dispatch your products. Stock for Supa Cookie Carry Pack drive is ordered upfront with 28 days to pay to approved purchasers.


What profits do you offer?

Supa Slice and Bakery Treats drive offers Groups $3.00 profit per product sold and the Supa Cookie Carry Pack Drive offers $20 profit per carry pack sold.


Are products Australian made?

Yes. Heather Brae Shortbreads is a family business that has been baking traditional family favourite treats since 1941. We are 100% Australian owned and all treats are totally baked in Victoria.


What information and support do you offer?

We send all supporting documents out to ensure your drive runs smoothly and successfully. These include the tally sheet, information sheets and formal order form. We are only a phone call or email away from assisting you with your queries.


Heather Brae Shortbreads

1300 191 491

Learn more about fundraising with Super Slice and Bakery Treats here.


Vision Portraits

Vision Portraits

Why choose us?

We have been running fundraising events for 18 years & continue to remain fresh in style, fun & creative. We love meeting new families & re-visiting our Schools to see how our families change & grow.

Where do the photos take place?

We visit your School, set up our studio indoors and find a beautiful spot for outdoor sessions. Sometimes a location nearby! What do families receive for their $15? They choose their favourite photo for us to print in 10” x 13” size with wooden frame.

How much money can we raise?

Minimum of $15, $20 or $30 per booking, plus gifts & bonus offers.

What does the School have to do?

Simply distribute the promotional material we provide & open up on the day!

How do we book a fundraising event?

Call us to find a suitable date for both your Photo Fundraising event & Kinder Photography.

Vision Portraits

1800 067 714

Learn more about fundraising with photography here.

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Wine Experience

Wine Experience

Why raise money through wine?

Even if your fundraising group is not large, the dollar-for-dollar return on specialised wine sales is a proven earner that can outperform almost any other single fundraising initiative. Why? Because it taps into a quality consumer product that people buy anyway, and because it delivers them real savings on their normal expenditure.

How do we choose our wines?

We are happy to guide you through your selections over the phone or via our website. Also, you are welcome to buy any tasting stock at the fundraising rate.

Can we customise our label?

For a minimal fee per case, we can incorporate your logo, letterhead, drawing or any other item or text you’d like. We have a variety of label templates that may appeal, or we can design something completely original on your behalf.

How long does it take once order forms are submitted?

Allow us two weeks to process cheques and credit cards, and to prepare all your customer’s orders. No additional outlay is required from your charitable organisation, nor are there any hidden charges.

Are there any delivery charges?

Wine Experience will deliver your wine direct to your customer’s door Australia-Wide, charges can be checked and confirmed at checkout. If you would like to collect your wine in store, no charges will apply.

Do you have a success story?

One school is using their own custom labelled wine as an ongoing ‘wine club’. Orders are placed directly on our site and delivered to the purchaser’s door. The promotion, ordering and purchasing is all handled direct to parents.

Wine Experience

1300 554 435

Learn more about fundraising with wine here.

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How important is sponsorship?

Sponsorship is the biggest missed opportunity for most schools and clubs. Even the smallest groups can benefit more than they imagine from building long-term relationships with sponsors. Local businesses also benefit by connecting with families in their local community.

Who is Sponsorboard?

Sponsorboard was set up by Jo, a mum of 5 who has spent years volunteering on sports, kindergarten and school committees. The sponsorships she helped to establish have created an important ongoing source of funds for these groups – even long after she left! Jo has seen other groups struggle to create these results and wanted to help.

How can Sponsorboard help?

Sponsorboard helps schools, kindergartens and clubs to organise sponsorship, and creates a custom sponsored magnetic fridge calendar for all students/ members to provide value for sponsors. Sponsorboard has developed a seamless system to manage this process and, importantly, you get to keep the overwhelming majority of the money made!

What is the long-term benefit?

Sponsorboard has designed this program so the sponsorship can support your school or club well into the future. This means you can raise more money without increasing the burden on your own families.

How much can we make in sponsorship?

Get in touch to discuss the potential for your group. Many schools and clubs have the potential to make thousands – the figures might surprise you. head to our website or give us a call to request an info pack with free sample calendar, case studies and profit table.


0418 976 797

Learn more about fundraising with sponsorship here.


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Sipahh Fundraising Ventures

Sipahh Fundraising Ventures

Why Sipahh Straws?

Sipahh Milk Flavouring Straws are offering a new fundraising program that is sure to get the kids excited! With portion controlled servings and less than half a teaspoon of sugar per straw, Sipahh helps people drink more wholesome milk, less sugar everyday. Not only is Sipahh a lower sugar option compared with donut days and chocolate drives, it also offers healthy profit margins, helping you reach your goals sooner.

What is your Fundraising offer?

We have two different options available for your Fundraising initiative. If you’re looking for a healthier solution to the chocolate drive, then our Sipahh Fundraising Crates provide a fantastic solution. Each fundraising crate contains 24 x 4 packs and each 4 pack has an RRP of $2, making it an easy gold coin sale. You make a profit of $22 per box! However, if you’re having an event, then the pop up Sipahh Milk Bars with the sales of fresh milk and Sipahh straws are ideal. The Milk Bars provide an old-fashioned, fun experience and are a gorgeous stall to have at your event.

What information and support do you provide?

We have a dedicated page on our website that provides hints, tips and templates for making your Sipahh Fundraising Venture a success! Contact us today for your info kit and free sample pack of Sipahh Milk Flavouring Straws!

Sipahh Straws Fundraising Ventures

02 9336 7788

Learn more about fundraising with Sipahh Straws here.

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What are the most popular Showbags?

Totally Boy and BFF are year round favourites. For the sweet tooth, why not try the Zappo, Warheads or Fizzer Showbags. We also carry a full range of Cadbury bags for the Chocolate lovers.

How can a Fundraising event make money on Showbags?

You make fundraising profit by purchasing our value packed showbags at wholesale price and on selling them to Mums, Dads and the kids at retail prices. Easy, effective fundraising.

How can we maximize sales?

Promote the showbags prior to your event and set up a suitable area on the day to sell and display them. Hand them out early in the event to build interest.

What products are available?

We have a large range of products that include showbags, lucky dips, novelties, sippers, glow items and inflatables.

What type of event would your product suit?

We cater for all types of fundraisers, events and social groups. if you have a fete, fair or festival for your organisation, ask us how we can help.

What do I need to know about ordering?

Its Easy! Jump online at au/wholesale to view the range and place your order. you can call us during business hours on 03 9369 9929 or email your enquiry to and we will take you through it step by step.

03 9369 9929

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Published Authors Cookbooks

Published Authors Cookbooks

How can you make publishing a cookbook for fundraising so easy?

We’ve created a unique 3-step system that eliminates most of your work needed to publish a premium quality cookbook:

  1. Your families submit their recipes direct to us via our simple online template.
  2. Once you check the recipes, we then do everything else to compile & publish your cookbook. Just select from our large range of available sizes, styles & designer food photos, and we do the rest!
  3. We prepare your printing proof. you approve, we print & deliver. It really is that easy!

What do people say about your cookbooks and your customer service?

“Thank you for making the process of having our very own beautiful cookbook such an easy project. I would recommend to anyone wishing to publish a cookbook to first contact Published authors’’.

‘’We got our cookbooks! They are SO fantastic! We love them. Rave reviews all round’’.

‘’We can’t wait to tell everybody about Published authors & what a pleasure you’ve been to deal with’’.

How much do your cookbooks cost and how much profit can we make?

Our cookbooks start from just $3.65 each, with the average being $9 – $12. You can then sell them for approximately $20-$25 making huge profits.

Can we include our own photos or kids’ artwork?

Absolutely. You can either supply your own photos or artwork, or select from our huge portfolio of designer food photos.

Published Authors Cookbooks

0402 743 558

Learn more about fundraising with cookbooks here.

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What’s so special about a Pictureplate?

Our melamine Pictureplate is so durable, it lasts for generations. Parents love supporting a Pictureproducts fundraiser because they still have their own plates we made for them when they were kids. There’s just no other product on the market with that kind of longevity.

How do you help customers with fundraising?

Our market-leading promotional materials, attractive range of add-on products, plus the ability to order multiple copies for relatives gives you greater sales per family. We’re also available every day by phone or email to answer questions and provide advice, and our online order tracking system will keep you updated all the way through the production process.

What’s new this year?

So much is new in 2016. You can optionally offer an extended product range including pictureproducts smartphone cases and water bottles. Your school’s name and logo can be pre-printed on the plates. Many prices have been reduced, and now you’ll even profit from re-orders by parents after the fundraiser has completed.

When is a good time to run your fundraiser?

Our regular customers place their orders before the end of May to receive the Early Bird Discount. Production times change during the year – check our website.

What are people saying about you?

“This is an easy fundraiser to run, and worthwhile in terms of the money raised. The starter pack/ information kit is excellent – clear, straight- forward and very helpful. it was a pleasure to deal with your staff. any concerns or queries were resolved quickly. Thank you!”

– The Basin 3 year old group


1300 130 574

Learn more about fundraising with Pictureplates here.


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