fundraising ideas, Haitian coffee

You’re wasting time if you don’t have a GREAT game plan for getting folks to show up.  Publicity is so important, we’ve created Publicity Templates for fundraising events.  This is your first (and biggest) task.

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Count to 4

Fundraising is a lot of work.  Less is more.  Concentrate efforts on 4 fundraisers or less annually & promote them like the girl scouts (the cookies are here).

Already on board with adding Haitian coffee, chocolate & art to your events?

1.  create an account (upper right corner on every page on site).

2.  forward the email you receive to — make sure to put in that email your company or nonprofit name along w/ a link to your website.

monthly coffee cart

Set up a Monthly Coffee Cart : 

  1. 80% of adults drink and will spend $300 a year on coffee — why not Haitian?
  2. Get folks to pledge / sign up to drink Haitian (for a year?).
  3. Distribute bags via a coffee cart / table on the first Sunday of the month.  Too often? How about first 2 Sundays every quarter! At the office, put monthly coffee in the break room for pickup.
  4. Set and post a concrete goal for money raised.  Track progress, share photos, stories.

Coffee cart plans & other materials

boring bake sale

Do a Bake Sale right :  hold a raffle for best pie or hold a cooking demonstration (Haitian rice pudding? avocado ice cream?)

Have fun, but no need to re-invent the wheel : we’re practical & there’s nothing wrong with a great bake sale.  Involve attendees :

Hold a jelly bean tasting competition  –collect entrance fees, blindfold participants, give winner 1/3rd of the pot (or bragging rights — whichever is preferred.  Let bystanders play.

  1. juicy pair
  2. margarita
  3. toasted marshmallow
  4. green apple
  5. buttered popcorn

Use Pre-existing Events : Chances are great your organization (or sister organization) has pre-established fundraisers.

Capitalize on them – just add coffee, chocolate, art.

Ask other kindred spirits to add coffee sales on your behalf to a pre-existing event (think Rotary Club).

One of the Rooster’s best customers is a school in CA –kids sell coffee during halftime & raise $10,000 annually.

Harvest the energy of children :  Whoever said “Youth is wasted on the young;” was genius.  Talk with energetic teachers. School children make great coffee ambassadors & can spread the word about your work in the community quickly.

Schools are great places to sell coffee or chocolate in mass quantities :  concerts, theater & sporting events.

Work towards a concrete amount for something specific: providing Haitian kids with drinking water.

haitian metal basket sm

Hold a Build a Holiday Gift Basket Event :  

  • 3 different baskets
  • coffee & chocolate bars
  • coconut manger & ornaments
  • jewelry
  • items produced by Haitians you know

Provide cellophane, cards, bows.  Sell cookies, coffee & chocolate.  Raffle one basket filled w/ goodies.

Thanksgiving Day Treats :   ask supporters to bring Haitian treats to the Thanksgiving Day host — the person who spends HOURS cooking dinner (and cleaning the house).

This is a great opportunity to share with friends & family stories of thanks around Haiti.

End of Year :  Pursue In-Kind Donations from your supporters’ workplace

Ask supporters to sell Haitian coffee post-Thanksgiving at work or use Haitian coffee as corporate gifts (they buy it retail from you).

January 12th :

haiti earthquake

Earthquake commemoration

Haitian Breakfast – Honor Haiti once a year through a special fundraiser breakfast of spaghetti, ketchup, boiled eggs, and toast. Oh yeah, have coffee available for sale & charge for the meal.

Invite local Haitians to speak about his or her hometown and the importance of economic development in Haiti.

Haitian Recipes

recycled coffee bags

Baby it’s Cold Outside : Recycled Art Contest

Tap into the crafty & throw a recycled art contest. Announce in advance (so folks can save bags, materials), give examples, categories, set a date.  Ask people to share ideas and have “advisors” on site offering encouragement.

Sell desserts, coffee, auction art.  Exhibit final products to panel of judges. Example categories:

  • Most useful
  • Most creative
  • Most artistic (in a fine arts kind of way)
  • Most surprising (wow, that’s a coffee bag?)
  • Fan favorite (all attendees get a vote)
  • completed at home

Game Night :   Hold a game night the same evening as the recycled art contest for spectators not making art.

Hold a Haitian crafts & coffee sale during the event – award winners crafts and coffee. Have sweets for sale for the “break” period. Have a running slide show detailing your work in Haiti.

Pancake / Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras : what goes better with pancakes than coffee?  Nothing.  (okay, syrup, strawberries, chocolate are up there).   Add coffee sales to the pancakes & farmers win.

Carnival Meal: Haitians celebrate three days of Carnival (Kanaval) prior to Lent. At the event : children make Karnival masks from paper plates and drums from plastic containers. Give attendees paper horns & other musical instruments for an impromptu rah-rah band.

Valentine’s Day Dance : Bring back the art of slow dancing & hold a dance!  Offer lessons on the fox trot, swing or waltz!  Sell Haitian chocolate themed desserts – send folks home with bars of chocolate & coffee.

You’ll earn kisses & cocoa farmers earn a living.   Win-win.

March Madness : Host your own basketball tourney :  

Get people together for an afternoon of fun. Supporters sponsor courts,  local businesses donate prizes. Have iced coffee & deserts available for purchase.

Farmer’s Market :  Ask your favorite local farmer’s market vendor (bakery?) to sell Haitian coffee and chocolate on your behalf.

If you’re a non-profit, school, charity, parents adopting kids, Singing Rooster offers a unique fund raiser with our AWESOME tasting but rare Haitian Mountain Blue coffee, Haitian chocolate & Haitian art. Buy Haitian products wholesale to raise money at your own fundraising events.   We’ve helped hundreds to raise THOUSANDS.

Singing Rooster is a social enterprise nonprofit who means business. Help us support Haiti’s producers, reforest Haiti & build rural economies with one simple act: use Haitian (coffee, cocoa, art) at your next fundraiser.

Learn how fund raising with Haitian products will help raise money for your organization. (Hint: you buy coffee at wholesale prices & retail to supporters)

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