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Fund Raising - Dance-A-Thons

If you belong to a fund raising organization and want to do something a little different and a whole lot of fun, you might want to consider organizing a dance-a-thon. If you're not sure exactly how to do about doing this, the following tips should get you dancing the night away in no time.

Unlike most other fund raising activities, a dance-a-thon has to be entertaining if you want people to have a good time while raising money for their favorite charity. So in addition to the usual steps required to just get the thing off the ground, additional creative thinking will also be necessary if you want the evening to be one that people won't forget.

Getting the dull stuff out of the way, the first thing you need to do is rent a hall. If you're organization has its own building, this can save a bit of expense. If not, try to make a deal with somebody. You don't want the hall rental to eat into your profits too much. Usually, charitable organizations can get good deals.

After you get your hall, you need to come up with a date and time. Naturally, you need to confirm this with the owner of the hall itself. You want to then make up fliers and send out invites to everyone you can think of. These people are going to be the ones witnessing your entertainment for the evening and will ultimately be contributing to your cause. So the more the merrier. Just make sure you have enough room for them.

You're also going to want to make sure you provide for some inexpensive refreshments. People aren't going to want to stand around watching people dance all evening. Don't worry about the dancers, because they'll be going non-stop until the last couple drops.

And therein lies the fun and creative part. You need to find as many dance couple who really know how to dance as you can. Lots of middle aged people can actually cut up quite a rug as well as a lot of the younger crowd. So put out the word. You want as many couples as you can get.

Make sure you have number tags for each couple so you can call them by number. Trying to remember their names is going to be close to impossible unless you know everybody personally.

For the actual dance-a-thon, you want to mix up the music. This can be either through a DJ or a band. It will probably be cheaper to get a DJ than a whole band. And if you have somebody in your organization who has the equipment, that will save a lot of money.

Finally, you want to designate the ground rules to those in attendance who will be voting on who they think will last the longest. The winners will divide the prize money, which should be no more than 50% of the total take for the evening. You'll need to designate an amount for each "wager" whether it be $5 or $10 or whatever.

If you get enough people come out, a good fund raising dance-a-thon can easily bring in $500 profit.

Michael Russell
Your Independent guide to Fund Raising