A Wealth of Library Fundraising Ideas

As you need to begin considering some library fundraising ideas for supplies, equipment, or even new facilities, everything can be confusing at first. Many libraries are relying more and more on fundraisers to help buy things, so when you’re coming up with library fundraising ideas, they need to be good ones.

You don’t want to have to run fundraisers more often than necessary, so getting the right ideas the first time around can help you cut down on the amount of effort you need to put into this, and how often it needs to be done. So what are the best library fundraiser ideas out there?

The truth is, there’s no one right answer. A lot depends on exactly how much money you need to raise, and for what. You can even combine ideas if you need a significant amount of funds and a single fundraiser isn’t doing enough.

A lot of libraries will choose to have an event, at which you can have several sources of income coming in at once (donations, food sales, and maybe some other fundraisers). If you’re just doing a small amount of fundraising to pay for some regular supplies and upgrades, then you could just go with standard direct sale library fundraising ideas to help raise money and awareness at the same time.

Something like chocolate bar fundraisers works great for this – you can have your fundraising volunteers canvas the neighborhoods around the library, bringing chocolate to everyone and spreading the word about what the library does now, and what it is trying to do in the future with the help of supporters. All the library fundraising ideas you could ever want are out there for the taking, so all you have to do is buckle down and do a little minor research. Finding out which library fundraising ideas will work best for you is just a matter of matching your goals and time frame to a fundraiser that will help you reach those goals. As you read through the pages of fundraising ideas, jot down the benefits of each for your situation, and then you can start to begin the process of narrowing things down to the right library fundraising ideas for you.

wickless candles

We’d like to introduce you to Magic Melts. It’s the best way to take advantage of the popularity of wickless candles. You will be selling packages that include 6 large fragrance bars for only $4 per package. There are 10 wonderful scents to choose from. Each case comes with 80 packages of Magic Melts so total sales per case will be $320.

What You Should Know

You purchase Magic Melt fragrance bars by the case. Each case comes with 80 packages of fragrance bars. Each package sells for $4. The more cases you purchase the lower your cost is per case. You can see the difference in profits in the chart below:

Profit and Cost

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Items Bought % Profit Free Shipping
150 plus 50% YES
1 to 149 50% No
Music scratch cards

We have designed music scratch card fundraisers to be effective for all groups involved with music. The graphics on our fundraising cards work well for choirs, bands, singers, and individual musicians.

What You Should Know

Here is an example of the coupon page you give to the people as a “Thank You” for participating. You can also create a custom coupon handout with your town’s unique businesses.

As you can see from the profit chart below the lowest profit percentage you will make from using scratch cards for fundraisers is 70%. There are, however, price breaks that can increase your profit percentage. The more cards you purchase the higher your profit potential for each card. The profits and profit percentages shown are based on successfully having all 50 dots scratched off on your scratch card.

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Cards Bought Cost Per Card Each Card Raises Your Profit $ Your Profit %
100 $10.00 $100.00 $9,000 90%
25 $12.00 $100.00 $2,200 88%
10 $15.00 $100.00 $850 85%
1 min. $30.00 $100.00 $70 70%
Band scratch cards

Band scratch card fundraisers offer a simple, easy to handle fundraising option that is perfect for bands. Most school bands depend on band fundraising for their very existence. Band scratch cards let each member keep in step with your money raising goals.

What You Should Know

Here is an example of the coupon page you give to the people as a “Thank You” for participating. You can also create a custom coupon handout with your town’s unique businesses.
As you can see from the profit chart below the lowest profit percentage you will make from using scratch cards for fundraisers is 70%. There are, however, price breaks that can increase your profit percentage. The more cards you purchase the higher your profit potential for each card. The profits and profit percentages shown are based on successfully having all 50 dots scratched off on your scratch card:

Profit and Cost

 

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Cards Bought Cost Per Card Each Card Raises Your Profit $ Your Profit %
100 $10.00 $100.00 $9,000 90%
25 $12.00 $100.00 $2,200 88%
10 $15.00 $100.00 $850 85%
1 min. $30.00 $100.00 $70 70%
Sour Mania Lollipops

Sour Mania Lollipops Fundraiser is very popular for elementary school fundraising. Both kids and adults love sour candy. These are the original sour lollipops so they pack in that pucker up punch!  It is definitely a top choice for bringing a different fundraising flavor.

What You Should Know

Sour Mania Lollipops offer the same profit regardless of the number of cases that you purchase. Sell the lollipops for two times the cost. Meaning, you double your investment no matter how many cases you purchase. Here is a quick profit chart for you to review:

Profit and Cost

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Cases Bought Cost Per Case Profit %
1 min $320.00 50%
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