GAA Fundraising Ideas A - E

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Artwork sale or auction - Have you local artists or crafts? How about organising a local sale - work out prices with the artists and charge a commission on sales. Have your members promote and attend the auction/ sale. Charge for refreshments also.

Afternoon tea - organise a tea club. Can sometimes suit older members, create a club that meets regularly and can be linked with other ideas of fundraising. Charge for tea and cakes/ buns made by members.

Auction of promises - people offer goods or services to be auctioned eg cleaning a car, chauffeur for the day, decorating room, haircut etc. Make sure you advertise well in advance and get an auctioneer with a loud voice.

Angling competition - participants pay to enter. Prizes for the biggest fish caught, most fish caught and a booby prize for the most unusual item caught.

Antiques roadshow - Have you a local auctioneer?  Charge for entrance and valuations. What about organising an auction of volunteered items from your GAA club members? Maybe link with an Antiques Fair and charge stall holders for their pitches.

B

Barn dance - use a real barn if possible or do up your club rooms with hay etc. and hire a good band with a caller who knows all the dances and can instruct patrons - great craic!! Charge for admission and refreshments. Mobilise your GAA members to sell enough tickets before the night, not just on the door.

Babysitting Service - Get the womens team to committ to this service in the local community - great earnings to be made.

Boxing Tournament - Can be a massive earner. You will need proper boxing trainers and full commitment from about 10 members for at least 3 or 4 months training. Fighters get sponsorship, each round of each fight can be sponsored, you can sell tickets for admission a raffle and a bar!!!

Bed Race - Organise teams including your ladies and mens teams. Choose a high profile route, eg through the town centre on a Saturday morning. Make sure you get sponsorship from shops on the route promising to publicise their support. Charge teams and carry buckets for support on route. Talk to local council for permissions.

BBQ - held at your club ground. Ask guests to pay an entrance fee, then provide them with food and drink for free.

Benefit Performance - Any high profile groups or artists connected to your club - would they do a benefit night for their GAA club?

Bag Packing - Many clubs use this as a good regular earner. Approach your local supermarket and offer the service. You will need a rota for the day to cover all tills. Pack peoples groceries and they will be happy to give change.

Book sales - Get members to clear out their book shelves and those of relatives and friends and donate books to their GAA club, organise a big event with refreshments etc around the sale.

C

Car Boot Sale - Can be a regular source of revenue - using club grounds charge per car and provide refreshments

Caption competition - Organise cards for taking money. Get a photo of your club chairman or club personality doing something unusual and then get everyone to submit a caption for €1. Winner gets 50% of the proceeds. Pass around at your home club matches, get all club levels participating.

Children's fun day - In club premises where parents pay for children to take part. Arrange entertainment, face painting, races etc. Can become aregular service if you have the willing volunteers - parents will love the service and pay well for well organised sessions.

Carol singing - Good way of getting GAA members together in what is traditionally the end of club season, mince pies and drinks. Charge admission and add visit Santa for younger members.

Car washing - With a little bit of organising this can be very lucritive for GAA clubs. Get underage teams involved in this one and get plenty of local advertising of the dates - could be a regular earner.

Cake bake - Get members organised to bake for a cake bake - charge €1 for a bun and much more for a cake. Why not combine with the afternoon tea club

Cinema screening - could your local cinema be persuaded to do a screening for the club? Increase the price ticket by €1-€2. Have a display in the cinema foyer which will give them a community presence.

Club Gloves - design a club glove for all your members. Everyone will have official club gear and a quality glove, and selling them to members at a small profit (still cheaper than in the shops), can riase hundreds of Euros and even thousands of Euros if you get them sponsored for your club. Great for Christmas. See our club gloves for details.

Coffee mornings - Similar to afternoon tea. Could become a regular club which could incorporate other fundraising ideas.

Concerts - Many bands, orchestras and choirs are often on the lookout for opportunities to perform for good causes and in good venues, on an expenses-only basis. You just need to ask! Pre ticket sales and high publicity are vital to a successful concert. Can you organise a bar?

D

Darts match - Make it a fun event with handicap rankings for better players, left handed throws, ladies matches. Charge an entry fee, have a raffle and refreshments.

Dog walking - Could you organise a service? or possibly a one off dog walk - could be a good one for underage members.

Dances - organise a ceili, ballroom, salsa or 70's night. How about an underage disco well marshalled by your older members - can be a great regular source of finance.

Duck race - Can be great fun and a great community event as well as a GAA event. Charge for the ducks and make sure they are numbered. Have entertainment and of course make sure you have refreshments for people to purchase!!

E

Exhibition - get local arts and crafts groups (wood turners, jewellery or nick nack makers, painters etc) to hold an exhibition of their work. Ask for an admission fee and ask exhibitors to pay a fee for their pitch.

Expert talk - How about inviting well-known GAA personality prepared to donate their time. Charge admission, have a break to sell refreshments and auction their latest book or do autograph signing. Question and answer sessions can be both interesting and good source of revenue. How about organising a string of such events with different GAA personalities with different expertise eg forward, defender, hurler, footballer and coaches.

eBay - register on eBay or another auction site and auction off your old, unwanted items. Organise club members to donate items to put on auction site.This can be very lucritive if you have someone within the club with the skills to run the auction site for their club.

GAA Fundraising Ideas A - E
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