Any Fundraising Ideas for a Therapeutic Riding Program In Need?
I'm a recently paraplegic female who used to love horseback riding before being injured. I never thought I would ride again until I met my current trainer, who owns and operates Freedom Hills Therapeutic Riding Program. Renee (instructor) has been so great to me over the last year, and I want to give back to her. From what I understand the program is about thirty grand in debt.
Recently (2 weeks ago or so) they had a fundraiser where they earned about 17 grand, but the man that ran the fundraiser took 12 out of the 17 earned. Now isn't that messed up? I wouldn't want to be one that can say they took most of a therapeutic riding program's money. Anyway. In that fundraiser was a dinner, silent auction, as well as a live auction. Now, Renee has done auctions and fundraisers for years and normally did well until this man came along.
One problem with just organizing another auction and dinner is that she desperately needs money to buy a tractor, since they were given a grant to buy a lift, tractor, gator, and hayfork a while ago. She bought the lift, gator, and hayfork, but had to stop at the tractor because she didn't have the money to pay salaries (barn manager, 2nd instructor that steps in when Renee herself can't teach lessons). She needs to show receipts for each of these items by December, or she has to give the people that gave her the grant all of their money back.
Basically, we are in a mad dash to get money to first, get a tractor, and 2nd, help chip away some of that debt.
Does anyone have any ideas?
The only ones that I'm entertaining right now is fundraising through Applebee's Dine to Donate program, as well as a small fundraiser through my school's FBLA.
I would post the program's video, but I'm not sure if it's allowed or not since I just joined.
Here is a picture of myself and the horse I ride. If you look close enough, you can see my wheelchair in the picture.
What we do out at my barn is we do trail rides or you could even do a car wash or maybe find a couple local stores that would pitch in to help out?
Horse Show? Tack Sale?
Maybe a weekend trail ride/camping outing. Maybe even do campfire meals buffet style & charge per plate.
poker runs are great!!!, how about garage sale or bake sale!!
How many people have attended the fundraisers in the past? You could throw a party/ cocktail hour at the barn and charge addmittance fees. If you think you can organize it, a jailbreak is always a good time and raises good money! I've seen a few variations of this, with the most popular being a lengthy trek from one location to another without using any money. My favorite though is a bail out, where people get locked up and can't leave until their friends and family (or whoever else) comes up with "bail money" to get them out of the pokie. Usually there are a few people in one night who get locked away. Always a good time and people like the excitement while donating to a good cause!
I'm new to the whole fundraising thing, and even though I need some funds myself, I'm more concerned about the program shutting down.
I have a friend with a large farm, and we have hosted trail trials in the past. They were a huge success, and we made about 15k, but we stopped because the landowner was burned out and frankly, the management at the local therapeutic center was less than helpful or grateful. It is not quck project, but you could start organizing one for next season.
Maybe you could get a clinician to donate a clinic?
The last one I went on was for charity, it was $25/hand and they gave out prizes to the winners. Grand prize was a gift certificate to a tack shop, smaller prizes like lead ropes, halters, etc that they had gotten through donations. That particular ride they also let riders roll dice at each station & tallied points, most points won. They also gave prizes for the worst hand & lowest dice points.
MHF that sounds like a lot of fun! I would love to do that sometime!
Ax - a jail break is when you have a set destination in mind, like say from the barn to the nearest city or something like that, and the participants (ive seen teams) have to get there without spending any money on transportation and figuring out a way to get there. Could totally tweak it so that people could ride horses some of the way but the idea is problem solving as though you have just broken out of jail an have nothing. It's a lot of fun if you get the right people involved and can raise a lot of cash. I Would treat it like a marathon and encourage participants to raise money for their participation. Is the riding center tax exempt under 501 (c)(3)?
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