Every youth group can benefit from fundraising efforts throughout the year. Fundraising makes future events possible and also helps keep costs low for each participant. Money can also be donated to a specific charity or cause. Many pieces of the youth group program require money to support the activities – including social activities, travel to far events, giving scholarship, eating meals, program materials and more!

Here are just a few important things that your TYG can fundraise for:

  • Financial assistance for NFTY event fees, Israel travel and camp
  • Event supplies
  • Supplement expensive activities (Rental Space, Large Events)
  • Supplies and Postage to send care packages to members or alumni or live out of town
  • A TYG trip to New York, Europe or even Israel!

Fundraising can make a lasting impact; empowering everyone to do more, help others and play an active role in the community! See below to find more information and sample fundraisers you can try.

Getting a fundraiser off the ground can seem like a daunting task. Fear not! Working with your TYG and community, it's easy to put on a successful fundraiser that is fun for everyone.

Below, you will find some fundraising themes that are really easy to put together and make successful. There are so many possibilities that we could never list them all. Make sure to talk to others in your TYG, find out what your strengths are as a group. (Maybe friends in your TYG are amazing bakers or artists!)

TYG Dues

Your TYG dues should be enough to cover regional dues as well as up to $20 per person in local dues (anything within reason). It is important to have an incentive for people to become members of the youth group. A good way to do this is to offer a discount at every event for people that are already members of the TYG. Keep the discounts small and dues reasonable and your TYG can maintain a balanced budget

TYG Event Surcharge

Charge a small amount of extra money for a TYG event. The TYG keeps the extra money as profit after the TYG pays the cost of putting on the event.

Example: Your TYG has a Pool Party and Hawaiian Dinner. It costs $50 for food and decorations. You expect 30 people to attend. You charge $5 per person and make roughly $100 profit.

TYG Product Sales

Charging extra money for items that you sell to TYG members

Examples: You buy T-shirts for your TYG at $6 apiece, but sell them at $10 a piece.

Synagogue Resources

Your synagogue’s clergy, brotherhood and sisterhood may be willing to give your TYG the resources it needs if they mention the youth in their charters or constitutions.

Synagogue Events

Selling items at synagogue events; selling items before or after religious school to parents or students; etc.

Examples: Car Wash, Bake Sale, “Bagel Breakfast in a Bag,” “NFTY Treats,” (see “Quick and Easy: Ten Effective Fundraisers for Making Money Fast” List), etc.

Fundraising Event

If you have a TYG event dedicated to fundraising, you can focus on keeping cost down to maximize profit.
Examples: auction, inter-TYG event, (see “Quick and Easy: Ten Effective Fundraisers for Making Money Fast” List), etc.

Fundraising Campaign

More long term solution than a single event, but a long-standing project to raise those extra few dollars could be just what your TYG needs
Examples: 50-50 raffle, (see “Quick and Easy: Ten Effective Fundraisers for Making Money Fast” List), etc.

Parents

Some parents may be willing to pay extra dues to sponsor members (for TYG membership or partial event cost) or to sponsor events (by hosting or covering cost food, etc.).

Community

Have a booth at a Jewish community event

Examples: selling “NFTY Cups” at local Judaic Craft Fair (see “Quick and Easy: Ten Effective Fundraisers for Making Money Fast” List), etc.

Need help thinking of a good fundraiser? Check out the 10 example fundraisers below! These popular fundraisers are east to set up and work great. We let you know what supplies you need and what it takes to get your event off the ground.

From supporting a TYG trip to helping combat malaria in Africa, there are so hundreds of reasons to raise money for your TYG. Check out some of NFTY's past fundraisers, they may give you an idea for an event of your own!

Fundraising Event (lot of work)

Supplies:

  • Donated Items (as many and as nice as possible)
  • Sheets for silent auction
  • Pens
  • Tables
  • Food/Dessert
  • Drinks
  • Cups/Plates/Trays
  • Exchange table (money/checks for items)
  • Entertainment (may be as simple as background music)

Procedure:
Have all members of your TYG be responsible for a given amount of donations from family and friends. If your synagogue has a tax ID, donors can write their donations off as tax write-offs, which usually provide adequate incentive (if supporting you and your TYG weren’t enough). Remember to talk to your synagogue’s brotherhood and sisterhood as well as your synagogue’s staff and committees for support. Have most of the items sell as part of a silent auction, but have the biggest items sell as part of a live auction at the end of the night. If you combine this event with dinner or hor dourves (or even a synagogue sponsored event for adults), you will likely draw more people to the event. Your TYG board should act as servers for the evening.

For use during all of your board meetings and TYG’s events

Supplies:
Decorated Jar (preferably glass, “old school” feel)

Procedure:
It may not be 1954, but you may find this to be an effective way to earn a few extra dollars. Determine how “expensive” a violation is, and be sure to remind your TYG president and advisor that they are not exempt.

Done over the course of several events (TYG and otherwise)

Supplies:
Raffle tickets (Lots of them)

Procedure:
Sell raffle tickets for $1 each over the course of several events. Winner receives half of the profit, your TYG receives the rest.

Have a larger TYG event (such as a dance)by inviting your NFTY friends from other TYGs, the local BBYO chapter, the local USY chapter, the members of the local JCC, the students at the local Jewish High School, maybe even the members of a local church group, etcetera. If you market well, have a large turnout, and charge more per attendee than the cost per attendee, you should make enough to support your TYG for awhile.

Find another TYG to partner with/compete against to see which group can raise more. Conclude the campaign with a combined event, members of the “losing” TYG have to serve the members of the “winning” TYG at the event. Also can work independently as a “Battle of the Sexes” competition and event. The most important thing is to give the TYG members incentive to raise more than the competing group.

(Insert the name of your TYG in place of the word “NFTY”) These can be sold at any large synagogue or Jewish community gathering

Supplies:

  • Large plastic tumblers (cups) in bright colors from the Dollar Store/Target/Walmart/Costco (they usually come packaged as 4 cups for $1)
  • 4-6 paint pens in metallic gold or silver (preferably some of each)
    Blank notebook paper
  • 2 regular pens
  • 1 large table
  • A catchy poster for front of table with price
  • Masking tape for putting up poster
  • Box for money
  • Singles and change

Procedure:
People print their name or name of a friend, sibling, etc., on plain paper. They choose cup color and gold or silver pen. Note choices next to printed name. Write name on cup in special letters with Jewish stars on either end of the name. (See Below)

Have 2 display models. Poster should be on front of table. Charge $1 per cup. Return any unopened packages of cups. Need at least 3 people to staff table. Profit is approx. 65 cents per cup.

BBBs are sold to parents as they drop their children off at religious school in the morning.

Supplies:

  • Bagels—a variety of flavors
  • Plastic cups (small)
  • Cream Cheese—2-3 different flavors
  • 1 tub of butter
  • 1 metal soup spoon
  • Brown paper bags
  • Paper napkins
  • Plastic knives
  • Small bottles of juice
  • Saran wrap
  • 1 large table
  • A catchy poster for front of table with price
  • Masking tape for putting up poster
  • Box for money
  • Singles and change

Procedure:
Pre-stuff brown paper bags with 1 napkin and 1 plastic knife. As people purchase BBB, ask what type of bagel and add it to bag. Ask what type of cream cheese or butter and use metal spoon to put a dollop in a plastic cup. Cover with saran wrap. Ask juice choice and put one bottle in bag.

Price to charge will vary based on cost of supplies locally. Be reasonable.

(Insert the name of your TYG in place of the word “NFTY”) To be sold after Hebrew School or Religious School to parents or students.

Supplies:

  • Candy molds (approx. size of a quarter)
  • Hershey chocolate bars (plain—no nuts, etc.)
  • Small plastic bags
  • Twist-ties
  • 1 large box to put candy in
  • 1 large table
  • A catchy poster for front of table with price
  • Masking tape for putting up poster
  • Box for money
  • Singles and change

Procedure:
Approx. 24-48 hours in advance, make candy. Melt Hershey bars in microwave. Stir to make smooth. Spoon into molds. Put in freezer for approx. 20 minutes. Remove and break off excess around molds. Put 3 pieces of candy in each plastic bag. Put twist-tie on bag. Put in box. On day of sale, bring box of candy to temple. Depending on price of candy bars, size of molds, etc., try to sell bags for 25 cents each.

(insert the name of your TYG in place of the word “NFTY”) Sell ‘em any time, any place, for any special occasion (Mothers’ Day, Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah, etc.)

May be purchased by students attending Religious School or Hebrew School to take home and give to their parents or siblings or friends. May also be purchased by NFTYites at a lengthy event, such as a lock-in. NFTYites would purchase the hugs at the beginning of the event, and they would be “delivered” later in the evening. This can also be done (with permission from the host TYG and the regional advisor) at a regional event.

Supplies:

  • Several bags of Hershey’s Hugs candy
  • Index cards
  • Hot glue gun
  • Markers (preferably permanent)
  • Stickers appropriate to the holiday you are targeting (optional)
  • 1 large box to put candy in
  • 1 large table
  • A catchy poster for front of table with price
  • Masking tape for putting up poster
  • Box for money / Singles and change

Procedure:
Before the day of the sales, hot glue one hug in the middle of the left side of the white side of the index card. Repeat many, many, times. Put completed cards in a box and bring the day of the sales. Allow purchaser to decorate the right side of the card. Sell for 10 cents each.

An oldie but goodie.

Supplies:

  • Junk
  • Old Junk
  • Old junk that sells
  • Old junk that sells for lots of money because it looks new
  • 3-4 large tables
  • A catchy poster for front of a table with price
  • Masking tape for putting up poster
  • Box for money
  • Singles and change

Procedure:
Publicize in advance. Have the rummage sale at the temple if you can, or else have it in someone’s garage. Be reasonable on prices.