Bake Sale Basics
With the following strategies, raising money for a good cause is a piece of (cup)cake.
Choosing a CharityMost bake sales are planned for a specific reason. But if you’re thinking of a sale as a fun community event with your kids, find a worthy beneficiary at JustGive.org, a database of 1 million charities covering such causes as animal welfare and disaster relief.
- Two to three weeks before the event, post sign-up sheets at your school, church, synagogue, or community center, and e-mail or call around to request contributions. (Have people commit to making a specific item so you’re sure to have a wide variety.)
- Ask nonbakers if they’ll work at the sale or drop off leftovers at a soup kitchen.
- Try soliciting a bakery for donations, says Debi Lilly, a Chicago event planner and a mother of two: “Explain the sale’s purpose and note that you’re offering a chance to introduce their bakery to 200 potential new customers.”