Pageant Sponsorship: Raising Money for Your Pageant
Unique ways to raise money for your next pageant
Pageant sponsorship can be the fastest way to finance your run for the crown. From entry fees to the price of your evening gown, the cost of competing in pageants can be a major stressor that could prevent you from enjoying the experience. Here are some easy suggestions on how to kick start your fundraising efforts! Pageant sponsors – and the extra money they bring may be even closer at hand that you think.
- Turn a hobby into profit and be your own sponsor: I first heard about Etsy from Allie who turned to this crafty website for homemade accessories for her daughter Reagan. I started knitting about a year ago and have thought about selling my scarves online. If you’re crafty, selling your products might be a good option.
- Use it or lose it: Your closets or drawers are a good place to start when looking for pageant money. We are all guilty of holding on to items that don’t quite fit or we purchased on a whim. Return any unopened or unused items you find. Get familiar with your favorite stores’ return policies; if you have the receipt, odds are you’ll get what you paid right back.
- Give lessons: Allie has cheer and dance experience. Why not hold your own classes at a local recreation center and invite your friends? Not only will you be working on your fitness, you’ll be raising cash for your cause. If you’re a math whiz, why not tutor someone at school for a fee? Many parents might be willing to pay a school mate to help develop their child’s skills at a fraction of the cost of a professional tutoring center.
- Hold a virtual yard sale: Allie had been eyeing a gorgeous MacDuggal gown for weeks on Ebay. She decided to sell her own handbags and shoes on the website and used the funds to purchase the gown entirely. Cha-ching!
- Jeans day: Ask your school or employer to be your pageant sponsor, but do it with a fun twist: Ask if they’d be willing to host a jeans day or casual Friday in exchange for a donation to you and your cause. At $5 a person, this could add up quickly!
- Work it: Car washes, bake sales or dinner parties are always a great way to get people out and get them involved.
- Barter: Don’t forget that you can raise support for your pageant without necessarily getting cold hard cash. Local businesses can be amazing pageant sponsors, but they usually are more likely to support you with products and services than with money. So be it your nail salon, hair stylist, local print shop or even an up and coming designer in the area – you can work out a barter that allows you to promote their businesses in exchange for free services/items. Business pros usually call this arrangement “in-kind payment.”
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