Not every fundraiser needs to be a big endeavor for your lodge; often smaller projects can be as effective as a large event, but better suited for a lodge with fewer resources. The following ideas require less planning, while still providing extra income for your lodge:

  • Collect printer cartridges. Depending on the printer, used cartridges can be worth anywhere between $1 and $20. Have a box at your lodge meetings and events to collect members’ cartridges. You can find a business online that will buy them from you. Search “printer cartridge fundraiser” on Google.

As a bonus, check with your FBC to see if they’d be willing to add a printer cartridge box in their office or contribute to yours.

  • Bag groceries. Contact your local grocery store and see if your lodge can bag groceries for a fundraiser. It is an easy and simple way to raise extra money in an afternoon.
  • Organize a rummage sale. Members can donate unwanted clothing, crafts or other items and the lodge holds a rummage sale for extra money. Several lodges, including the Kringen lodge, #4-025 in Fargo, ND organize annual rummage sales for the lodge
  • Connect with a local business. Check with area businesses to see if there are opportunities to collaborate on fundraising. This can include selling gift cards for a business and keeping a percentage for your lodge. The Vestland lodge, #1-601 in Minnetonka, MN partnered with a local flower shop to sell gift cards. The lodge was able to keep some of the money for themselves.

Looking for More Simple Fundraising Tips?

Check out Fundraiser-ideas.net or Fundraiserinsight.org for more free ideas.

Don’t forget about Sons of Norway Foundation grants. Local Lodge Partnership Grants are available for a variety of lodge programming and events. It’s never too early to begin working on an application for your lodge. A full list of available grants and deadlines can be found in the Foundation section of the Sons of Norway homepage.

Contact Joe Eggers, Membership Coordinator at (800) 945-8851 ext. 697 or [email protected].