Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
I came upon this article and had to share it. This is one of the most creative approaches to fundraising I have ever heard of. The Boise High School Orchestra was getting frustrated with traditional methods of fundraising, so they took fundraising to the next level. The parents of the group came up with the “Tiny House Tour” idea. The idea behind the fundraiser is to give tours of the small, quaint, and tiny houses in the Boise area. The group was only expecting about 100 individuals to attend, but the orchestra was able to pay for their whole trip to Spain with the over 350 people that appeared. The orchestra continues to use this as their main method of fundraising and has sparked a nationwide movement on tiny house blogs and even a reality TV show.
I wish the article focused more on the fundraising from the students perspectives. It seems that a lot of the initiative was driven by the parents, so how were the students actually participating? I assume that they were the ones giving tours, but were they involved in the planning stages? I love the idea behind this fundraiser and hope that the students had a big role in the whole process. New and creative innovations in fundraising are effective tools to get the community truly involved. What are some creative fundraising methods you can think of that students could use to raise money? Are old, traditional methods like bake sales useful tools for extended and prolonged community engagement?