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Boot mid air croppedSpecial Olympics Wyoming has put together some Local Fundraising  ideas based on time commitments, volunteer recruitment, investment returns and target audience. In choosing which fundraising opportunity is best for your local program you can be creative while achieving your revenue goals and don’t forget to factor in FUN! 

Once you have decided on a specific event, you need to fill out the Fundraising Notification Form at least 30 days prior to your event for approval.

Fundraising Notification Form

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Grant writing takes more of a time investment but can net a higher financial gain, anywhere from $250 to $2,500. Check with Priscilla Dowse to check on availability of grants in your community.

Civic organizations welcome volunteers to come and speak on behalf of the organization. Special Olympics is a Global emphasis with the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion. Other civic organizations including, but not limited to, Kiwanis, Optimists ,VFW, Eagles, Moose and the Elks have historically been supportive financially as well as major volunteer contributors. Win Win!

Employer match programs are also a great source of volunteer hours and financial contributions combined. Reaching out to local manufacturing, mining and corporate businesses to inquire if they have a Employee Hourly Donation program in place that allows employees to donate hours of pay per month to the local program, or, for every hour an employee spends volunteering for Special Olympics, the employer will donate X amount. There are many variations on this idea that have been successful, and creativity increases the opportunity for success.



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Garage/Bake/Cookbook sales are one of the best ways to raise awareness and funds in your neighborhood. Gather your friends and gather your stuff! Whether it be baked goods, garage treasures, used books or recipes...create your sale! Invite students, teachers, churches and other local organizations to include all ages in the fun!

Roll/walk/skate/swim/dance a-thons bring in dollars through registration fees and by sponsoring a mile, an hour or a lap.

Guests serving guests generates dollars by offering your services in a local restaurant bussing tables, hosting or waiting tables. There are many variations on this event, for example, the volunteer staff donates all tips to the organization or a certain percentage of the sales is donated. The event can be advertised which brings in more support, awareness and in turn more dollars.

Concession proceeds has been successful in different areas of the state for various events like rodeos, mountain man rendezvous and school sporting events. Contact the concessionaire and request that a certain percentage of the proceeds benefit your local program, or if you volunteer to park cars, a certain percentage of that fee would go to the local program.



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2012 12 1721.06.08Auctions/Gala Events/Casino Nights and Benefit dinners by far are the largest fundraising opportunities outside of State events, but, are also the most time consuming and generate the highest expenses as well. Before committing to this type of fundraising adventure, and we encourage you to do so, it is recommended that you talk to the folks who have done this successfully in past years and who know the amount of volunteer hours and resources it takes to make this happen.

Before engaging in any fundraising opportunity on behalf of Special Olympics Wyoming it is important to read over the guidelines set forth in the Fundraising section of the Coordinators Manual located on the Special Olympics Wyoming website.

Once you have decided on a specific event, you need to fill out the Fundraising Notification Form at least 30 days prior to your event for approval.

For more information on Local Fundraising Events contact Melissa Noah.

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All athletes are able to participate free of charge thanks to the generosity of our supporters. Contributions are needed to offer athletic, developmental, health and social opportunities.