I'm wondering if anyone has any advice on which stores are best for sitting out front for donations (such as Walmart or Target)? Or if anyone knows of any opportunities like Barnes and Noble provides; gift wrapping for donations. I've heard Uno's has a program where you get all your friends to come to Uno's on a particular night and they donate part of their profits for that evening...does anyone know of any other places that do this? I live in the Lakes Region of NH, so there are not a lot of places nearby that I can fundraise in front of, but I'd be willing to travel some (I'll be wrapping presents in Barnes and Noble in Portsmouth on Dec 12th, for example...an hour drive for me.). I'm considering heading down to Massachusetts for a day to reach more people than I can reach here in NH. I'm just trying to get some places booked and want to make sure I take advantage of every oppourtunity I can find!
Thank you for your help!

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Hi Christine,
I live in NJ and have had success standing outside of Starbucks and King's Supermarket. Speak with the store manager to get approval. The manager can also tell which date and times are the busiest. Take advantage of October being breast cancer awareness month. I make pink ribbon pins to hand out to passer-bys. http://amberstang.wordpress.com/2009/04/10/this-weeks-fundraising-t... . They are inexpensive and easy to make.
Good luck on your fundraising. Karen
Hi Karen,
Thank you...I hadn't thought about Starbucks at all. :) I like your blog. I only read the entry about the ribbons, but I plan on browsing around some more. Very informative!
Hope your walk goes well!
Christine

Karen Rosenzweig said:
Hi Christine,
I live in NJ and have had success standing outside of Starbucks and King's Supermarket. Speak with the store manager to get approval. The manager can also tell which date and times are the busiest. Take advantage of October being breast cancer awareness month. I make pink ribbon pins to hand out to passer-bys. http://amberstang.wordpress.com/2009/04/10/this-weeks-fundraising-t... . They are inexpensive and easy to make.
Good luck on your fundraising. Karen
Applebees also does fundraising. You provide people to do the serving and they give a percentage of the profits. The one in my area does breakfast.
Barnes & Noble and Borders both do gift-wrap tables.

Target does not allow store-front solicitation of any kind, but each store does have a community fund, so contact your local store's Store Team Leader (i.e. - Manager) for information about grants they may be willing to give in support of your fundraising efforts. The numbers and beneficiaries from Boston 2009 are up on the Avon Foundation website; they may help you write your letter/schpiel asking for support - many folks really do appreciate knowing how their money will be spent!

At Wal*Mart, they will allow tables in front of the store and they also have a community fund. Contact your store's manager for information on how to apply for the grants and/or set up dates to table.

Some grocery stores will still let you collect donations out front and I know I have seen fundraisers outside my local Michael's.

In addition to Pizzeria Uno, Famous Dave's, Baja Fresh, Pizza Hut, Chik-Fil-A and other chain restaurants have fundraising opportunities. Contact your local store directly for more information; each branch should have a community outreach representative.

If you are near a sports or performance venue, you may be able to get a group together to staff concession stands for donations (you work the concession stand & have tip jars by the register) ... in the past, NYC Avon Walkers have been invited to work concessions booths at the US Open Tennis Tournaments, for example.

Lastly, if you have a lot of "mom-and-pop" type restaurants, approach them to do a "Dining Out for a Cure" promotion - they donate a percentage of their receipts to your fundraising efforts in exchange for a little legwork on your part to do some advertising (either take out ads in the paper or whatever) ... this program has been a GREAT success for my team captain (Judy Cherry) and several of my teammates, often allowing them to participate in multiple Walk Events per season.

Hope this helps,
Liz
Hi Liz,

I'm interested in how you approach restaurants about the Dining Out for a Cure. I have been to a website that Judy talked about one time and asked for information before, but never received a reply. Actually I met Judy in person during last years' Walk in Chicago...I should have asked her then. LOL

We do a dinner with one local French restaurant the week before Mother's Day, but I'd love to see about getting a group of restaurants to participate on a certain day/week to see if we could generate more interest and awareness.

Any information would be greatly appreciated (i.e. letters used, what to say, etc.)

Michelle Nowland, Team Captain
Holy Apostles Pink Ribbon Angels
Chicago 2006-2010
We did the gift wrap at Barnes and Noble last year without much success. Our team had 4 different days and only one of them was successful that was the closest one to Christmas. Good Luck!

Elizabeth (Reiner) Franke said:
Barnes & Noble and Borders both do gift-wrap tables.

Target does not allow store-front solicitation of any kind, but each store does have a community fund, so contact your local store's Store Team Leader (i.e. - Manager) for information about grants they may be willing to give in support of your fundraising efforts. The numbers and beneficiaries from Boston 2009 are up on the Avon Foundation website; they may help you write your letter/schpiel asking for support - many folks really do appreciate knowing how their money will be spent!

At Wal*Mart, they will allow tables in front of the store and they also have a community fund. Contact your store's manager for information on how to apply for the grants and/or set up dates to table.

Some grocery stores will still let you collect donations out front and I know I have seen fundraisers outside my local Michael's.

In addition to Pizzeria Uno, Famous Dave's, Baja Fresh, Pizza Hut, Chik-Fil-A and other chain restaurants have fundraising opportunities. Contact your local store directly for more information; each branch should have a community outreach representative.

If you are near a sports or performance venue, you may be able to get a group together to staff concession stands for donations (you work the concession stand & have tip jars by the register) ... in the past, NYC Avon Walkers have been invited to work concessions booths at the US Open Tennis Tournaments, for example.

Lastly, if you have a lot of "mom-and-pop" type restaurants, approach them to do a "Dining Out for a Cure" promotion - they donate a percentage of their receipts to your fundraising efforts in exchange for a little legwork on your part to do some advertising (either take out ads in the paper or whatever) ... this program has been a GREAT success for my team captain (Judy Cherry) and several of my teammates, often allowing them to participate in multiple Walk Events per season.

Hope this helps,
Liz
Last year Target told us they would not allow us to set a table out front to sell product. We had luck last year just standing at a busy intersection with a sign and taking donations. Chili's and Applebee's also do a "save the date night" where they give 10% from each ticket that states they are there to support you.

Hope this helps.

Cindy
Here in MA I see a lot of tables for charities outside of Walgreens Pharmacy.
Hi Christine, I also live in NJ and I just had an event at UNOS. They donated $114.95 to me. I brought them the 2010 Fundraising Poster that I filled out. (I printed one out from the avon walk participant site). They were happy to help a cause like this. They took the poster and sent it to someone they know. They will give you a form to fill out which you need to put your information, the cause's name, where the check needs to be sent to and the day you want to have your event. It is an all day event, dine-in and take-out. Once you hand in the paper they send it to someone and they make up flyers for you to hand out. They can ONLY go to the UNOS where you went and filled out the papers. It is also on the flyer and the day. If you need more copies you can make some, it does not need to be on any kind of special paper or colored paper. I made over 150 copies on pink paper for the cause. When people go to the UNOS listed on the flyer, they need to bring that flyer with them. Once they are ready to pay they give the server the flyer and it gets stapled to the bill. At the end of the night, if all the bills come out to under $1,000 before tax and tip, UNOS will donate 15%. If before tax and tip the bills come out to more than $1,000 UNOS will donate 20%.
My event was on Feb. 3, 2010 and I did not have a lot of people come out due to the big snow storm that was supposed to happen. It was okay though. I called the next day to find out how much I was getting and they said before tax and tip I brought in $7 hundred something so they would donate 15% of that. I was happy that I got $114.95. This is my first time walking and as of today Feb. 22, 2010 I only need $650.05 to make my personal goal of $3,000. I am so proud of myself! Sorry I just wanted to share with everyone.
They asked if I wanted to do another event and I said no for now. I want to do an Ice Skating event and a Bowling event. Maybe even a Pool event, have not decided yet. Maybe I will do all of them and raise more money than I thought!
I also was at Walmart 2 days ago and I asked how we can get a table to set up out front from the lady who had a table out front haha. The guy inside I asked had no idea. She said call customer service and they will hook you up with all the info you need and how to do it. I am planning on calling them soon to see if I can sell some stuff to raise money.

I hope this long message helps. Feel free to ask me anything! Good luck on your fundraising and I am sure you will do amazing! (Try UNOS)

Kim

p.s. For the UNOS event, DO NOT do parties. I did and my party was a mess with the bill. If people want to go, let them sit at their own tables, less hassle!
I was hoping to have more luck with the storefront thing. However, I applied to do one at Krogers, only to be turned down by corprate without a reason. Then I applied at my local Walmart. Hearing them mentioned everywhere on here, I thought for sure. Walmart turned me down yesterday. Reasoning was basically because I was doing it as an individual, not part of a team. Going to try more places, but my time is narrowing. Might hit Starbucks:) Good Luck!!

Kim
1st time walker-Houston 2010
Kim,
I've found that different Walmarts have different policies on this. One wanted me to provide proof of homeowner's insurance (why, I have no idea...decided against that one.) and another just wanted me to apply for a permit at town hall (which was very easy). So if one turns you down, try another location.
Good luck!
Christine
OK...I've been doing the NYC walk for 8 years....here's what I've found:
Food stores are our most successful spot. (we average $100 an hour!) People have the cash at the time, and donate quite freely. I've also done well outside a KMart. (go TO the store with proof that you're a registered walker-smile-then ask if you can set a date to put up a table for a few hours. Promise NOT to block the entrance/exit of the store!)
The trick is to make your display inviting....pink tablecloth...pamphlets..baloons....candy-to draw the kids over...and perhaps, "sell" something like magnets/pens/jewelry, etc.
You MUST talk to everyone who passes!!! Ask them a question that they CAN'T say NO to: "I'm walking 39 miles to help fight breast cancer, would you like to support me, please?" or "I'm doing the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, will you support me in fighting this disease?" You'll say these phrases 7million times in a few hours, but it works! Trust me!
Good luck, and enjoy your journey,
Joyce Bivone

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