A firewood fundraiser is a unique way for groups to raise money for activities or for charity. This fundraiser is best done in the late Summer or early Fall when people tend to begin stocking up on heating wood for the season. A firewood fundraiser can be an effective way of raising money because it’s an item that many people use every year.
First, locate a wood supplier. You may want to start by contacting local firewood dealers and letting them know you are trying to raise money. They may offer you a discount on price if it’s for a good cause, and of course you will make more money if you’re able to secure a free source of firewood.
Start asking around the community. Some people may have stored wood they no longer use. Another source of free firewood may be construction sites that have cleared trees. (However, if you were to use freshly cut trees they would have to be split and seasoned for a year before they could be sold, so you would need a place to store the wood for a year).
Next choose a beginning and ending date for your fundraiser and determine a price for the wood. $10 is usually a reasonable ask for a decent amount of firewood, but factor in the amount of money you, personally, paid for the wood when setting a price – you want to make sure you’re making money. You will also want to have different prices for ½ cords and full cords.
After your dates are picked and your prices are set you’ll need to market the event. Contact friends, family, neighbors and colleagues first – email is a great way to let a lot of people know without taking up too much time or expense.
Then let local newspapers and radio stations know about your fundraiser. Make fliers and hang them in high-traffic areas and leverage your social media networks like Twitter and Facebook. Contact local school offices and make arrangements to send notices home with children to give to their parents. Think about how you find out about events and happenings and tap into those channels.
Lastly, take orders and schedule delivery dates with the customers. Organize teams of people to deliver firewood in different areas on an appointed date. If you have large enough teams, you can offer to stack the wood for customers, but if not, many firewood dealers simply drop the wood in a pile on the driveway, leaving the stacking to the customer.