Jail & bail fundraisers can be a fun and entertaining way to raise money. There are a few different permutations on the idea, but essentially people volunteer to be "arrested" and placed in "jail."

Jail & bail fundraisers can be a fun and entertaining way to raise money. There are a few different permutations on the idea, but essentially people volunteer to be “arrested” and placed in “jail.” The volunteer “jailbird” must then raise the “bail” money, set at the beginning of the fundraiser by a “judge” to be released.

What’s even better, with Fundraise.com you can set up your entire “jail,” with a visible list of “prisoners,” online.

To begin, select a start and an end time and date for the jail & bail fundraiser. Think about how long you think it will take each “prisoner” to raise their “bail” and how long think you can keep supporters excited and competitive about donating.

Next comes a very key part of this fundraiser - selecting prisoners. Think about members of your organization who could potentially rally the most excitement and competition from your supporters – ideas include all teachers from one grade level, coaches from the same school but of different sports, varied department heads of the same non-profit, well-liked moms or dads, or familiar & favorite faces from your group; you get the picture.

Now get ready to have some fun. It’s time to come up with the reasons why these everyday superstars were arrested in the first place. Some ideas include, “smiling too much,” “winning too many games,” “making the best school lunches”… The possibilities are virtually endless – get creative!

Once the “prisoners” have been picked, the “charges” have been decided, and the “bail” has been set, you’ve built your Fundraise.com “jail,” make sure you take advantage of the email, Facebook, and Twitter tools built into the system.

Encourage friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors to donate or become a supporter and most importantly, remember to have a great time while raising money for your organization.