I Need Some Help…

…with fundraising ideas.

A couple of weeks ago, a guy offered to donate a bunch of stuff to donate “many thousands of dollars worth of 99% new electronic parts” to WA2HOM, our club station at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. This almost sounded too good to be true, and as it turned out, it was too good to be true. He did graciously donate quite a few parts, but the current value is nowhere near the thousand dollar mark.

That got Jim, K8ELR, and I thinking about what we might do to raise more funds for our station. One thing I’m going to do is to not just suggest a donation when I teach a class there, but require a $10 donation. Some other things we’ve come up with include:

  • solicit donations directly, on a continuing basis, like that club station in New York or New Jersey does,
  • have more fund-raising kinds of things down at the museum, like kit-building or soldering lessons
  • do a simple “trunk sale” hamfest, charging perhaps $5/car for every seller. I’ve been to one of these, and it seemed to work out pretty well.

At that point, we kind of exhausted our thought process, so I thought I’d throw it out to my blog readers. What other ways have you or your clubs raised funds?


  1. TeacherPatti says:

    I like the trunk sale idea…or else some sort of swap meet where people pay a donation at the door and then swap their stuff.

    • Lots of ham clubs already sponsor traditional swaps where people pay to get in. Those are a LOT more work than a simple trunk sale. I think we’ll try a trunk sale, maybe in August or September.

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