This is one that often gets overlooked, but a fundraising cookbook is a great idea for a fundraiser and is simpler to organize than you think. If you have people willing to donate recipes and a little bit of time to spend in front of your computer (which obviously you do), then a fundraising cookbook is something that you should use to try to raise revenue for your charity.
A fundraising cookbook is simple to get volunteers for. After all, doesn’t everyone in your organization think that they make the best soup or beef jerky, or whatever? Of course they do and they will be willing to prove it. All you need to do is have them prepare the recipes for you and submit them to you in person or via email (electronic format will save you time when you put the fundraising cookbook together).
Once you have collected all of the recipes, you will need to go online and find a publisher that will publish the fundraising cookbook for you. There are numerous companies that will publish the book for you and give specific price breaks for charities who are putting together a cookbook for fundraising. Many of them also have online software where you can upload the recipes (which is why it is good to have them in electronic form), choose the cover of the cookbook, and order as many copies as you want with the just a few simple clicks. These publishers know how important fundraisers are which is why they make sure to treat your fundraising cookbook as if it was a #1 bestseller.
Now all you need to do is wait until the fundraising cookbook comes in and sell it to everyone you know (and some you don’t). Once it is with the publisher, you can sell as many as you want up front and then place the order for more later. This means that you should only order 20 or so books and then go out and show them to people willing to buy them. You can pre-sell the books and then go online and order the exact quantity that you need.
A fundraising cookbook is a good idea for any charity or nonprofit organization looking to raise funds. They are easy to do, everyone gets involved, and it is a revenue generator like no other.