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Flamingo FundraiserFlamingo FundraiserCustomers often ask me how to go about having a pink flamingo fundraiser for their child's school or other charitable organization. The good news is that

flamingo fundraisers are simple and everyone seems to have a good time, especially the children

No matter your personal feelings on the pink plastic lawn flamingo ornaments, and everyone does have an opinion, I have never seen anyone that could suppress a smile when they have fallen victim to a pink flamingo flocking.

The first step to having a successful pink flamingo fundraiser is to pick the flamingo "board" which consists of a president whose job it will be to organize the event, which includes making announcements about the event to the church, charitable organization, school, or whoever will be on the donating side of the equation; a secretary to keep written notes on everything that goes on, who has been flocked and who has chosen to pay insurance to avoid a flocking (more on insurance later), and to write press releases to keep the buzz going; and a treasurer whose job it will be to keep track of the funds collected from those who have been flocked and from those who have paid insurance. The board should decide the monetary amount of the donations. Lastly, we need as many flocking teams as possible consisting of at least 2 or 3 volunteers each.

The teams then get together to brainstorm, listing any and every potential flocking victim, including their addresses and phone numbers. Once the secretary has the list organized, a flier is mailed or hand delivered to all potential donors informing them that the flocking season has begun. For those victims on the list who'd prefer to avoid a grouping of pink lawn flamingos on their front yard for all the world to see, they are informed that they are able to buy a no-flock insurance policy by making a donation to the charity, or they are able to make a donation to have someone else not on the list included as a recipient of the pink birds instead.

Next your teams will need lots of pink flamingos, and the bigger your list, the more pink yard flamingos you are going to need. Ideally each team should have between 6 and 12 pairs of birds in order to properly flock someone. Pink yard flamingos are either purchased or rented depending on availability, and also whether your group plans on making this an annual event. Once everything is in place, all that remains is to stop talkin' and start flockin'.

The secretary divides the names up on the list and gives an equal number of victims to each team. Depending on the size of your list and teams, you can flock everyone on the list in one night or it may take several months. It's up to you. The teams then set out to flock the victims by covering their lawns with plastic pink lawn flamingos. Those victims that have woken up to find that they have fallen victim to a pink flamingo flocking fundraiser must make a donation to the charity before the birds will be removed from their yard.

It is a good idea for every team to carry a camera to capture the moment. And don't forget to call your local newspaper to alert them to the pink flamingo flocking fundraiser at your school, church or other charitable organization. It is also important to be good neighbors and take care when placing the birds on other people's lawns or yards. If the organization is large enough, t-shirts and hats for the teams are always a hit as is a sign stating YOU'VE JUST BEEN FLOCKED.

The most important thing is to have good time while hopefully raising money for your school, church or other charitable organization. If your school or organization needs to raise funds, this is a worthwhile event. So don't just sit there, organize, purchase or rent pink flamingos and go and have a good time raising money.

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