Book Fair Fundraisers

Book Fair fundraisers can be great way of pulling your community or school together, and raising big funds for your cause.

Although it's not the funnest fundraiser event on earth, it is still extremely popular.

A book fair is a fundraising event where vendors or a single vendor (possibly you and not an outside provider) will promote and sell books.

People buy books on a regular basis and supporters will often find great deals, and learn about new and exciting books at a book fair fundraiser.

It is the perfect event for schools and organizations with youth groups, as it can be held as encouragement for kid's to read. It is also a great opportunity for parents to buy their children's books at discounted prices, and conveniently, all at once.

Book Fair Fundraising. A rewarding fundraising event! (Photo by Matt Baume / Flickr)

This is an event that you could also hold in conjunction with other fundraising events. Essentially adding it as an extra fundraising option for those events

You will raise funds through this fundraiser by receiving a percentage of sales made by the vendors and/or through vendor fees for their space at the event.

You will also raise funds through your add-on fundraisers (something you should do at every fundraising event).

Let's get going...

Book Fair Fundraiser Events -
Organizing & Planning:

Book Fair fundraisers, like any events, will take quite a bit of organizing.

Here are some of the things you will need to plan and organize...

  • You will need to find a location! A field, hall or conference room.
  • You will need to find book vendors who will supply books to be sold at the fair. Speak to local book stores and salesmen, or you can also use a Google search below to help you with this...

  • You will need to decide on monetary factors, like what percentage commission you will earn on sales... And then set those contracts up with the book vendors.
  • You will need to decide on what add-on fundraisers you will use and set those up. Look at some options further down the page.
  • If there will be young kids at the event (Highly likely), you will need to think of extra forms of entertainment for them, like a jumping castle, and have someone organize that.
  • Will you have contests, giveaways, and book talks?
  • And how else will you get the kids involved and promote the benefits of reading?
  • You will also need to plan how you are going to promote and advertise your book fair. Read further below.

These are all things you will need to think about and organize. If you want your book fair fundraiser to be as profitable as possible then you will need to be as prepared and organized as possible!

Some Recommendations...

I would recommend that you read through the Organizing Charity Fundraising Events page to help you with planning your event!

Another highly recommended piece of literature that I would recommend you read before running any fundraising event is The Instant Event Fundraising System.

It will help make the organizing of your event so much simpler!

Promoting Your Book Fair:

Once you have organized and planned your book fair you will need to start advertising and promoting it, so that you get as many people attending and supporting!

If you are a school, start with announcements at assembles, in classes, and send home flyers or advertising letters with kids for their parents.

Other groups like churches can do similar announcements.

Announce & Promote the Event...

On your website and through your newsletters. Also use all your Social Media accounts, both personal and organizational.

Keep updating as the event comes closer and keep it interactive with your supporters, encouraging them to ask questions and to retweet etc.

Place posters up and around your organization and ask local businesses to do the same. Encourage them to also hand out flyers to their customers and employees.

Book Fair Fundraising Event. The ins and outs of how to. (Photo by Keren Tan / Flickr)

Get the book vendors that are coming to your event to do the same.

Also get both the local businesses and book vendors, to post about it on their websites, Facebook pages, and twitter.

For more great ideas on promoting your Book Fair Fundraisers read here.

What Add-On Fundraisers Can You Use?

There are quite a few different fundraising ideas that you can add to your book fair.

Here are some of the best...

And use any other creative idea that you can come up with!

Final Points:

You must remember to also promote your other events at all your book fair fundraisers!

Thank everyone involved on the day and also afterwards. Contact them individually and post your thanks on your website, your Facebook page, and on your Twitter account!

This fundraising idea can quite easily become a necessity for your supporters, and can grow into an annual or bi-annual event if you run it properly.

So be organized and efficient... and make sure everyone gets value and enjoyment out of your book fair fundraiser!

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