The Jail N Bail fundraiser I hosted was to raise money for a speaking fee for the Sanibel Island Writers Conference. I hosted it through one of my clubs, Project DIY, and we borrowed the Creative Writing Club’s pipe jail (picture below). They usually do an annual Jail n Bail fundraiser by “jailing” creative writing faculty. We were really lucky to have a resource like that… but it was incredibly difficult to build! If anyone goes the route of making a pipe jail, create a building system with labels!
Each school’s rules are different. As a student club, we were had an account with the university and are able to reserve campus spaces for free. I reserved a quarter of the library lawn, invited professors to get volunteer for the event, and got a few friends/residents to help be my jailer. I advertised through Facebook, on the student e-mail login page, and posters around campus and dorms. In two cases we actually “arrested” faculty at the end of the class hour from their classrooms in order to get students more interested. Myself and volunteers would call to students walking to class or the library, professors posted on Facebook for their colleagues to come bail them out, and people get inquisitive about a “jail”. We raised over $600 and it was one of the easiest events I ever ran.
I think for a fundraiser like this it depends on your audience and cause. In a residence hall/dorm, “jailing” RAs could be a great way to fundraiser if the RD OKs the event. What gets people to participate in this event is when they know the person. It makes it fun to help free them or get them out of jail. I think raising money for say the American Cancer Society, you’ll get a lot of people willing to donate. Of course raising money for a human rights organization like Amnesty International can allow the “jail” can be symbolic instead of just a means.
Picture from the event:
My not-so-great design skills for our poster:
A great WANTED poster idea that I found through a Google search: