How to run a successful

Car Wash fundraiser

Success Guide

This guide for faculty, coaches, and parent volunteers covers the most critical things you need to know to avoid the pitfalls that make for a disappointing outcome, and instead achieve great results with far less effort!
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Who is this guide for?

Faculty, coaches, and parents work hard to raise money to support their schools. Nobody wants to risk coming up short, so let's learn from each other's mistakes. Your time is limited as it is, so this guide is to help you make the most of your efforts.

What does the guide include?

Download your free digital guide (PDF) including:

  • Tips and tricks
  • Checklists
  • Shopping lists
  • Pitfalls to avoid
  • Proven practices

Bottom line: this guide will help ensure you reach the results you're looking for. Let's raise as much as we can for your program and limit the time and energy required to get there.

Will it actually work?

Countless fundraisers are launched through SuccessFund every day. Not only do we help fundraisers surpass their goals, but we also review outcomes with those running campaigns to understand what works well and what doesn't. Then we compile all the things that make a difference into The Ultimate Guide so that everyone can benefit from all the great experience that has gone before. We're all on the same team, so let's win together!

More context:

First, our grade for a car wash fundraiser is an A+

What topics are most helpful in the guide?

Our best advice: Don't set a price.

If you say that the price is $5 for a car wash, that limits what people will pay. Supporters WANT to donate more than you are probably comfortable asking for. You should consider making your car wash free, and simply ask for donations. That gives people the opportunity to donate what they feel is right…and it’s usually a lot more than $5. 

In the guide we breakdown exactly what steps to take and how best to message a "free" car wash, but suffice it to say that this advice is not only good advice, it's the best advice. We know this because we've seen it in action.

Other topics we cover include:

Proven strategy for getting the word out.

How to pick a time and place for your car wash (location, location, location!)

Making it easy for people to contribute - why this is key, and simple things you can do to unlock way better results.

Our Car Wash Fundraiser checklist is included. Breaking down all the steps so you don't forget anything you need to cover from picking a date and time, reserving your location, getting approval, spreading the word, estimating attendance, gathering supplies, early arrival, assignments, monitoring results, and so much more.

Plus! You'll get access to our amazon shopping list which outlines everything you need and more when running a successful car wash.

Yes, running a car wash can be an involved process, but the beauty of these events is that they take only a single day to accomplish, and with our guide, you can guarantee that you're making the most out of that day. Not only are you not forgetting anything, but you're also not overcomplicating things either.

We hope you enjoy the guide, find it helpful in your efforts, and that your car wash is a huge success!