Posted: 30/11/2014 at 19:06
Hi BB, I am Chair of a society with around 100 members, subs. only £5p.a.
Our biggest annual money spinner is our Spring Plant sale. Members donate plants which they cultivate at home, and which we sell. We invite professional growers who also set up stalls. They pay us a fee. Not sure how much, but say £25 each. In a good year we might raise £475 net, less when spring weather is poor.
Our annual flower show loses up to £250.p.a. in spite of very good turnouts. We don't aim to make a profit on this. This year's coach outing made a surplus of £250, with a full coach at only £2O per head, including garden entry.
Meetings lose £3-400, depending on cost of speakers. Members get these free in their subs.
Every other year we have an open gardens event. We have 2 villages ( 25 to 30 gardens in total) and over 2 Sundays we can raise £3,500 net, all of which goes to charity. Seems to me that you should keep the proceeds for yourselves. Money comes from tickets, cream teas, and money raised in individual gardens e.g. Pimms.
You could also have special money raising events. A well organised quiz night with food and drinks could bring in £1000 in one night. How about a "hundred" club... with a monthly draw. You share out half the proceeds and keep the rest.
We have a bank balance of £4,000 and as long as we break even over the year we are content. I hope this gives you some ideas, even if your scale is smaller.