Top 22 Unique and Proven Fundraising Ideas
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2. Game Night
Hosting a game night is a fun and low-key idea to gather some funds. You can go with bingo, board games, poker night or card games! In addition to being a great activity for a cause, it’s easy to work around with.
3. Fun Runs/ Walkathons
Targeting more on donors who love to help and stay physically active at the same time, a walkathon or a run marathon is perfect! There is a bit more work to do for this to happen, but this type of fundraising event will all be worth it in the end. You have to determine location, a route, permit for locations, choose a date and consider the weather, design race shirts and other materials, as well as standby ambulance or first aid volunteers. Charge a little extra on registration fees and have partnerships and sponsors to lessen the expenses!
4. Talent Show
Give people an opportunity to show what they can do and have the chance to win something, all the while entertaining people and being a part of an event for a good cause. The combination of opportunity and charity work can’t get better than that. You may charge a little bit for those who will join and/or have admission fees for those who will watch and support.
5. Have a Carnival
Brighten up the town with lights, games, and music coming from a carnival! This is great at bringing together the community while piling up on those cash donations for a cause. Just gather simple yet fun activities that the community will enjoy. For everyone’s convenience and maybe a little more money, set up a small food kiosk or invite concessionaires who might want to sell during your event.
6. Art Exhibit
Celebrate art and infuse It with charity work! Invite artists who are willing to exhibit their masterpiece creations for free in this fundraising event idea. It’s up to you, the organisers if it’s alright for an artist to sell their pieces during the event or not. You may even have the option to have a closed night for different target audiences, like one night for the elites and another night for everyone in the community.
7. Trivia Night
Trivia nights are being more common nowadays, and it’s a fresh way to connect with other people, share the same interests, and have some fun. So how about mixing in an opportunity for these people to help and make it a trivia night for a cause? Just pair up with a local bar or restaurant so that you have a location, advertise the event with complete details including the cause, admission fee, and other things they should know beforehand. Pro tip: figure out a way for things to go smoothly by using a system.
8. Classic Cars Show
Similar to the art exhibit, invite classic car owners to the event. Many people love seeing vintage pieces, let alone cars from way back. This will attract not only car enthusiasts but everyone from all walks of life. Gather as many vehicles as possible and line them up at an empty parking lot or open space. Make money through admission fees. To spice things up, you may even have games and raffles.
9. Pet Party
Extend the parties to everyone’s furry friends and let them in on the fun! Make a fun program involving pets and owners for everyone including the cute animals to connect and bond with others. As for donations, set up a designated table for it so people will know where to give and be a part of the cause.
10. Book Sale
Bring in some book donations from people who gave away books they want to share with others and organise an awesome book sale to sell them for a cause. You’d be surprised by how much people love getting books at a great deal!
11. Viral Video Fundraiser
Do you remember the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS awareness? That was a smashing hit, and the organisation was able to raise millions of dollars with everyone’s help. This is also an excellent way to raise some funds! Just pick a fun challenge that people can easily do that is closely related to your cause. Be creative by coming up with hashtags to use and go for it! Get a head start by having the staff do it and upload & share it online. Don’t forget to include the link to the page where they can donate!
12. Concert for a Cause
You can never go wrong with entertainment! Everyone loves seeing talent, more so if they’re supporting someone they know. So invite local or national artists to be a part of a fulfilling concert for a cause and raise funds through admission fees. Always keep track of rehearsals, blockings and meetings for a successful show. A celebration of talent is always so exciting!
13. Kids Sports Camp
Mix fundraising with sports education for kids! You can do this over the summer wherein you gather kids who are sporty or those who want to learn a sport, as well as volunteer teachers who can do the job while being a part of the fundraising. Aside from looking for volunteer teachers, find a good location and maybe some partnerships and sponsors to help make this possible.
14. Fitness Class
Speaking of being active, here’s a physically healthy fundraising activity for adults! Depending on which type of workout, kids can join too. You can hold a yoga class, Zumba session, a HIIT class, boxing, etc. You can even make this a regular thing to keep the funds coming in! Just have a fitness guru willing to teach classes, have a fixed amount on the admission fee, and that’s it!
15. Car Wash
Sometimes, people are too busy to think about washing their cars. How about making a fundraising activity out of this? It’s for their convenience, and for your cause — it’s a win-win situation!
16. Fair Trade Coffee
Well, everyone loves coffee. This idea will surely be hit, especially those who can’t function without caffeine in their system. Coffee fair ideas include selling various coffee beans, or just cups of coffee during the day. You may partner up with a local coffee shop so they could provide some useful materials and because they already have customers who already trust them.
17. Chef’s Challenge
Organise a real-life cooking show as your fundraiser! Gather some volunteers who will serve as the competing chefs who will cook some delicious meals for the attendees. After eating, the attendees will pay to vote for their favourite chef, or you could charge everything along with the admission fee.
If you’re not familiar with this, geocaching is a unique activity where a person will go on a hunt for some secret items with GPS coordinates hidden in them. When they find it, they now have to find the next one until they reach the grand prize. You may sell tickets to a geocaching event, and have businesses sponsor one item included in the hunt. This is undoubtedly a fun outdoor fundraising activity!
19. Movie Night
This has got to be one of the low-cost fundraising activities ever. All you need are movies, some popcorn and a good location! You can have an outdoor picnic-style movie night or a drive-in style kind of movie night where people would pay upon entering. A sample schedule for this is Saturday nights for a month. Have popcorn and some drinks on the side for a little extra, and that’s it!
20. Lip Sync Contest
If a talent show or a concert for a cause isn’t your style, here’s a great alternative way to raise funds. Hold a lip sync contest! It’s silly, fun and very entertaining. Participants will lip sync to their song choice while performing a dance to go with it. To raise funds, you may accept donations as they vote or upon admission.
21. Online Shopping
Shopping has never been so easy and convenient, thanks to the internet and businesses online. Another awesome fundraising activity is online shopping. After launching a website, a Facebook page or Instagram account for your fundraiser, post products online and you’re good to go.
22. Ice Cream Social
Last but not the least on our list, ice cream! Let’s put the slogan, “I scream for ice cream” to good use, yeah? The reason why it’s a good fundraising event is because it doesn’t need much planning time and budget, unlike many other fundraising activities. Spread the word and have a social media presence to gather some people and charge a little for an admission fee. Just get your ice cream flavours, cones or cups, and toppings ready for the event, and you’re good to go!
After all the brainstorming of fundraising ideas and finalising the people involved, system, prices, and location — don’t forget to spread the word and do some marketing! Donors and other guests are what will make the fundraising a success. Always remember, “Fundraising is the gentle art of teaching the joy of giving.” -Hank Rosso
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