Fundraising Event Ideas
Check out these great fundraising event ideas to help your organization find the perfect fundraising event for your cause. Many organizations host fundraising events. But what sets your event apart from others? Hopefully these fundraising event ideas can help you create a unique fundraising event that allows you to achieve financial goals and spread awareness for their cause.
How to determine the best fundraising event for your cause?
The best place to start is by looking at the core of your business. What is the mission of your organization? What are you trying to accomplish (spreading awareness for your cause and meeting financial needs). How can you create an event that will appeal to your audience and local community while helping you accomplish your goals?
Below we share some of our favorite Fundraising Event Ideas!
Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Events
Walk-a-thons, bike-a-thons, swim-a-thons and other "a-thon" events have become a very popular means for raising fundraising dollars. These types of events support health and wellness, encourage teamwork, and create a fun community gathering, tying in local sponsors and offering event participants and attendees food, beverage, entertainment, prizes and more! And don't forget to think about your mission here - A nonprofit organization dedicated to educating people about healthier eating habits may host a "cook-a-thon" with well-known chefs dedicated to healthier food preparation and lifestyle choices.
Online Charity Auctions
Charity auctions provide a great way to raise funds for your cause. The logistics for this type of event can be much easier to coordinate than a physical event. Start the planning by securing donated or No Risk auction items. Then create an auction website to display items, suggested retail values, reserve amounts, and optional "buy now" pricing. Be sure to promote the event at least one month in advance to give people ample time to review your website and make bids.
Charity Poker Events
An interesting and fun way to raise funds for your cause is through hosting a charity poker event. Organizations raise funds by charging an admission fee and selling food and drinks. In some cases, organizations may even collect a percentage of every pot. Remember to consider other ways to raise additional funds such as incorporating a silent auction or a fundraising raffle as part of the event.
Golf Fundraising Ideas
There are many creative golf fundraising ideas that provide a great opportunity to support your cause while bringing your organization together with members of your local community. With a standard charity golf tournament, funds can be raised through golfer registration fees and online donations. Local sponsorships can be secured for additional financial support and cost-savings through in-kind donations. Additional funds can be raised at the actual golf tournament event by tying in a fundraising raffle or silent auction. But there are plenty of more "creative" golf ideas as well, such as a Mini-Golf Fundraiser, or a Golf-a-thon. You can also spice up any golf fundraising event by including golf contests, hosting a fundraising raffle and more!
Host a Gala Dinner
Gala fundraisers are a great way to raise a large amount of capital for your cause. Guests pay a set price to attend the dinner, which raises profits for your organization. The success of the campaign depends not only on how well the event is planned and promoted, but also by conducting a proper analysis of the target audience. Make sure the theme, type of food, and entertainment is suitable for your audience. Consider incorporating a silent auction or fundraising raffle. Showing a quick slide show or distributing information about your cause and expected goals and intentions for proceeds can be an excellent way to bring in last minute funds.
Holiday and Seasonal Fundraising Ideas
Plan your fundraising event in conjunction with an upcoming holiday or season. There are plenty of holiday fundraising ideas leading up the Christmas such as; discount Christmas shopping cards, gift-wrapping services, catalog sales, etc. There are exciting opportunities year-round. Think about the timing of your event and perhaps ride the excitement of these seasons. Some more ideas include: Haunted House Fundraiser or Pumpkin Patch Fundraiser around Halloween, or a Easter carnival during Spring, or perhaps a festive 4th of July fundraising picnic. Feel free to browse our blog OnlineFundraisingToday and do a search of some of these topics. (We likely have an article about it!)
Unique Event Ideas
With creative thinking and the proper tools, your organization can create a customized fundraising event perfect for your group. Think outside the box. Although we've talked about walk-a-thons, golf tournaments, and gala events, don't feel boxed in by standard fundraising activities. Here are some fun examples of creative fundraising event ideas from our clients.
- The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society hosts an annual event called "The Amazing Race". Similar to the television show, teams are challenged to travel to various checkpoints and conquer many challenges, detours, etc. in order to make it to the finish line. Funds are raised through team registration fees, plus individual donation requirements.
- Another client hosted a very "cool" event. The organization organized a "Polar Plunge" where each participant was expected to raise a minimum amount through collecting pledges and then plunge into the chilly Atlantic Ocean - in the middle of winter! Participants were eligible to win a variety of prizes, and the day of the plunge was made into a fun community event with food and entertainment.