Diamond Jubilee Endowment Fund

60 Fundraising ideas

  1. 50/50 draw (or 60/40).

  2. Donate 60 hours work.

  3. Give it up: commit to giving up a regular activity for a month and give money to charity.

  4.  matchmaking gift-organization what you raise.

  5. Social media: Facebook and Twitter fundraiser

  6. Birthday pledge: ask for donations in lieu of gifts for birthday or wedding.

  7. Spa night: give manicures or pedicures and ask for donations.

  8. RainBarrel.ca partners with non-profit organizations to host fundraising truckload rain barrel sales. Visit www.RainBarrel.ca to learn how you can host your own truckload sale within the U.S or Canada to help raise funds.

  9. A-thon: Walk, run, skip, spin, ski, skate, swim, rollerblade, dance, yoga... you get the idea! Use your favorite sport or activity to collect donations and pledges.

  10. Theme parties: Make your next get-together one to remember by choosing a theme and asking a donation to attend. 80's rocker, favourite muppet character, famous athelete - the possibilities are endless!

  11. Item count: Fill a jar with candy, coins, nails, screws, or any other item and have people pay to guess how many it took to fill it! If the jar isn't filled with something yummy (like candy) to win - be sure to have a prize to help entice people to play.

  12. Sports tournaments: Pick a sport you love to play (Basketball, Hockey, Tennis, Volleyball, Baseball, Bowling, etc) and organize a tournament through your school or in your community. Collect a prize for the winning team - and be sure to share your event with the local papers!

  13. Auctions.

  14. Concerts.

  15. Raffles.

  16. Dress down at work or school: Talk to your supervisor, boss, or teacher, to organize a dress-down day each week or month. For a donation, give the option for participants to dress casually for the day!

  17. Bag groceries: Ask your local grocer whether they're allow you to help customers bag/box groceries in exchange for a donation.

  18. Bingo: Host Bingo night at home, school or at your local hall!

  19. Games Night: Organize a Monopoly, Halo, Jenga, Trivial Pursuit, or other board game night. Invite individuals or teams to participate for a donation.

  20. Petting Zoo: Do you have a lot of pets or live near a farm? Organize a Petting Zoo for local kids and families!

  21. Scavenger Hunt or Amazing Race: Create a route, clues, and a list of items, task, or games, for a participants to collect. Individuals or teams can join for a fee - with the winning team receiving the prize!

  22. Dance: Create the ultimate i-Pod dance list or hire a DJ or band. Sell tickets, organize a few games and dance the night away!

  23. Comedy Night: Think you're funny? Gather a group of friends or local talent for a night of laughs and charge a fee to attend.

  24. Art Sale: Contact local artists (painters, crafters, photographers, etc) to donate some of their work to be displayed and sold to the public.

  25. Cake-Decorating Contest: See who can create the most amazing cake! Charge a fee to participate with prizes for the best designs.

  26. Karaoke: Rent or borrow a karaoke machine at your school, local restaurant, or pub. Sell tickets or charge admission and warm up those vocal chords!

  27. Pet Care: Offer to walk the dogs on your street in the evening or on weekends, bathe them or take them to the park for a small fee.

  28. Block party.

  29. Comedy Club: Ask a local comedy club to host an evening in support of your efforts. Invite your friends to sell tickets.

  30. Movies: Rent short videos - old classic films are great - and have a movie week during lunch hours.

  31. Matching funds: Ask your CEO/President to match the total raised by your team or to be the leading donor for your team (in order for it to count toward incentives, you must turn in written confirmation prior to the event).

  32. Online: Send invitations to pledge to everyone you know, anywhere in the world, via e-mail.

  33. Pancake Breakfasts.

  34. Payroll Deduction: Employees can make their own contributions by having it deducted directly from payroll.

  35. Romance: Cater a romantic dinner for two!

  36. Shutterbug Mania: Into photography? Take candid shots around community, schools, etc, and sell to the subject! Or take photos at a friends' wedding!

  37. Golf tournament.

  38. Buy-a-Brick fundraiser.

  39. Bungee jumping.

  40. Flying in small airplane.

  41. In-Memory-of fundraiser.

  42. Bottle drive.

  43. Stair-Climb: Choose a building with lots of stairs and collect pledges in support of your climb.

  44. Quiz Night: Round up some smart (or not so smart) friends and arrange them into teams. Then get your "quizmaster" to test them on their knowledge. This also works well if you can speak to the local restaurant and ask them to host a one night tournament with proceeds donated to Child Haven.

  45. Bake Sale: There's a reason this is such a staple - everyone loves it! You can even create your own twist, such as selling bagels one morning at the office.

  46. Popcorn Sale: Rent a popcorn maker and sell bags at a sporting event or even just over lunchtime.

  47. Who's the Baby? :  Get people to submit a baby photo, and then everyone can guess who's picture is whose. Charge an entry fee and offer a prize to the person who gets the most right.

  48. Buy a Meal: Volunteers donate homemade meals to sell.

  49. It Tastes so Sweet: Get baked goods donated to sell at a large event like a dance or a basketball game.

  50. Cook Off: Solicit local celebrities to enter their best dishes and have people pay to vote on the winners.

  51. Pay it Forward: Give each person in your organization $10 and a specific amount of time to use the funds to raise as much as they can for the cause.

  52. Cookbook: Group members offer their best family recipes for a cookbook.

  53. Eat for a Cause: Ask a local restaurant to donate 10% of their profits on a designated night for your cause in exchange for encouraging supporters to eat there.

  54. Who's got Talent: Hold a talent show with a entry fee for each act and sell tickets.

  55. Pump it up: Coordinate with a local gas station to have volunteers serve as gas station attendants who pump gas and clean the windshields for donations for a day.

  56. Weight loss challenge: Get pledges for so much weight lost.

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