15 Different Fundraising Events

06 Sep 2018

Need to fundraise for a good cause and a bit strapped for ideas? Below are 15 fundraising events to consider from small to large scale depending on your budget and resources.

1. Charity Auction

The extensive planning and preparation required for an auction pays off with big rewards. Appeal for major donors and corporations and focus on finding rare and unique items. Also, decide whether you would like to host a live auction or a silent auction. During a live auction, an auctioneer facilitates the bidding. At silent auctions, items are placed on tables and guests write down their bid. 

2. Themed Party

Themed parties work great for practically any cause or project, and can bring in a lot of money. The first step is to pick the theme. Here are some examples:

  • Masquerade
  • Wild West
  • Murder Mystery
  • Reggae
  • Greek
  • Mexican
  • 70s/80s

Consider the people that are likely to attend, and pick something that aligns with their interests as well as your cause. Generate interest in your event well in advance by sharing the event details on social media and sending out personalised invitations.

3. Karaoke Night

Who doesn’t love a night filled with friends and karaoke? Encourage all your friends and family to attend to reap the most rewards from your fundraising event. Some pubs and even some restaurants have their own karaoke equipment in a special function room. In order to control and plan for the evening it’s best to sell tickets for the evening in advance.

4. Charity Golf Tournament

While more time consuming and costly than some of the other fundraising events, hosting a golf tournament has a high fundraising potential for organisations. Not to mention, it offers the perfect opportunity to interact with major donors. Raise money for your cause by having participants collect pledges from their friends and family to enter the competition.

5. Marathon/Bikeathon/Walkathon/Fun Run

It’s vital that you start planning your event at least 6 months in advance so that you can secure a location, recruit volunteers and promote your event. Connect with local businesses to see if they will sponsor your event. Here, you can save money on all the materials you’ll need for the event, like water for the runners, tables, and banners and decorations. Raise even more money by selling branded merchandise.

6. Family Fun Day

A family fun event is a great way to bring families together to raise money. Think of your family fun event where you can offer games and mini competitions.

7. Book Sale

There’s no better way to raise money and promote reading than hosting a book sale. 

8. Casino Night

Bring Vegas to your hometown and host a casino night complete with games like roulette, blackjack, and poker. Invite guests to dress up and donate to participate. 

9. Football Tournament

While organising a football tournament takes a lot of time and effort, it’s also very rewarding. You will need to budget for your event, find a good location, attract teams and volunteers, buy trophies or prizes and plan the day. 

10. Raffle Fundraiser

A classic fundraising idea, a raffle requires collecting prizes and selling tickets. Often raffles are included in other events, such as a music concert or themed night.

11. Movie Night

Host a film screening or movie marathon at a local park or venue and sell tickets and snacks.

12. Fashion Show

To launch this fundraising event idea, partner with a local venue and sell event tickets. Ask participants to create their own sartorial masterpieces, or reach out to local clothing shops and boutiques for donated outfits. You can also ask makeup artists to donate their services and recruit community members to volunteer as models.

13. Dance-Off

Ask people to fundraise to participate in either a dance-off or dance marathon.  You can also ask people to sign up as teams foster some friendly competition.

14. Speed Dating

Speed dating might seem daunting to some, but it is at worst a good way to meet a lot of new people. Throw in fundraising for a good cause and who could turn it down? Sell tickets in advance and after the event allow people time to mingle and reconnect with anyone that they enjoyed from their dates.

15. Charity Dog Walk

A great way of raising money by charging a participation fee for dog walkers. When choosing locations, consider parking, any permissions needed from local authorities as well as walking safety. Volunteers and other dog lovers can help spread the news about your event as well as help greet walkers, put out water bowls and assist with post-event clean-up. You can also provide a doggy bag as a thank you.