Many of the Relief from Pain supporters often ask us how they can help contribute to our cause. Fundraising can be a great way to generate funds to support our charity and healers in general. When choosing to create an event for fundraising, there can be many different options for which type of event you have. While you want to be able to generate the most funds by hosting an activity that is engaging and inspiring, it can feel that it is easier said than done. If you want your event to go smoothly and be able to reach your fundraising goals, there are some creative and fulfilling ways to do so.
1. Host a second-hand sale
Ask participants to make donations of new and lightly used clothing, furniture, and other household items and sell them! Think of it as a charity garage sale where people in your community can come and peruse items. They may be more likely to buy items when they know the profits go to a good cause.
2. Host an indoor tournament
Looking for a more active way to raise money? Host an all-day tournament or activity with teams, where each team raises money to participate. Perhaps a local school or recreational center can sponsor the event, and a volleyball or football tournament can bring people in your community together for a good cause. Winners of the tournament can receive small prizes and bragging rights for the year!
3. Host a dinner
Many people can easily get behind an event that involves food! Whether it's home-cooked or catered, hosting a dinner in which attendees purchase tickets for a delicious plate can bring great results. Food has a tendency to bring people together and can also make people feel like they are really a part of something in their community.
4. Put on a film night
Everyone loves going to the movies, especially if it's for a good cause! You can rent projection equipment or perhaps again find a recreational center or school who will lend or donate it. Sell tickets for the show and snacks and refreshments such as popcorn. Depending on the size of the space available, you can potentially raise a lot of money!
5. Host an auction
Similarly to a second-hand sale, an auction is a great way to generate funds without overhead costs. You can auction items or go another creative way - actioning off experiences! See if businesses or people in your community are willing to donate items for auction, such as dinner for two, a rock-climbing membership, or a spa treatment, with all proceeds going to your cause.
6. Family game day
One great way to get people of all ages involved is to host a family style game day! Set up fun activities like three-legged races, pie eating contests, or bean bag tosses, and sell tickets for a fun time had by all.
7. Crafts workshop
Does your fundraiser coincide with a holiday coming up? You could think about a fun seasonal crafts workshop like making a Christmas ornament, or potting new plants for spring. You can bring people together for a fun activity, and also give them something to take home with them.
8. Host a "night in"
Want a more personal way to raise funds? Make "night in" packages and encourage people to host their own personal mini-events. Participants can donate to the fundraiser, and spend time with their friends or family in the comfort of their homes. In these types of events, participants can make it more individual, perhaps having a karaoke night, a cozy cocktails evening, or an "adult slumber party."
9. Host a "bake-off"
Nothing helps boost funds like a friendly competition! Put your community to the test with hosting a "cook-off" or "bake-off" where entrants can donate their way in and compete for the title of best fish and chips or best cookies, or whatever you choose. Have a panel of expert "taste-testers" or let your community buy tickets to try each dish and cast a vote.
10. Teach a lesson
Does your community contain a lot of people wanting to learn a new hobby or skill? Host classes or a lesson that participants can pay a small fee to attend. Maybe a local dance teacher can teach the waltz for charity, or a photographer can host a lesson on composition to eager learners. Perhaps you yourself can gather people together around a skill you possess, the possibilities could be endless.
Successful fundraisers should engage your community in a fun and exciting way. You may find it easier to hit your goals if activities are created, or donations are gathered through real involvement or participants feeling like they are getting something. Become known for hosting the best fundraisers and find opportunities to hold recurring events to boost your funds over time!
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