When you want to host a large event, but don't necessarily have the space, it may be time to start thinking about the kind of fundraising events you can have outdoors. Outdoor events have many different possibilities, and people enjoy getting outside for a good cause. Looking for inspiration for your next event for charity? Here are ten of our top ideas:
1. Host a long-distance race or relay
Get people moving! Host a running or bike race where participants can raise money for entry. These types of events also tend to draw crowds of supporters who may also be willing to make donations on the spot as they cheer on their family and friends.
2. Plan a scavenger hunt
Whether you're located in the countryside or live in the city, scavenger hunts can be great fun for parters or teams to complete. Make clues or riddles about locations around town and watch competitors race to the finish. Use a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales to pay for a prize for the winners!
3. Host a bar crawl
Know a few local pubs who may be willing to help a good cause? Set up a local bar crawl where participants can pay a small fee to join, and head place to place for drink specials. See if there are some bars or restaurants who are willing to donate food, and give back a portion of the proceeds from liquor sales to your charity or organisation.
4. Hold a car wash
As is a typical tradition in the summertime, car washes can be a great way to get outside and raise funds. Get people from your community involved to volunteer their time to wash cars, and take all the proceeds for your cause. If you can secure a location along a busy road, you may be able to raise a lot of money in a short time.
5. Have a field day
A family field day can be a fun way to host an outdoor activity in the summer time. Create different stations where participants can play games like egg toss and sack races, or even hire a dunk tank! Organize football matches, and other competitions and charge a ticket price for participation.
6. Organize a picnic
When the weather turns nice, everyone enjoys a little picnic outdoors! Invite your community to come together to enjoy a nature walk and a lunch, with bring-your-own supplies or refreshments provided. Encourage donations for those who attend.
7. Hold an eating contest
How could you go wrong with food and competition? Get creative with your eating contest - will it be spicy pepper eating, or speed pie eating, or who can eat the most sausages? People in your community may be game to try their eating skills! Host the contest in a park or a town square, and take an entry fee for participants and donations from the audience.
8. Go caroling
Want to spread some cheer during the holiday season? Gather people together to go door-to-door Christmas caroling. You can ask for donations from those who are enjoying the lovely songs of your volunteer carolers.
9. Go on a camping weekend
Bring people together for a sponsored camping trip! For those joining, ask for a donation and look for volunteers to drive or supply camping equipment. Learn about nature, surviving in the outdoors, and campfire cooking. It will be a weekend to remember, all for a good cause!
10. Play a giant game of capture the flag
Gather up your troops for an awesome game of capture the flag. If you can get many people in your community involved, you can make the area of play spread over a large area. Split the group into two teams and have fun seeing who can bring their opponent's hidden flag back behind enemy lines first! Charge an entry fee for those participating to raise funds for your charity.
Outdoor fundraising events can be fun activities that get many people involved. By engaging your community, you can bring people together for a good cause and hold an exciting event that may be different from the typical types of fundraisers.
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