“It’s fundraising time.” Those three little words are enough to cause some otherwise supportive parents to tell you that they’re “way too busy” or “suddenly short on cash.”
If you’ve ever been in charge organizing a fundraising activity for your kids’ school or sports team, it’s likely you’ve struggled to find enough helping hands to run your event and attendees to fork over funds.
But, raising funds for a good cause doesn’t have to feel like pulling teeth. The key is incorporating some creativity and fun so both the organizers and participants will want to help out.
To help you maintain both your sanity and continued commitment to a good cause, we’re sharing these five fun event ideas proven to lure volunteers and money.
Themed Treasure Hunts
Treasure hunts are great fun for people of all ages, whether they’re elementary-school students or frazzled parents. The competition, the confusion, the thrill of the chase, the crazy photos — treasure hunts can be among the most entertaining ways to bring your community together while raising funds. Parents with little explorers will have a field day trying to decipher the clues and win prizes. For coordinators willing to go the extra mile, organizing an “Amazing Race” type event can bring in even more participants and funds.
Heels for Dads
Watching dads run around in heels pretty much guarantees you spectators and giggles. Typically (and yes, stereotypically), most fathers do not take an active part in fundraising, so this novel fundraising event is a great way for them to contribute to your important cause. Dads can register to compete and win a prize (or donate $20 -$25 to not have to compete). Either way, your funds will get a huge boost from this funny, photo-friendly event.
School Garage Sale
Residential yard sales are a classic way to raise funds for a good cause. A schoolyard sale can take this a notch higher by having parents, students and teachers contribute valuables they no longer need. According to the experts at ABC Fundraising, a collaborative yard sale tends to attract more sellers and shoppers, both of which can greatly increase your chances of success.
For a small entrance fee and low-priced game tickets, parents, friends, and family can enjoy some old-fashioned fun at your school’s carnival. These are also great social events, enabling parents to get to know each other better and visit with teachers outside of the classroom. All you need is a fun theme (think “Mardis Gras” or “Beach Party”) and plenty of fun carnival games. You can also sell candy and treats to boost your bottom line.
Pie in the Face
Crazy right? Who wouldn’t pay an entrance fee to see their favorite willing teacher, parent or student get a deliciously gooey pie smashed on their face? It’s all in good fun, of course. The participants will “enjoy” a pie in their face if the audience can reach a goal amount, say $25 or whatever you come up with. Alternatively, participants can opt out of the challenge by rallying the group to raise a goal amount. Whichever way you modify your contest, this crazy fundraising idea will contribute to your bottom line.
It’s possible to rock your next fundraiser while maximizing profits and enjoyment. Of course, you’re not limited to just these five ideas. You’ll find plenty of clever step-by-step fundraising guides online. And you can add some creative brainstorming of your own to come up with an event that will bring both fun and funds to your next worthy fundraiser.