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Fundraising Event Ideas for Nonprofits and Charities

Fundraising events are a great way to get the word out about your organization and help you raise money for the causes you care about. Whether you’re planning an event for your nonprofit or a charity, there are many ways to increase participation and raise funds. This post will give you 77 ideas for fundraising events, from small to large.

Peer-to-peer fundraising

Peer-to-peer fundraising works well for many types of events. For example, a peer-to-peer fundraising event can help you with the following:

* Crowdfunding for your nonprofit

* Raising money for your nonprofit

* Helping your organization create awareness

* Raising money for your nonprofit

* Fundraisers for your nonprofit

* Fundraising for your charity

* Charity golf tournaments

* Social fundraisers

* Social media fundraising for nonprofits

* Online fundraisers for nonprofits

Art Show

Tap on students’ creative talents to advance your worthy cause and strengthen your nonprofit’s sense of community.  Ask each artist to pay a nominal registration fee to showcase their work, then set a flat ticket price for attendees to browse the collection. Consider asking local artists to get involved as well. Classis’s online ticket sales for nonprofits feature makes it easy to sell tickets to potential supporters.

Car Wash

Car washes are often overlooked, but they can be a great way to take a task off someone’s to-do list while simultaneously converting them into a supporter of your cause. Host the event at a location that’s easily visible and accessible from high-traffic areas. You’ll also want to make sure you have plenty of space to wash, dry, and collect money from customers

Spelling Bee

Spelling bees are not only fun to watch, but also present a great opportunity for younger supporters to show their skills. Advertise your spelling bee event at local schools, gyms, churches, and restaurants, and take your marketing efforts online with a series of social media posts leading up to the event.

Charge a flat rate for tickets, and consider adding a peer-to-peer fundraising element to bring in donations from a wider audience. Participants can create their own fundraising pages and ask for support leading up to the competition to reach their goals. Plus, people can show their support throughout the event by sending donations to friends or family members competing in each round.

Bake Sale

Get ready for some sweet aromas with this classic fundraising idea. To make this fan-favourite event a little more interesting, invite participants to compete to bake the most delectable treat. People can donate for the chance to taste test and vote for their favourites, or scrap the competition idea and simply charge a flat rate for each baked good someone purchases. Just be sure to review all food serving laws before setting up your table on campus. 

Dance Marathon

Challenge participants to join a 24-hour dance marathon to raise money for their mission. Have dancers launch peer-to-peer campaigns with a minimum goal for participation and encourage attendees to create teams to see which group can raise the most.

This fun fundraising event keeps participants moving and creates ample opportunities for in-person connection. You could also invite supporters to request their favorite songs for $5 to raise additional revenue.  

Northwestern University Dance Marathon (NUDM) has raised more than $22 million for over 30 charitable organizations that benefit the Chicago Youth Programs and The Evanston Community Foundation. This proves the potential fundraising power of a dance marathon and reaffirms the impact of peer-to-peer fundraising.

Treadmill Relay Race

Partner with a local gym to get this fundraising event idea up and running (pun intended). Ask supporters and community members to sign up for a time slot (minimum of 15 minutes) and collect pledges of specific gift amounts per mile that their team completes.This event can also be completed virtually for anyone with access to a treadmill at home. Ask fundraisers torallysupport from their networks to pledge money for each mile they log or each time-based benchmark they hit (e.g., pledge to donate $50 dollars for every five miles).

Dodgeball Tournament

This timeless game is the perfect way to spin up competition at a local school or university. Ask each team to fundraise a certain amount to participate, or give donors the option to join for a set registration fee. Whichever they choose, encourage attendees to spread the word and recruit their friends to come watch for some serious laughs.

Photo Contest

Run a photo contest to engage attendees, build brand awareness, and connect with donors more organically. Identify a theme or subject for your contest, then invite donors to share their photos on Instagram with the appropriate hashtags and photo tags. Collect all entries, upload them to a central landing page, and ask your community to vote for their favorite by making a small monetary donation.

If you prefer to keep it all on social media, determine the winner by identifying which photo garners the most likes. Offer to share the winner’s photo on your organization’s social media accounts and your website home page. For an added incentive, see if a local gallery would display your winner’s photo for a week.

 Ice Bucket Challenge

Invite donors to recreate the 2014 ALS Ice Bucket Challengeto raise money for your mission using social media and recruit wider audiences to get involved with your cause. If the ice bucket challenge doesn’t align with or reflect your organization’s work, feel free to get creative with another social media challenge.

For example, Movember’sannualcampaign challenges supporters to grow their facial hair for the entire month of November to raise awareness for men’s health. When participants share photos of themselves online using the event hashtag or mention Movember in their captions, they’re organically boosting cause awareness and educating others on the importance of Movember’s work.

Giveaway

Nothing gets people more excited than free gifts. Share a photo and description of a unique prize on your organization’s Instagram, then give your followers step-by-step instructions on how to enter to win the item or experience. Something as simple as a custom swag bag would be great, or take it a step further by offering a free meal at a local restaurant or paid spa treatment at a luxury salon.

To generate revenue, invite donors to purchase additional entries by donating to your nonprofit. For example, donors who give an additional $10 are granted 10 extra entries into the giveaway.

Recipe Books

As a tribute to the days before cooking apps and Pinterest recipe boards, you can crowdsource recipes from different supporters, volunteers, and employees to compile a charity cookbook. Ask contributors to submit their recipes online and include a dedication, doodle, or note with each submission so that the book feels unique and personal to your organization. 

Cooking Class

Whether gathering in person or online, a cooking class is a great way to interact with your community in a relaxed, creative environment. Ask your employees, volunteers, or donors if anyone would be interested in leading the class, or turn to the experts and hire a chef to take the lead.

Charge a flat registration fee or offer a fundraising minimum for supporters to earn their spot in class. If you choose to host this event virtually, charge admission to attend the livestream. You can also include an incentive for larger donations by offering time with the chef after class for anyone who reaches the tier two fundraising level.

Apple Watch or Strava Challenge

Get donors involved from all over the world with a virtual fitness challenge. Invite people to hit a daily step goal, complete a running challenge, tackle an indoor cycling course, or enjoy an independent hike. Participants can track their exercise using an Apple Watch or the Strava app, then submit their results to see how they stack up in the leaderboard.

 Twitch Video Game Fundraiser

If we’ve learned anything from Twitch, it’s that video games can bring people together from all over the world to support a worthy cause. 

Invite gamers to create a fundraising page that they can share with viewers during their Twitch event. Provide them with the tools they need to promote their stream, and encourage them to recruit friends, family, and fellow gamers to tune in to support their efforts. 

Ask each gamer to drop the link to their fundraising page in the chat box during their event, and encourage them to speak to your mission throughout the livestream. This is a great opportunity to have gamers organically educate viewers on your work’s importance.

Virtual Tailgate

Tailgating for a sporting event is one of the best parts of the game. If you can’t tailgate in person, make it a virtual celebration. Have your supporters purchase a tailgate package, which can be picked up before the big game.

The Palmer Home for Children decided to host a virtual tailgate for the Mississippi State football team, sending each supporter home with a cooler of tailgate foods and treats. They also sold sponsorship packages, and anyone who purchased a sponsorship had their organization’s logo and program information included on special marketing materials inside the tailgate cooler.

School Concert 

For the proud grandparents, aunts, and uncles who can’t travel into town every time your children are participating in a school concert, provide a virtual option to keep them involved and expand the reach of your event. 

Either pre-record your concert at an earlier date to avoid any last-minute technology hiccups or livestream your concert using a reliable virtual event platform. Sell virtual tickets to your event through a branded campaign page or simply encourage attendees to make donations throughout the evening to support their loved one. 

Coffee-Grams

Invite supporters to give the gift a morning coffee to a student, parent, or teacher in their life who could use the extra boost of caffeine ahead of a busy day. Keep it simple by creating a custom campaign page where supporters can place their order, submit their donations, and even leave a personal message for the recipient of their coffee-gram. Ask for a flat donation amount from each customer, or invite supporters to upgrade their orders with specialty beverages like hot chocolate or an oat milk latte. 

Breakfast in Bed

Ask local businesses to donate breakfast staples like muffins, fruit, bagels, and coffee for this easy fundraising idea. Next, have supporters and their networks place orders. Enlist volunteers to deliver the goods and encourage tips in the form of donations. 

Create a menu that demonstrates impact so your supporters know what their donation provides. For example, a $20 donation gets you a fresh bagel, homemade croissant, and hot coffee, but more importantly, it pays for a student’s school lunch for a month.

Film Festival

Since everyone has a camera in their pocket and a platform to reach the masses, any moment can be captured on film and shared with the world. Host an amateur film festival where participants can enter their productions. You can even turn it into a contest, where attendees donate $5 to cast votes for their favorite films. Leading up to the contest, create an email series with tips to show supporters how to create an impactful video.

Dinner Party

This fundraising idea makes sense for any occasion. Whether you host a potluck harvest dinner or a cocktail hour, sell tickets and invite guests to a rented venue, a volunteer’s home, or your office for a delicious meal. Prepare your elevator pitch so that guests will understand how meaningful this dinner, and their contributions, truly are.

Date Night Auction

Strike a deal with a local restaurant, spa, or hotel to offer an exclusive date night prize to the winner of your fundraising auction. Identify potential businesses in your area that donors have shown an interest in, and highlight the incredible marketing opportunity those establishments will receive from this event.

You can host your auction online or in person, both presenting their own unique set of benefits. If you host your auction online, you can link to the businesses’ websites on your event page to entice donors. In addition, you have the potential to expand your reach and garner more bids as a result.

If you host your event in person, you have additional opportunities to raise money through merchandise, food, or drink sales at the event, educate supporters on your recurring giving program, strengthen donor relationships, and more.

Speed Dating

For those looking to meet new, like-minded people with a shared interest in philanthropy, host a speed dating fundraising event to break the ice between singles in your community and create a welcoming atmosphere for connection.

Charge a registration fee for anyone interested in participating, and auction off fun dates throughout the night for attendees to win. Recruit volunteers to play live music or serve drinks to keep the energy alive until the last couple leaves.

Eating Contest

Expand your fundraising opportunities with a food-forward event sure to draw in supporters of all ages. Whether you serve pies, doughnuts, or hot dogs, contestants will be excited to compete in a timed eating contest and fund your good work. 

Solicit local shops or bakeries to donate the food that will be devoured at your tasty fundraiser. That way the restaurant or bakery gets their brand in front of more people, and your organization can keep overhead costs as low as possible. 

Art Auction

This fundraising idea isn’t just for professional artists. Encourage donors, supporters, and artists alike to create something they feel proud of and would like to share with your community. Invite attendees to show their support for each artist while simultaneously advancing your cause by bidding on their favorite items, either in a live or virtual environment. 

Exercise Lessons

Whether you focus on yoga, tennis, or self-defense, host an afternoon where participants can donate to receive a lesson from a local expert. To find a qualified instructor, reach out to local gyms or workout studios to see who might be interested in donating their skills for a good cause. You could also turn to social media to source potential exercise professionals in your area who might be a good fit for your event.

Silent Auction

Plan a silent auction as a solo event, or add it to an existing fundraising initiative as a supplementary revenue driver.  Reach out to your network to start assembling items, but also consider appointing a committee of volunteers who can solicit their contacts for additional gifts. 

By shifting this event to virtual, it becomes more accessible to your audience. Promote the auction items in an email blast and on social media to engage attendees, then take advantage of the opportunity to ask for additional donations throughout the event. 

Lakeview Pantry celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2020 by offering supporters the chance to bid on several prizes at their online silent auction. All bidding was submitted online prior to the livestream, and remained open until one hour after the virtual program ended. This allowed all supporters to participate, even if they couldn’t attend the live virtual event.

Gala

Galas are one of the longest-standing fundraising events for a reason. Imagine sitting at a table of like-minded individuals engaging in meaningful conversation while enjoying a delicious meal.

Invite your supporters to an elegant evening of dinner, drinks, live entertainment, and ample fundraising opportunities to recognize the success of your organization and help attendees better understand your impact.

Sell tickets to your event through a branded campaign page, and consider restricting your sales to two-pack tickets to ensure all attendees bring at least one guest. Leverage partnerships to help offset costs, and be sure to double down on promotion leading up to your event to build a case for why supporters should offer their support.

Battle of the Bands

Recruit local bands to put on a concert for your community. Performers can fundraise ahead of the event to earn their spot on the stage,  and attendees can purchase tickets to join in on the fun. Invite influencers or local personalities to judge, and motivate them to help spread the word to get people excited about your show.

Simply ask each group to upload a pre-recorded video of their act to your event page to bring the battle online. Participants can still fundraise to earn their registration, and then your supporters can vote on the best performance. Offer a prize for the winning band to incentivize participation and consider offering a prize to the band who raises the most money.

Pancake Breakfast

Heat up the skillets and recruit a team of passionate volunteers to serve up endless stacks of pancakes in support of your nonprofit. Advertise your event weeks in advance to give donors enough time to plan ahead, and be sure to increase your marketing cadence the week leading up to the event to keep it top of mind.

Ask donors to purchase a ticket to your all-you-can-eat breakfast event, or remove the registration cost altogether to increase accessibility and ask supporters to donate in exchange for a hot meal once they arrive. Whichever you choose, just make sure you have plenty of butter and syrup to go around.

Casino Night

Bring Vegas to your hometown and host a casino night complete with roulette, blackjack, and poker games. Invite guests to dress up and donate to participate. You could also invite attendees to donate certain gift amounts in exchange for entries into a grand prize raffle at the end of the evening. Prizes like a gift card to a nice restaurant in your area or free tickets to your next nonprofit event are both great options. 

Vacation Auction

The idea of going on a relaxing weekend getaway is enough to pique most adults’ immediate interest. Do your research and explore your connections to identify potential airlines, hotels, car services, and restaurants that would be willing to support this offering. You could also keep it local for a simple stay-cation at a nice hotel or resort in your city.

Entice bids by promoting your auction online, and get creative with your marketing materials. Sell the experience with strong photos and videos of the vacation package, plus a comprehensive list of the vacation details and perks the winner will receive.

Murder Mystery Party

See who can piece all of the clues together to solve the mystery at this classic fundraising event. Attendees can reserve their spot in the game with a flat registration fee, but be sure to remind them to invite friends and family members to join the fun. Spice things up by encouraging attendees to dress in costume, or even consider adding a costume contest element to get donors excited.

Wine Tasting

Wine and dine your community of supporters with an invitation to a wine night fundraising event. Ask local wineries or restaurants to donate a bottle or two in exchange for free marketing, or host your wine tasting at a local business that would contribute a portion of their proceeds to your organization.

Consider hiring a sommelier to teach attendees how to properly taste each wine and educate the group on the history of each drink being served, or collect a basket of fine wines, cheeses, wine glasses, and bottle openers to auction off at the event for additional donations. You could even throw in a gift card to a local vineyard.

Fashion Show

To launch a memorable fashion show, consider partnering with a local venue and encourage attendees to purchase tickets to your exclusive event. 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 assist day-of to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Game Night

Step away from the screens and kick it old school to raise money for your cause. Put together a game night fundraising event that’s friendly for all ages, complete with various options from Monopoly to charades. Charge for entry and host mini-tournaments among different sets of players. Advertise prizes for the winners to motivate participation, and be sure to remind attendees of those prizes throughout the evening to encourage some healthy competition.

Movie Night

Host a film screening or movie marathon at a local park or auditorium. Sell tickets and snacks for suggested donations, and invite attendees to help determine which movie you’ll stream by donating a few dollars toward their favorite film on the list. 

Another twist to this familiar fundraising event is asking friends and family to host their own mini-film screenings on behalf of your cause. Ask them to invite their networks to donate a small fee to “reserve their seat” at the event, and provide each host with a toolkit of promotional materials to speak about your mission afterward. 

Tie-Dye Party

Swag that promotes your cause is a classic fundraising incentive, but you can take this nonprofit fundraising idea a step further by hosting a “create your own T-shirt” get-together. Charge an entrance fee and invite attendees to create their own masterpieces. You could also enlist local artists to create custom pieces to sell.

Since making T-shirts isn’t an extremely time-consuming activity, prepare some other family-friendly games, crafts, or challenges for the event to ensure attendees stick around.

Rollerblade or Rollerskate Race

How about switching up the usual 5K run/walk with a roller-skating race? In addition to fundraising for entry, invite participants to dress up and participate in a costume contest. 

Scavenger Hunt

Send participants running all around town with an organized scavenger hunt. Stick to the classic scavenger hunt where people have to find and collect designated items, or go digital and have individuals or teams simply take a picture of the items or locations on the list and submit them for approval. 

Charge a registration fee in advance. Offer a head start or hints in exchange for donations on the day of the hunt, and give bonus points to the individual or team who collects the most trash as they explore your city.

Karaoke Night

Invite donors to let their hair down and have some old-fashioned fun with a night of karaoke. Charge for entry, then encourage spectators to vote for their favorite performers through small monetary donations. The performer with the most donations at the end of the evening will be crowned the winner.

Encourage supporters of all ages to participate in a battle of the generations. Categorize all performers into individual age brackets, then leave it up to the audience to determine which group deserves the karaoke crown. Offer incentives to the winners to motivate participation, or simply remind them of the bragging rights they’ll earn.

Donate a Drink for a Cause

To demonstrate how the smallest donation can make a difference, ask fundraisers to give up a daily beverage and donate the money they would have spent to your cause instead. Provide supporters with data showcasing the impact of $5, $10, $20 donations. Encourage them to share their activity on social media and ask their networks to take action too.

Intensify the appeal by asking supporters to participate for a certain number of days or encourage them to meet a personal fundraising goal.

Afternoon Tea Time

Invite your community to relax, sip their favorite tea, and support your nonprofit’s mission. Attendees can secure their entry with a standard registration fee, then dress up for your classy high-tea fundraiser to make the most of the event. 

Prepare elegant cutlery, fine china, and classic tea party snacks. Consider partnering with a local tea or coffee shop for tea leaves and pastries.

Comedy Night

Laughter is one of the most powerful sources of connection. Recruit community members, local performers, and up-and-coming comics to show off their talents at your comedy night event. Sell entry tickets, then encourage donors to show additional support through the form of food and beverage purchases for suggested donation amounts.

See if a local comedy club would offer their space for your nonprofit to use, or host your event at a bar or restaurant that would contribute a portion of their proceeds back to your cause.

Head-Shaving Fundraiser

If you can find brave supporters to go the extra mile for your nonprofit, a head-shaving fundraiser is a great way to bring attention to your cause and attract new audiences. Participants pledge to shave their heads (or long-lasting beards) to raise money. In return, your nonprofit can offer an exclusive perk, prize, or public recognition on your website or social media platforms.

Trivia Night

Trivia nights are a weekly occurrence at bars for a few simple reasons—they’re easy to organize, affordable to host, and can be customized to appeal to any audience. Ask a local restaurant or bar to host your fundraising event and encourage participants to form teams in advance. 

To earn their spot in the competition, set a minimum fundraising amount that each participant must meet to play. If registrants don’t meet the minimum, they can donate the remaining amount.  

Charge an entrance fee for anyone not participating in the competition, but still wants to support your cause and be part of the action. You can also host a virtual trivia night to reduce overhead costs. Simply create a list of questions, secure an engaging virtual host, and encourage attendees to tune in for the live event to earn designated prizes.  

If you decide to go with an in-person gathering, consider asking if the venue would share a portion of their food and drink proceeds with your nonprofit. Nothing encourages business like being a socially responsible company.

Yard Sale

Collect gently worn clothes and home goods for a yard sale your community won’t want to miss. If you have valuable items, like first-edition books or signed collectibles, you can hold an exclusive auction for these top-tier pieces at the end of the day. In addition to opening up donations to your staff, supporters, and collective networks, reach out to local celebrities or philanthropists for those high-ticket items.

Take pictures of the items and post them on social media to generate buzz around the event.  You might just find your next corporate sponsor while drumming up excitement online.

Community Potluck

Invite supporters to dig out their family recipe books for a community potluck. This cheap fundraising idea is accessible to donors who might not be able to afford a ticket to your annual gala or other large fundraisers, but still want to get involved with your cause. Encourage donors to buy a ticket through your event page, then simply show up with an appetite and their favorite meal, dessert, or drink in hand.

To leave attendees with something special to remember the evening, ask registrants to submit their recipes to your team ahead of the potluck and create a cookbook of everyone’s unique contributions. Either send the book home for free as a gift for attending, or sell them for a low price at the event for additional donations.

Restaurant Partnership

A restaurant fundraiser allows supporters to eat at a local restaurant or bakery on a particular day, and the restaurant donates a percentage of their sales back to your cause. Set up a committee to identify potential partners, then arrange a meeting with those restaurant managers to explore your options. Determine how the proceeds will be split, and discuss if there will be an option for supporters to make a reservation ahead of the event to confirm their table.

Talent Show

Secure a venue, recruit your talent for the evening, and prepare attendees for a fundraising event to remember. Research some free community spaces to rent, or consider striking a deal with a local business to host your event for a portion of the proceeds.

Encourage supporters of all ages to take the stage to pursue the grand prize, whether that’s a coveted trophy or custom T-shirt. Just be sure to preview the acts beforehand to ensure they’re appropriate for all eyes.

 50/50 Raffle

If your organization is looking for a cheap way to bolster donations, try a 50/50 raffle. Sell tickets for entry into the raffle, typically for a fee of $1 per ticket. Add up all of your ticket sales, then divide them in half. One half goes to your organization, and the other goes to a lucky winner.

You can host the raffle at an in-person event, or take it virtual by selling the raffle tickets online. Whichever you choose, keep supporters updated as you sell tickets to show just how large the prize fund is getting.

Dog Walking

It’s not always easy for people to make time for an afternoon stroll with their pets, but you can help make their days easier by walking their dog in exchange for a donation.

Launch an online sign-up sheet where donors can reserve a date and time, submit their donation, and insert all relevant contact information. Charge a flat rate for a 30-minute walk, or offer longer walks in exchange for larger donations. You could also offer additional services, like bathing their dog, for an additional fee.

Pet Sitting

When people travel for the weekend or just go away for the day on business, it can be challenging to find someone they trust to take care of their pets. Help relieve some of their stress with pet sitting services.

Create an event landing page with the details of your offering to ensure donors know exactly what they’re signing up for, then follow up with each participant to confirm the date, time, and location. Set a flat hourly rate, or offer an exclusive weekend package for those who need a little more help.

Polar Plunge

There’s nothing like jumping into an ice cold ocean to re-energize your nonprofit community. A polar plunge is the perfect opportunity for peer-to-peer fundraising where supporters can tap into their networks to raise money on behalf of your organization.

Similarly to those participating in nonprofit endurance events, polar plunge participants can ask their friends, family, and loved ones to support their ambitious goal. Whether you host your plunge at the beach, lake, or even in a local pool, it will grab supporters’ attention.

Meditation Night

Allow donors to unwind and destress at a community meditation night. Find a quiet, comfortable space to convert into your meditation studio, then recruit a local yoga teacher, volunteer, or passionate supporter to lead your class.

Charge a registration fee to attend, then bolster your opportunities for donation by auctioning off a series of guided meditation sessions or a free one-year membership to popular meditation apps like Calm or Headspace.

Holiday Cooking Competition

Round up supporters and foodies around a friendly culinary competition. Contestants create their best holiday dishes with a specific ingredient or other criteria, and people pay to taste each dish and cast their votes. By giving your supporters the option to sign up as a chef or judge, you’re appealing to a large audience and providing a fun and unique experience that will help donors associate your organization with a good time.

Winter Clothing Drive

Host a clothing drive ahead of the freezing winter temperatures to support and protect community members in need. Collect these in-kind resources early in the winter season to ensure adequate resources for your beneficiaries when the coldest temperatures hit in December and January.

In addition to giving jackets, hats, and gloves, encourage donors to contribute a one-time donation on top of their in-kind contribution to help your organization sustain its critical work. Clarify how each dollar will directly benefit a community member and remind donors how much just $5 can do for someone in need.

Indoor Cycling

Invite donors to warm up in the winter months by sweating for a cause. Partner with a local gym or spin studio and ask your community to participate for a suggested donation. Recruit a local instructor to donate their time and lead the class through an energetic and fulfilling workout. To jazz it up, throw in mood lighting, a killer playlist, and after-spin refreshments for an event to remember.

Community Bonfire

Get donors together for a night of smores, hot chocolate, and campfire songs. Sell tickets to your event through a branded campaign page, and also consider setting up a booth on the weekends leading up to your event to sell tickets in person.

Recruit donors, beneficiaries, or partners to speak at your bonfire to help clarify the impact of your mission to new and prospective supporters. Put together a slideshow to display at your bonfire to highlight the other events your community has enjoyed together, and consider adding a few other small games or activities for attendees to do throughout the evening. Something as simple as bag toss, a cookie decorating station, or holiday movie screening would work well.

5K Run or Bike Race

A 5K race is a year-round favorite that can raise big bucks for your cause. Rather than rely solely on entry fees, implement peer-to-peer fundraising so participants can start raising money upon registration. Throw out a suggested fundraising goal, prepare incentives, and send participants tips on how to reach out to their networks to solicit additional donations.

For organizations looking to do this virtually, charge registration in the form of a donation and then encourage the athlete to complete the distance on their own. Hope for Haiti hosted their third annual virtual Hike for Haiti Challenge in 2021, which challenged students and families to climb 200 flights of stairs. This distance represents the journey taken by students and families in Marre à Coiffe to access clean water and other vital resources. 

Supporters worldwide posted photos and videos of themselves on social media climbing stairs at the gym, at a local stadium, and even in their apartment complexes, raising over $344,000 in the process.

Color Run

Put a creative spin on the traditional 5K by hosting a community-wide color run. As participants make their way through the course, they’ll be covered with water and color powder to help create memories that will last a lifetime.

You can host your color run at a local school to target a younger audience, or open the event to your larger community to boost exposure and increase attendance. Ask registrants to cover a flat registration fee that will offset the cost of materials, and encourage them to tap into their extensive network to raise more through peer-to-peer fundraising.

Post-race swag, medals, or even branded water bottles are great incentives for each runner. If that’s not within your budget, offer the winner a set of free tickets to your next fundraising event.

Walk-a-Thon

Encourage supporters to fundraise on behalf of your cause through a walk-a-thon peer-to-peer fundraising event. Provide attendees with all necessary fundraising and marketing materials they might need to solicit donations, like a fundraisers toolkit, and incentivize their participation with exclusive perks or prizes.

Although most commonly held at a track, you can take this event to a local park or even online to host a virtual walk-a-thon. Consider tapping on event sponsors to support your event, or think about creative ways to collect in-kind donations from your community to keep walkers fueled throughout the day, like drinks, snacks, and sunscreen.

Pub Crawl

Don’t discount the potential of a fundraising event that’s centered around bar hopping. This is the fun fundraising idea that inspired the start of Classy. A pub (or restaurant) crawl can be a great way to put a philanthropic twist on a fun Saturday night.

Plan your route with local breweries who may offer potential discounts, or ask participating bars and eateries to donate a portion of their profits to your cause. Charge for entry and invite registrants to secure donations for each stop they make. 

You can also charge a fee for people to participate in the crawl. To take it one step further, ask people to dress up to fit a theme, or have participants earn branded swag for each stop they make on the crawl.

Tree Planting

Do a good deed for the environment while simultaneously driving your mission forward. Sell or auction trees in partnership with your local native plant nursery, or promote donations for memorial trees that your organization will plant to remember loved ones.

The holiday season presents another lucrative fundraising opportunity for your nonprofit. Offer a Christmas tree collection and recycling service for a suggested donation, or help supporters get their trees to the curb on trash day. Gather a team of volunteers to do the heavy lifting, and be sure to reward their hard work with a special gift.

Marathon Sponsorships

Reward top peer-to-peer fundraisers in your community with entry to exclusive marathons or running events, like the Boston Marathon. Become an official charity partner of the race of your choice, then determine how many athlete spots you’ll be given. Reserve those coveted spots for supporters who bring in the most money for your cause in the months leading up to race day, saving them the costly race registration fee they would have to pay otherwise.

StacheStrong was accepted as an official community charity partner for the 2021 TCS New York City Marathon, encouraging supporters to fundraise on their behalf to earn their spot at the start line. They successfully sent three ambitious athletes to New York to make the 26.2-mile trek as a well-earned reward for their fundraising success.

Basketball Tournament

Put a spin on the standard basketball tournament with other fun games like dunk contests, free-throw contests, or dribble challenges. Keep it simple with a flat registration fee, or tap into the potential of your supporters’ networks through peer-to-peer fundraising.

 Relay Race

Put a fresh spin on the traditional 5K or 10K by turning it into a team relay race. Runners can solicit their networks for donations, or ask their friends and family to purchase event tickets to come watch. Perhaps each leg of the race demands a particular costume theme or humorous obstacle like carrying an egg on a spoon or a three-legged race.

Craft Fair

If Pinterest has taught us anything, it’s that the do-it-yourself aesthetic isn’t going anywhere. Gather talented friends and family members to help create and sell custom crafts, like bracelets, buttons, keychains, or hand-stitched blankets.

 Ice Cream Social

This fundraising event idea is perfect for families and children. Ask your community and local businesses to donate supplies and help you get the word out. Charge per scoop or set a flat ticket fee for an all-you-can-eat option. 

Consider adding an ice cream eating contest to shake things up, or host a competition to see who can create the most beautiful sundae with the ingredients they’ve been given.

This can easily become a virtual event as well by sending a gift card to each donor who reaches the designated fundraising level. Encourage them to purchase their own treat and attend a livestream ice cream social to connect with fellow supporters.

Dunk Tank

While getting an adult to sit in the tank might take a little convincing, this fundraising idea is an engaging weekend activity sure to leave everyone laughing. Identify volunteers, donors, partners, or board members willing to take a shift in the dunk tank, and sell tickets to those interested in sending them for a swim.

You can sell different tiers of tickets, rewarding those who donate larger amounts with additional attempts to dunk the person inside. Another creative twist is kicking off a peer-to-peer competition leading up to the event, and the person who raises the least has to take the first shift in the tank.

Local Concert

This idea is for all the live music junkies out there. Partner with a local venue and recruit artists to participate in your show. Performers can create fundraising pages leading up to the event so that fans, friends, and family can donate, even if they cannot attend.

You can also make this an online event by asking bands to perform for your virtual audience in a closed venue. Sell tickets for the event, collect donations throughout the evening, and livestream the performances for all donors to enjoy.

Surf Tournament

f you’re near the ocean, a surf competition can be the perfect fundraising idea to draw beach-loving crowds and get people outside. Ask participants to create peer-to-peer campaigns with a fundraising minimum. Be sure to leverage impact blocks on your campaign page to help tie your fundraising goal to a tangible solution. For example, participants that raise $1,500 will cover the cost of sending one cancer survivor to camp.

Not near the coast? Lakes are perfect for athletic events too. Plan a kayak race or a swim relay to take advantage of the great outdoors.​​

Local Olympics

Put together an Olympics-style sporting event for locals and ask each participant to fundraise a minimum amount to help you reach a collective goal. Either stick with the classic Olympic events, like basketball and track and field, or get creative with more unique games, like bag toss or bocce ball. 

BBQ Cook-Off

Invite your local chefs to cook up their best barbecue plate and ask guests to donate, taste, and cast their votes for their top choice. Segment the competition even further to crown the winner of the best barbecue sauce, rolls, or side dishes. No matter what, be sure to keep a lot of napkins on hand. 

Costume Race

Host a race where people dress up in theme to add some extra flair to the classic endurance event. Whether it’s zombies, Star Wars, Harry Potter, or another theme, a costumed race allows donors to dig out their Halloween boxes and have some fun. With all the different options to choose from, this funny fundraising twist on the classic 5K never gets old.

Flag Football Tournament

Tap into a global interest and host your own charitable flag football tournament. Charge an entry fee per team, or ask participants to fundraise for entry. Consider how you could raise additional funds day-of, whether that’s an on-site concession stand or branded merchandise. Either seek out volunteer referees or ask your staff to step in, and remember to highlight the prizes that are up for grabs for the winning team. 

Bowling Tournament

Like all other tournaments, ask each team to fundraise a minimum amount for entry. You could also recruit partners to sponsor lanes or uniforms where they can feature their logos. 


Source:
  1. https://www.salsalabs.com/fundraising-event-ideas
  2. https://www.classy.org/blog/fundraising-event-ideas-raise-money-cause/

Why Use Fabric Banners to Advertise Your Event

When planning your next event, consider using fabric banners to make a big impression. Fabric banners are printed on high-quality polyester materials that will ensure your graphics look sharp and vibrant. These banners are long-lasting and are perfect for on-the-go display. Here are some other reasons to choose fabric banners for your next event.

Why Fabric Banners Are an Effective Marketing Solution

When it comes to making a big impact on your business or next event, fabric banners are hard to beat. Their bright colours and bold designs are sure to capture attention, and they can be hung just about anywhere. Whether you display them from a ceiling or draped over a doorway, fabric banners instantly add colour and interest to any space. These banners are also very versatile – they can be used indoors or outdoors, and they come in a variety of sizes to fit any space. Plus, fabric banners are easy to customize, so you can add your own personal touch.

Fabric vs. Vinyl Banners

Fabric banners are typically considered to be of higher quality compared to vinyl banners because they are printed on premium materials and can feature more extensive full-colour designs. The high-quality fabrics give them a softer, more pleasant look and feel compared to the harder exterior of vinyl banners. Fabric banners are generally more durable than vinyl banners and can be easily repaired if they become damaged. Because they are easy to repair, fabric banners can be used over and over again before they need to be replaced. Banners made from fabric are also more eco-friendly compared to vinyl banners because they can be made from recycled materials.

Find The Exact Fabric Banner for Your Business or Event

Displaying fabric banners is a great way to make a statement at your next event. Whether you are looking for a simple way to advertise your business or want to add some extra decoration to an event, a fabric banner can be the perfect solution. These banners come in a variety of different materials and in a wide range of colours and styles, so you can find a banner that matches your brand or event theme. Choose from weather-resistant polyesters or fabrics that are just for indoor display. If you need a specific size, many companies also offer custom sizing. Most importantly, polyester banners are durable and long lasting, making them cost-effective in the long run. Investing in a fabric banner is a great way to make sure your future events are a success.

How Should I Design My Banners?

There are many factors to consider when designing the banner for your business or event. The first step is to decide what kind of message you want to communicate. If you are looking for a simple way to advertise your business, a basic banner with your logo and contact information may be all you need. However, if you are looking to make a more impactful statement, you may want to choose a banner with bolder colours or an eye-catching design. Once you have decided on the message you want to communicate, you will need to select the right size and shape for your banner. Fully customizable fabric banners come in a variety of sizes and shapes, so it is important to select one that will fit well in the space you have available. Finally, be sure to choose a fabric that is durable and can withstand the elements if it will be used outdoors. By taking the time to select the right banner, you can be sure that your message will be seen and heard by everyone who passes by.

Fabric Banners Are Easy to Set Up and Take Down

One of the best things about fabric banners is that they are easy to set up and take down. Unlike vinyl banners, which can be difficult to manage, fabric banners can be hung quickly and easily. Plus, if you need to make a change or update your banner, it’s easy to do. Setting up the banners does not require any special tools or skills. Simply unroll the banner and use the provided hardware to attach it to a wall or other support. Because they are so lightweight, they can be hung from ceilings, walls, or even doorways. Depending on which polyester material you choose, they are versatile enough to be displayed indoors, outdoors, and everywhere in between. When you are ready to take the banner down, simply remove the hardware and roll up the fabric for storage. Fabric banners offer a low-maintenance way to promote and gain extra attention for your business or event.

Fabric Banners Are Perfect for Traveling to Events and Shows

Any business owner knows that marketing is essential to success. After all, how can customers find out about your products or services if you don’t tell them? Of course, advertising can be a costly endeavour, and it’s often difficult to know where to allocate your limited budget. Investing in easy-to-use and long-lasting advertising materials, like fabric banners, can help to make sure your money is well spent. Not only are they durable, but fabric banners are also lightweight and portable, making them ideal for travelling to and from events. Simply roll them up to fit into a suitcase or carry-on bag. Unlike vinyl banners, which can become permanently creased, fabric banners can be stored without fear of damage.

Caring For Your Fabric Banners

Whether you’re hanging a new banner for a special event or reusing an old one, you’ll want to make sure it looks its best. Wrinkles can give fabric banners a sloppy appearance, so it’s important to remove them before display. The good news is that there are a few simple methods you can use to get rid of wrinkles and restore your banner to its original glory. One way to remove wrinkles is to iron them out. Simply set your iron to a low heat setting and gently run it over the wrinkled areas of the banner. Another method is to hang the banner in a steamy bathroom for a few minutes, which will help to release the wrinkles. Finally, you can also try using a handheld steamer. Hold the steamer about six inches from the banner and move it around until the wrinkles disappear. With a little care and effort, you can keep your fabric banners looking wrinkle-free for years to come.

In Conclusion

Fabric banners are a great option for your business or event. They are easy to set up and take down, and they are perfect for travelling to events and shows. Plus, you can be sure that your banner will look great no matter where it is displayed. If you’re looking for an attractive, durable banner that is perfect for any occasion, fabric banners are the way to go!

How Blockchain Technology Will Revolutionise the Event Ticketing Industry

How Blockchain Technology Will Revolutionise the Event Ticketing Industry

Have you ever been cheated into buying expired tickets or paying more while buying your ticket?

If you have, then you are among many who have been in this situation. Reports of scalping have been published on news outlets like the daily mail where a man sold fake tickets to Ed Sheeran’s Brisbane concert. Eagle fans bought scalped ticket to watch the final game against Melbourne but were refused entry. In spite of the war declared on scalpers by Senator Nick Xenophon, Australians are still falling victim to ticket fraudulence.

These incidents made the event ticketing industry consider if the blockchain technology can be of any use here. Before jumping to how the blockchain technology revolutionises the event ticketing industry, let’s quickly describe what the blockchain technology is.

What is Blockchain Technology?

If you are familiar with BitCoin cryptocurrency, then you may have already come across the term blockchain. It is the technology that secures your online transaction. It works by creating a chain of blocks, and each block records the data. Each block is connected to the previous and the next block. Thus a network is established distributing and storing itself in thousands of different computers. These blocks hold the transaction records permanently, and restrict the modification of data.

Now let’s check out the role blockchain can play in the event ticketing industry –

From a Customer Perspective

Customers suffer the most due to system loopholes in the event ticketing industry. If blockchain can resolve these issues, that will be most welcomed and accepted by all.

Help Keep the Ticket Price Down

A scalper takes the opportunity of the limited number of tickets and increases the price and puts them for resale. According to a report by abc.net, tickets for Justin Bieber’s concert were put on sale on TM+ for $2,555, which was 374% of the original value.

With blockchain, organisers now can choose if the ticket can be resold and set a limit on the price. Controlling the maximum and minimum price cap ensures that the ticket cost is kept down. Using blockchain for ticketing, an organiser can also add parameters so that if a resale rule is broken, then the ticket becomes invalid. So, customers will always get valid tickets at the right price.

Save from Being Defrauded

Scammers have been making fake tickets ripping people off their hard earned cash. In Melbourne music festival, a fraudster sold 149 fake tickets and conned more than $26,000.

Introducing blockchain ticketing system can save customers from being defrauded as you can identify and track your tickets. With each ticket being given a separate and unique identification number, it cannot be replicated. Customers can be protected from ticket frauds by hiding the barcode until a definite time or until the holder reaches nearby the venue.

Fully Transparent

Customers always prefer a transparent system. Each ticket stored within a block has a unique identifier through which it can be tracked over each transaction. Throughout the journey from the primary seller to the secondary seller to reaching the fans, a buyer will have access to the complete transaction history. Thus, blockchain will be able to revolutionise your level of transparency in the event ticketing industry.

Authenticity and Validity: Record and Track Ticket Sale

Going to an event, are you being told that you have got fake tickets? With blockchain, you can check out the validity and authenticity of tickets in real-time.

Each ticket has its identifier, and the block keeps a record and tracks the transactions ensuring that buyers get correct and verified information about the ticket’s status.

From Organisers Perspective

Touts and bots are buying all ticket available online and reselling them at exorbitant prices. As a result, many customers are unable to afford such a high cost and lose their trust in the organiser. As such, organisers are losing both profit and valuable customers.

More Secured and Breach Resistant

Blockchain keeps on storing new data as it advances through the network. It is virtually impossible to change, add or remove any data without being noticed by other users.

Each transaction made is time-stamped and sequential, making any duplicate entries impossible. Blockchain security uses a hash function which is a set of unique string which latches onto the next block keeping its trace in the new hash. You can also make smartphone bound tickets display a code which changes every minute, thereby invalidating the previous one. It helps in preventing unregulated sell in the secondary market.

Build Trust

Consumers have lost their trust in organisers having no guarantee that the ticket they bought is genuine. With so many variables, the whole sector has become untrustworthy.

This is where blockchain brings revolution by building a platform of trust among multiple parties without having an intermediary. Similar to what blockchain did with bitcoin by solving the double spending issue, the same could be done for the ticketing industry. This cryptographic framework is soon going to be known to all as the new “trust protocol”.

Stop Bots and Scalpers

Remember the time you were eagerly waiting to buy a ticket, but the moment it started all the ticket were sold out. The main culprit behind this is bots and day by day it is becoming increasingly difficult to buy tickets online.

According to the Economist, bots are responsible for syndicating 60% of the hottest online tickets. Using blockchain technology provides a unique identity, which is the key to stopping bots from buying tickets.

Management Made Easier

To hold onto valuable customers, you need a management system which can track and control the entire event ticketing process. With blockchain technology, you as an organiser, can follow the transaction and quickly identify the owner of the tickets. Controlling the resale and limiting the price furthers your control over the sale of tickets. You can even classify the resellers.

As all records are stored, you can gather data and analyse them to make your next event more successful. Also, you can easily integrate your system with other third parties or infrastructures.

As organisers are thinking more into long term solution and answers that could bring tangible and real benefits to buyers, blockchain for event ticketing is turning out to be a natural choice. It is revolutionising the ticketing industry by fighting against all the constraints that are holding it back.

This article is written by our guest author Rebekah Muir. She is a marketing analyst at EventBookings Pty Ltd. She is an expert in the event management industry with a vast knowledge of event organising, event marketing and event promotion.
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Creative Event Marketing Ideas to Maximize Ticket Sales

Parties and events are moments we always look forward to, we put in a lot of effort to make things work perfectly on that big day and make sure everything is set. But what happens when you don’t get the huge turnout as expected? This will be devastating because a lot has been put to waste.

Do you wish to achieve the expected turnout for your upcoming events? Then you need to find a way to boost ticket sales for your event and one of the best ways to achieve this is to have series of event marketing ideas and know-how to make use of social media which presently seems to be the most effective marketing tool. 

To help with that, right here we will be sharing event marketing ideas that will give you that desired turnout on your big day and make it as elaborate as you imagined it to be.

Make Use Of Instagram Stories

If you want to boost ticket sales for your event, then you need to find a way to get personal with the Instagram stories you share. Instagram has been a social media platform with over a billion active users, you get to boost your ticket sales as much as you want.

The most amusing thing about this platform again is that about 50% of its users get to view business accounts regularly. This simply means that you not only be able to boost ticket sales for your event by attracting new people but also be able to keep attendees updated.

Take Advantage Of Highly Engaging Videos

Amidst all the event marketing ideas that we will be sharing, you can’t afford to neglect this particular idea. According to a recent study, 92% of shoppers in the United States tend to believe what they see and hear in videos than engaging content online and this plays a significant role in their decision-making process.

Having discovered this side of your potential attendees’ point of view, then you need to find a way to create highly engaging videos that will explain in detail what they stand to gain by attending your event.

Integrate A Referral Program

People tend to put more effort into things that give them incentives. This is the normal behavior of man of which you can take advantage of when it comes to boosting the ticket sales of your events. By having a referral program in place which gives them a little incentive, people will promote your event by telling their friends, family, the people around them. This incentive can be in the form of an extra ticket to the event.

Bringing Brands and Influencers Into the Picture

Finding a way to bring brands and influencers into the picture will not only help boost ticket sales for your event but also help convince more people to come to be a part of the event. People are always encouraged to attend an event when they know a highly rated brand is involved or an influencer will be in attendance. The good collaboration will help add more validity to your event. Thereby boosting ticket sales.

Proving Your Capabilities By showing Previous Events

When it comes to attending events, attendees always want an assurance that they will be getting value in return for the money paid for the ticket. The best way to give them this assurance is by showing off your previous events.  You can do this by keeping your social media account feeds updated with engaging pictures and videos of your previous events.

Collaborate with Local Business

Creating a collaborative relationship with local cafes, bars, and restaurants within the community can attract more attendees. The availability of local foods and merchandise throughout an event can make people interested in the event. They are very likely to come and experience everything and share photos while enjoying the event, promoting not only the event but also the local business.

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Hold a Contest During Your Event

Holding an exciting contest in your event for VIP tickets can generate a boost to your ticket sales. Also, the contest can give the attendees a chance to win big prizes. This may create a lucrative attraction to the people to buy tickets and join your event.

Offer Free/Discounted Transportation to the Attendees

Offering free or discounted transportation for your attendees to the event venue is another great idea to attract more people to join your event.

Transportation is always a huge factor for the people for making the decision to join any event. Offering free or discounted transportation is a great ticket selling point to encourage your attendees to buy tickets and join your event.

Use Technology

Using technology like virtual or augmented reality is a great idea to engage people throughout an event. Having a tec-based theme for your event can attract lots of technology lovers and encourage them to buy tickets for your event.

Host Event for the Local Communities

Hosting an event that benefits and supports local communities can attract local audiences to your event. An event to help out local charity and business can motivate people to buy tickets and join your event.

Having shared these creative event marketing ideas to help maximize ticket sales, by now you should have a clear picture of how to boost your event ticket sales for your upcoming events and become an event manager that everyone admires.