Fundraising Ideas Tip Sheet

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Fun Ideas for Fundraisers

Every dollar counts! Fundraising in your community is a great way to connect with those around you while raising money for a good cause. 

Need some fundraising ideas for your friends, school, workplace or church? Here are some ideas to get you started:

Have a bake sale/pot luck lunch

  • Employees bake/bring cakes/eatables in and all payments go to charity.
  • Employees bring lunch food/wine and everyone who eats makes a donation.

Have a dress down day

  • Pick a day and allow everyone who makes a donation to dress casually.
  • Wear a colour in honor of a loved one
  • Know someone who had breast cancer? Ask everyone to make a donation and wear pink, the awareness ribbon colour for breast cancer.
  • Have an employee who had childhood cancer? Ask everyone to make a donation and wear gold.
  • Distribute the list of cancers and ribbon awareness colours to everyone, and ask them to wear a colour for a loved one who had that cancer.

Sell assorted coloured ribbons

  • Purchase ribbon and straight pins and allow employees to make donations and receive a loop of ribbon in the colour of their choice.

Payroll deduction sign up

  • Provide employees with the opportunity to complete a one-time payroll deduction as a donation. The company could encourage donations by agreeing to match the donations dollar for dollar.

Have a raffle

  • Raffle off a parking spot.
  • Sell raffle tickets for the best parking space in the lot at church or school. Or the boss’s spot! Whoever wins, gets to park there for a week, a month, a year……
  • Raffle off the chance to be “Principal for the Day” or “Boss for the Day” (or use this as an incentive for the person who raises most money).
  • Raffle off a nice camera, iPad, iPhone, grocery store gift card, gas card, jewelry.

Sell tickets to win lunch or golf with the boss

  • Lunch will be out of the office and the boss pays.
  • Tips for the waiters and waitresses

 Teachers become the servers in the cafeteria or canteen at school

  • They bring the school lunch to the student, clear the plates, dispose of the trash, bring cutlery and pour water… for tips.
  • Executives become the servers in the employee dining room.
  • Doctors become the servers in the hospital coffee shop.

Competitions between senior management

  • Make donations to watch senior management compete against each other in a bike race, hula hoop contest, get a pie in the face….
  • Executive Car Wash or Shoe Shine

Ask the boss to be a good sport for a good cause and do something for the employees

  • Get your shoes shined by the boss; have your car washed by the executives.
  • Dress-up the Boss
  • Boss wears a costume voted on by all employees if the donation goal is met

Ugly Tie or Hat or Jewelry Contest

  • Donate $ to vote on tackiest executive tie, hat, jewelry
  • Shave the Boss’s Head or Dye the Boss’s Hair
  • Employees reach or exceed company donation goal, and the boss agrees to shave off his or her hair (heads of hair or mustaches and beards).

Have a contest (department to department)

  • To decorate your cubicle/desk/office/department.
  • Tug of war (top donor gets first pick when choosing teams).
  • Zumbathon/Dance off/Karaoke
  • Make a donation and ZUMBA!
  • See who the best dancer is.
  • Have a karaoke competition, with donations from all entrants.

Book Sale

  • Bring in books that you no longer need/want and sell them.

Quiz/Movie night

  • Gather all employees/students and make a donation to watch a variety of movies
  • Get everyone together and set up a quiz and see if you know as much as you think.

Swear box/change collections

  • Collect change in the office every time an expletive escapes.

Have any other great fundraising ideas? Let us know!