Post # 1
**Disclaimer: I am not looking to promote my fundraiser here, nor am I looking for money from any Bees!**
I just signed up to run a 9K for a charity an I have to raise a good amount of money to be able to run (or they will just charge me the money).
I was thinking about having a small scale event, mostly for friends and family and anyone they wanted to bring along. I have been looking online for ideas all morning and I still don’t know what to do. I want an even that people would want to come to and enjoy and also not mind that they are paying to do so. I am also not looking to spend a crazy amoutn putting it together.
Does anyone have any ideas? What kind of event would you want to pay to go to? Have you ever done something like this?
Post # 3
What about having a high tea? Or a bake sale? Cake auction? What are you good at?
Post # 4
I used to work at a union hall, and they would hold a picnic at the park every year. During it, they would sell of raffle tickets. Maybe you could raffle off any special talents you have or even buy something small like an iTunes gift card and have people pay $1 to enter?
You could also do door prizes to encourage attendance (again, something small! Like a bottle of wine or something). Another really popular idea from the union was a 50-50, where people pay money to get tickets into a raffle. Half the money would go to a charity, the other half would go to the winner of the raffle.
Post # 5
The humane society does a bowling fundraiser and it’s pretty popular. People can buy tickets for shoes, two or three games of bowling, and pizza and soda. The humane society gets the pizza and drinks donated (they bring it in from outside) and discounted prices for the shoes and bowling, so say the tickets were $25 and they would make $10 profit and the bowling place would get $15. People also bought beer and other food from the bowling alley so they made more money on it.
You could do a 50/50 raffle, or make gift baskets to raffle off.
Post # 6
@jo.lee: 50-50 raffles are a great idea So i second that idea!
Talk to local buisness you can have them sponser you then maybe you can puffy paint the buissness name on the back of your shirt
Post # 7
I threw a cocktail party.
You might be able to get some places to donate stuff to you, or be your sponsor, if it’s a well known charity. I was able to get restaurants to donate gift cards to me, and little local shops to donate goods, for a silent auction. If you’re willing to market yourself you can get anything done.
Post # 8
I love all of these ideas! I love the park idea. Maybe have it set up like a fair. Have games and popcorn, candy apples, water dunking, bibbing for apples, etc..you can charge a buck to get in and sell tickets for folks to participate in things.
Post # 9
We organised a quiz night with small supper which went down really well. We sold tickets for £12 and had about 80-100 people. We also did small prizes (bottles of wine for the winners, chocolate for the runners up).
Post # 10
Wow! I can’t believe how many great ideas people gave so quickly. You all are great. I love the raffle idea and a cocktail party, my friends love to get fancy.
I am pretty sure a local bowling alley / bar helped with a fundraiser when a friend of a friend walked for The Jimmy Fund. I will have to go see what kind of thing they set up.
The 9K event I am running in is decently well known, I think at least because the Red Sox are a big part of it so maybe businesses will be willing to help.
And thank you for all the wonderful ideas!
Post # 11
If you have friends who would help by donating one course of a meal, you could sell raffle tickets to a dinner catered in the winners’ home. We have done this several times and raised thousands of dollars. People love the idea of entertaining without doing all the work.
The prize includes delivering the dishes to their home with instructions for serving, cooking or reheating. We do not stay to serve as that might not be wise if a stranger won the prize.
Post # 12
@newenglandgirl: The good thing about having it at a actual restaurant/bar/bowling alley is that they might allow you to advertise there and you could get a larger crowd than if you just asked family and friends.