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THIRD PARTY FUNDRAISING IDEAS TRADITIONAL FUNDRAISING IDEAS • Car Wash • Community Pink Pajama Party • Flower Sale (partner with grower/partner with shop owner) • Zumba/Yoga Classes (hold classes in you house and charge admission) • Garage Sale/Yard Sale • Neighborhood Tea (host a tea party and ask guests to make donations) • Bridge/Bunko/Poker/Card/Board Game Tournament • Cornhole/Boccee/BowlingTournament • Basketball/Baseball/Tennis/Volleyball/Golf Tournament • Halloween Party (charge admission and distribute money for costume awards) • Walk-A-Thon (ﬁnd sponsors to fund you per mile or per event) • Bake Sale • Pink Lemonade Stand • Rake Leaves/Shovel Snow/Mow Lawn • Wear Jeans to Work Day/Leave 15 Minutes Early From Work Day (charge per event) NON-TRADITIONAL FUNDRAISERS • Bidding for Blue Plate Specials This is a fun and sometimes hilarious twist on the dinner fundraiser. Tell people to bring an individual serving, cooked meal or dessert, their checkbook, and their sense of adventure. They will be bidding for their dinner. Meals can be simple such as hard boiled egg or scrambled eggs, or elaborate such as lobster thermidor. It is up to each person to decide what to bring. Put a cover over each meal to keep it a secret and let the biding begin. Keep hot meals in a warmer to keep them hot. Either start the bidding the same for each meal, or start with a high or low bid to keep people guessing as to whether it is a fancy meal or not. You may want to reveal what the meal is during bidding if you think it will drive the price up. • Book Club Fundraiser Band with your fellow book lovers, have a good time, learn new things, and raise money for your cause! A book club fundraiser may very well be the perfect combination of fun and function. When hosting a book club, you can sell refreshments for a small fee. You could also host a dinner and have the book discussion afterward over coffee and dessert/wine. • Ballroom Dancing Lessons Talk to local dance instructors and ask if they're willing to donate their time for a week of lessons. Have people who are interested sign up, and collect payment in advance. This will ensure your group raises money even if someone chickens out and doesn't show up for the lessons. • Bargain Basement Evening Gowns This is a wonderful way to clean out your closets and make some money during Prom and Homecoming Season. People always have old Prom dresses and Bridesmaids dresses that they don’t know what to do with. Post ﬂyers around your school, church and neighborhood asking for donations of old evening gowns and specify a drop off place & contact phone number. Set up the sale in a large room and don’t forget to set up dressing rooms with full length mirrors. Set prices as low at $20 and up to $50 and expect to make a huge proﬁt. • Car Smash Contact a local junk yard, automobile dealer, or auto insurance company to see if they have a car in relatively good condition (just the body and glass) that they would be willing to donate to your group. Allow people to take a swing at the car with a hammer for $2. Proper safety precautions must be taken such as safety glasses, protective outerwear, and a safe distance maintained by the crowd. • Cardboard Regatta A cardboard regatta is a race on a calm body of water between contestants that build their own cardboard vessels. Each team is given a pile of cardboard, several roles of packing tape, and a paddle with which to build their boat from. These are the only supplies allowed in the boat’s construction. Knives or scissors may optionally be given as tools to aid building. In most cases there should be a time limit. Prizes should be given for the winners of several contests, such as most creative design, race winner, and longest ﬂoating vessel. You can charge an entry fee for each team participating. • Drive-in Movie Find a large building with a smooth surface that you can project a movie on. If you wanted to be really elaborate, rent a local radio frequency to broadcast the soundtrack on so people could listen in their car. A simpler way would be to have your “drive-in” movie inside of a gymnasium or cafeteria. Project the movie onto a screen and let everyone set up lawn chairs or blankets to watch. Charge an entry fee and have a concession stand to raise money. • Gourd /Pumpkin Tossing Create an event for teams to compete in pumpkin and gourd tossing. Have a second event for throwing for accuracy. You will want to set up in a long open space, such as a football ﬁeld or unused farm ﬁeld. An abandoned ﬁeld is also a good idea. Set up a concession stand with hot mulled cider, corn dogs and popcorn. Take advantage of the Halloween season and sell pumpkins for carving into jack-o-lanterns. Or you could hold the event after Halloween and allow people to toss their old carved pumpkins. • Grown Up Spelling Bee Use a classic childhood competition for your next fundraiser. Find volunteers that would like to participate. You can either collect an entry fee to raise money, or charge an admission fee to the audience. Use the official spelling bee rules, such as asking for a deﬁnition of a word and asking to use it in a sentence. Use easier words for the ﬁrst few rounds. Later rounds should be interesting as you start using the more difficult words. Give each participant a certiﬁcate and award the winner a trophy or a dictionary. • How Many in That Jar? This fundraiser is very simple to run and requires very little equipment. You will need a large jar or clear box and something to ﬁll it with. Pick something like candy covered chocolates, nails, marbles or cards. Set the jar in a public spot and have someone selling guess slips for one or two dollars. People are welcome to submit as many guesses as they are willing to pay for. Have a box for placing guess slips into. Run the contest for a week to give everyone a chance to make a guess. After all the guesses have been entered have a small group of people count the items from the jar. Announce the winner and give them a share of the total money raised. • Waiting for Dollars Find a local restaurant that is willing to host your waiting for dollars event. Your group will take over waiting tables and bussing dirty dishes, in exchange for tips for your group. Pick a restaurant that is popular so that you can ensure a large turnout. Advertise locally what your group will be doing and when. Work with the restaurant owner to create a special menu for the evening that is themed to your group. The restaurant may want to donate $1 for every meal ordered from this menu. Try not to break any plates! • What's in the Box Auction Have all the attendees bring a wrapped package, big or small, to the auction. They can place anything they want in the box from tickets to the opera or the lamp Aunt Esther bought them as a wedding gift (a hideous thing really). As each box is brought in, label it with a number and place on tables that have been set up. Absolutely no unwrapping or peaking! People write down their bids on a piece of paper kept near the box and try to outbid each other. Let each winner unwrap their box in front of everyone after they win to show off if they got a great prize or a dud.
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