Raising money can be a challenging activity, especially if you’ve already done 3 half marathons, a sky dive, 2 sponsored silences and 12 cake sales this year. Well done if you have by the way!
So, to help bring new life to your fund raising activities, here are 10 novel new ideas from us!
- Offer a service in exchange for a donation – if you have a commercial skill such as web design, hair dressing, car valeting or accounting, maybe you could ask people to bid / donate and give one lucky donator some of your time in exchange.
- Fill empty jars – find a popular car boot sale or craft fair and fill a table with empty cups, jars and other containers. You could even paint them if you wanted! People will come over to see what the fuss is all about and when they come over tell them you’re collecting for your favorite cause and ask them to empty their pockets and fill the cups!
- Organise a children’s movie night – if you have children, maybe you could offer to host a movie night for your child’s friends and then alternate around the class! Parents could pay £5 for oven pizza, pop and pop corn will all other proceeds going to the charity!
- Dress down Monday – if you work in a fair sized organization, maybe you could ask the management team if you could organize a dress down day to raise funds. Charge everyone £1 for dressing down. You could maximize the spirit of the day by tacking on a cake sale while everyone is in the charitable giving spirit.
- Organise a pet show! Why not organize a pet show on your local green and charge people £5 to enter their pet? You could have topics such as cutest pet, cleverest pet and best looking pet. You could also arrange a small agility course on the day and invite food venders down to feed the masses!
- Pub games – when was the last time your local pub held a darts tournament or a pub quiz? Maybe you could organize one yourself. You could even pick ‘the great outdoors’ as a theme to support Big Green Weekend.
- Photography competition – you could team up with your local paper to hold a photography competition. People could be charged £3 to enter and categories could include ‘the great outdoors’, ‘local wildlife’ and ‘greatest inspiration’. If you have a blog, you could even put the entries online!
- Scavenger Hunt – People pay to enter. They each receive a list of items they need to scavenge (a beer-mat, a yellow flower, an item of clothing that’s not their own…) Give a prize to the person who brings all the items to you first.
- University Challenge – If you work in education, why not pit your uni, school or college against each other! It could turn into a full scale regional, annual event! Getting the press involved will help you to encourage more schools to participate for the exposure. Of course, all entries fees go to TCV!
- Who’s that baby – Get old baby-photos of your friends or – much better – your bosses or teachers. Stick them up around your school or office and get people to pay to guess who they are. Needless to say, you’ll need a quality prize for the winner.