Volunteering Ideas to raise money and awareness
You don’t have to auction off gift baskets. Get creative with the auction items. Think about experiences instead of things. Perhaps you have a donor willing to grant access to his vacation home for the weekend, for instance.
Neighbourhood street party
This is a great way to make money for a local cause or a recent calamity. Have neighbours donate food, drinks and lawn chairs.
Community garage sale
Most people have tons of stuff they are secretly dying to get rid of. Have them donate it to a neighbourhood sale with the proceeds going to your charity.
This classic isn’t just for high school sports teams. Have your execs washing the cars to really appeal to the community.
Invite the public to come to get their pooch polished up.
Everyone brings a bag of clothes they don’t wear anymore. Set everything up on retail racks, and let participants “shop” the swap for one new piece of apparel. Donate all the rest to charity.
5-aside football tournament
Football is ingrained into the heart of people all over the world. As a fundraising idea, co-ordinating a tournament will take a bit of work but the outcome can be great. It’s a fun day for all involved, pulls together a large community of people, and can raise some great money for your cause. You’ll have to get a trophy for the winning team and arrange for there to be space to play.
For those who would like to push themselves out of their comfort zone, consider abseiling.
It is certainly not as dangerous as skydiving or paragliding, but will still make people weak at the knees.
Abseiling is quite common as an adventure sport, and is a good fundraising idea. You can get your friends to sponsor you or try to get sponsorship from an adventure sports store or company.
It is like a piggy bank. You can either do it on an individual, family, or community basis.
Just devote a donation box, and keep making donations every now and then when you come across an unspent pence or a pound in your pocket.
This is one of the most fun and popular ideas. Not only does it raise funds in an interesting way, but it also gives a chance for local artists to present their talent to the public.
Wait! What’s the best thing about this one?
Since so many groups of people are involved, it is easy to get more sponsorship. All you need to do is make arrangements for venue and logistics. And you are good to go. The tickets, along with donations will fetch you enough funds.
Got a catwalk? Got models? Got some haute couture? You actually don’t need any of the above to pull off a fundraising fashion show. All you need is floor space, benefit t-shirts and a few staff members willing to put themselves out there and be goofy.
Get a bunch of artisans on board and charge tickets at the door. This idea is perfect for the holidays, when people are keen to buy unique, original gifts for their loved ones.
Find a local salon whose stylists are willing to donate their time for just one day to give haircuts. Customers pay what they think their haircut is worth, and all of the money goes to your cause.