ADDITIONAL FUNDRAISING IDEAS

NOTE: **If you choose to host a 21 and over event, be sure to check with local liquor laws and have a system to check that everyone who attends is 21 or over.

  • Cover for a Cause: Convince local bars to donate a night’s cover charges to your fundraising mission. Hold it over a month at a number of different bars, or at your favorite bar for one night. Include raffles or other contests. See Flying Kites for a kit on planning a cover for a cause event.
  • Beer Pong Tournament: Organize a beer pong tournament at a local bar or other venue. Offer prizes donated by a local business. Charge contestants to enter.
  • Casino Night: Organize a casino night. Charge people a flat rate to participate and give them play money to bet with. Remember gambling is illegal in most states, so any betting must be done with fake money. Charge something like $50 and give participants 100 chips. Do not allow participants to “purchase” more chips. Check your state/local laws for further clarification.
  • Drinking Games: Host an event featuring one or more of your favorite drinking games. Host at your local bar or other venue. Avoid encouraging binge drinking by choosing games that are focused more on the game than on consuming alcohol. Jenga, Twister and other childhood games can be fun party games.
  • Party: Host your typical college party. Get a keg and charge for cups. Carry around a collection jar to ask for small donations.
  • Wine Tasting: Host a wine tasting. Ask local vineyards or liquor stores to donate wine.
  • Cocktail Party: Host a classier party with family and friends. NOTE: At any event that you host involving alcohol, it is a good idea to contact local taxi companies to set up some type of ride system.
  • Air Miles: Ask family and friends to donate sky miles. These can be used as prizes or given used for your flight.
  • Christmas Tree Pick-up: Offer to pick up Christmas trees after the holidays and deliver them to the dump. Charge people for each tree picked up. This is a good one if you have a truck and a helper.
  • Garage Sale: Ask family, friends and the local community to donate items to be sold in a garage sale.
  • Kids’ Classes/tutoring: Have a special skill? Offer children in your community classes. Guitar lessons, math tutoring, etc. Or, organize sports competitions at local elementary or middle schools: kickball tournaments etc. Charge parents to let their children participate.
  • Letter Writing: Write you relatives and friends asking them to support your fundraising efforts. Usually personal connections are the best way to raise money.
  • Party: Ask someone to host, or use your home, to throw a fundraising party. Invite you friends and family who are you best supporters! Show the Flying Kites’ documentary.
  • Pink Flamingo: The idea of this fundraiser is to station either a flock of flamingos, or for something less intrusive, a single flamingo in a business or private residence’s yard. Attach a note explaining your cause and that in order to move the flock/flamingo, the victim must pay $10. The first victim gets to decide who gets flamingoed next. This might work better in a family neighborhood than in a college area.
  • Scrap-booking Workshop: Get your friends together for the modern version of the quilting club! Buy scrap-booking supplies and charge family and friends to participate. Although you may not make a lot of
  • money from the workshop itself, this gives you an opportunity to chat with potential donors in an intimate setting.
  • Fundraising Fun and Games: Charge entrance fees and award prizes (Get local businesses to donate the prizes.) for contests, games and races. You can also structure games and races so the participants obtain sponsors who will pledge money to the participant for his or her participation or victory.
  • Aerobathon: Organize an aerobathon with local gyms and sports shops. Competitors can compete for treadmill endurance, best weightlifter, most pull-ups and more!
  • Bracelet Sales: Make your own or check out the numerous sites offering custom Livestrong- style silicon bracelets or make and sell beaded bracelets.
  • CHAIRity Fundraiser: Ask friends, local artists or other clubs to design interesting chairs. Either purchase plastic lawn chairs and distribute them for decoration, or ask groups to donate their own chairs. Auction off chairs at a special event.
  • Chariot Race: Teams race homemade “chariots.” Ask a local grocery store if they will let you borrow carts and allow teams to decorate them.
  • Capture the Flag: Organize a throw-back ‘capture the flag game’ among your friends.
  • Duck Races: Encourage people to “adopt” rubber duckies for $5-$10; each duck has a number painted on the bottom. Dump the bag full of rubber ducks into a pond or other body of water. Whatever duck floats to the other side first wins a prize donated by local businesses.
  • Duct-Tape a Dean: Allow students of a school to purchase strips of duct tape. Convince a professor or dean to be duct taped to the gym wall.
  • Football/Soccer/Softball Tournament: Ask to borrow a field in your community and organize teams. Powderpuff (with all females) football is also popular in many towns.
  • Golf Tournament: Organize a charity golf tournament. Also can substitute mini-golf tournament.
  • Iron Chef: Host an iron chef tournament. Have contestants bring in dishes potluck style. Charge people to taste and vote on the best dish. You can consider charging entrants as well. Offer awards like gift certificates to local restaurants.
  • Organize a race: People love competing in 5k, 10ks, etc
  • Jingle Bell Run: Host a running competition and insist that everyone attach jingle bells to their tennis shoes.
  • Matchbox Race: Sell small boxes to individuals. Each person creates a car from his/her box. Make a ramp to push cars down and have a race to see whose is fastest.
  • Paint-balling/Laser-tag: Convince a paint-balling center to donate a day to you.
  • Paper Airplanes: This is a good half-time event at a school’s sporting events. Sell a sheet of paper for $1-$5. Participants make a paper plane from the paper. At half time contestants try to get as close to a “bulls eye” (mark on gym floor or use a bucket) as possible. Winners get a prize donated by a local business, or tickets to the next game.
  • Rock-off: Use the popular video game Rockband to host a tournament.
  • Sandcastle contest: This also works for snow sculptures, think of a theme and encourage anyone to participate.
  • School Sports: See if you can convince a local school to donate part of the proceeds from a game to your cause.
  • Video Game Tournament: Who said you had to leave your couch to do a fundraiser? Find a venue with a big TV and video game consoles to host the tournament.
  • Bake Sale: Pretty self-explanatory; maybe a senior citizen home would like to get involved and help!
  • Calendars and Cards: Make calendars and holiday cards and sell them. Feel free to use Flying Kites artwork.
  • Candles: Make or buy candles in bulk and sell. For fancy candles, buy teacups from thrift stores (each teacup is about $0.70) and make candles inside them. Changing the Present: Check out www.changingthepresent.org. Start a campaign around the holidays to get family and friends to give a different kind of gift: a charitable donation in the recipients name to Flying Kites. Be sure to write down the names of everyone who agrees to buy a present so we can give you credit as the salesman/woman!
  • Collecting Tins: A tried and true fundraising method! Ask for donations in crowded pedestrian areas.
  • Ebay: Even though using Ebay may seem simple to you, many people are not familiar with using the site. Offer to sell people’s old stuff in return for a commission. Many people may just donate their old items to the cause.
  • Flower Pens: For the girly girls out there! Buy a bunch of cheap pens, fake flowers, and florist tape. Wrap the tape tightly around the stem of the flower and the pen. You’ll end up with a beautiful and unique pen! Sell them on campus with a note explaining your cause.
  • Pancake Breakfast: Organize a pancake breakfast. Charge people for all the pancakes they can eat. Send out invitations, or sell tickets in advance to ensure people remember to wake up!
  • Promotional Gifts: Add these to any event! T-shirts, beer koozies, pens, magnets, water bottles and more can all be customized with the Flying Kites logo.
  • Pumpkin Fundraiser: See if a local pumpkin patch will help you. You can sell plain pumpkins or host a pumpkin-carving event. If participants don’t want to keep carved pumpkins, donate them to a local rest home, school, or other venue that might appreciate them.
  • Studio Portraits: See if you can recruit photographers to donate a portrait to the highest bidder.
  • Yard Cleanup: Charge to tidy up people’s yards or community spaces.
  • Auction: Auction off items and services donated by the community. Silent auctions are easy to organize and are usually very successful in raising money. This is an easy addition to any fundraising event.
  • Art Exhibit/contest: Ask local artists to display their work. Charge entry fees and admission.
  • Barbecue: Host a barbecue and charge for food or drinks. Try to get refreshments and food donated by local grocers.
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  • Battle of the Bands: Organize a competition for local bands; the audience will select the best band. Charge bands to enter and sell tickets. Try to coordinate with a local bar to get liquor sales donated or to utilize as a venue. Get a local business to donate a grand prize.
  • Bonfire: Check local restrictions on fires. If you can find a proper venue, host a bonfire. Sell s’mores to roast over the fire.
  • Bring Your Dog to Work Day: Talk to companies will a large staff. Ask if they would host a “bring your dog to work day.” Employees sign up in advance and pay $10 for each dog.
  • Costume Party: Offer a prize for the best costume. Charge admission.
  • Documentary: Show Flying Kites’ award winning (Philadelphia Independent Film Festival award recipient) documentary at a local theater. Charge admission and host a VIP (tickets cost more) reception after the event to solicit donations. Ask a local business to donate wine and cheese.
  • Equipment Swap: Arrange a ski swap in the fall or a summer equipment swap in the spring. People bring things to sell, you collect a 25% commission on every item sold. Also charge a $3 admission fee. Great way for locals to get discounted equipment!
  • School Faculty VS Students Contests: Hold a football, basketball, or softball game where students play against faculty. Charge admission for the games and sell refreshments.
  • Fashion Show: Organize a fashion show for local designers, or design students. Use friends for models. Charge people to attend the show. Auction off fashions displayed, or ask for a percentage of sales for clothing sold.
  • Film Festival: Hold a film festival asking for submissions from students. Have audiences vote on the best comedy, drama, etc. Charge admission and a small entry fee. Have local businesses donate prizes. Arrange a larger viewing for “Best Picture” to reward the best film. Film Screening: Host a film screening for old movies, perhaps a double feature? Sell tickets and popcorn.
  • Garden Party: Charge for tickets. Offer tea and pastries.
  • Spa Day: Talk to a local salon, boutique and lunch spot. Ask them to offer discounts to those who choose to participate. Sell tickets for the event. Donors can visit the three locations and receive discounts all day.
  • Grocery Store Donations: Ask a local grocer or drug store to collect donations ($1-$2) at checkout for Flying Kites. Each donor receives a paper kite to write his or her name on and hang in the store window.
  • Karaoke: Organize your own American Idol contest.
  • Masquerade Ball: Host a masquerade ball. Ask that everyone wear masks, have a grand unmasking at
  • midnight. Charge for entrance and feature a silent auction.
  • Middle School Dance Party: Host a throwback party complete with all of those terrible middle school era boy bands and awkward dance pictures. Charge admission and charge for photos. Set up a cheesy backdrop and use a Polaroid for photos.
  • Piñata: Have a grown up piñata. Have the traditional candy along with plastic eggs filled with gift certificates and more. Try to have three or more piñatas to attract more attention. Charge $1-$5 for friends to take a swing.
  • Promise: Agree to shave your eyebrows, or head if people help you raise a certain amount of money.
  • Rent-a-Puppy: contact your local Humane society to see if they would be willing to collaborate. Students rent puppies for $3 for 15 minutes of playtime. Keep puppies in designated area so they don’t get lost. As a side benefit you help get cute puppies adopted!
  • Reverse Raffle: Add to any event, especially a dinner event. Give each person a free raffle ticket when they enter the event. Raffle “prizes” will include embarrassing things such as sing a song, do a dance, or chug the rest of your beer (21 and over). Let people “sell” off their ticket by donating $1- $10.
  • Run: a race, half-marathon, Iron man or more for pledges
  • Safari Supper: Convince several local restaurants to host. Travel from restaurant to restaurant to sample appetizers or other small dishes. Sell tickets.
  • Trivia Night: Let friends organize teams and charge an entrance fee. Many bars already have trivia nights; see if they will let you collect a cover.
  • Womanless Beauty Pageant: Convince some daring males to dress up as their version of a woman. Host a fashion show where audience members vote on their favorite beauty queen. Try to get a great guy-friendly award donated to lure more contestants. 

 

 

 

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