Fun Fundraising Activities
Posted by Nick Niesen on November 8th, 2010
To get the most out of any fundraiser, every participant needs to give their all from start to finish. This includes your team members, parents, coaches, and other volunteers.
To keep everyone's interest from waning, make sure that you include fun in your fundraiser each step of the way.
Ten ways to put fun in your fundraising:
Do fun things
Plan fun things to do during each stage of the process that will reward everyone. Not only will it be a more rewarding experience for everyone involved, but you will keep your participants and volunteers eager for the next fundraiser.
Extreme examples include shaving their heads or dyeing their hair blue.
Some safer, less long-lasting examples could be wearing a funny wig, dressing like a clown, risk the dunking booth, and so on.
Be creative and use an idea that is appropriate to your group.
Kids and adults love these types of incentives and they don't cut into your hard earned cash.
Be sure to post them where everyone can enjoy them. You could even reward your picture posers with prizes for the best smile, the goofiest pose, or the worst dressed.
Ask volunteers to take pictures throughout the fundraising process so there will be a variety of photos and you can be sure that everyone will be included.
If possible, have a "movie" made of your group during each phase of the fundraising process and show the movie at a wrap up event.
For example, line up discounts on tickets to athletic events, go on group outings, provide goodies for volunteers during working sessions.
Work deals for movie passes, merchandise discounts, gift certificates, miniature golf, or IMAX theater trips for your top performing participants.
As always, make sure there is something in it for the merchant, otherwise you are just another stranger begging for their money or services.
Let things build to the climactic moment where the head cheese does the ultimate "fun thing" as a way to reward the group for all their support.
A fond memory in the making is for the coaching staff to stand on their heads and sing "Row, row, row your boat" in rounds.
Everybody knows what a bake sale is, right? Use a cake walk to sell a large portion of your donated sweets.
Kids love it and you'll get more for the desserts than if you sold them outright. Consider having awards for the various submissions and then auctioning off the best dessert.
Think about low cost fun events that you could tie to completing certain tasks, for example:
Top sales group gets a water balloon fight, all volunteers play in a Powder Puff touch football game, or an ultimate Frisbee match.
It's a nice way to build goodwill and reinforce a sense of community for future recruiting.
Also, remember the other volunteers? the parents and other adult volunteers that make it all happen. Be sure they are rewarded directly, even if it is a simple remark of recognition and thanks.
Print simple awards on the computer and present them at your wrap up event. Individualize each one: "The Go-To Guy Award", "The Worker Bee Award", "The Daddy War Bucks Award", and so on.
Remember: Make it fun and everyone will come back for more!
About the AuthorNick Niesen
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