Raising money for a cause is often quite difficult, but can turn into a tremendous success if executed properly. We’ve found that charity event ideas are best if it’s a mix of innovative and different as well as the traditional silent auction. Contributors like to feel that they’re getting their money’s worth when donating to a good cause and you will also want them to feel that their donation is appreciated. That’s why, finding an activity that’s easy and fun is the key to getting contributors together and making your next fundraising event a success.
There are always good staples in terms of charity events, such as raffles of prize donations, but if you want to make your fundraiser stand out, it’s important to think outside the box. By correlating your event ideas with your cause, you can boost the awareness of your charity and what you’re trying to achieve. Here are four charity event ideas that are customisable to your event space and can be great fun for everyone:
Record Breaking Attempt
The Guinness Book of Records is always looking for new records. By browsing through their website, you can choose a category that relates to your fundraiser. Once you have approval, you simply host a ‘pay to participate’ event, which will also generate interest from sponsors too who want to get in on the action.
Competitions within a Fundraiser
Family and school orientated events go hand-in-hand, as parents enjoy getting their kids out of the house. Why not arrange for the schools in your district to battle it out in the name of charity? Families can then purchase tickets to bring a picnic and watch the magic. You can even call upon local celebs or prominent members of the community to get involved and judge the event.
Events in which people pay to participate is an excellent platform that can be integrated into your fundraiser. For instance; cooking shows are increasing in popularity and aspiring chefs and foodies are just itching to get their creativity out there. So, an event where people purchase a ticket to have their own stand to showcase their foods, then guests can attend and pay to taste a variety of dishes.
An event where people can do or witness something out of the ordinary is an ideal way to encourage ticket sales. Consider a murder mystery party format, team building golf days, obstacle courses or even something like intensive training sessions with seasoned athletes. The importance here is to ensure that it’s an experience that they won’t find elsewhere, but easy to execute.
On top of a one-of-a-kind idea for fundraising, it’s very important to ensure that your basics are covered. Social media is everywhere, so ensure that you have a catchy title for your event, an effective digital presence before, during and after, as well as a platform where people can donate online as well. Most importantly, having an impressive event space is key to the experience for you as an event coordinator and for your guests. As the old saying goes; location, location, location.