18 Mar 2016

Ten cracking fundraising ideas for Easter

Easter egg

For many people, Easter is a special time to give to others through simple acts of kindness. It’s also a holiday enjoyed by kids and grown-ups alike, and a great opportunity for families to come together as a fundraising powerhouse.

If you’re thinking of giving back with the people you love this Easter, these ten great fundraising ideas could be ‘eggsactly’ what you’re looking for.

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But before we get into ways to raise money for your favourite causes, it’s worth having a think about which online fundraising platform to go for. If you want something simple, secure and easy to use, then you’ve come to the right place.

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1. Decorated Easter egg competition

Get people to decorate an egg. This might be the most detailed and beautiful ornamentation or the funniest face and accessories (woolly wigs and felt hats). If real eggs are too small to show the true artistic talent, cover balloons with papier mache.

A decorated egg competition makes a good focal point around which you can work some other fundraisers. If your eggs were impressive, you might like to display them, for instance at an Easter fete, or outside your church after the Easter service with a collecting jar, plate or bucket in front of them. People can vote for their favourites with their spare change and the egg that collects the most cash crowned the winner.

2. Sponsored bunny bounce

Unleash your inner child and hire a bouncy castle for a spot of sponsored bouncing. Set a one-minute challenge and count how many times your guests can bop up and down.

Consider asking for sponsorship per bounce or donate a total amount. And for some added pizazz, crank up the music and try some tandem bouncing. Get someone to film the event and share the fun on your MyDonate page.

3. Donate to a foodbank

With 13 million people living in poverty in the UK today, many need the help of foodbanks to put essential items on the table.

Foodbanks like the Trussell Trust say donating the cost of just one Easter Egg can really help.

If you’ve given up your favourite coffee or gone meat-free for Lent, how about giving those savings to your local foodbank and help provide emergency food to people who need it the most.

4. Easter egg hunt

No Easter would be complete without this classic. Hide Easter egg treats around your garden, park or playground and get children to run around and find them. Then offer a prize to the child who finds the most chocolate goodies. Suggest a small fee for the fun, or add other activities such as an Easter themed raffle for the adults, or sell refreshments and tasty homemade delights.

5. How many Easter eggs in the jar?

Get friends or colleagues guessing how many mini eggs are in the jar for a small charge. The winner takes all. All you need to do is source a big container and fill it up with loads of mini chocolate eggs. Add fun toys or other items to make the competition more amusing and challenging.

6. Easter breakfast

In the run up to Easter, International Christian charity Mercy Ships is calling on schools, universities, churches, and community groups across the UK to support their Easter Breakfast Campaign.

The charity is appealing for people to hold breakfast events to raise funds for the Africa Mercy, the world’s largest charity hospital ship.

The volunteer crew provides free medical care and humanitarian aid to the poorest countries in Africa and can treat up to 7,000 patients on the ship each year.

You can give to Mercy Ships with MyDonate

7. Easter egg toss

This is a great idea for sporty fundraising families and older children. An egg is thrown between two people, the distance between them increasing each time a successful catch is made. The winner is the longest completed throw without the egg being broken or dropped. This could be a great focal point for a special Easter event (fancy dress would add to the fun) or just as a simple fundraiser alongside something else.

8. An Easter gift to remember

Many MyDonate fundraisers choose Easter as their target date for special fundraising to give back to families who are suffering. Take Caroline Brindzak, she’s pledged to chop off her long locks for children’s cancer charity The Princess Trust.

Says Caroline: “This Easter I am donating my hair for it to become a part of a wig for an ill child. Cancer is a horrible and unfair disease so if there’s something I can do to put a smile on someone’s face just for a second, it is worth doing. This is why I am donating my goldie locks, for that one smile.”

9. Do the bunny hop

Someone dressed up in a bunny suit makes a perfect host for Easter fundraising events, particularly if you are working on ideas kids will love. And children love to dance, so how about gathering your friends and family and hosting a fun dance party. For a small donation guests can bust out their best moves while wearing a pair of rabbit ears. And don’t forget to invite the Easter bunny to join in the fun.

10. Keep going

If you want to continue any healthy changes made over Lent, how about keeping up your fitness goals by taking on a personal fitness challenge. For inspiration take a look at MyDonate fundraiser, Stephen Pare, a vicar from Bridgend, who went on a sponsored diet from January to Easter and lost 30 pounds for Saying Goodbye, a charity providing support for people who have lost a child.

There’s our round-up of some ways to give back this Easter. To further fire up your fundraising ambitions, check out our ‘Charity and fundraiser toolkit’.

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