26 Jul 2016

Quirky ways to fundraise


Holding an event is the quickest way to raise money for your charity. These days, standing out from the crowd is very important – and doing something out of the ordinary is a great way to grab people’s attention and get the crowds talking. But if coffee mornings and bake sales don’t float your boat, here are some ideas for slightly more unusual fundraising stunts you could organise:

1. Who is who? Get your colleagues to bring in pictures of themselves as babies and guess whose chubby cheeks are making an appearance in the snap. You could charge people a few pounds to enter the competition, and the one with the most correct guesses wins a small prize.

2. Find your wild side. Using a fun prop or theme will help your fundraising event stand out. Does running in high heels or dressing up in a purple leotard or gorilla suit for a day tickle your fancy? This is a great way to engage people – and the quirkier your outfit, the more people are likely to talk about it (and donate to your cause).

3. Organise an eating contest. Everyone loves a challenge – and from seeing how many marshmallows you can stuff in your mouth to a baked bean eating challenge, this can be a fun way to get everyone together to raise some money for your cause. The current world record for the most baked beans eaten one-by-one with a cocktail stick in five minutes is 271, achieved by Ashrita Furman from New York (in case you were wondering).

4. Rope in the furry friends. Hosting a dog show with some interesting categories is a good way to draw in the crowds. Who will win the nomination for Best Hair, Best Trick or Best Dog/Owner Lookalike? Bonus points go to owners who dress up in costumes with their pooches!

5. Scoring for charity. Whether it’s a football match, a game of rugby or cricket, why not organise a charity match to bring the community together? Sporting events are a great way to bring people together.

6. Organising a scavenger hunt is a fun way to get kids (and why not adults too) exploring your town or city. Get people to register as groups and create a treasure hunt. Draft a mysterious map with clues and cryptic messages. The first team to reach the final destination is the winner.

7. Sponsored shave. Nominate yourself (or any brave and willing volunteers) to get a sponsored head/moustache/beard shave or a leg or chest wax.

8. For those who have a thing from jumping from great heights (and who aren’t afraid to try something that’s a little more ‘out there’), a sponsored bungee jump or skydive might be just the thing for you. You could have multiple jumpers collecting sponsorship to cover the cost of the jump or skydive, with the excess money raised donated to your cause.

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