UNIQUE FUNDRAISING IDEAS

  • Request birthday donations instead of gifts.
  • Do you have any skills that you could auction? Are you a trained massage therapist?  Can you organize a closet like no one else?  What about cleaning house or re-vamping someone's resume?  You can even be the "designated driver" for your friends for a night out on the town.  Let people know that you are willing to trade your services for a donation.  Set your price high – it's for a good cause!
  • Dessert-a-Thon.  Make a bunch of desserts, and charge $25.00 at the door for an all you can eat dessert-a-thon.
  • Host a wine/beer tasting party and charge $25.00 at the door.  Make everyone bring a bottle/6-pack to keep your cost down.  
  • Sell items not available in the office (cans of soda, candy bars, etc.) to your coworkers.
  • Go casual!  Request to have a Dress-Down-Day or Denim Day at work or school; everyone gives a donation for the privilege and saves on dry cleaning expenses.
  • Start a piggy bank. Be sure to feed the pig! Every time you go into a store break a dollar for change, even if you have those three pennies in your pocket. The change will add up to a nice contribution.
  • Charge admission for BBQ, Cocktail Party or a cook-off between friends. Participants can invite their family and friends to watch them compete on appetizer, main dish, side and dessert. At the end of the night a winner is declared.   
  • Throw a home party be it Pampered Chef, Thirty-One, Origami Owl, etc.  Donate 10-15% of sales.
  • Are you a pet person?   Have a pet bake sale (make dog biscuits) and sell them outside of a pet store or at a park.
  • Host a company breakfast or lunch in the office.  Get donations from local places, bring donuts or just cook the meals yourself and charge fellow employees per plate. 
  • Clean out your closets and find things worth selling at yard sales, flea markets or online.
  • Have a garage sale to raise funds where your neighbors can each donate a few items they want to get rid of.  
  • Non-Event.  Make invitations for a "non-event."  Imagine the money your guests might spend on a black tie party, including clothing, hair, make-up, transportation, etc. and ask them to pledge that money to Steps Together.
  • Bake Sale. This doesn’t have to be in the traditional sense.   Offer a batch of cookies for anyone who makes a $100 contribution, half batch for $50.
  • Organize a home tour where people pay a certain fee to tour homes in your neighborhood. (Capitalize on the nosiness of neighbors)
  • Have a murder mystery party and request a donation at the door.
  • Host a car wash.
  • Ask restaurants to host a dine to donate. You rally patrons and they donate proceeds.   
  • Ask your local bar if they’ll allow you to be a guest bartender for a night, or even for a few hours on a Saturday afternoon. Send out an Evite, inviting everyone you know to join you there for a drink, and ask them to invite everyone they know. Create a sign to place on the bar or a flyer that reads, "All tips collected tonight will go directly to Steps Together." When people see the sign, they may be willing to dig a little deeper in their pocket!
  • Have some sort of sports pool.  Obviously this works well during football season but you can find a sport and make it work anytime of year.  Create a grid, and sell the boxes. Half the proceeds go to the cause and half go to the winners.
  • Choose any sport from basketball to dodge ball and host a sports challenge at a local gym. Charge $5 to participate or $25 to form a team. Charge a donation at the door to watch the game.  Secure donated goods and sell them at your concession stand with proceeds going toward your fundraising total.