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It’s amazing what people will do to raise money for their favorite charities. Check out the list below for ideas that can help your charity build its next peer-to-peer fundraising campaign. It’s likely you will find something that will inspire your supporters to raise money on your charity’s behalf.
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Supporters create fundraising campaigns on a charity’s behalf by adopting a suggested theme or coming up with their own idea.
- 100-Hole Golf Marathon (e.g., Alpine Children’s Charity Longest Day of Golf)
- 3-Legged Walk (e.g., Walking With the Wounded: Three-Legged Challenge)
- Beard/Mustache Growing (e.g., Movember)
- Birding (e.g., Bird-a-Thon)
- Boxing (e.g., Haymakers for Hope)
- Breakfast (e.g., Britain’s Biggest Breakfast)
- Chili Pepper Challenge (e.g., The Open Door Chili Pepper Challenge)
- Cross-Country Run (e.g., Run Across America)
- Cross-Country Walk (e.g., Walk Across America)
- Dog Biscuit Challenge (e.g., SPCA of Erie County Dog Biscuit Challenge)
- Face Your Fears (e.g., Fearless Challenge
- Fasting for a Day (e.g., World Vision Youth Canada 30-Hour Challenge)
- Flying Around the World (e.g., Toronto Hospital for Sick Children
- Giving Up Drinking (e.g., Dry July)
- Giving Up Junk Food (e.g., Feb Fast)
- Head Shaving (e.g., St. Baldrick’s Foundation Head-Shaving Events)
- Hot Coals (e.g., Fundraising Firewalk Challenge)
- Ice Bucket Challenge (e.g., ALS Ice Bucket Challenge)
- Experience Poverty (e.g., Global Poverty Project Live Below the Line)
- Longest Day of the Year (e.g., The Longest Day)
- Marathon Underwater Walk (e.g., Royal Navy and Royal Navy Marines)
- Mountain Climbing (e.g., CLIMB to Fight Breast Cancer)
- Nighttime Golf (e.g., Nine at Night)
- Pancake Breakfast (e.g., Pancakes for Parkinson’s)
- Race a Tiger (e.g., WWF Tiger Challenge)
- Red Nose Day (e.g., Comic Relief: Red Nose Day)
- Rickshaw (e.g., Animal People Rickshaw Ride)
- Selfies (e.g., #nomakeupselfie campaign)
- Shopping (e.g., Shopping for a Cure)
- 10,000 Steps (e.g., Steptember, 10,000 Steps a Day)
- Stilt Walk (e.g., Stilt Walk)
- Subway Ride (e.g., Walk the Tube)
- Surfing (e.g., Surf to School)
- Tennis (e.g., Rally for Charity)
- Unicycle (e.g., Unicycle Ride)
- Unicycle Mountain Ride (e.g., Unicycle Mountain Ride)
- Walk of Shame (e.g., The Walk of Shame Showdown)
- Waxing (e.g., Ride for Willen Leg Waxing Challenge
- Wear a Bald Wig (e.g., Be Bold Be Bald)
- Weight Loss (e.g., Biggest Loser)
- Wing Walk (e.g., Wing Walk for Charity)
- Wrestling (e.g., Pin Cancer)
Supporters participate individually or as part of a team in physically challenging events that are produced by a third party.
- Half Marathon (e.g., Charity Half Marathons)
- Ironman (e.g., Ironman Lake Placid for MMRF)
- Marathon (e.g., Chicago Marathon for Team World Vision)
- Obstacle Race (e.g., Tough Mudder for Wounded Warrior Foundation)
- Triathlon (e.g., Cancer Research UK Triathlon Program)
Fundraising events planned and hosted by charities.
- Shack-a-Thon (e.g., Habitat for Humanity Shack-a-Thon)
- Sleep Out (e.g., Sleep Out)
- Walking in High Heels (e.g., Walk a Mile in Her Shoes)
- Amazing Race Challenge (e.g., The Most Amazing Race)
- Decathlon (e.g., The Wall Street Decathlon)
- Gorilla Run (e.g., Cincinnati Gorilla Run)
- Mud Run (e.g., Muddarella)
- Mustache Dash (e.g., Mustache Dasche)
- Night Run (e.g., Energizer Night Race)
- Nun Run (e.g., Nun Run 5K)
- Obstacle Run (e.g., BADASS Dash)
- Rhino Run (e.g., The Rhino Run)
- Santa Run (e.g., Santa Shuffle)
- Stair Climb (e.g., Fight for Air Climb)
- Trivia Run (e.g., Run to Save a Life)
- Turkey Trot (e.g., Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot)
- Undie Run (e.g., Cupid’s Undie Run)
- Virtual Run (e.g., Denim Dash Virtual 5K)
- Canoeing (e.g., Canoe Heads for Kids)
- Cheerleading (e.g., Kick-a-Thon)
- Coloring (e.g., Color-a-Thon)
- Curling (e.g., Kurling for Kids)
- Dance Marathon (e.g, UP 4 THE FIGHT)
- Darts (e.g., Darts a Thon)
- Dog Surfing (e.g., Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon)
- Distinguished Gentleman’s Motorcycle Ride
- Dragon Boat Race (e.g., Dragon Boat Races)
- Drawing (e.g., Draw-a-Thon)
- Hiking (e.g., The Hike for Charity)
- Hockey (e.g., Hockey for Alzheimer’s)
- Horseback Riding (e.g., Gobi Gallop)
- Ice Skating (e.g., Sk8)
- Jiu-Jitsu (e.g., Tap Cancer Out)
- Jumping Rope (e.g., Jump Rope 4 Heart)
- Kiteboarding (e.g., Kiteboarding 4 Cancer)
- Lock Up (e.g., MDA Lock Up)
- Livestreaming (e.g., St. Jude Play Live)
- Martial arts (e.g., Kick a Thon)
- Moped Race (e.g., Nifty Fifty Endurance)
- Naked Rollercoaster Ride
- Obstacle Course (e.g., Obstacle-a-Thon)
- Paddle (e.g., Paddle-a-Thon and Standup for the Cure)
- Pipe Band Marathon (e.g., PipeBand-a-Thon)
- Poker (e.g., Run Backroads and BBQ Poker Run)
- Polar Bear Plunge (e.g., Polar Plunge)
- Rappeling (e.g., Shatterproof Challenge)
- Road Hockey (e.g., Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer)
- Rock Climbing (e.g., Girls Rock Climb-A-Thon)
- Shooting Baskets (e.g., Hoops for Heart)
- Sitting (e.g., Sit-A-Thon)
- Skiing (e.g., Ski-A-Thon)
- Snowball Softball (e.g., March of Dimes Snoball Softball)
- Snowboarding (e.g., Shred-a-Thon)
- Snowmobile Ride (e.g., Devault Merwin Charity Ride)
- Snowshoeing (e.g., Tubbs Romp to Stomp)
- Spelling Bee (e.g., Ithaca Adult Spelling Bee)
- Stationary Rowing (e.g., Ergathaon)
- Strip-a-Thon (e.g., Broadway Bares)
- Surfing Dogs (e.g., Surf’s Pup)
- Swimming (e.g., Swim Across America)
- Talk-a-Thon (e.g., Talk-a-Thon)
- Tricycle Ride (e.g., Tour de Frambo)
- Trucks (e.g., World’s Largest Truck Convoy)
- Video Gaming (e.g., Extra Life)
- Weight Lifting (e.g., Lift-a-Thon)
- Yoga (e.g., Power of Movement)
- Zumba (e.g., Dance to Conquer Cancer)
- Buggy Push (e.g., Rock & Stroll)
- Coldest Night of the Year
- Crazy Hats Walk
- Dog Walk (e.g., Purina Walk for Dog Guides)
- Glass Walk (e.g., Glass Walk)
- Lego Walk (e.g., Lego Firewalk Challenge)
- Relay (e.g., Relay for Life)
- Virtual Walk (e.g., Walk Without Borders Challenge)
- Walk (e.g., Making Strides)
- Wine Tasting (e.g., Grape Gallop)
- Zombie Walk (e.g., Sydney Zombie Walk)
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Fall fundraising ideas seem to always be on the mind of development professionals, regardless of the season. It’s the time of year when nonprofits ramp up their fundraising efforts ahead of the end of year rush, and often the first season in the new fiscal year, meaning the fundraising team is extra enthusiastic about starting the year off new goals.
So, how do you get creative with fall fundraising ideas? Get your supporters and staff involved in peer-to-peer (P2P) fundraising for your nonprofit! P2P fundraising means you’re asking individuals — volunteers, board members, staff, donors, whoever! — to reach out to their networks to help raise funds for your organization.
Here are five ways to incorporate peer-to-peer fundraising into your fall fundraising ideas:
1) Take Advantage of the Back to School Spirit
One classic sign of fall is the signal that it’s back to school for students across the world. As schools seek more opportunities to get students engaged in the community, many schools try to incorporate volunteerism into their curriculum. But, if your nonprofit is small or has limited volunteer opportunities, this may leave you excluded from receiving their support.
However, there’s a ripe opportunity here to get creative and encourage P2P fundraising among classes or schools in your region. Ask them to compete to raise the most funds in a team fundraiser, with a leaderboard to showcase who has the most “philanthropic spirit.” Also, remind school administrators that P2P fundraising is more cost-effective for them, and still teaches students the same great tenants about civic duty. Make it fun by hosting social media contests: Consider non-tangible prizes, like a field trip to your animal shelter or a visit from your executive director, as prizes for the winning fundraisers.
2) Don’t Forget Fall Food Festivals
Nothing rings in the fall season quite like the smell of fresh-baked apple pie and pumpkin bread. There is no shortage of bake sales and cook-offs to help you get creative with your fall fundraising ideas.
Have you considered a virtual bake sale? Or, encourage your favorite chefs to have a “fall soup” competition, with donors voting by donating to their favorite soup fundraiser on a team leaderboard. Chefs can help by spreading the word about your nonprofit and encouraging their friends to vote with their funds on their fundraiser page.
3) Make Fall Holidays More Meaningful
Labor Day, Columbus Day, Halloween, Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving all occur back-to-back in the fall months. What holidays would be the most meaningful for your organization to incorporate into fundraising appeals? If you’re a veteran’s organization, consider encouraging your top supporters or board members to create P2P fundraisers to help raise funds for your important work.
Don’t be afraid to get creative with your fall fundraising ideas! For Halloween, consider a virtual haunted house – encourage P2P fundraisers to design their dream “haunted house” and get donors to vote by donating to their favorite fundraiser. Then, let the winner turn your warehouse or office into a haunted house. “Charge” admission by asking haunted house visitors to donate to your team’s general fund when they arrive for the haunted house.
4) Consider the Importance of Tailoring Fall Messaging
Your organization likely has changing needs in the fall as the weather gets colder. You may need a new heating system at the animal shelter. Or, you may need warmer coats or blankets for clients at your homeless shelter. Whatever your needs are, P2P fundraising can amplify your messaging.
Let your individual fundraisers know about time-specific needs. Ask them to fundraise using a personal story, like a family that needs coats. Most people donate because they feel an emotional tie. So, encourage supporters to personalize stories as much as possible.
5) Ask Supporters to Host Gatherings
“Small groups.” “Small gatherings.” “Harvest dinners.” Whatever you call them, your organization has likely considered these before to bring together groups of supporters in an intimate setting to raise funds for your nonprofit.
These small gatherings can be very effective. And, fall is the perfect time to consider this creative fall fundraising idea! Now that school is back, dinner parties are a great way to break up the monotony of a routine schedule. Make sure to capitalize on this opportunity by encouraging your party hosts to set up a fundraiser for attendees to give. Plus, it’ll help you track how much support this ambassador was able to raise for your organization.
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