It’s definitely true to say the more fun your money-raising event is, the more successful it will be. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel, though – simply adding a new twist to a traditional fundraising activity can make all the difference.
Let’s face it – we all have moments when we’d like to do something nasty to our boss, and you never know, he or she might be game enough to let you in the name of a good cause. A tried and tested way to turn the tables is to have people pay to dip sponges in a bucket of water and throw them at a manager who’s a good sport.
Fun Fundraising with a Friend
A madcap idea that’s bound to lead to some hilarious situations is to get people to sponsor you to spend the day tied – or even handcuffed! – to a friend or colleague. It’s sure to be an unforgettable experience for the two of you and everyone around you!
Fundraising Talent Shows
The re-emergence of TV talent shows has been a real phenomenon of recent years, so why not capitalise on people’s dreams of stardom by holding your own show based on one of the popular Saturday-night programmes? It needn’t be restricted to singing – it might include dance, magic, musical skills or even performing pets.
Once you have your line-up, hold a rehearsal and then decide on a ticket price that reflects the talent on show – or the comedy value!
Are you one of those people who bought a Wii or other TV-based games system, but stopped using it after a few months? Then get it out of the cupboard and rediscover it in the name of charity.
Having family and friends pay to take part in a sports game tournament in your living room is a wonderful way to spend an evening – but you can use any multi-player game with a good element of competition, even Monopoly.
Fancy dress has been part and parcel of sponsored events such as fun runs for as long as people can remember, but dressing up can be a way of raking in the charity pounds in itself.
The key to holding a successful charity fancy dress party is to give the guests enough freedom to come up with an outfit that really appeals to them in some way. A broad theme, such as the 1980s, is one way of achieving this, or you could perhaps invite people to take on the persona of their favourite historical figure.
For a fancy dress party with a difference, invite people to wear a costume or outfit that somehow represents their favourite song title and turn it into a guessing game.
As an alternative to collecting money on the night, you could ask your guests to set aside £10 for the party but spend as little as possible on their costume, with the remainder going to the charity.