Fundraising events target serious issues, but that does not mean they should be dull and monotonous. In fact, fun is often that secret ingredient which can help you turn a mediocre fundraiser into a truly memorable one which will get donors want to reach deep into their pockets.
That being said, here are four unique fundraising ideas which will make your event feel less like drudgery and more like an exciting opportunity.
1. A Low-Key Event with a Special Theme
Putting together fancy fundraiser events with champagne and sophisticated food seems to be the norm. The motivation behind it is to impress guests and ensure they have an enjoyable evening.
The only problem is donors may get bored of attending the same types of events over and over again. So why not try changing things up from time to time?
An excellent suggestion would be to host a more low-key event instead of an overly-pretentious fundraiser. So, instead of a rooftop cocktail party at a high-end hotel, why not a pizza party at a local restaurant which is a landmark for the community you are serving?
The secret here is to tie in the theme of the event with the local community’s traditions. So, for a German heritage community, for instance, you could have a Bratwurst/crafted beer party. Customization is key to creating meaningful and genuine experiences for donors.
2. A Direct Action Event
Unique fundraising ideas are most effective when they play into the mission of your nonprofit. That is why direct actions events work so well when it comes to raising money.
What makes this idea special is that, as opposed to merely asking donors to give money to your group, you tie the donation to a precise direct action your organization is going to take.
For instance, you could break down your event into different parts, each detailing a specific action which will be taken as part of the work your organization does – using donors’ money.
This way, guests will have a more substantial image of the impact they are making through their contributions. Also, they will feel more engaged and more included in the event, which can only have positive effects.
3. Outside Paint Jam
With the weather warming up, why not consider hosting your charity event outside? This way, you can take advantage of how popular street art has become to put together an evening full of art and surprises.
The concept is pretty straightforward: by bringing together several graffiti artists to paint live, you can give donors a chance to see their skills in action. You can bet everyone will be excited to see a work of art come alive in front of their eyes.
If you want to take this idea even further, consider booking a live painter who can capture essential details of the event into a painting you can then sell as part of an auction.
4. A Puzzle Charity Event
Puzzle events, such as escape rooms and city scavenger hunts, involve donors working together to uncover clues, experience new things and solve a challenge as part of a team.
As far as unique fundraising ideas go, this is one which offers endless customization options. You can host the event in a park, hotel or even an entire city. You can give out written clues or create different quizzes to guide guests on their adventure.
Split donors into groups and provide a symbolic prize (like a private tour of your organization) to boost their competitive spirit.
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