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Simple and Easy Fundraiser Ideas That Guarantee Success

The key to the success of your cause is memorable fundraising events with the energy to stand out and get the attention of your audience. Non-profits, charities, community sports teams, as well as some school programs and church groups, all depend on the ability of their leaders to raise funds from the community. However, walkathons, marathons, raffles, or other events of the like aren’t at all exclusive to the industry, and many dabble in similar approaches to promote their agenda. Here are some fun, simple, and easy fundraising ideas that are guaranteed to bring you success.


1. Host A Community Walkathon or Marathon

The relatively low return on investment potential characteristic of fundraiser events is one of the most attractive aspects of crowdfunding. Community walkathons and marathons, for example, are easy to organize, are a great excuse to call for volunteers to keep paid staff at a minimum, and encourage generous donations from participants, their friends, and family. 

Tips for a Successful Community Walkathon

  • Theme Your Event: Encourage participants to dress according to a theme or wear costumes.
  • Team Participation: Promote team formations for better engagement.
  • Marketing: Utilize social media and local media to spread the word.
  • Merchandising: Offer custom t-shirts with your logo and a dedicated hashtag to enhance visibility.

Let's dive into each of these areas to understand how they can significantly impact the success of your event.

The most successful events will inspire participants to dress up in accordance with a pre-arranged theme, as well as welcome the use of costumes, or specific colors.

Encourage participants to form teams for a larger turnout, and make sure to advertise your event across social media channels and other media outlets well in advance. If the news about your event spreads you may even be able to have non-participating audience members to place bets on a winning team. Be sure everyone involved understands all proceeds will go towards the cause, and winners may be awarded bragging rights.

Custom t-shirts printed with your cause/organization logo are an affordable way to get your audience even more excited about the event. Include the t-shirt price in the cost of sign-up, and create a hashtag to be used before, during and after your event. The longer you keep the spirit of your event alive, the more relevance and authority your cause will gain.

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2. Organize A Raffle

Raffles are one of the easiest fundraising event ideas any group can choose and bring to life. Different raffle styles include 50/50 raffles, a table raffle, traditional raffles, or lucky squares raffles. 

50/50 raffles

50/50 raffles are probably the quickest to set up and the easiest to run. It doesn’t require organizing prizes ahead of time, except purchasing or creating a roll of raffle tickets in advance will make things run smoothly. A cash-only raffle, 50/50 raffles allow participants to purchase tickets at a pooled price. The more tickets sold, the larger the prize pool. When the tickets have all been sold, a winning ticket is drawn, and half the money is awarded to them while the other half stays with the organization hosting the fundraiser. 50/50 raffles do not require hosts to prepare in advance and awarding prize money is simple as well as straightforward.

Table Raffles

Table raffles do require some preparation and work best when high-value items like outdoor Bluetooth speakers are auctioned and displayed for guests to see. Place a box with a slit in front of the item and ask audience members to vote on their favorite item with their admission tickets. Toward the end of the event, select a single ticket from each box to draw a lucky winner. If you can manage to get prizes donated to your event, you won’t have to pick up the cost of the raffle items. Do, however, serve drinks and hors d’oeuvres to make the experience more pleasant for guests.

Lucky Square Raffles

Lucky squares raffles are somewhat more complicated. A board-game style raffle, hosts must create a grid of squares and lay it over another image, like a treasure map, for example. Participants will buy a square, or multiple squares, and write their names into their square(s) of choice. Have different prized items and “losing” squares to make the game dynamic and exciting. The winning squares are been predetermined, and winners announced at the end of your event.

Traditional Raffles

A traditional raffle - the most common kind of raffle – includes collecting raffle prizes ahead of time to be given away and auctioned during the event. Sell two-part tickets to your guests and allow them to place bets (as many as desired) on their items of choice). Call out the winning ticket towards the end of the event to end on a high note. Entertainment is welcomed, but do try to keep your cost low – there’s a reason you’re opting to crowdfund!

3. Create a Fundraiser Auction

Auctions are another easy way to raise funds through community involvement. You can approach local businesses and vendors to ask for products or gift cards they’re willing to donate to your cause. People love gift baskets and experience vouchers like paint night, or a weekend getaway at a famous bed and breakfast.  The higher the value of your auction items the more excitement you can draw from your audience.

4. Host a Bingo Night

Bingo nights are a delicacy in some circles. Inexpensive and family-friendly, they’re an adynamic way to raise funds for any cause or organization. Consider putting together entry packages to include bingo sheets, a promotional gift customized with your organization logo, some information about your cause, and an entry ticket for the event. Hand all goodies at the door as attendees arrive for the fundraiser. 

Bingo Night_Fundraising Ideas


5. Put on a Community Fashion Show

Hosting a community fashion show is a sure way to get the members of your community and local businesses involved. For best results, approach local shops, boutiques, or thrift stores, and offer a partnership/sponsorship opportunity. Shoot to book a good venue, like a large park or community theatre, or perhaps one of your partnering stores. Fundraise by charging an admission cover, and give back to attendees by offering refreshment vouchers, promotional gifts, and chances to win raffle prizes. 

Essential Tips for a Successful Fundraiser Event

Once you have decided on the style or theme of the fundraiser, you will need to cover bases to ensure your special day runs smoothly.

Here are some tips for a successful fundraiser or charity event:

1. Be Creative

The amount of creative effort you put into your planning will determine the success of your fundraiser. You want to make sure and add your personal touch and avoid a homogenous event that leaves your guests feeling bored and unimpressed. Let your creativity flow! Bring your own brand voice, and carefully think about what makes your organization unique.

Don’t be afraid to improvise either. As the saying goes, roll with the punches and don’t let any surprises ruin your expectations of the gathering.

2. Plan Ahead

Don’t leave important details to be sorted out at the last-minute. It's much easier to coordinate and stay efficient when you thinking ahead. Planning events at the eleventh hour could result in missing key aspects. Instead, take your time to plan and check-in with other leaders in your organization to make sure you're all on the same page.

3. Gather Volunteers

If  planning a marathon or walkathon fundraiser, you’ll need volunteers to help run the event. Recruiting talented volunteers from the organization you’re fundraising for is ideal, or try and find people to volunteer who already work to help the cause you’re supporting. Don’t be afraid to ask outside of those circles for anyone willing to help, including family members and friends. 

Gather Volunteers_Fundraising Ideas

Make sure you have enough volunteers to cover all your bases. Once you have enough help, try and assign everyone a task or area where they’re comfortable or already have expertise in. That way, you can spend less time training your volunteers, and more time actually plan the fundraiser. 

4. Location, Location, Location

The location of your fundraiser event is key, therefore always consider your theme. If it’s a location-based theme, it will most likely be easy to decide. For example, a theme based around water should be held near water, or a beach walkathon should be held on a beach. Otherwise, it might take a little more research and planning to find the perfect spot.

Furthermore, you will have to consider logistical factors like parking availability, electricity, restrooms, and of course, whether the ground itself is suitable and safe for a marathon or walkathon. There should also be enough space for everyone to gather before the event starts, as well as room for sign-in tables, food, water and sponsor tents.

Always give yourself enough time to book a venue. They're probably more in demand than you think.

5. Find Sponsors

Having sponsors for your event will help with up-front capital in order to pay for unavoidable expenses. Do the research, and think strategically about who or what kind of businesses might be willing to contribute or back your cause. Work out what it will cost for them to sponsor it and be sure to lay out exactly where their information will be publicized. If your event is big/popular enough, you can have tiers of sponsors, like bronze, silver, and gold, and give promotions based on the appropriate level. 

6. Include Marketing, Promotion and Print Materials as Needed

The success of your fundraiser depends on the momentum you've able to create. Lay a marketing strategy to get the word out, and remember this doesn’t have to be a major expense. Come up with a slogan, a logo, a clear message(a few sentences) about the cause, and stick to a cohesive directive. Have promotional material and merchandise customized with the logo and slogan, and don't forget to make good use of social media, as well as other digital channels, like your website and newsletter list.

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7. Create Custom T-Shirts

Dress your staff in the custom t-shirt. Practical and affordable, they'll make your guests feel like they're involved in something bigger than themselves. You may make your merchandise available for purchase to your guests that way they can too have a special token in memory of the good time spent together.

8. Be Transparent About Amount of Money Donated

In order to be transparent and motivating, you should share how much money was raised after the completion of your event. It will help attendees and volunteers alike feel proud to have contributed to the cause, and likely aid in the popularity and effectiveness of your fundraiser. Gaining the trust of your audience will help the traction of future fundraising events.

9. Follow Up After the Event

When your event is over, debrief your team and thank everyone for their effort. Be sure to reach out to volunteers, sponsors, and guests. Individually thanking for contribution will make them feel appreciated and maybe even encourage them to participate at your next event.

Follow these tips for total success, and let us know in the comments below how you're planning to raise funds for your cause or organization this year.

Elevate Your Fundraiser with Discount Mugs

Unlocking the full potential of your fundraising event hinges on creativity, strategic planning, and fostering a sense of community. By incorporating varied activities such as walkathons, raffles, auctions, bingo nights, or fashion shows, your efforts can significantly boost your cause. 

To ensure your fundraiser stands out and leaves a lasting impression, consider leveraging the unique offerings of Discount Mugs. Our customizable products can add that extra flair and visibility your event needs to captivate participants and sponsors alike. Share your fundraising triumphs with us and let the community know how Discountmugs helped make your event a resounding success.

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About the Author David Cepeda

As the Director of Marketing Analytics, SEO, and Affiliate Marketing at Bel USA LLC, home of DiscountMugs, I bring over 15 years of extensive experience in marketing, e-commerce, and data analytics across the USA and Latin America. My expertise lies in leveraging data-driven strategies to enhance online visibility, drive engagement, and foster growth. With a keen eye for market trends and a strong foundation in SEO and affiliate marketing, I aim to deliver impactful insights and solutions. My approach to marketing is analytical yet intuitive, always guided by the latest industry developments and a deep understanding of consumer behavior. As a dedicated professional, I am constantly seeking innovative ways to exceed expectations and achieve excellence in the competitive e-commerce landscape.

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