Posts Tagged ‘Fundraising’

By guest blogger Cecilia Huang

Here it is! The grand finale of your Fundraising ABCs:

L Lunch buffet
M Movie night
N Needles night – get a few friends together to sew some goodies to auction off
O Oscar Pool – make predictions on Oscar results. Charge a fee for entering the pool.  Half of the pool goes to the winner and the other half gets donated.
P Pub night – lots of local pubs are supportive of these fundraisers. Poker fundraisers; Pizza party (P is an awesome leter!)
Q Quiz Showdown
R Raffle draw
S Scavenger hunts
T Take the Stairs Day – find out more at
U U can make a donation yourself!
V Vacation Day – reward the co-worker who raised the most with a vacation day!
W Wii tournament!; Who’s that baby?! (everyone brings a baby photo and you charge people for chances to guess who is who – for a small prize)
X Ex-gift sale (kinda like re-gifting – but for donations!)
Y Yogathon; Afternoon yoga retreat
Z Zoolander-themed party

Hopefully you’re now inspired to go out and try some of these – as well as getting creative with your own ideas! And don’t forget to share them with us in the comments below….


By guest blogger Cecilia Huang

Over the weekend a good friend of mine challenged me to brainstorm at least one fundraising idea for every letter of the alphabet.  Anyone who knows me knows I’m always up for a challenge, so I accepted immediately! In the hopes that my results might inspire some of you, I decided to share them.

A Auction! Auction off your (or your friend’s) services and sponsored prizing
B Bowling tournament; Bake Sale
C Cake Walk; Canucks tickets for auctioning!!!!!!!!
D Disco Dance Party; DYI craft sale
E Employers match donation; Egg-your-coworker (maybe your very cool boss!) by donation
F Fairs for kids
G Garage Sale
H Hairstyling & haircuts; Hugs for donations
I International potluck day
J Jazz Coffee Night
K Karaoke Contest
L … You didn’t expect me to give them ALL up that easily, did you??

Now it’s your turn – consider yourself challenged! Share the ideas you came up with for one or two (or all!) of the letters in the comments section below, and stay tuned – my next post will reveal letters L through Z!

By guest blogger Cecilia Huang

A few years ago, I took part in a meeting about fundraising tactics. At the meeting were three girls who couldn’t have been more than 11 o r 12 years old.  I assumed they had come with their parents. Little did I know, they were already fundraising experts themselves!

You can imagine my surprise when they walked to the front of the room and held out their wrists. On them were the most exquisite friendship bracelets I have ever seen.  One of their mothers explained the girls made these bracelets to sell at school and had already collected a few hundred dollars in donations!  Better yet, they had done it all by themselves!

The girls weren’t thinking about how much money they would make; they simply wanted to share something they loved with the rest of the world. I too was obsessed with friendship bracelets when I was young. I can remember trading them with my best friends and refusing to take them off even when they got threadbare and faded.

This is what fundraising should be about – sharing your passion with the people around you and enjoying yourself along the way!

Are you worrying about hitting your fundraising goal? Never fear, we’re here to help! We’ve come up with a new concept called Take the Stairs Day, and it’s exactly what it sounds like.

The idea is to choose a day or portion of a day (after clearing it with your boss or school first, of course!) during which you ask your colleagues to take the stairs instead of the elevator. For those who take the elevator, a donation is required. Either way you win – you get people stairclimbing or you raise funds through charging for elevator rides!

To make it super easy on you, we’ve created all the print materials you’ll need to get it going: poster to publicize the event, email template to send to your co-workers, label for your donation jar, instructional infographic and even elevator passes! For all the info on the event and to download the print materials, click here. And, as always, feel free to contact us if you have any questions – we’re here to help!

Looking for an easy way to coax money out of your coworkers? Take a tip from Daisy and use your lunch room at work for a silent auction! Last year, Daisy provided baked goods for a week as well as auctioning off new luxury gift items she had at home.  To drive up participation, she entered each person who donated $5 or more into a draw for an expensive perfume gift set. The plan worked! Overall Daisy raised more than $1,000 for the cause!

What are your cool fundraising ideas?

If you’d like to support Daisy, visit her personal webpage or make a donation to her team, We Care Home Health Services (Tri-cities) on the team webpage!