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100 Fund-raising Ideas

  1. Jellybean count: Fill a jar with jellybeans and have people pay to guess how many there are in the jar.
  2. Dress-down day:  Charge faculty and administrators who wants to participate. Make certain that you ask permission of Human Resources, first.
  3. Band and choir concerts: Ask a Juniata band to donate their time by performing a benefit concert for your cause. Charge admission for the event.
  4. Walk-a-thon: Choose a date and a route, make up some pledge forms, and advertise with posters. Have participants gather donations or pledges using their pledge forms.
  5. Bag groceries: Ask a local grocery store if you can bag people’s groceries for donations. Be certain to put up a sign saying what the money supports.
  6. Skip-a-thon (row-a-thon, see-saw-a-thon): Choose a date, create pledge forms, and advertise. Have participants gather donations or pledges using their pledge forms, then participate in the activity.
  7. Raffles: Sell tickets and keep ticket stubs. On the date of the draw, have someone close his or her eyes and pick a ticket stub from all the ones that were sold. Do this publicly. The winner receives a prize.
  8. Auction: Have individuals, groups and businesses donate goods and services. Be creative in what you can auction off and make certain that the goods and services are sold at reasonable prices.
  9. Perform a free service for donations: Rake leaves, shovel snow, take care of a pet. When offering your service, ask the person who benefited from your actions for a donation toward your worthy cause.
  10. Sell candy, cards, etc.: Work with reputable businesses that provide merchandise you can sell. Be sure at least half of the money raised goes to your cause.
  11. Winter carnival or bazaar: Hold a winter carnival or bazaar. Invite students, staff, and the community. Charge admission and/or a small fee to play games.
  12. Carnival day: Host a mini carnival, with games, prizes and popcorn, in a local park or your own backyard. Charge admission and/or a small fee to play games.
  13. Spelling Bee, Trivial Pursuit, Checkers, Scrabble, Twister: Have participants and spectators pay to participate and the winner receives a prize.  You cannot charge admission for Poker Games as that would violate Gambling Policies.
  14. Battle of the Bands: Gather some bands from your local community. Book a venue and advertise with posters, flyers, and radio announcements. Hold a mini concert in which the audience chooses the winning band.
  15. Pitch-a-thon: Rent a radar gun and measure how fast people can throw a baseball or kick a soccer ball. Charge $1 per try and give a prize to the fastest individual.
  16. Sell buttons or t-shirts displaying your logo.
  17. Puppet Show: Make puppets with socks, felt and other craft materials. Pick out or write a story. Set a date, time, and location. Advertise with flyers and posters. Sell tickets in advance and at the door.  Advertise to the local elementary school and day care facilities.
  18. Spaghetti Dinner: Prepare a great dinner for students or community members and charge a fee.
  19. Hold a Theme Party: Decide on a fun theme. Charge an entrance fee, but be sure to explain to people what their cover charge is going towards.
  20. Plant Trees: Ask a nursery for seedling donations and then get people to sponsor a tree.
  21. Pledges: Gather pledges to have dance-a-thons, rock-a-thons, or any other type of endurance contest you can think of.
  22. Day of Community Service: Gather together a group of friends, and contact a number of organizations for which you would be interested in volunteering. Then have people sponsor you to do community service for 24 hours.
  23. Food Fast: Get together with a group of friends, gather pledges, and fast for a full 24 hours.
  24. Piñata Contest: Charge a fee to have each blindfolded person have one turn at trying to break a candy-filled piñata.
  25. Craft Sale: Make all the crafts yourself and sell them.
  26. Family Barbecue: Host a family barbecue with games and activities.
  27. Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament: Organize a basketball tournament in your school with the winning team receiving a prize. This can also be done with soccer, tennis, badminton, volleyball, or any other sport.
  28. Swim-a-thon: Get sponsors for the number of laps you swim.
  29. Beat the Goalie: Pick the best hockey or soccer goalie you know and invite people to try to score a goal for a prize. Every participant has to pay to play.
  30. Bingo: Host a bingo night at a local hall, place of worship, or school.
  31. Plant Sale: Organize a plant sale with plants donated by local nurseries.
  32. Boat Race: Organize a model boat race on a body of water. Charge a participant/spectator entrance fee. The winner of the race gets a prize.
  33. Fruit Stand: Get permission to go to local farms and pick fruit to sell. Sell the produce in high-traffic areas or at community festivals.
  34. Book (used book) Sale: Ask all your friends, relatives, and teachers to donate their old books. Advertise your book sale by means of posters and flyers. Set up a table and sell books. If there are leftovers, you can always give them to a needy library, shelter, or school.
  35. Bowling: Organize a bowling night or a competition. Charge everyone a small fee to enter or have participants get bowl-a-thon pledges.
  36. Buy a Brick: If you are fundraising to build a school or building, have people make donations to purchase bricks.
  37. Coupon Sale: Have coupon books donated by local businesses, and then sell them to students and adults.  You can also contact Sheetz.
  38. International Dinner: Have people from various ethnic origins cook traditional foods, and then charge admission to an international dinner.
  39. Balloon Pop: Before filling a balloon with air or helium, put a note inside. Have a certain number of the notes worth a prize. Have people buy balloons and pop them in the hope of getting the prize. Be sure to pick up the broken balloons afterwards.
  40. Scavenger Hunt: Set a route and make a list of items that the participants need to find in order to win. Advertise your scavenger hunt well and charge everyone a small fee to participate. The winning person/group gets a prize.
  41. Car Wash: With a group of friends, set up a car wash in the parking lot of your school, church, or public area. (Be sure to ask for permission and make sure that people are careful of moving cars).
  42. Hug-a-gram: Advertise a hug for a dollar. Have people buy a hug for a friend. After a member of your group gives the hug to the designated person, give them a small card with a message from the person who sent the hug.  (You could do the same idea, but have the Juniata College Eagle give the hugs).
  43. Charity Ball: Hire a DJ or a band, rent a hall, advertise, and sell tickets for a dance.
  44. Holiday Ornament Sale: Sell ornaments during the holiday season.
  45. Classic Car Show: Organize a classic automobile show. Invite people to attend and to bring their cars by placing ads in local newspapers, leaving flyers at local businesses, and charging people to come and see the show.
  46. Miniature Golf: Build a nine-hole miniature golf course at your school, featuring ramps, water and sand traps, and other obstacles. Charge people to play a round during lunch.
  47. Bench-a-thon: Have people bench press weights in the school gym and collect pledges for every pound they lift. Make sure all participants have spotters.
  48. Clearing Snow: Shovel snow from people’s driveways and walkways in the winter months for a donation.
  49. Monopoly Match: Have a group of students play a Monopoly tournament with the winner receiving a prize.
  50. Guess the age of your teacher: Organize an event in which students pay to guess the age of your teacher. Obtain approval from your teacher first, however.

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