10 Types of Fundraiser People Will Want to Attend
Hosting a fundraiser is a great way to give something back, as well as make some new connections. If you’re thinking about planning a fundraiser, here’s our list of the 10 most common fundraiser types and key points to take into consideration for planning (including when to send out tickets through Get Invited)!
Why not consider a remote raffle, where people register via PayPal, for example, and the winners are announced via social media?
- Happy Hour
A cocktail hour for charity is going to be most useful for crowds who have something to gain from networking (like a particular professional community). Look for a venue owner willing to discount food and drink for charity.
- Pancake Breakfast
This kind of fundraiser works well before or after another planned event. People gotta eat! Using Get Invited, you can send out tickets a week in advance – pancake breakfasts are always popular after the main event!
- Quiz Night
The fundraising can come in the form of ticket sales and/or drink sales. Winners generally get a small prize.
- Bake Off
Thanks to shows like the Great British Bake Off and Cake Boss, people will understand exactly what this type of fundraiser is all about. You’ll need to choose a venue to display cakes and other baked goods to their full potential, preferably in a high-traffic area; prizes; plates; a money box with lots of cash and change. Send out invitations a few weeks in advance to allow bakers time to cook up a storm!
If you can convince local businesses to donate high-value items or services, this will ensure a good take-up rate for tickets.
- VIP Preview
This is where vendors preview new lines with a select audience, and allow them to purchase things before they’re available to the wider public. Think clothes, the bridal industry, and cool tech products for previews that attract savvy shoppers. You’ll need to put together an agreement regarding profits (i.e. how much goes to charity) with vendors.
- Sporting Event
The most successful charity sporting events will include extras, like refreshments and meet-and-greets with athletes or VIPs.
- Fun Run
You’ll need: sponsor sheets for participants; an official route map; the route marked off on the day; official t-shirts and/or wearable signage with entrant numbers; rest stations with water for participants.
- Gala Dinner
Formal dinners or galas with special entertainment are on the planning-intensive side, but tend to get great attendance when some thought goes into planning and promotion. The high ticket price can mean excellent returns for the charity. We recommend sending out invitations three months in advance.
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