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Putting the "Fun" In Fundraising


Raising money for charity doesn’t have to be grueling or boring. There are plenty of innovative and exciting ways to inspire people to support your charity of choice. Since 2014, we've been walking in the annual JDRF One Walk to raise funds that will support research and ultimately finding a cure for type 1 diabetes.

This charity is near and dear to me as my youngest daughter has type 1 diabetes. Family and friends join our team and walk with us. But in addition to that, we have donors who generously support the team each year to help us reach our fundraising goal.

Once you put the fun back into fundraising, you will find that you will want to raise as much money for charity as possible. It really pays off to have some fun while helping out a charitable organization or cause and to not see fundraising as a chore.

I recently sat down with the development manager from my local JDRF chapter, and she was kind enough to offer a few fun and super cool fundraising suggestions. 

Get Active
Lots and lots of people are very sporty these days and regularly take part in marathons for a charitable cause. Does running 26 miles sound the complete opposite of fun to you? No problem, there are lots of other runs that you might find a lot more appealing! For instance, most towns and cities host regular fun runs. These are often fairly short and have a fun aspect to them. It’s more about the taking part than the winning! For example, you might want to sign up for or host your own color run. This is a 3-mile run during which you will be covered in colored paints. It will certainly feel a lot more like a party than a run!

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Get The Neighborhood Together
Do you need an excuse to meet your neighbors and get to know them a bit better? You probably do, as most studies show that hardly any neighbors socialize these days! Well, why not get your whole neighborhood working together to fundraise some cash for a charity? There are a few different ways you might want to go about this, but a really awesome idea is to host a street or block party! You might need a permit to hold such an event, especially if you want to close the roads, so get in touch with your local authority.

You could sell cakes in aid of charity during the party, and you might want to find a hire bar that is willing to donate a percentage of their profit to charity. You could also organize a raffle for the party. Prizes can be anything from children’s story books to wine baskets to cash prizes. You can find more wine gift basket ideas here: www.the-fund-raiser.com to ensure yours tempts enough people into buying a ticket! It’s a good idea to ask everyone in your neighborhood to donate a prize, so there is plenty to give away in the raffle.

Rope In Your Colleagues
It’s not just your neighborhood who you can rope into your fundraising endeavors. Get your colleagues involved too! In fact, lots of offices around the country regularly hold bake sales in aid of certain charities. Some charities will even give you a bake sale kit to help you organize your event. Another cool idea is to sign up for a challenge with some of your work colleagues. If running marathons isn’t your thing, you and your colleagues might prefer to sign up for a Tough Mudder course. These are slightly harder than fun runs, but they are still a lot of fun! It’s a 5 mile run with lots of obstacles in the way - you’ll definitely need to use your teamwork skills!

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Fundraise As A Family
Why not do some fundraising with your family as well? Even if you have young children, there will still be plenty of ideas that you could carry out. For instance, why not plan on the kids doing a sponsored silence? They just have to stay completely silent for a set period of time! They will love the challenge as well as asking family and friends to sponsor them. And you can enjoy some peace and quiet finally! There are also some family fun runs that you might want to do with the whole gang. This is a great way to encourage the kids to make fitness a part of their everyday life, which I have briefly touched on here. Why not ask your kids to see if they have any fundraising ideas of their own.

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