It’s the end of single-digit temperatures, muddy snow boots and staying indoors. Winter has a one-way ticket out and spring’s advent means a new start for everything, including fundraising events. Winter is the shortest of the four seasons, but it seems like the longest when outdoor time and activities are limited.
Your non-profit’s best time to celebrate the season and champion a charity event is now. Here are four outdoor-themed ideas to take your next event from winter’s indoor indolence of winter to spring and summer’s outside pastimes, while increasing your fundraising database:
Get out and play! Four fresh fundraisers beyond the four walls
Encourage healthy eating habits among current and potential donors with a gardening fundraiser. Sell seeds, plants, mulch boxes, small gardening tools, raised bed kits and watering cans to start new produce gardens. Use your donor management software to track what’s planted by donors, so they share tips and recipes for their newly-grown produce.
Join forces with a local park, athletic club or sports team and host a charity lemonade stand. Invite volunteers to bring their squeeze power to create fresh lemon juice for the old-fashioned beverage. Sell water, sodas, popcorn, candy, baked goods and frozen treats to spectators, visitors and players; the team or club can combine their ticket sales with your organization’s nonprofit event ticket; assuring each event-goer both their admission and prepaid snacks and drinks.
School’s (almost) out for summer
The summer break is fun for most kids, and perhaps many parents, but for the 16 million children who depend on free or reduced price school breakfast and lunch meals, summer is a time to worry about going hungry due to missed meals. Plan a “We CAN Get Through The Summer Full” fundraiser, inviting donors to pitch in with funds and canned and non-perishable food and snacks to help families facing food insecurity. Get local merchants involved with gift donations for those who raise the most money: movie tickets, water park admission passes, gas cards, picnic baskets filled with travel-friendly snacks, plates and utensils.
Holiday head start
It sounds too early to plan for the next winter holidays, but ask any busy parent, and you’ll find out it isn’t. Have a Christmas in July fundraiser with a twist: a holiday bazaar on the beach. If your community isn’t coastal, set up along a lake or build your own beach with sand, inflatable palm trees and kiddie pools. Set up tiki hut-style booths for local merchants offering gift baskets, cards, holiday photography, pet gear, toys, sporting goods, clothing, teas, coffees and spices, and split the sales proceeds between the nonprofit and the merchants.
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