Fundraising For Hope
Fundraising Event Ideas
Walkathons are great public awareness events that can help educate communities about neurodegenerative diseases and also raise funds to support the services of CurePSP. Walking is an activity that is easy for almost anyone. The only equipment you need is you! Children and parents can participate together, which makes this an ideal activity for the entire family. Plus, with the emphasis on fitness, a walkathon is an excellent choice for recreational activity, while promoting public awareness.
Golf tournaments offer many opportunities for fundraising while participants enjoy spending the day playing the most popular corporate sport in the United States. Many volunteers incorporate a silent auction and other fundraising activities to make this event even more enjoyable.
Wine tasting parties have become very popular and are an elegant way to spend an evening with friends and families. Many wineries offer special tours, paired with food and entertainment. Or, you can arrange to have a wine tasting party at a venue of your choice along with a silent auction. Local wineries usually donate the wines for each tasting and offer a discount rate to guests who choose to purchase their selections. Local restaurants will also donate appetizers and/or special desserts to make the evening even extra special. CurePSP can help you organize this fun-filled event.
Invite as many people as you can fit around your table and simply ask that your guests donate, don’t ask for a specific amount of money, but have people donate “whatever they would normally spend” on a meal out or a night of drinking! Not only do you get to eat good food and hang out with cool people, but it has this nice, philanthropic byproduct, that doesn’t feel forced.
Have the direct link to your customized CurePSP donation page and have people donate directly from their smartphones!
Check in with your favorite restaurants or local hangouts. Many restaurants already have programs in place to help you fundraise at their establishment. Certain restaurant chains offer “Give Back” nights such as Applebee’s, Ruby Tuesday, Burger King and more. The restaurants usually donate a minimum of 10% to the charity and some offer free food and actually come to a facility of your choice, cook and serve the food to your guests. You in return develop the cost per person and promote the fundraising dinner giving recognition to the restaurant while raising awareness and funds for CurePSP.
A more focused and versatile version of a garage sale. Ask everyone you know (co-workers, neighbors, family and friends) to donate any books they no longer wish to keep. Then, choose a time and place to have a used book sale — if not at your home then perhaps at your local farmer’s market, school carnival or community fair.
Host a fundraising party at your home for friends, family, co-workers and neighbors. Share your personal story. Ask your guests to support this endeavor with a specific donation in honor of or in memory of your loved one. Dinner parties are a great way to educate others about these neurodegenerative diseases and also raise funds to support the programs and services of CurePSP. We will provide you with educational materials and merchandise to give away or sell.
Ask some local businesses to donate items or gift certificates and hold a silent auction at your fundraising event, or on a payday at work. Things like restaurant certificates, weekend get-aways, day of beauty, a book of car wash certificates, $10 off dry-cleaning, movie passes, play tickets, pet grooming, a week of free coffee, etc. — the list is endless! Set minimum donation limits and allow people to bid. Some items can be packaged such as hair stylists and pedicures, manicures, massage, all of which can be combined into a “day of beauty” package. Some walkers even get their place of business to agree to set up a silent auction for one item every Friday at work. They get something donated and the office has fun bidding on something new each week.
Organize a dance theme: 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s or costume ball. Include a costume contest, silent auction, DJ, food, and more. Set a price per person and promote the event in advance through flyers, email blasts, etc. Get your local church, school or civic group to donate the hall/facility. Find sponsors who will underwrite the cost of the DJ, food, insurance and amenities. CurePSP will help you develop all your materials as well as provide sponsorship packets.
Host a pancake breakfast at a school, park or place of worship. Charge a fee. Get the pancake mix and other food items donated by local stores. Make it an annual event.
Ask your local bowling alley to donate some lanes for a fundraising party. Invite your co-workers as a team-building experience, along with your family, friends and neighbors. Promote in advance for a reduced ticket price and charge an additional $5.00 at the door.
Have you ever wondered how much money the vending machine at work clears in a single week? Find out! Purchase some of the office favorites in bulk (or better yet have them donated!), mark up the price to retail and sell them from your desk; i.e. $1 or $2. If you have a way to keep them cold, do the same with bottled water and sodas.
Online Charity Tools
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Ziggedy is an online shopping portal that lets you browse through the offerings of thousands of online vendors such as Walmart, Priceline, Nordstrom, and Best Buy. By signing up and shopping via the Ziggedy service, you can raise funds for CurePSP without absolutely any cost to you – all it takes is one simple click. Sign up today!
GoodSearch is a site that raises money for a specific charity each time a person uses its search engine. A user can simply go to www.goodsearch.com, select “CurePSP” as the charity, and then search as you normally would. GoodSearch also has a free toolbar that users can download. GoodSearch is powered by Yahoo!, so you’ll get high quality results, just as you would with any other search engine. Each time you search with this toolbar, CurePSP receives funds! You can also shop at some of your favorite stores by selecting the GoodShop tab to raise even more money for CurePSP.
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