Thinking about—better yet, planning on—doing Obliteride, but a bit concerned about fundraising? Fear no more.
We did a little brainstorming to come up with 10 more fundraising ideas to add to those already listed on our site. These ones are extra fun!
1. BARTEND FOR A NIGHT
Ask a local bar if you can be a guest bartender for a night and request all tips go to your fundraising.
2. THROW AN ART PARTY AND AUCTION
Set up a few art stations throughout your house (get creative with supplies!) and invite your friends and their children to join you for some art-making! Then, at the end of the night, set up all of the items and auction them off, starting with a minimum bid (minimum can be based on cost of supplies, age group, etc.). It’s a fun family affair and you don’t need a babysitter!
3. HOLD A POKER NIGHT
Invite all of your friends over for poker night and have fun while supporting a great cause. Set a minimum suggested donation and instead of “the pot” going to winner, have it go to your fundraising goal!
4. LEAD A “SUNDAY RIDE”
Invite all of your friends to come along on a unique bike tour led by none other than YOU. Suggest a donation of $50 (or more) per rider. Show them sights along the way that are important to you and share stories about “why you ride.” Or, make it competitive and set a mileage goal for people to achieve.
5. HOST A BLIND WINE TASTING
Have your friends over for some wine-drinking and skill-testing. Provide 10 different wines (everything from 2 Buck Chuck to Francis Coppola) and put each bottle in a brown paper bag to cover anything that might reveal the brand and vintage. Number each bag and hand everyone a list of the wines in-play. Set the wines on a table and have each person go through, tasting and matching the wine on their palette with those listed on the sheet. At the end of the night, reveal the wines: people will be surprised! Suggest an “entry” donation (when sending out the invite) or put out a “tip jar” for the host/pourer.
6. SKIP THE GIFTS
If you have a special life-event coming up (birthday, anniversary, wedding, housewarming, retirement), ask people to donate to your fundraising goal instead of giving you a gift. Make the suggested donation the number of the year you’re celebrating. (i.e., 50th birthday = $50)
7. CLEAN UP YOUR LANGUAGE
Challenge others (and yourself!) to stop swearing and using any derivative of the f-word, including f-bomb, friggin, f’in, etc. Set up a “drop the f-bomb jar” at home or your office. Every time someone swears, they have to drop $1 in the jar. It’s a win-win: People donate to Obliteride each time they swear and slowly, they stop swearing.
8. SKIP THE BEVERAGES, BRING THE BILLS
Each time you gather with friends, instead of bringing good beer/fine wine, bring cheap stuff, or drink water and contribute the difference to Obliteride.
9. MAKE A LIST
Write a list of 100 people you know (friends, family, dentist, child care provider, everyone!) keep it with you everywhere you go. When you run into a person on your list, tell them about Obliteride and why cancer research is worth their money. Ask each person for only $10 and explain that if everyone on your list donated $10 you would reach your fundraising goal of $1,000. If you have a personal story of a friend or family member who was touched by cancer, share the story and see how people respond. Remember—100% of the donation goes straight to research!
10. HAVE A BAKE SALE
Ask a local bakery, donut shop, bagel shop, etc. to donate their day old goods. Sell them at work for $1 with all proceeds going to your fundraising goal.
|TECH TIP: SO YOUR FRIENDS RECEIVE THE APPROPRIATE TAX RECEIPT AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO FUSS WITH CASH, INSTEAD OF STUFFING A JAR OR DONATING CASH, SET UP A COMPUTER, SURFACE OR IPAD AT YOUR GATHERING SO THEY CAN DONATE ONLINE DIRECTLY TO YOUR PERSONAL FUNDRAISING PAGE.|
OK, that’s our list for this week! What’s your crazy creative fundraising idea? Leave a comment below and we’ll share it on our Facebook page.
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