Top fundraisers use the following strategies when planning their benefits:
- Understand who you are trying to reach and identify something that might be of value or interest to them.
- Publicize the fundraiser heavily.
- Be enthusiastic — it’s infectious!
- Plan fundraising activities on a year-round, ongoing basis.
Sample fundraising ideas to get you started
Dine and donate night
Ask a local restaurant or cafe if they could hold a “Walk for Hope Night” in which a portion of the proceeds for the day benefit the event.
Invite 10 people over for a round of charity poker. Send invitations explaining your Walk for Hope participation and request everyone bring $25-$40 mad money. If you want to try this on a larger scale, hold it in your church basement or local school. Provide refreshments. Winners get bragging rights (or a small portion of the proceeds) and you raise funds for IBD research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Organize a sports-themed party and ask everyone for a donation to the Walk for Hope when they arrive. You can do this for any major sports event!
Get your friends and family together once a month for game night. Encourage everyone to bring snacks or beverages to share. Everyone pays $5 to play, with all the money going to your Walk for Hope fundraising goal.