Fall is a time of change. And change can be a beautiful thing! The glorious colors expressed in the trees’ changing leaves, the orange glow of the harvest moon, and the changes in the cooling of the wind. There are also changes in our happenings. The excitement of students heading back to school, football season kicks-off, and Halloween parties are just around the corner.
Fall is an exciting time! Draw in this energy and create a fun, Fall fundraiser for your group or organization. There are numerous great fundraising ideas that can be successful any time of year, but here are a few fun seasonal ideas as autumn “falls” upon us…
Autumn Yard Work
This fundraiser is a great group fundraiser as it encourages teamwork and lessons of serving the community. It would work just like a “walk-a-thon”, however, instead of walking, participants clean up yards in the neighborhood. Collect pledge donations in advance of your event. Do this by posting flyers around the neighborhood, and sending an email to your network (friends, family, neighbors) with a link to your online fundraising website where people can easily make an online donation. You could also have people sign-up to have their yard serviced right on your site! Include details about the day and times of your clean-up, and find out what yard services they need performed i.e. raking leaves, bringing in plants or outdoor toys inside, etc.
Pumpkin Patch Fundraiser
When planning a fundraising campaign, think about what is currently in demand, and then make it accessible and affordable. Look for a local grower to buy pumpkins from in bulk. Then set up a convenient site –either a high-traffic area such as a high-school football game, or an accessible location (i.e. for a church fundraiser, use the cafeteria and sell after Sunday services). Decorate the site with hay bales, leaves and tree branches. Be sure to let people know that proceeds go to a worthy cause, so they decide to purchase from you rather than the local grocery store or other competing location.
Halloween Costume Sale
Year after year, people purchase (or make) Halloween costumes, and then…they only use them for one night. Gather up used Halloween costumes within your community and offer a costume sale. Promote the event weeks in advance and offer an accessible drop-off location for people to leave old costumes and masks. Host the sale at a convenient location (see if a local school will donate their gymnasium for the weekend). Promote the event through community bulletins, on CraigsList, and through your social networks!
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