Valentines Day Fundraising Ideas

Have you considered hosting a valentines day fundraiser?  After all, Valentines Day is one time of year where people are looking to spend money on loved ones: whether treating them to dinner, going to the theater, or buying jewelry.  Why not find a way for them to spend their money, while giving back to a worthy cause?

This article provides some fun valentines day fundraising ideas.

  • Wine Tasting Event: Valentine’s Day is a perfect opportunity to host a wine tasting fundraising event. In fact, some people see wine tasting as a different kind of “love affair”. Host a classy event where guests pay admission to taste a selection of wines, cheeses and chocolates. Drape tables with fine linens, candles and roses to create a romantic mood. Partner with a licensed wine dealer who can offer commentary and wine/cheese or wine/chocolate pairings.  Invite a local guitarist or vocalist to play music.  Following the event, offer wines, cheese and boxes of chocolates for sale at  discounted prices. Money raised from the admission fee as well as wine sales can go towards the charity of your choice. Use a fundraising event software to share information about your event, allow people to sign up online, make online donations (for those who cannot attend) and promote your event fundraising website through social networking.
  • Valentine’s Charity Auction: What a great way to raise money for a worthy cause. You know people will be looking for unique gifts for that special someone, so why not host an online charity auction where people can purchase one-of-a kind items for their loved ones.  Reach out to local restaurants, resorts, theaters and spas to see if they’d be willing to donate gift certificates.  Bidders can surprise their significant other with a special spa treatment or night on the town.  Find a local artist who sells hand-made jewelry, paintings, or other memorable gifts that will last a lifetime. An online auction is easy to host online with charity auction software. Auction administrators simply choose an auction website template, post items, descriptions, bid minimums, buy-now options, and more.  Then they share the site with participants and community members the weeks leading up to Valentines Day. People make bids or choose to buy items, and winners are notified at the close of the auction.
  • Valentines’ Dinner Donation: This is a simple fundraiser that doesn’t take much planning, but can still bring in some money and create awareness about your cause.  With so many people treating loved ones with a night out to dinner, consider partnering with a local restaurant to raise money for your cause by taking a small percentage of sales from dinner on Feb. 14th.  This is a great way for a restaurant to give-back to the community and gain recognition with local media.  You may also want to consider offering a small “Valentines Gift Store” at the restaurant where people can choose to purchase last-minute gifts for loved ones (boxes of chocolates, a bottle of wine, gift certificate for a spa, etc.).

What ever you choose for your Valentines fundraising event, we wish you the best!