The Child Advocacy Center
HOST AN EVENT
Whatever type of fundraiser you choose, know that our staff is here willing to help and, if available, be present to talk to your guests about The Child Advocacy Center of Northeast MO. Email Us Today!
Have an artist come to your home and provide a fun educational class and charge an entry fee donation. Proceeds or a percentage of the sales from the event go back to The Child Advocacy Center. There are many companies out there that specialize in this sort of event – let us know if you need referral. Like drawing outside the lines? Grab some blank canvases, art supplies and have your friends get creative!
Do you have budding and professional artists in your community? Ask them to donate their art to the cause and have a home gallery sale. You could think of this event as an exclusive, swanky craft fair. Rent space from a local gallery (or set up a gallery in your home/office), institute a semi-formal dress code, and serve champagne! Ask local liquor stores, wineries, and friends to donate wine & cheese.
Post a bake sale menu that interested parties can browse. As they make donations, they can also put in their order information and your bakers will create and deliver requested goods. The menu itself could have the bake sale classics. What’s better than eating pie at a dessert shop? Pie delivered to your door. The same rule applies to all the goodies and sweets that you will whip up. People buy most things online now, so why should bake sale treats be any different?
Everyone loves a rousing game of BINGO. Plus, it’s a fun and easy to plan event suitable for the entire family. Charge an entry fee. Contact companies in your community (or the local BINGO hall) to see if anyone has a set of BINGO balls, cards, and markers/tabs you can borrow or rent.
BOARD GAME TOURNAMENT
Teams of people compete together during a board game tournament to raise money. Ask local businesses or supports to donate prizes for tournament winners. And, you can give “bonus points” to board game participants/teams that fundraise on their own for The Child Advocacy Center.
Hold a book swap and charge a small amount for entry and/or per book exchanged. Host in your home or meet at a fun restaurant. Talk to your local library about resources they have to assist you with your swap for inspiration. Alternatively, you can start a book club with an entry fee.
Recruit comedians to put on a show either at your home or at a venue and charge an entry fee. Popular comedians may run up the costs, so you may want to partner with a local comedy venue to put together a fantastic list of local comedians. Virtual shows tend to be more cost effective than in-person.
COOKING / BAKING CONTEST
Participants pay an entry fee to be considered for a grand prize. At the end of the day, their creation can be sold for a donation. Incentivize people to enter the contest by offering the best prize of all- bragging rights!
- Chili Cook-Off
- Mediterranean Cooking
- Hawaiian Luau
- Around the World
- Homemade Burgers
- Breakfast Cook-off
- Wings & Things
- Best Tacos in Town
- Clean Eats
- Life of Pie
- Bread Fest
Add a culinary twist to your home fundraiser by hosting a cooking class. If this is around the holidays, try making your class a themed one! Team up with a local chef or ask a talented volunteer to help lead the class. This can easily be held virtually using a tool like Zoom and sending out an ingredient list ahead of time.
DOLLARS FOR DARES
Dollars for dares fundraising events are the perfect complement to peer-to-peer fundraising. Set up a fundraising page or Facebook event/post, announce the dare that you’ll complete if you raise a set amount of funds, promote the page, and watch the donations come in. Common dare challenges include:
- Diving into a lake or pool in the middle of winter.
- Dyeing your hair. (Maybe blue during April’s Ntl. Child Abuse Prevention Month)
- Shaving your head/ beard.
- Performing a song in public.
- Wearing a crazy outfit to work and around town.
The dares are honestly limitless. As long as they’re safe, legal, and well-meaning, go for it! What’s a little embarrassment or brief moment of fear compared to bringing in much needed funds for a worthwhile cause?
FOOD TRUCK EVENT
You could host a neighborhood event … ask food trucks to come a specific day/evening and a percentage of sales goes to your nonprofit. Ramp up your marketing efforts on social media – maybe neighborhood group page – or go door to door with flyers to maximize your efforts.
Host in your home … or find a venue for a low price (your own space, a donor’s home, local VFW, etc.) and serve cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. You can either sell tickets to raise money or ask attendees for donations.
It’s likely that the bar itself will offer you discounted food and/or drinks for those in attendance. They might even be willing to do a profit share during the hours of the event. In that case, your fundraiser makes a preset portion of what’s spent by your guests at the bar. Hire a DJ, run a raffle, and award prizes to those who can answer campus trivia questions that they probably learned during orientation.
HOST A (DRUNKEN) SPELLING BEE
Host a spelling bee and charge an entry fee. Host in your home or consider having this event at a local brewery/bar/restaurant and have them donate a percentage of their profits for the evening. You can have participants set up personal pages and fundraise online ahead of time.
HOSTED DINNER PARTIES
Host a dinner party and invite friends. Provide meal and drinks, and charge attendees a donation fee. You can be fancy and have cocktail attire, put on some music and bust out that pretty china!
While it’s not for the faint at heart, karaoke definitely has the potential to lift the spirits and wallets of your attendees. Along the way, everyone will be making a fool of themselves all for The Child Advocacy Center. Host people in your home or go to a venue. Set up a Facebook event! Before you rent high-quality karaoke equipment, ask around to see if you can borrow a set.
Invite your donors, volunteers, and potential supporters to a family movie night – consider hosting it outside in your backyard or in a park. This fundraiser guarantees a crowd! There are companies out there that provide movie night equipment rentals. To minimize your expenses, ask a local business to sponsor the event and cover the cost of rentals.
PAINT & SIP
Host a paint and sip night in your home to help raise funds; sell drinks and food for additional revenue. This is an event that can be adapted to a variety of causes. If weather permits, try hosting this as an outdoor event. To make it easier to see who has registered/paid, set up an online registration page. If you need a company that comes to your house, let us know!
PING PONG TOURNAMENT
Who doesn’t love ping pong? Get your friends & family in a competitive mood with a ping pong tournament.
If you do not own a ping pong table … before renting ping pong tables, ask your supporters if they have any tables that can be borrowed for the event. Encourage teams to compete to see who can fundraise the most + add incentives.
PLANT & SIP
For horticultural and gardening enthusiasts, this is a fun variation to a traditional paint and sip. Instead of painting a picture, have participants put together a beautiful arrangement and get gardening tips from a knowledgeable instructor.
Your contacts who are over 21 will love the philanthropic pub crawl. Members get to enjoy a great night out on the town together while raising money. The crawl is all upside. First, your crawl needs a theme: 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, That Dress You’ve Never Worn/Bridesmaids/Brides, Disco, Old People, Black & White, Favorite Movie/TV Character, Favorite Book Character, Circus, Great Gatsby, Gangster, Mardi Gras, Pirates, Fairy Tale, Safari, etc.
Map out your route ahead of time and call the bars to let them know about your plan. They’ll probably offer discounts for the group. Appoint a few members to man the donation buckets. Place the buckets on the bar at every pub and see if the servers will let other patrons know about the fundraiser. You can even promote and spread the word ahead of time around town and on social media.
A scavenger hunt can be done online (through pictures) or offline (in person). Create a list of items (or mix it up with riddles) needed to win the hunt. To spice it up, encourage participants to donate extra money to “unlock” special clues.
SPIN / YOGA / PILATES / WORKOUT CLASS FUNDRAISER
Team up with a local spin, gym or yoga studio, or instructor for a fundraiser. Charge an entry fee for participation and encourage donations day-of from participants. Consider turning this into a regular fundraiser- done monthly or perhaps even weekly, if it’s the right fit for your audience.
Invite your neighbors, friends, family, co-workers to a fun trivia night in your home! You can sell tickets as well-run some games throughout the night that require an additional donation. Have participants set up a personal fundraising page to raise funds ahead of the trivia night, and offer teams that raise the most advantages the night of the event. As a bonus, try to secure some great prizes from your corporate and/or local partners for the winning team.
VEGAS BABY VEGAS
Take Vegas to your home with a casino night. Gambling for good. It has a nice ring to it. The night could consist of:
- Blackjack tables
- Poker tables
- An auction (live or silent, gambler’s choice)
- A raffle
Make sure that every ticket holder gets a set amount of chips and then sell extra chips in exchange for donations throughout the night. Secure a small group of prizes for the attendees with the biggest winnings for the night. The night can be formal or casual depending on the attendees that you want to attract. If this fundraiser needs to draw money from some of your wealthier contacts, go black tie. However, if you want this to largely be a social fundraiser for your family/friends, keep it casual and go with a quirky theme instead.
Have friends volunteer as servers or look into hiring professional dealers for your card tables. If money is tight, you can always just hire professionals for the more complicated games. Find the financial balance that works for you.
WINE PULL PARTY
Wine pulls work well as fixed-price revenue enhancers. Offer friends/employees/participants a chance to draw from an assortment of selected wines. Ensure that each bottle is worth at least $10 and should range in quality. Sell tickets for $5 each or 2 for $10. Each ticket = 1 random pick. Remember to wrap the bottles to hide labels. Participants have the opportunity to choose at random a bottle that is worth at least $10 or more. Ask local liquor stores, wineries, and board members to donate wine.
WINE BUS TOUR
Rent a bus to tour you and your friends to different wineries and charge them an extra donation fee! Play games along the way. Do scavenger hunts, provide prizes! Again, themes are FUN! You can ask attendees to dress as: 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, That Dress You’ve Never Worn/Bridesmaids/Brides, Disco, Old People, Black & White, Favorite Movie/TV Character, Favorite Book Character, Circus, Great Gatsby, Gangster, Mardi Gras, Pirates, Fairy Tale, Safari, etc.
Partner with a local winery to host a wine tour. Participants will have the opportunity to sample different wines and purchase bottles that they like.
Host a yard sale! Ask friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, etc. to donate their gently used items for the sale. Promote it like there is no tomorrow. Post a Facebook event! See if you can provide refreshments and snacks donated for added funding. Whatever doesn’t sell from the day can then be given to a local charity that accepts the kinds of used items that you have.
CLIMB / HIKE / RUN / WALK / BIKE FUNDRAISER
Most people have a trail somewhere near where they live, so encourage your participants to do their hike/climb/run/walk/bike locally and share their amazing pictures on social media. Or host a specific date/time and encourage participants to fundraise ahead of the event or create an entry fee. This is a great opportunity to share your personal fundraising page with friends and family, and keep people connected.
EASTER EGG HUNT
Prep children in your community for a visit from the Easter bunny with a fun Easter Egg Hunt and charge an entry fee. To cut down on time filling those plastic eggs, buy them in bulk online.
Are you and your friends willing to jump out of a plane for The Child Advocacy Center? If so, then do just that! Coordinate an event with a local skydiving outfit or encourage participants to fundraise and skydive on their own. Either way, they’ll be people jumping out of a plane to help end child abuse — and that’s something to celebrate. Have participants set up a personal fundraising page.
CORN HOLE TOURNAMENT
Make friends and raise money while spending a spring afternoon in the sun playing cornhole. There’s a chance that people close to you have cornhole sets lying around. So, before you invest in customized boards, check with your contacts.
ICE CREAM SOCIAL
In the heat of the summer, there’s nothing better than a bit of ice cream to cool everyone off. Host an ice cream social to bring people together and raise money. Don’t worry about going crazy with ice cream flavors, most people will be happy with vanilla and chocolate. However, don’t skimp on those sprinkles, cherries, and other toppings. The kids will love you for it!
It’s summertime and it’s sweltering. What can you do to cool people off and raise money at the same time? Host a pool party! If you don’t have a pool of your own, connect with your local pool (community/town, rec center, YMCA, neighborhood association) and get information on prices and availability. Discuss particulars, including the option to bring your own food to sell, lifeguards, insurance, etc. before committing.
FOURTH OF JULY HOUSE FUNDRAISER
The excitement of the 4th of July holiday can naturally transition into fundraising excitement for your cause.
There are endless possibilities for outdoor fundraising events that celebrate the 4th of July. You could try:
- Patriotic Crafts & Bake Sale
- All American Car Wash
- Red, White, & Water Balloon Competition
- 4th of July BBQ
Charge an entry fee for food and drink and accept donations at the door for anyone who joins in.
Host a volleyball tournament and have groups sign up to play. Sponsorships and entry fees can be collected online. Encourage teams to compete to see who can fundraise the most + add incentives.
If your community has a high school, college, or maybe even a professional football team, consider hosting a tailgate party fundraiser in the fall and charge an entry fee for attendees. Have football type snacks and lots of drinks!
Get into the Halloween spirit by hosting a haunted house fundraiser! Decorate your house or venue with creepy paraphernalia like cobwebs, Jack-O-Lanterns, and spooky spiders. Pump the hallways with dry ice for an extra creepy effect. To make this event cost-effective, see if you can get a local party store to donate your decorations. You may also want volunteers to play your ghouls and goblins. Fundraise by charging a small admittance fee. You can either host the event once or make it a weekly attraction during the month of October to raise even more.
HOLIDAY COOKIE SWAP
Host a holiday cookie swap. You’ll need eager bakers willing to create dozens of their best cookies that’ll be traded with other participants. Charge and entry fee. You can even turn your cookie swap into a holiday party. Purchase a few bottles of champagne, play some music, and taste some of the yummy treats with the other charitable bakers.
CAROLING FOR A CAUSE
This seasonal fundraiser is a must in December. Caroling is more about having fun and spreading the holiday spirit than it is about pitch-perfect singing. So, don’t worry if your caroling group is lacking in the vocal department. Charisma can certainly carry you.
Promote the fundraiser to the neighborhoods that you’ll be visiting beforehand so that residents can be prepared. Stepping outside of the traditional door-to-door caroling model, offer up your singers for carol-grams. Interested parties can send your carolers to various friends and family with specific song requests. Charge according to how many songs they want you to sing. Visit your or spouse’s office, restaurants, schools, and all-around town, spreading holiday cheer wherever you go.
Kids love Santa, and their parents love supporting worthwhile organizations. That’s why a visit from Santa is a win-win. Schedules get very hectic around the holidays. To ensure a good showing, plan your day with Santa at the very beginning of December. Don’t forget to have an amateur photographer on hand to capture all those happy faces.