Fundraising Ideas, Tips, and Tools
If you really want to do something on your own but you haven’t had a lot of experience organizing a fundraising event, we’d like to share some ideas that have been successful for others!
- Create a personal fundraising page with Facebook
- Bake sale
- Garage sale
- Car Wash
- Donation boxes at work or at a neighborhood event for wish list items needed at the shelter (we can provide boxes with our logo)
- Birthday party with gifts going to HSC
- Holiday party with suggested donation to HSC
- Silent auction or raffle with proceeds to HSC
- Athletic tournament (golf, volleyball, tennis, softball, bowling, marathon, etc.)
- Chili cook-off for donations per entry or vote to HSC
- Casual day hosted by your company
Plan and promote your event
- Seek the help of friends and family. Getting help with an event will help you brainstorm creative ideas, divide the work and have more fun.
- Crunch the numbers. In the early stages of planning, you should identify your expenses and potential sources of income and donations. You should also set a fundraising goal for your event.
- Keep expenses low. Increase the amount of money you raise by limiting the amount of money you spend. Keep your expenses low by asking people to donate or discount items such as venue rental fees, entertainment, decorations, food and beverages. Ask for donations for auction items and raffle prizes.
- Make a list, check it twice. Who will want to be involved in your event? Identify who those people are, how you want to get them involved, how you will ask them and if they will be available when you need them.
- Shout it from the rooftops. Much of your success will depend on how well you spread the word about your event and the number of people you invite. How do you plan to let people know about your event? The more ways you can get the word out, the better.
- Incorporate other ways to raise money. Think about creative ways to raise funds — live or silent auctions, raffles, 50-50 drawings, passing the hat, and sales of food or merchandise are just some examples of ways you can raise additional funds at an event.
- Don’t forget to say thank you. Send letters to all of the supporters and volunteers that helped make your event a success.
Interested in hosting a third party event on behalf of the Humane Society of Charlotte? Please click on our HSC 3rd Party event form.