Need some fundraising examples to help get your own creative ideas flowing? Here are just a few ways you can help support local patients through Providence St. Mary Foundation.
We are happy to work with students who have an interest in gearing their Culminating Project towards health care philanthropy and fundraising! Please be sure to contact our Foundation well in advance of project deadlines so that we can help you be successful.
Walk-a-thon – Hold a walk at your organization or school and raise money through a competition or by asking for pledges-per-step from family and friends.
Bowl-a-thon – A casual event where participants from teams bowl and raise money. Secure donations by having friends and family pledge funds per frame or game.
Bike-a-thon – Participants seek pledges per mile or overall miles raced. Another approach is rolling charitable contributions into the race fees.
Tennis or Ping Pong Match – In these tournaments players compete until a champion rises to the top. Funds are raised through sponsorship and entry fees.
Golf Outing – An event where teams of four compete against each other for the best score. Funds are raised by an entry fee which usually includes dinner (sometimes lunch or breakfast) and drinks. Many times a silent auction will be held to obtain additional funds. Different areas of the golf course can be “sold” as sponsorships to help cover costs and increase the amount of money raised.
Hole-in-One – Drum up a friendly competition between co-workers or departments by setting up a putting green and inviting people to get lucky on the links - $1 each swing.
Softball tournaments – Set up a tournament where teams compete against each other. The winners of each game compete until a victor is chosen. Funds are raised through sponsorships and entry fees.
March Madness – Sink a three-pointer from a makeshift basketball hoop at the office or school (inside or outside), and bracket your participants for a game of HORSE or a 3-point shot competition - $1 a shot to play.
Amazing Race – Host a day filled with fun challenges and events and collect pledges for each successful attempt.
Fishing Tournament – An event where teams are formed who fish together. The winner is determined by the largest total weight of their fish. Money is raised through the entry fee for the tournament.
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Coin Wars – Set up a contest were departments compete against each other to raise funds by putting money in a large jar or containers during an allocated time.
Jeans Day – Participants donate $1-$5 (you set the amount) to wear something that normally is not allowed as part of the dress code.
Keep it Casual
Cutest Pet Contest – Bring photos of your cat, dog, bird, reptile, insect, fish, etc…, pay a $5 entry fee to post the image in a central location, and then pay $1 per cutest-pet-ever vote. Have a prize for the winner. You could even have a “who looks most like their pet” contest.
Used Book/CD Sale – Clean out that book shelf for a good cause! Ask employees to bring in their gently used books, CDs, video games and DVDs and hold a sale.
Car Show – Invite car enthusiasts to drive their classic cars to a designated place where attendees can pay to view them. Money is raised by charging an entry fee for each classic car and by charging an admission fee to the event.
Car Wash – Soap + Water = A sure-fire fundraiser! Put on a car wash asking for minimum donations for washing a car.
Prime Parking Raffle – This space reserved for: the highest bidder! Every company/school has one or two prime parking spaces – auction or raffle the use of the primo spots for a week, a month, or a quarter.
Percent of Sales at Restaurant or Shop – Propose a local retailer donate a portion of sales for one day (or more) to the Foundation.
Battle of the Bands or Fundraising Concert – Throw a concert fundraiser at a local venue. Money is raised through tickets sale to attend the event.
Holiday-Related – This is an easy fundraiser to plan! Simply throw a holiday party that would interest your family, friends, and/or co-workers and charge a door fee.
Backyard BBQ – Invite friends and neighbors for an informal BBQ where you provide the main course and request guests bring a side dish. Announce in advance that you’re raising funds for the Foundation and suggest a per person or per family contribution. Or pay to vote on best dish.
Get your Grub On! – Invite employees to submit their favorite family recipes then compile the foodie formularies into a company cookbook. Self-publish the collection then sell to friends, family, and co-workers.
Ice Cream Social – Whatever your frozen-sweets weakness, gather up the office and treat yourself. Work with your favorite ice cream vendor to sell ice cream cones at lunch and donate the proceeds.
Chili Cook-off – Beans, no beans, Texas style or vegetarian, it seems that everybody believes they have a winning chili recipe. Participants sign up to bring in their best chili and then sell tasting tickets for a dollar amount. The participant with the most votes is Chili Champion.
Pancake Breakfast – On a Friday morning have 3-4 employees bring in electric griddles and the goodies, then stack’em up! Charge a few bucks for a warm, delicious breakfast.
Lemonade & Cookies – Kids set up a neighborhood lemonade stand and ask mom or dad to help make a few treats. Make sure to put up a sign advertising you will give a glass of lemonade to the customer for a donation.
Bake Sale – Kids work with their parents to set up a bake sale, either at school or church, where they can sell baked goods. Have each item individually prepared and marked with a price.
Dance Party – Hold a dance or mixer at your school and ask attendees to donate to attend.
School Spirit Day – For a $5 donation, allow students and teachers to dress in your school spirit, or wear a jersey, t-shirt, sweatshirt or baseball cap of their favorite sports team.
Recognition Day – Sell balloons, cupcakes, flowers, candy, cards, etc. to be given to students on a designated day.
Switch Places with the Principal – Students who buy raffle tickets for the chance to take on the role of Principal for an hour, afternoon or a full day.
Lunch with the Principal – One student, who buys raffle tickets, will be the lucky winner for the chance to have lunch with the Principal.
Carnival – Throw a friendly event with carnival type games, face painters, and even a clown or two for fun! Money is raised by charging an entry fee.
Personal Letter Writing/Email Campaign – Tell your family and friends why you are helping Providence St. Mary Foundation and how you need their help to make a difference in the lives of the patients and families at the medical center.