How to Fundraise at Home
Dinner Party with Board Games – Throw a “donate to the cause” dinner party and invite your friends! Provide appetizers and drinks and be sure to let them know about your fundraising cause. Consider throwing in a round of Apples to Apples, Cards Against Humanity or your favorite game to keep the party going!
Royal Flush – Call up your serious (or not-so-serious) card playin’ friends and invite them over for a poker night. Charge a small entry fee and ask a local business or brewery for a fun gift card/small item to be a prize for the winner.
Movie Night – Contact your local movie theater and see if they can donate one theater for a single showing in honor of your fundraising cause. Invite friends and family to the theater, ask for a small donation fee and enjoy the movie!
Beer/Wine Tasting and Cheese Evening – This event may require a budget. If possible, recruit local suppliers/breweries to provide beer, cheese and/or wine. Charge a small fee and offer a few beers or wines to try. You can even create your own comment card for your guests to make notes about their favorites.
Twitch/Video Game Streaming – If you are into playing video games online you have probably heard of Twitch. Share your Twitch feed with your friends and family and make sure to mention your fundraising efforts, or have a contest where if you raise $x of donations you will play (insert your favorite game).
Partner with a Local Business – Reach out to a local restaurant and ask them if they would be interested in profit sharing for a few hours to help in your fundraising cause. Be sure to promote the event and tell all your friends and family to go during that time. Restaurants typically agree to donate a certain percentage of profits in that time period towards your fundraiser. You can also reach out to a yoga studio or CrossFit/gym to hold a donation class for your fundraising efforts. Instead of paying the normal fee, the money would support the AACR Foundation and your fundraiser.
Bring Your Pets! – Host a “yappy hour” at your favorite local park or dog park. Bake dog treats and offer them for a donation, or let people know more about your story and see if they would be willing to donate to your fundraiser.
Ask Your Apartment – Ask your apartment complex if they would host a BBQ or happy hour with the entry fee going towards your fundraising! Use this opportunity to share more information about the event and get folks interested in joining your team!
Offer a Service – Services such as babysitting, yard work, car washing, dog walking or house and pet sitting can all be done with the payment going to your fundraising goals!
Garage Sale - This can be done individually or in a group. Gather all the items you want to donate and ask your teammates and neighbors to donate items as well. Be sure to put an ad in the paper, pass out flyers and hang directional signs. Many local papers will publish free ads for garage sales that benefit nonprofits. Check with your local law enforcement agency to see if you can post flyers around town. Ask friends and neighbors to help put up flyers in local churches, supermarkets, schools, etc. Many people are willing to pay more for items when you let them know that all proceeds go to charity. Lastly, don’t forget to put out a donation jar!