8 Uncommon Fundraising Event Ideas

You’ve been tasked to plan a fundraising event but you’re stuck with the same ideas – cocktails, ambient jazz music, and long speeches that end with asking the audience to donate.
While these activities are common, they may not deliver the kind of engagement an audience wants. Organizing unique fundraising events can help your donors become more excited about your cause. Plus, a creative event not only demonstrates your dedication to planning; it also shows your enthusiasm to mobilize resources.
Here are some unique ideas that will spark your interest in planning your next fundraising event.

Coffee Making Workshop
Perk up your donor’s days with a workshop that brings out the coffee-lover in them. Have them taste-test a variety of caffeinated drinks while enjoying a lesson on how the morning cup journeys from farmhouse to café.
Arrange for roasting demonstrations that explore coffee bean varieties and explain equipment and roasting techniques. This will turn guests into home baristas and maybe even energized donors.

Donate to Date
Raise money while playing cupid by organizing a singles-only affair where hopefuls can mingle, show love to your cause, and perhaps even find love.
The best thing about this kind of fundraiser is you can play around the dynamics of your romance-seeking attendees. Do you want more people to socialize? Try speed dating. Do you have a target group in mind? Organize an event for people based on demographics like an Over 40s Singles Charity Ball.

Cookout Fundraiser
Getting donors engaged in cooking can have a real long-term effect on their engagement to your cause. Organize a cookout challenge and get everyone together for some good food.
Are you organizing an event to support a disease-specific research fund? Your fundraiser can be more relevant by asking participants to serve meals that only make use of organic ingredients or have vegan-only options.

Guided Hikes
Raise environmental awareness and funds by hosting a hike with a guide. Have people donate to join you in a trek, climb, or hike through scenic landscapes during a hiking tour. You can have the guide talk about the environment during the hike and encourage people to adopt sustainable lifestyles.

Arcade Night
Rent arcade machines or invite guests to play video games for a throwback game night.
It’s a simple, unique fundraising activity that works with people of all ages. Kids who tag along will enjoy the event and also learn how people raise money to help others. Just make sure your catering is age-appropriate if there are children.

Wellness Session
Plan wellness-themed event that is focused on educating your attendees. Feature a few wellness organizations from the community that your attendees can talk to. Attendees can learn about anything from proper nutrition to fitness planning to trying out chair massages.

Dinner with Dinosaurs
Create a memorable fundraising experience by organizing a dinner or dance at a museum. After all, not everyone can claim they had dinner next to a priceless sculpture or the fossil of a dinosaur.
Transform the event space by paying attention to your décor. Using the right fabrics and linens to complement a museum’s section or a gallery’s exhibit can make for an impressive fundraiser.
With an event as elegant as this one, you want to make sure you hire the right catering company. As with any event, always make sure you hire a catering company that will craft the right experience.

Themed Races
Turn the usual marathon into a viral event by organizing a themed race. Ask your participants to come as a zombie, their favorite movie character, or fast food mascot.
An organized themed race could inspire you to think of countless variations for your next marathon.
Organizing fundraisers should not be a daunting task if you count on your creativity. No matter the budget, fun and unusual ideas can turn charity events into memorable experiences that benefit your attendees and your non-profit.
While multiple aspects of a fundraising event may be hard to supervise, working closely with your partners and sponsors can ensure everything is in order. Using event planning software can also make it easier to manage venues, schedule event staff, and track catering. Combine your innovative ideas with technology and teamwork and make your next fundraiser one to remember.