Do you feel that the “fun” part is missing from most fundraiser experiences? Put the fun back by picking a unique monthly theme for your fundraiser. Here are ideas for each month of the year.
January: New Year Resolutions make weight loss and fitness a big theme for January. So organize an athletic fundraiser like a walk-a-thon or a dance-a-thon (indoor for those super-cold climates!) to raise money for your group.
February: With Valentine’s day, love is in the air! Try selling roses or carnations, or holding a Valentine’s Day themed bake or chocolate sale.
March: Basketball’s March Madness takes over for this month. Sell tickets to watch the final 4 tournament in the gym. You could sell snacks and provide some great half-time entertainment.
April: Spring and taxes are dominant trends this month. To focus on a positive, why not hold a spring fashion show after April 15th, when everyone “survives” the tax season? You could make it a luncheon, auction off gift baskets and your models could be the kids and parents at your school. Or you could organize an Easter-themed fundraiser, complete with an egg painting contest and an Easter egg hunt.
May: Mother’s Day gift ideas are at the top of everyone’s list in May. This is a great time to organize a product fundraiser, selling flower baskets, beauty packages, specialty/designer purses, spa gift cards, etc.
June: Most groups take a break from fundraising in the summer. But if you need to raise money year round, there are plenty of fun themes to pick from in June. Ideas include a baseball game, Father’s Day event, or a summer product sale.
July: Independence Day, fireworks and barbecue all come to mind. Burgers, anyone?
August: It’s Back-to-School shopping time. Team up with local merchants to offer discounts of back-to-school necessities like shoes, clothes, books and school supplies.
September: Football seems to be the big interest in September. You can easily create a fundraiser around the football theme. You could organize a football game (teachers vs. parents, staff vs. alumni, etc.) and sell tickets to the event. Or you can offer football-themed raffle baskets and tickets.
October: To play off the Halloween theme for a fundraiser, you could hold a Costume Contest or a Carnival. Tickets would be sold to the event where you charge for face painting, different Halloween themed games, etc. This would make a great student and parent event.
November: Thanksgiving is on everyone’s minds in November. You could try a Pie Contest or hold a “Turkey Trot”.
December: It’s all about the Holidays and shopping in December. This could be the month where you hold a traditional fundraiser where you are selling a product. You could also partner with local businesses to offer a discount to shoppers from your group, where your group also gets a percentage of the overall profits of the event.
Have a fun FUNdraiser!