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10 awesome ways to raise money for your favourite charity

When a charity touches your heart, your own donation might not seem like enough. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a seasoned fundraiser to raise cold, hard cash for a worthy cause. With a little passion and a lot of heart, you too can make a difference in the world. Read on for 10 creative ideas to get you started.

  1. Take on a personal challenge.
    Remember all of those crazy videos of people dumping buckets of ice over their heads? They made you giggle, right? They also raised an astounding $115 million for the ALS Association 1, brought awareness to a devastating disease and spurred a huge increase in ALS research. Other examples of personal challenges include shaving your head, growing a mustache, running a marathon or dyeing your hair to mark a fundraising goal. They don’t require a significant outlay of cash and they may not even take much of your time. But you can have a real impact.
  2. Harness the talent 
    Poll friends, family and colleagues for folks who have a way with a microphone. Then hold a talent show. You might organize a Battle of the Bands, or simply open it up to magicians, singers, ventriloquists or budding comedians of all ages. Cut down on expenses by asking a restaurant or other business to host the event and charge an entry fee as well as a charge to cast votes for different categories.
  3. This is not Jeopardy!!! 
    A “quiz show” night gives people a chance to socialize and have fun while competing for bragging rights. Charge an entrance fee for attendees and group people into different teams to play against each other.
  4. A marvellous day in the neighbourhood 
    Get your whole street in on the action. Rent a bouncy castle and set up a hotdog stand, games of chance (think bean bag toss, balloon blaster and horseshoes) and a silent auction as profit centres. You can even charge an entry fee.
  5. Garage sale for good 
    Kill two birds with one stone – rid yourself of the assorted clothes, books, toys and unused goods gathering dust in your house, and raise money for charity while you’re at it. Choose a Saturday or Sunday on a fine day when people are out and about and set up tables on the sidewalk with your wares. Make sure you have a big sign indicating all proceeds to go to charity – buyers will be far less likely to dicker.
  6. Raffle it off 
    Just made a one-of-a-kind quilt? Sell tickets for a draw. If tickets are reasonably priced, there’s a good chance you’ll raise far more money than you would through an outright sale. Alternatively, hold a 50-50 draw, where the prize is 50 percent of the money raised through the raffle. The rest goes to – you guessed it – your charity!
  7. Gift wrap it 
    Malls and shopping centres may welcome a well-organized team of wrappers during the holidays. Make it clear that any fees you charge are earmarked for charity.
  8. Dress down for charity 
    Everyone loves dress-down-for-Friday. Why not arrange something with your employer to allow a casual dress code on one special day? This can give your colleagues a chance to dress comfortably and can help you reach your donation target.
  9. In lieu of gifts … 
    Celebrating a special birthday? Often guests spend their hard-earned money on gifts you really don’t want or need.  Suggest a donation to charity instead! Ditto for children’s birthday parties. Most one-year-olds are as happy to play with a cardboard box as with the toy that came in it.
  10. A year of good deeds 
    If you’ve held a fundraiser and still haven’t put a dent in your charity’s needs, why not organize another…and another. Try a board games night or a Karaoke competition.

Setting up a series of events throughout the year offers friends, family, work colleagues and acquaintances a chance to participate. Even better, you raise the profile of your charity. And who knows? You just may inspire others to do their part.

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  1. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/28/health/the-ice-bucket-challenge-helped-scientists-discover-a-new-gene-tied-to-als.html

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Camilla Cornell

Camilla Cornell is an award winning freelance writer. She writes about all aspects of personal finance, from the real cost of raising kids to budgeting, insurance and retirement planning. Her articles have appeared in The Globe and Mail, Financial Post, MoneySense and Today's Parent, among other publications.