Fundraising Events – Part 3

In the previous articles in this series about fundraising events, I’ve talked about the ongoing search for fundraiser event ideas that:

  1. Are easy to do
  2. Don’t cost a lot
  3. Make a lot of money

It’s also been previously mentioned that there are no perfect fundraising events, i.e. one that fits into all three categories.

This article follows with further recommendations for three events that fall into one or more of these categories.

Fundraising Events That Are Easy To Do
One fundraising event that’s easy to do is staging your own amateur musical revue.

For special events fund raising financial success, it’s a must to get a support package from a supplier that includes just about everything you need.

A company called Christopher Allen Productions, aka CAP Follies, supplies all the music, fantastic costumes, scripts, and even a director!

Staging an amateur musical revue is a unique, exciting way to accomplish your fund raising goals. A CAP Follies is great for commerce, community relations, and discovering the “hidden talents” of participants!

First-timers are often surprised not only by the amount of income a fundraising event like CAP Follies can generate, but also by the positive impact the project has on the entire community.

You need only provide contestants, a place for the performance, and an audience. Among the theme choices are Box Office Review, Hooray For Follywood, Barnum’s Animals, and Let’s Get This Show On The Road.

These type of fund raising events bring out the ham in everyone.
People look forward to repeating these each year.

Find out more at CAP Follies

Events That Don’t Cost A Lot
Among the fundraising events that don’t cost a lot of money is hosting “A Night At The Races.”

You re-create the atmosphere of being at the racetrack with an all-inclusive fundraising event package.

Rental includes horse races on video or 16mm films, official racetrack programs, wagering tickets, daily doubles, play money & a complete instructional guide.

Your guests wager “funny money” on the races and receive a “drawing ticket” or additional “funny money” if they win a race.

At the end of your event, a drawing or an auction is held for prizes.

Volunteers from your organization solicit prize donations from local merchants. You offer food and refreshments and make a profit on the “donation fee” charged to attend your event.

Additional revenue can be accomplished by printing your own Race Programs and selling advertising space. Another interesting idea is to “Sponsor-A-Horse” for prize drawings.

You have a choice of selecting Thoroughbred Racing, Harness Racing or Greyhound Racing in the desired racing format.

These “Racing Kits” contain enough supplies for an audience of 200 people to play the basic six (6) races within each Standard Basic Kit.

Find out more at A Night At The Races

Events That Make A Lot Of Money
A good example of a fundraising event that makes a lot of money is hosting a Bed Race.

A Bed Race involves rolling beds down a local street and having local businesses, organizations, and clubs sponsor the beds.

Teams consisting of 5 members race in two-bed heats until the winning bed is determined.

You’re probably thinking that this fundraiser sounds like a bad fit for all three categories – it would be an awfully large amount of work, cost a ton of money, and probably wouldn’t even recoup expenses.

Well, you’re way off base and I’ll tell you why.

First, there’s a company called Bed Race USA that has this event down to an art, if not a science.

They provide the entire package – everything you need to host a fundraising event bed race.

You get a detailed 100-page manual, the racing beds, event banners, event t-shirts, and even a videotape to show to prospective sponsors.

Second, Bed Race USA even comes to your community to help you solicit major sponsors and bed race contestants.

Not only that, they come four different times – 120, 90, 30, and 7 days prior to the event.

Your organization is still responsible for various logistical tasks, but everything that you need to do is spelled out in the manual.

Third, this type of fundraising event lends itself to massive amounts of free publicity, particularly if you enlist the help of a local radio station, newspaper, or TV station as a participant/broadcaster. It’s also a real good fit for an AIDS or cancer fundraiser.

Your group can make a lot of money when all the ingredients to a successful fundraising event are not only present, but pre-mixed and ready to bake to perfection.

That’s all there’s room for in this article. Look for further follow-on articles in the fundraising events series in the near future.

And of course, you can always read all about it in my book, Fundraising Success!