Relay For Life Fundraising Activities

Looking for ideas for your Relay For Life fundraising? A lot of RFL teams do some combination of product sales and events to raise funds before their American Cancer Society event. Here are some fundraising product suggestions and a few event ideas to consider.

Product Ideas

Pizza Discount Cards
Pizza Hut and Papa John’s both have fundraising cards that offer a two-for-one deals on pizzas. The cards sell for $10 and can be purchased in quantity by groups for about $2 each. The great thing about these cards is they sell very well to the general public and sell even better when people know it’s for a good cause.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Everybody loves a good doughnut and Krispy Kreme is a big supporter of fundraising efforts. You can buy boxes of doughnuts at half price or discount certificates that offer two-for-one deals at the store. This is a great product to sell Saturday morning at youth sports fields, car washes, flea markets, or other places where people gather.

Relay For Life fundraiser wristbands
These custom silicone bracelets make for easy fundraising for Relay For Life teams. Order a batch of 300 and get them for about $0.60 each, imprinted with your own slogan. Available in a wide range of colors, they sell fast for $2 apiece.

Fundraising jewelry
Relay For Life symbols such as ribbons or angels are available as lapel pins and other custom jewelry. They sell great to other supporters and are available in a wide range of prices. For quick profits, buy three or four styles of the best sellers in lower price ranges and take orders for the more expensive pieces via brochures.

Event Ideas

Car wash
Sometimes the old standbys really are good fundraisers. A Saturday car wash at a high-traffic location can easily raise $600 or more in six hours. Use multiple teams and wash several cars at a time because most people won’t stop if they have to wait too long.

Spaghetti dinner
Another proven veteran that always produces big profits. Works especially well in easy access, high-visibility locations such as churches or schools. Promote ahead of time with roadside signs to pull big crowds. Add extra fund raising activities like silent auctions, raffles, and place a donations jar next to the cash register.

Rummage sale
Everybody loves a bargain and a rummage sale is the ultimate hunting ground. Line up a good location such as a church or school parking lot. Promote with a classified ad in the local paper and plenty of roadside signs. For easy sales, group everything by price range.

Mini-golf tournament
Easier to pull off and more fun than a full-fledged golf tournament. Work with a local course for a prime time slot and offer prizes for low score, hole-in-one, etc. To maximize fund raising, market hole sponsorships to local businesses, offer silent auction items, get a percentage of food concessions, and promote heavily.

Relay For Life Fundraising Activities Summary

To raise funds fast for your Relay For Life team, these four product fundraisers and four event ideas are proven winners. The key is doing events or selling items that you know have already worked well for other groups.

Products that are win/win always do well. When the customer gets a good deal, you raise more funds. The same goes for events, with the additional caveat that the more fun that’s included, the better the fundraising!