Be as creative as you like! Silent auctions or dinners are fun, or you could try something really different, such as a sporting event, themed parties, arts and music related or even free hugs!
Do you not want to host an event, but still want to fundraise for the cause? Here are some Helpful Tips: Use skills you already posses to raise funds. Some examples: If you are a personal trainer-offer private sessions for donations, if you are a teacher-offer tutoring, If you own a business-make a donation for a tax write-off, do you have a creative talent or product you can sell for charity?
Here are some simple fundraising ideas:
Email, Facebook event pages, and Meet ups are all great ways to reach out to people and also maintain communication.
There is always the free option like local parks, schools, or reach out to your friends and family for office space, or other ideas. Always ask if you can have the space donated for the event since it is a charity fundraise!
Consider avoiding dates when other events are taking place. Choose an ending time that is early enough to allow for clean up afterwards.
Cash and checks (payable to “Hug It Forward”) are fairly easy to deal with. It’s also very easy to set up your own fundraising page through our fundraising partner StayClassy.org.
(For example, a gaming authority if you plan to hold a raffle or a health authority if you are selling food.) Just a couple quick conversations will really help you be really prepared for the event!
If the event requires paid admission, determine prices (single, couple, family) and have tickets made up. Tickets are fairly cheap or you can make your own, so overestimate rather than underestimate the number you need. Also, make a large information sheet for the entrance table that tells people who to make checks out to.
There are many ways to do this, the more you use the better!
This gives you an idea of how many people will attend. Also suggest that people still make a donation if they are unable to attend the event. Make sure you give yourself ample time before the event to sell tickets, think months!
Also, have an available volunteer to run around the day of the event for forgotten materials. ☺ Always try to have materials donated to lower costs.
If you are planning an event that is “out of the box” we would like to hear about it! Don’t forget to TAKE PICTURES & VIDEO and share them with us! Please ask us before using Hug It Forward’s logo on anything.