balloonsThrowing a party is a great way to have fun and raise money for a good cause at the same time. Let your creativity and imagination run wild as you plan a party that your friends will be talking about for years to come.

There are several ways that parties can be planned so that they serve as a fundraiser. You can charge an entry fee (which may or may not include food), charge for food/drinks, have raffles and auctions or just request donations.

For this Resource Roundup I’m including links to articles that have appeared on our websites that give many ideas for event themes and strategies for success.

Host a Halloween Costume Party Fundraiser by Lynn Smythe

Tap Into Volunteers’ Strengths for a Successful Charity Event by Carrie Hill

Wine Tasting Party – Like a Fine Wine, Fundraising Should be Savored by Lisa Krueger

Caribbean Carnival Parade Raises Funds for School by Rosa Hanst-Fernandes Correia

Dance Marathons: a Fundraiser That Gets Everyone Involved by Abigail Beal

Make Friends & Raise Funds with a Fundraising Houseparty my review of Morrie Warshawski’s book (now in it’s second edition) which shows how to ask for donations in a party setting. Giving circles are another variation on the donation drive house party.

I reported on the success of my women’s club first Trivia Night in 2006.  It’s been so much fun that we’ve had two more since then.  This year we even added an audio round of questions.  It’s also grown in attendance and total funds raised each year.

Another themed party would be the Murder Mystery Party Fundraiser or even a Birthday Party.  Throw a birthday party for your organization, for its director, or for yourself.  Register at local retail outlets where all the birthday presents benefit the cause.

If food is your theme, here’s three different variations on an ice cream social event and four ways to raise funds with pizza.  Or how about the Chocolate Lovers Brunch that Darrell Laurant reported on last year.  Chocolate… Yummm!

Any other ideas for party fundraisers?

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Posted on 26 September 2008

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3 Comments For This Post

  1. Charlie says:

    There are some really great ideas in the article. I am really impressed by the effort that has gone into sharing these ideas and will surely be using some for a forthcoming party.

    I especially like the Murder Mystery concept; every year we spend an age trying to think of a gift for my Father as well as something to do on the actual day. Being a fan of reading fiction books he and his work friends would love a surprise Murder Mystery Party.

    Although it does take some time to organize, thanks to this article and the links within it we should have a great party and hopefully raise money for a good cause.

  2. Cody says:

    This is a great idea. I am really impressed by the effort that has gone into sharing these ideas and will surely be using some for a forthcoming party. Thank you.

  3. Jennifer Tustin says:

    Creativity is key to fundraisers that wow! I am a junior in college and was invited by my honor society to participate in the 2013 Inaugural Conferences in D.C. Along with full-time college, I have four kids(two still at home) and my full-time job is our sole income.
    My husband is a very hairy guy, and his friends have been trying to get him to wax for as long as I’ve known him. He’s known among them as “The Wookie.” Tomorrow he is throwing a fundraiser where each donation buys a strip of wax for his back, legs, arms and chest. He’s calling it “Wax-A-Wookie.” We had a huge response from our friends and family and the pledges already made will put a dent in the money I need to pay for the trip. I can’t wait!


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