Fundraising ideas for Nepal Volunteer Program

Are you thinking volunteering abroad and would like to make some fund raise and seeking creative fundraising ideas. Volunteer make some fund raise to help their travel or make some fund raise for the projects they are going to work with before actually coming to volunteer. The stationary things, clothes, education resources are cheaper here in Nepal. Small fund that is raised there will be big help here. If you would like to come Nepal to volunteer but also do not have fund to travel than fundraising can be a good idea. Here are some of the tips to make fundraising for your trip to Nepal.

Fundraising Ideas

Gram seeds count: Fill a jar with gram seeds and have people pay to guess how many there are in the jar.

Band and choir concerts: Ask a local band donate their time by performing a benefit concert for your cause. Charge admission for the event.

Walkathon: Choose a date and a route, make up some pledge forms, and advertise with posters. Have participants gather donations or pledges using their pledge forms.

Bag groceries: Ask a local grocery store if you can bag people’s groceries for donations. Be certain to put up a sign saying what the money supports.

Raffles: Sell tickets and keep ticket stubs. On the date of the draw, have someone close his or her eyes and pick a ticket stub from all the ones that were sold. Do this publicly. The winner receives a prize.

Auction: Have individuals, groups and businesses donate goods and services. Be creative in what you can auction off and make certain that the goods and services are sold at reasonable prices.

Perform a free service for donations

Rake leaves, shovel snow, take care of a pet. When offering your service, ask the person who benefited from your actions for a donation toward your worthy cause.

Sell candy, cards, etc: Work with reputable businesses that provide merchandise you can sell. Be sure at least half of the money raised goes to your cause.

Winter carnival or bazaar: Hold a winter carnival and bazaar. Invite students, staff, and the community. Charge admission and/or a small fee to play games.

Carnival day: Host a mini carnival, with games, prizes and popcorn, in a local park or your own backyard. Charge admission and/or a small fee to play games.

Spelling bee, Trivial Pursuit, Poker, Checkers, Scrabble, and Twister: Have participants and spectators paid to participate and the winner receives a prize.

Battle of the Bands: Gather some bands from your local community. Book avenue and advertise with posters, flyers, and radio announcements. Hold a mini concert in which the audience chooses the winning band.

Pitch-a-thon: Rent a radar gun and measure how fast people can throw a baseball or kick a soccer ball. Charge $1 per try and give a prize to the fastest individual.

Sell buttons or t-shirts displaying your logo.

Puppet Show: Make puppets with socks, felt and other craft materials. Pick out or write a story. Set a date, time, and location. Advertise with flyers and posters. Sell tickets in advance and at the door.  Advertise to the local elementary school and day care facilities.

Spaghetti Dinner: Prepare a great dinner for students or community members and charge a fee.

Hold a Theme Party: Decide on a fun theme. Charge an entrance fee, but be sure to explain to people what their cover charge is going towards.

Plant Trees: Ask a nursery for seedling donations and then get people to sponsor a tree.

Pledges: Gather pledges to have dance-a-thons, rock-a-thons, or any other type of endurance contest you can think of.

Day of Community Service: Gather together a group of friends, and contact a number of organizations for which you would be interested in volunteering. Then have people sponsor you to do community service for 24 hours.

Food Fast: Get together with a group of friends, gather pledges, and fast for a full 24 hours.

Piñata Contest: Charge a fee to have each blindfolded person have one turn at trying to break a candy-filled piñata.

Craft Sale: Make all the crafts yourself and sell them.

Family Barbecue: Host a family barbecue with games and activities.

Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament: Organize a basketball tournament in your school with the winning team receiving a prize. This can also be done with soccer, tennis, badminton, volleyball, or any other sport.

Swim-a-thon: Get sponsors for the number of laps you swim.

Beat the Goalie: Pick the best hockey or soccer goalie you know and invite people to try to score a goal for a prize. Every participant has to pay to play.

Bingo: Host a bingo night at a local hall, place of worship, or school.

Plant Sale: Organize a plant sale with plants donated by local nurseries.

Boat Race: Organize a model boat race on a body of water. Charge a participant/spectator entrance fee. The winner of the race gets a prize.

Fruit Stand: Get permission to go to local farms and pick fruit to sell. Sell the produce in high-traffic areas or at community festivals.

Book (used book) Sale: Ask all your friends, relatives, and teachers to donate their old books. Advertise your book sale by means of posters and flyers. Set up a table and sell books. If there are leftovers, you can always give them to a needy library, shelter, or school.

Bowling: Organize a bowling night or a competition. Charge everyone a small fee to enter or have participants get bowl-a-thon pledges.

Buy a Brick: If you are fundraising to build a school or building, have people make donations to purchase bricks.

Coupon Sale: Have coupon books donated by local businesses, and then sell them to students and adults.  You can also contact Sheetz.

International Dinner: Have people from various ethnic origins cook traditional foods, and then charge admission to an international dinner.

Balloon Pop: Before filling a balloon with air or helium, put a note inside. Have a certain number of the notes worth a prize. Have people buy balloons and pop them in the hope of getting the prize. Be sure to pick up the broken balloons afterwards.

Scavenger Hunt: Set a route and make a list of items that the participants need to find in order to win. Advertise your scavenger hunt well and charge everyone a small fee to participate. The winning person/group gets a prize.

Car Wash: With a group of friends, set up a car wash in the parking lot of your school, church, or public area. (Be sure to ask for permission and make sure that people are careful of moving cars).

Hug-a-gram: Advertise a hug for a dollar. Have people buy a hug for a friend. After a member of your group gives the hug to the designated person, give them a small card with a message from the person who sent the hug.

Holiday Ornament Sale: Sell ornaments during the holiday season.

Miniature Golf: Build a nine-hole miniature golf course at your school, featuring ramps, water and sand traps, and other obstacles. Charge people to play a round during lunch.

Clearing Snow: Shovel snow from people’s driveways and walkways in the winter months for a donation.

Guess the age of your teacher: Organize an event in which students pay to guess the age of your teacher. Obtain approval from your teacher first, however.

Hoopla: The competitor throws hoops over prizes. The person whose hoop completely lands over the prize gets to keep the award. Make sure you do not spend too much money on prizes.

Pumpkin-decorating Contest: Around Halloween, hold a pumpkin-decorating contest among different grades of homerooms.

Debate Evening: Research a number of debate issues and invite various community members to debate issues. Charge the audience to come and watch. The issues can be fun.

Dog Show: Invite faculty and staff to show off their dogs in a show. Make it a competition that people pay to enter, and offer a prize for the best groomed dog, most- and least-obedient dog, and so on.

Duck Race: Sell numbered plastic ducks. Set all the ducks afloat in a race on a river. The person who bought the duck that wins the race gets a prize.

Comedy Hour: Host a comedy skit during lunch at your school and charge people to attend.

Eating Marathon: Have a pie eating, hot-dog eating, or ice cream-eating contest. You can charge people to participate or to watch, or you can make all participants obtain pledges.

Flower Show: Invite gardeners from your community to enter their flowers in a competition for a prize. Ask volunteer experts to be judges and charge all participants and spectators a fee.

Calendar Sale: Create a calendar highlighting the projects and members of your organization, and sell it to students and their family members.

Sports Tournament/Fitness Competition: Organize a sports tournament or fitness competition. Advertise well and charge spectators to come and watch groups compete. You may need to have medical personnel on hand.

Art Sale: Have local artists donate some of their works, which will be displayed and then sold to the public.

Game Show: Recreate one or more of your favorite game shows and charge contestants a small entrance fee. Sell tickets to the audience.

Gardening: Tend the garden of a neighbor, a local store, or community park for a donation.

Videos: Make and sell How-To videos; for example, how to improve your golf swing, or how to make crafts.

Kilometers of Coins: Gather donations of coins (pennies, dimes, or quarters) and lay them side-by-side until they stretch out to be a kilometer long. Alternatively, surround your gym, library, or parking lot with the coins.

Recipe Book: Gather together favorite recipes and put them together in a book. Sell the book through your school, sports organization, or community center. Try to get the photocopying donated by local businesses.

Henna Hand Art: Find out if any members of your group know how to apply henna (Indian hand art), which can be applied to people in your school for a fee.

Walk Dogs: Love pets? Try walking dogs every day for a fee.

Toy Sale: Hold a toy sale. The best season for this is just prior to Christmas.

Triathlon: Set a course of running, cycling, and swimming. Have participants get pledges to compete to win prizes.

Lemonade Stand: Make lemonade, post signs, and sell it on a hot day.

February: Sell red carnations for Valentine’s Day.

May: Mother’s Day sale.

June: Father’s Day sale

September: Back-to-School supplies sale.

October: Halloween party; pumpkin sales; Thanksgiving turkey raffle.

December: Gift-wrapping service.

Babysitting Evening – promote as great time for parents to have alone time!

Raffle: Could be a quilt, a special item like jewelry, day of beauty.

Cake Walk: Auction off cakes.

Gourmet Cooking School: Hold a cooking class and charge an entrance fee.

Singing Telegrams: Hopefully with someone who has a great voice!

Tutor students at the local schools.

Apply for a grant.

During finals give massages for a small fee.

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