Out of the Box Fundraisers Your Nonprofit Needs to Do This Fall

As the nights start to get chilly and back to school shopping commences, fall is coming around the corner quick! Fall is the prime season for fundraising and we're here to make sure your fall fundraising is fun and unique. We've put together a list to help you use fall festivities to your advantage. 

1. A Pumpkin Carving Competition

This is a great family-friendly way to get donors and volunteers feeling festive at a low price! Throw a pumpkin carving competition and bring the tools. Have the contestants bring their own pumpkin and charge a registration fee. This fundraiser has the potential to become part of your annual schedule, it's easy, it's fun, and it's the perfect fall outing.


2. Halloween or Thanksgiving Races

Whether it's a Turkey Trot or a Costume Run, races are an amazing way to get people excited to do good, especially in the crisp autumn air. If done right, a walk or run could be your best fundraiser of the year.


3. Oktoberfest Pub Crawl

Work together with pubs and breweries and charge a fee for participation in the crawl. With the cool weather coming, nothing warms up donors like doing good and drinking good beer. Encourage the bars and breweries to showcase some fall themed drinks to really embrace the festive vibe.


4. Chili Cook Off

Throw a Chili Cook Off and sell tickets to tasters and charge for registration. Let the tasters cast their vote on the best Chili and provide a small token of your organization to the winner! This is a great way to kick off some friendly competition and keep your donors entertained.


5. Homecoming Dance

Replicate a high school dance and challenge your supporters and volunteers to a dance-a-thon. Have everyone dress up for "homecoming" and ask supporters to dance by the minute or hour. Have drinks and snacks to make sure that dancing energy remains all night long.


6. Football Tailgate

Throw a watching party for an important local high school or college game. Invite the entire community to support your nonprofit and the team playing. Give the community a chance to learn about your nonprofit with some old fashioned camaraderie. Provide appetizers and beer and charge a fee to attend. To really engage your supporters, have a flag football game at half time and have a small prize for the winners.


7. Haunted House

Throw the most terrifying haunted house your town has ever seen. Attendees will gladly pay for entree if you guarantee a good scare. 


8. Yard Clean Up

Gather some volunteers and some rakes and get to cleaning! As long as you're charging less than the local landscaper the whole community will want to donate to your organization! If you don't have enough volunteers, recruit at the local high school.

Try these fundraisers out to keep your donors and volunteers engaged and excited to be working to support your organization. 


If you have more questions about nonprofit strategy you can always reach out to the DipJar fundraising experts for help. It's what we love to do!

Kate DragonettiComment