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10 Successful Outdoor Fundraisers

By Alexa Connelly
May 23, 2015

Summer is finally here!This is perfect outdoor weather.And perfect outdoor weather creates a perfect environment for fundraising.


The following are 10 outdoor fundraisers that have been successful:

1 – The walkathon.What could be healthier than walking? Walking for a cause!

2 – The barbeque.This can be as simple as one small propane barbeque in a mall parking lot selling hamburgers, hot dogs and chips or as elaborate as a full rib fest with professional roasters squaring off.

3 – The bottle collection fundraiser. Spring is the time people want to clean out the garage and get a fresh start. It is a great time to collect bottles.

4 – The helper for a day auction. Everyone has chores they want done.Why not have a “hire a helper” fundraising event. It is a great way to involve volunteers and allows them to promote their special talents – from doing yard work to preparing gourmet dinners.

5 – The fishing derby. Fishing derbies are a great way to attract a crowd of outdoor enthusiast. Local fishing stores are usually pleased to promote and sponsor the event. Prizes can go to the largest catch, the smallest, the first catch and prizes by age.

6 – The car rally. What better way to fund raise than running a car rally. Most counties will have a car club or two which would be pleased to bring their show cars to the after party.

7 – The scavenger hunt. Scavenger hunts are easy to organize and now with GPS’s can be even more challenging. Add a geocache section to your scavenger hunt for even added interest.

8 – The car wash. A car wash can be a great fundraiser the the whole family participates in. Cars that are dirty from winter conditions need washing. Pick a busy street and use human billboards and balloons to draw the crowd in.

9 – The dump run fundraiser. Get a few pickup trucks and some healthy muscle and offer to take trips to the dump for people. Often the dump will waive the dumping charges for a charity.

A good summer fundraiser not only raises money, it raises awareness of your cause and promotes volunteerism. Volunteers can become you best champions.

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