Haunted House – Halloween is the perfect time for schools to host a haunted house fundraiser. Decorate an old house or school hallway into a scary, haunted setting and charge an admission of fee to everyone brave enough to enter.
Murder Mystery Dinner – A fun and exciting way to raise funds is by hosting a murder mystery dinner. While this event doesn’t take some planning, it will be a night your guests will never forget! You’ll need to recruit a few guests to get your event started.
Game Night – Hosting a game night is a family friendly fundraising event that doesn’t require a huge budget. All you need is a few board games and snacks to keep everyone happy. You can transform your game night into a tournament where guests can compete for a prize.
Family Picture Day – If you have some skill with a camera, you can raise funds by taking family photos. You’ll need to pick a place for your “studio” and promote your event around the community. You can charge families for digital copies of the photos or charge a little extra for printed (and framed) versions.
Classic Car Show – If you like to build or refurbish cars, then you can round up your friends’ and other community members’ cars. Charge attendees an entrance fee to walk through your event and see all the awesome automobiles.
Dorm or Office Decorating Contest – Students and coworkers love to bring their own unique touches to their space. Put that creative to good use by hosting a decorating contest. Those not participating in the contest can vote of their favorite dorm of office using their dollars.
Barter and Trade Fair – The barter and trade fair is similar to the book swap. Participants can bring items or services to trade. You can either charge an admission fee or charge per item or services that attendees bring to trade.
Rubber Duck Race – For this silly fundraiser, you’ll need to buy rubber ducks and write numbers on the bottom. Donors can pay a small fee to enter the race with their duck. Then, release the ducks into a local river or stream. The owner of the first duck to reach the finish line wins.
Guessing Games – Guessing games are versatile and simple, which makes them a great option for almost every cause. You’re probably familiar with the jellybeans in a jar guessing game, but you can create multiple variation of this game (like balloons in car!).
Appreciation Grams – Appreciation grams work great for clubs, offices, churches, and schools. Not only can you raise funds, but you can also build camaraderie between your community. Charge people a small fee to send out customized notes that acknowledge someone else.
Geography Bowl – Hosting a geography bowl is a great event for schools because you can put your students to the test and raise funds for your school. You can have the event at your school or partner with a local restaurant. Charge and admission fee and make sure the winner gets a prize!
Pie Throwing Contest – All you need for this simple fundraiser is whipped cream pies in tin foil plates. Charge a few dollars for each pie and you, your staff, and/or a few volunteers can line up as targets.
Popcorn Fundraiser – Popcorn is a delicious snack that can appeal to all kinds of donors. You don’t have to sell just plain old buttered popcorn; get creative and sell different varieties to appeal to everyone’s tastes. Sell your popcorn during the holidays to raise even more funds.
Stop the Clock – The stop the clock fundraiser is similar to a raffle but with a twist. You just need a wind up clock that you wind to its full extent. You can raffle off minutes (1-60), and the winner is the person who buys the minute the clock lands on when it stops.
Flag Subscription Service – This fundraiser is more of a long-term commitment, but it has the potential to raise a lot of funds. Ask people to sign up for your service where you will hang up and take down holiday-appropriate flags on their porches. You can charge a small monthly or yearly fee.