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As you approach any digital fundraising initiative, it’s always a good idea to reinforce your launch with an on or offsite event.

This increases overall participation, can provide an outlet for those who prefer donating offline, and is a catalyst to draw in donors who wouldn’t have otherwise known about your platform. The options are endless: from competitions to parties, events that require registration to those that simply generate awareness, there’s always something you can tailor to your goal and audience.

To help you get your brain juices flowing we’ve compiled a list of 75 events that you can rename, customize, and otherwise make your own. Enjoy!


1. March Madness Open House

2. April Fool’s Day Fundraiser

3. Easter Egg Hunt

4. Mother’s Day Breakfast

5. Earth Day Hike

6. Arbor Day Community Garden

7. Pub Crawl

8. Bake-off

9. Bake Sale

10. Casino Night

11. Football/Basketball Tournament

12. Video Gaming for Good

13. Board Game Night

14. Local Concert

15. Silent Auction

16. Ice Cream/Smoothies/Snow Cone Social (PIC)

17. Hot Drink Handout (Use Branded Cups)

18. Eating Contest

19. BBQ/Green Chile Cook-off

20. Movie Night

21. Fashion Show

22. Afternoon Tea

23. Kayak/Swim Race

24. Bowling Tournament

25. Dance-off

26. Relay Race

27. Student/Staff Variety Show

28. Lock-in

29. Haunted House

30. Yard Sale

31. Trivia Tournament

32. Throwback Thursday Dance

33. Carnival

34. Skills Clinic

35. Obstacle Course

36. Wacky Sports Tournament (think sumo suits)

37. Pop-Up Restaurant

38. Wreaths & Wrapping

39. Caroling

40. Family Fun Day

41. Dollars for Dares

42. Raffle Fundraiser

   -Best Seat in the House – 2 front-row tickets to an event

   -Treasure Chest/Gift Basket

   -Silly Sweepstakes

   -White Elephant

43. Animal De-Stress Day

44. Bingo

45. Gala

46. Calendar Sale/Giveaway

47. Pancake Breakfast

48. Scavenger Hunt

49. Penny/Piggy Bank Drive (PIC)

50. Dodgeball/Kickball Tournament

51. Karaoke Night

52. Lip Sync Competition

53. Film Screening

54. Rubber Duck Race

55. Pie Throwing Contest

56. Pumpkin Carving

57. Dunk Tank

58. Food Truck Fundraiser

59. Kids Camp

60. Read-a-thon

61. Serve the Community Day

62. Services Auction

63. Pajama Day

64. Field Day

65. Photo Booth

66. Restaurant/Coffee/Ice Cream Shop Partnership

67. Guest Speaker

68. Mystery Box Handout

69. Branded Schwag Handout

70. Photo Contest

71. Guessing Game Contest

72. Art Show

73. Wacky Shirt/Hat Day

74. Windshield Washing (Partner with a Local Drive-Thru)

75. Garden Party

Katie Haystead

Katie Haystead

Senior Vice President, Partnerships

With over a decade of experience working with K12 schools and higher education institutions’ fundraising efforts, Katie Haystead now oversees the partnerships team at Community Funded. Her passion for partner success and satisfaction aligns with Community Funded’s priorities and Katie’s unique background is well suited to manage the day to day operations of our partnerships team as well as new market acquisition.

Prior to joining the team at Community Funded, Katie served many roles within the Fundraising Division at Ruffalo Noel Levitz. Her experience ranges from working onsite and remotely with clients executing phonathon programs, developing annual giving strategies, onsite consultations and also developing multichannel strategies allowing for strong synergy between annual giving channels and creating strong major and planned gift pipelines.

Katie is based in Metro Detroit and is a graduate of Central Michigan University, where she worked for the phonathon for 3 years while working towards her History Major.

Kim Jennings

Kim Jennings

Senior Generosity Strategist, Generis

Kim Jennings, CFRE is a skilled fundraising leader who believes in the power of Christian education to raise up thoughtful, strong, committed leaders who can make our world a better place for all.

Kim Jennings

Todd Turner

Director of Digital Strategies, Generis

In addition to his 11 years overseeing Chuck Swindoll’s Insight Living Ministries communications department, Todd Turner has worked as a digital strategist for faith based organizations across the globe..

Kim Jennings

Jennifer Perrow

Senior Generosity Strategist, Generis

Jennifer is a skilled fundraising and communications professional who helps ministries articulate vision, communicate mission, and raise abundant funds to advance Kingdom priorities.