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Event Ideas & Fundraising Tips

We’ve selected a few ideas and tips for those of you who want to make a difference and fund raise for the NF cause!

The following are just some tips and event ideas to raise funds for the NF cause and/or for your Great Steps 4NF team. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. We’re here to help you along the way. What works the best is to do something you know or have a passion for.

 

The Key To Raising Funds and Awareness is to Ask and Tell (and repeat)!

We know that many are not comfortable asking for a donation, but most people really do want to help….they can always say no or ignore your request.

  • Send an mail, e-mails and social media  out to everyone you know.
  • Ask friends and family to donate to your fundraising rather than buy you a gift for a special occasion, like your birthday.
  • Ask people to give something up for NF such as their weekly night out, lunch money for the week, movie night – and contribute what they would have spent to your efforts.
  • Take your fundraising/story and information on Neurofibromatossis everywhere.
  • Encourage your donors to make donations in honor of, in memory of or in support of someone who has been affected by neurofibromatosis.
  • Ask your dentist, your doctor, you insurance agent…anyone you do business with for a small donation.

Tried and True Events - We've Seen These Done and Can Help You Plan

Create an Event that People Will Pay (Donate) to Attend!

Trivia Nite – There are many ways to do a trivia nite. One of the simplest is to find a cheap or free venue (maybe a church or school) and a DJ that does trivia nites to host it. Sell tables of up to eight people who are all on one team. Have everyone bring their own drinks, food and decorations. It’s a blast seeing what people do and to go around trying each others food.

Bowling Party – Contact a local bowling alley and they can tell you all about these! Consider adding a dinner and raffle to this event. Have couples bowl together as one. It’s less expensive and more fun…especially if you add crazy bowling to one round.

Dance-A-Thon – Participants typically dance for free and acquire sponsors. The longer people dance, the more money they raise. Invite the community to come and watch and encourage donations from them. You can also charge $5 for people to request songs.

Kickboxing/Zumba Party – Lots of people want to try kickboxing or Zumba and instructors are usually willing to hold a special class for free. The bonus is that it’s especially fun with your friends. Simply charge them to attend and let them know the entire fee will go to the cause. Maybe gather afterwards and hold a raffle.

Field Day Competition – Hold a field day or carnival and let the adults act like kids and have some fun and some friendly competition. Some types of games can include: Tug o’ War, Egg Toss, Balloon Toss, Three-Legged Race, Obstacle Courses or create some fun new variations.

Don't Forget Where You Spend Most of Your Time...At Work!

Company Donation or Match – Ask your company to make a donation or to match donations from employees..

Casual Dress Day – Determine if your office will allow employees to dress down in return for a donation to your team.

Raffle a Day Off – Ask your boss to donate a free day off to use in a raffle at work. The winner gets a day off without using his or her sick time or vacation time.

Reduce Stress – Find a masseuse through a health club, training school, or chiropractor’s office. Have them come to your business and provide a 5 or 10 minute neck and shoulder massages for a gift of $10.

Sell Goodies – Sell candy, chips, popcorn, soda, bagels or donuts at the office. You may be able to get the goods donated so everything goes to your fundraising.

Change Your Signature – Most e-mail programs give you the ability to create your own signature at the bottom of each message. This is a great way to let both personal and business contacts know NF is a cause close to your heart. Add a link to your Firstgiving.com page in your email. You may be surprised at the number of people who end up donating.

Lunch In – Ask everyone in your office to donate $10 a week until the event and skip buying lunch to make it up. Bring a bag lunch and eat together to celebrate your effort.

For More Ideas and Tips

50 Fundraising Ideas at SignUp Genius

Do It Yourself Fundraising ideas from Fundraising-ideas.org

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