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101 Fundraising ideas

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The fundraising ideas library at is your best source for real-life fundraising ideas from other Breast Cancer 3-Day participants. Here are some additional ideas.


25. Community Finger Print-a-Thon: A suggestion from a fundraising forum: "We used a company
called Kid Safe Child ID Network, Inc. We found them on the web at They were able to custom create 2,200 Bio-Docs for the local kids: The event was sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, so the event was free to the community. Kid Safe did all the work and we just promoted the event. It was very easy to do. After the event, we received a check for 15,324 dollar. Pretty nice for a one day event!"

26. Coins: Go to your local mall or shopping center and ask what they do with the coins in the

27. "Thons": Cut-a-thon (hair salon), Mow-a-thon, Shovel-a-thon, Rake-a-thon. You name it. You
can do it for donations. You can even use local Girl Scout or Boy Scout troops to help be your man power for this fun activity.

28. Check-Out Donation: Make up Breast Cancer 3-Day donation cards and ask a local store to
sell them at the register. People can make a donation as they make their purchases, sign their name or purchase the card in someone else's honor. The store then hangs the donation cards around the registers.

29. Save a "Pear": Get a grocery store to donate some pears and set up a table outside with a sign
that says "Save a 'pear' -- make a donation to the Breast Cancer 3-Day".

30. Donation location at work or other highly visible location: Set up a table in front of your local
grocery store. Get permission first, and then ask everyone who enters to support you. While this doesn't sound very glamorous, it's very effective. Remember that in addition to raising much needed funds, you are also playing an important role in raising awareness. Some walkers give a token pink ribbon as a thank you to strangers who donate at an event such as this.

31. Dog walking for donations: Send out a flyer to your neighborhood offering your services to dog
walk or dog sit while the owners are out of town.

32. Walk in Public: Set up a treadmill outside of a store and walk for donations. Set out a donation
can for people to drop donations in.

33. Lemonade, anyone?: Have a yard sale with a lemonade stand, or just a lemonade stand. This
is a great way to get your kids or neighbors involved and have them feel like they are joining you in making a difference.

34. Benefit night at a local restaurant: Check in with your favorite local hangouts. Many
restaurants already have programs in place to help you fundraise at their establishment. Be a guest bartender? A guest griller? Or hand out coupons to their establishment for a percentage of profits for that evening.

35. Bottle Drive: If you are in a state that requires bottle deposits, start a bottle drive. Put flyers
around your neighborhood telling people to put their bottles out on a certain day and you'll come by to collect and return them. Let your local school, pool, gym know that you will do the same for them.

36. Rent a port-a-potty for a small town parade: Decorate it (of course we'd suggest pink!), and
ask for donations for use.

37. Garage Sale: Ask all of your friends and neighbors to participate by donating items for sale.
Make signs that indicate all proceeds are going to the Breast Cancer 3-Day. Ask your local paper to run an ad as their contribution. Add a bake sale and/or lemonade stand, and have a straight donation jar visibly displayed. Don't forget to have plenty of donation forms on hand!

38. Super Change Jar: Ask all of your friends and family to put aside their spare change to be
added to the super change jar. Every month or so, empty it out and let everyone know how much "a little at a time" adds up! This is a great idea to put into action at work, too. Decorate the jar with inspirational quotes and photos from your training walks.

39. Car Wash: Hold a car wash — either in your neighborhood, at your place of worship, or at your
place of business. Ask local businesses to donate the supplies you will need and ask your friends to help wash. Add a bake sale; sell chilled bottles of water (that have been donated). If you have enough help, consider adding a dog wash!

40. Used Book Sale: A more focused and versatile version of a garage sale. Ask everyone you
know (co-workers, neighbors, family and friends) to donate any books they have read and are finished with. Choose a time and place to have a used book sale — maybe your local farmer's market, school carnival or community fair.

41. Banner: Have a group of friends, your child's classmates, a local business, help to design a
banner that you can use on the 3-Day to mark your tent. Suggest a donation minimum.

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