Fun Ways To Raise Money

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.

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86. Actors: Ask your thespian-oriented friends to improvise for a "play party". Invite all of your
friends; serve hors d'oeuvres and ask for a suggested donation at the door.

87. Ask your yoga instructor or personal trainer for a donated class: Invite your friends to
attend a special yoga/aerobics/step class donated by a trainer. You ask for a specific suggested
donation amount at the door, and the trainer gets the chance to build their client base. It's a winwin
for all.

88. Car Wash -- Take Two: Go to your local car wash and talk with the owner/manager about
doing a fundraising event there. Many people go to the same car wash every week. Post flyers a
week in advance, then spend a few hours talking with people about what you are doing at the
cashier stand. Hand people a flyer, accept donations!

89. Karaoke Bar: Ask your local karaoke bar to host a benefit night. Invite all of your friends; ask for
a suggested donation at the door.

90. Rock On!: If you know musicians, ask them to perform a benefit concert at a backyard BBQ,
block party or local club. The admission ticket is a check made payable to the Breast Cancer

91. Play Tickets: Ask your local playhouse to donate tickets and then auction them off. Better yet,
ask them to donate season passes!

92. Creative Friends: Ask a local artist or creative friend to donate a piece of art or jewelry that you
can auction off. If you aren't creative yourself, ask a friend to design a thank you card or blank
note card that you can package, tie up with a ribbon and sell.

93. Ask your travel agency for a plane ticket to raffle off, a night in a hotel, or a weekend getaway.

94. Hair Salon: Ask your hair salon if they will donate 2 dollar from each haircut over the course of a
weekend to the 3-Day.

95. Gym: Ask your gym if you, or they, can teach an aerobics, yoga or spinning class as a benefit
for you.

96. Free Rent: Get your apartment complex to donate one month's rent to sponsor you.

97. Happy Hour: Wear your 3-Day shirt to Happy Hour and ask people to sign it for a 10 dollar donation.
Ask the DJ to announce that you are in the bar.

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Comments on "101 Fundraising ideas"

Marlene November 29, 2013 | 9:42 AM

My friend has cancer and I really want to help. I am pretty young so I can't do much of these things. Maybe have some more ideas for younger people?

Bargirl May 13, 2013 | 8:38 AM

It is NOT in any way rude to ask a bartender for one nights tip as donations. You would ask a bartender at the local watering hole you go to-chances are you have tipped them generously every time you have gone(AS YOU SHOULD) and they are your friend. Having been a bartender for years, you make a decent living-if you don't, you aren't a very good bartender or you should be working in a better bar! Giving up one nights tips for the better of someone is good Karma!

Freshman at East Side High School April 15, 2013 | 5:58 AM

i want some ideas that willhelp both me and my ( the ) community .

Pat Clay April 09, 2013 | 6:51 PM

It is completely unacceptable and outrageously rude to ask a waiter or bartender for a day's tips. Their salary is HALF minimum wage, and to ask them to give up a day's pay is insane. Ask for a donation, yes, like you are from everyone else, but not most of their earnings for a day. If you wouldn't ask your doctor for a day's pay, why would you ask someone who can barely make ends meet?

nicolette February 09, 2013 | 7:35 AM

I am not sure if anyone else has made this comment, but Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts are not permitted to raise money for any other organization. I think it's because they are a non-profit organization.

raqual January 18, 2013 | 2:02 PM

how can I raise money for my church youth choir?

Alex Mariana December 03, 2012 | 9:26 PM

My relay for life team sells Tori's (Aluminum-Free & Paraben-Free) Deodorant. They give groups donating to a cause a wholesale price on products and let them sell it for retail price. We have made a couple hundred dollars already for our team! They also give a % of their profits to breast cancer research. Win-Win!

Chrystine October 11, 2012 | 8:10 PM

Ida - e-mail me at iwalk360@ymail. I have a bunch of those pink rubber bracelets. =) Let's talk!

ida October 09, 2012 | 7:49 AM

okay, im doing my senior project on breast cancer. My product would be raising money for the cancer foundation. The only problem would be where to get the bracelts from without paying for them. Because im young and cant just front the money till im done selling and then ill donate it all. if so can anyone give me good links? much appreciated! thanks

CASANDRA YOUNG September 18, 2012 | 7:26 AM


Taylor Parker August 29, 2012 | 10:28 AM

My son's school has been trying to come up with some different fundraising ideas . I think that the school, and me as well, were sick of working with the fundraising order forms for cookies and other such things. Regrettably, the debate is still out there, and they are still trying to decide what they should do about the different things that they need to do to raise money for the school. These are some great ideas though, I will totally have to pass them on to my sons teacher!

Fundraising Ideas July 02, 2011 | 1:10 AM

that is a delicious fund raising ideas,I like it,so yummy.I'm sure it gain much money.

ieta September 18, 2009 | 2:31 PM


fgolden September 10, 2009 | 10:11 AM

just came in from my daily 5.5 miles for this year's Dallas/ Fort Worth walk which I keep on twitter for some friends who follow my training. I enjoyed reading your experiences of the Denver walk and seeing the pictures. We have less that 60 days until DFW this year and reading about a walk really brings back the great memories. Thanks

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