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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98. Bartender: Ask your favorite bar if you can guest bartend for a night and keep all of your tips.
Make sure you invite all of you friends to come in that night.

99. Christmas Lights: Offer to put up your neighbors outdoor Christmas lights. It's a job no one
wants to do, and they might be delighted to have it done for them, especially if it's a donation to
the 3-Day.

100. Use Your Talent: Offer any talent or skill that you have for a minimum donation; graphic design,
massage, hair stylist, make-up stylist, photography, computer skills, sewing, music, baking, cake decorating, etc. Ask talented friends to donate their skills to your fundraising effort. Tie-in ideas with holidays, celebrations and party themes (wedding makeovers, baking party, holiday portraits).

101. Sell Space on a Shirt: Sell small blocks of space on a shirt you plan to wear on the Breast
Cancer 3-Day for a suggested 20 dollar donation. Encourage donors to write a tribute to you, a friend or a loved one. The more you can make your donors feel a part of your experience, and therefore a part of the cure, the more they are likely to give on your behalf. Having them sign something you will walk with is a great way to accomplish this.


Many walkers host local events and activities to help them reach their fundraising goal. If you plan to
fundraise through these methods, please remember the following:

Often, local communities have laws governing fundraising activities like raffles, garage sales, leafleting,
and other promotional activities. Please check with your local government before fundraising in these ways. If you plan to post flyers in a public space (grocery stores, malls, parking lots, etc.) please check with the Property Manager first, before posting your materials.

If you're charging admission to a fundraising event, you must indicate it is a "suggested donation" and not
a required fee, in order for the amount to be considered a tax deductible donation. Remember to have each of your donors fill out a donation form and to write their check out to the Breast Cancer 3-Day so that they can be eligible for a receipt. If donors will need a receipt, participants should not write one lump check for all donations collected at the fundraiser, as this form of payment would be eligible for only one receipt.

Be sure to note that your fundraising activity is for the Breast Cancer 3-Day, which benefits Susan G.
Komen for the Cure. Please do not refer to the event as the 'Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day,' or 'Susan G. Komen for the Cure Breast Cancer 3-Day' or the like. Komen has local affiliates in your area who organize Race for the Cure events, and it is important to avoid confusion between those events and the Breast Cancer 3-Day. You should not use the Susan G. Komen for the Cure logo on any promotional materials you make.

For general and financial information about the Breast Cancer 3-Day, Susan G. Komen for the
Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund, visit our website at or call 800.996.3DAY.

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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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