Events for Fundraising
Fundraising events are great fun and a great opportunity to tell the Kokrajhar story and raise funds to build or furnish your room. We’ll give you a start with some of our ideas. . .but then your ingenuity will kick in and we’re sure you’ll have even more ideas for fundraising events. Also, share your events and ideas with the Facebook LetsBuildanOrphanage group. The Homes of Hope family can offer insights as we work together.
First, think about the places you already go and the things you already do to envision your best possible fundraising events. Build community within your own community by working together to raise funds to build an orphanage for the girls of Kokrajhar.
Next, check local events calendars from the year before to make sure that you don’t plan your event at a time when your community will already be busy with a major, well-established event. If a big 10K run for another cause already exists, don’t schedule on that day. Are there already several of particular events? If so, consider another approach—or perhaps a different season.
Finally, recruit a circle of friends and family to work with you. This is going to change the lives of girls in Solabasti, India. And we believe it will be life-changing for many of you. Invite your friends and family along for the excitement and together. . . LetsBuildanOrphanage. . .
Check out some of the resources below to start planning your own events.
- Plan a Silent Auction
Give a voice to the orphan girls of India by hosting a silent auction. Here are some tips from wikiHow.
- Plan a Bowl-a-thon or other bowling fundraiser
Homes of Hope supporters hosted “Bowling for Hope” in 2011. We will gladly share our insights with you—but there are many ways to turn bowling fun into funds for the Solabasti orphanage you will help to build. Here are some tips from Rewarding Fundraising Ideas.com.
- Turn an event into a Let’sBuildanOrphanage.com benefit event
From yoga studios to violin concerts, any setting can become a benefit event for LetsBuildanOrphanage. Last year, Homes of Hope supporters turned their everyday events into Homes of Hope benefits. A Wilmington NC violin teacher asked her students to raise money for Home of Hope and left an open violin case at the door of the annual recital. Violins for Hope raised almost $3,000, earning the first stone on Solabasti’ s 100 Steps to Home.
- Plan a Car Wash
This classic approach to grassroots fundraising will last as long as the car, itself. Only a few of us look forward to washing our cars. Why not capitalize on that for your LetsBuildanOrphanage fundraising? Here are some tips for this classic method.
Here is a unique, eco-friendly car wash fundraiser. http://ecotouch.net/pages/Hold-a-Car-Wash-Fundraiser.html
- Plan a Golf Tournament
If you are a golfer, then you already know the secret to the best tournaments—plan it at a golf course every golfer really wants to play. This is not an event for the faint of heart. They take tremendous planning—but bring in big rewards for the cause. With a successful golf tournament, you could make a major difference in the lives of the girls of Solabasti. Here are tips from fundraisers, golfers and nonprofit experts.
- Plan a Tennis Tournament
Another exciting, active event that requires some skilled planning.
- Plan a Race (5K, etc.)
Runners are looking for races all the time—and they are a committed, hardworking community. Just the type of folks we know we can count on to build an orphanage. Just make sure there isn’t already a race on the same day you choose.
An event guide from the American Medical Association http://www.ama-assn.org/resources/doc/mss/5k-planning-guide.pdf
- Plan a Restaurant Fundraiser
Other Fundraising Tips and Ideas
Some simple community fundraisers can go a long way.
- 50/50 Raffle
Add a 50/50 raffle to any event and raise funds quickly while adding some excitement to your event. In a 50/50 raffle, one winner splits the proceeds with Homes of Hope. All you need is a roll or two of double tickets. Keep one ticket and give one to the person who purchased the ticket. Encourage bigger donations by giving a price cut for more tickets: $25 ticket or 5 for $100, for example. Near the end of the event, draw a ticket and split the proceeds between Homes of Hope and the lucky winner. (Often, winners will be satisfied with the bragging rights and donate their half for the cause.)
- Prize Raffle
Find an exciting prize to be donated by a local business—like a car, boat, or other major prize. Check out this unique diamond-in-a-cupcake raffle from DREAMS of Wilmington and Spectrum Art & Jewelry in Wilmington, NC. http://www.spectrumartandjewelry.com/events/diamond-dreams-giveaway/ Imagine the excitement generated by the idea of eating a cupcake AND finding a diamond in it. Creativity goes a long way. This approach also brought in $1,000—putting the “fun” in fundraiser.
- Include Homes of Hope Gifts and Gear in a Prize Raffle
Add a personal Homes of Hope touch to any prize raffle by including our pendants, necklaces, tote bags, and t-shirts.