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Fundraising Ideas

Compiled by Louise Granahan


It’s not always easy to raise money for dragon boating events, equipment, and festivals. Here is a list of 130 ideas to get you started.


Fun Events

  • Beer Pong

  • Board Game Tournament

  • Calendar

  • Chess Match

  • Coffee-Grams or Singing Telegrams for Valentine’s Day

  • Escape Room

  • Haunted House

  • Polar Plunge

  • Pool Party

  • Photo Contest (eg, guess the teammate’s baby photo contest)

  • Sandcastle Building Contest

  • Speed Dating Night

  • Spelling Bee

  • Street or Beach Party

  • Tie-Dye Party

  • Trivia Night

  • Twitch Video Game Fundraiser

  • Virtual or real Tailgate Party


Sales

  • Bake Sale

  • Book Sale

  • Christmas Tree Sale

  • Plant Sale

  • Pop Up Thrift Store

  • Yard Sale



Raffles and Auctions

  • 50/50 Raffle

  • Art Auction (maybe have artists paint wooden paddles)

  • Basket Raffle

  • Corporate Matching Gifts

  • Dutch Auction

  • Silent Auction

  • Time and Talent Auction (eg. 1 hour of housecleaning, 1 hour of gardening…)

  • Vacation Auction



Community Events

  • Beer Garden

  • Bottle Drive

  • Car Wash

  • Carnival

  • Card Night (eg. Bridge or Euchre Night)

  • Community Clean Up Day

  • Community Coupon Book

  • Craft Fair

  • Crowdfunding

  • Dog Walking

  • Dog Wash

  • Dunk Tank

  • Fundraising Iftar

  • Ghost Tour

  • Head-Shaving Fundraiser

  • Ice Bucket Challenge

  • Parents Night Out – Babysit so parents can shop before the holidays

  • Pet Sitting

  • Pop Up Picnic

  • Pumpkin Carving Contest

  • Scavenger Hunt

  • Singles’ Night

  • Snow Shovelling (or gardening…) for a Cause

  • Tree Planting

  • Used Car Donations

  • Winter Clothing Drive


Sports

  • 5K Run or Bike Race

  • Apple Watch or Strava Challenge

  • Basketball Tournament

  • Beach Volleyball Tournament

  • Bowling Tournament

  • Colour Run

  • Costume Race

  • Dance Marathon

  • Dodgeball Tournament

  • Dragon Boat-a-thon

  • Exercise Lessons

  • Family and Friends Dragon Boat Event

  • Flag Football Tournament

  • Golf Tournament

  • Hiking Event

  • Ice Skating or Sledding (Tobogganing)

  • Indoor Cycling Challenge

  • Local Olympics

  • Marathon Sponsorships

  • Mini Golf Night

  • Mud Run

  • Relay Race

  • Rollerblade or Rollerskate Race

  • Surf Tournament

  • Treadmill or Stationary Bike Relay Race

  • Walk-a-Thon

  • Yoga/Meditation Night


Food

  • BBQ Cook-Off

  • Breakfast with Santa (or the Easter Bunny or a Superhero…)

  • Chili Contest

  • Community Potluck

  • Cooking Class

  • Cupcake or Cookie Decorating

  • Dinner Party

  • Eating Contest

  • Holiday Cookie Exchange

  • Holiday Cooking Competition

  • Ice Cream Social

  • Pancake Breakfast

  • Pizza Party

  • Recipe Books - Pro Tip: Reach out to local graphic designers or students for help designing your cookbook.

  • Restaurant Partnership

  • Spaghetti Dinner with Dessert Auction

  • Strawberry Social

  • Sundae Sunday (create a Sundae bar on a Sunday afternoon)



Entertainment

  • Afternoon Tea Time

  • Art Show

  • Battle of the Bands

  • Bingo Night

  • Casino Night

  • Comedy Night

  • Community Bonfire

  • Concert

  • Date Night Auction

  • Fashion Show

  • Film Festival

  • Gala

  • Game Night

  • Karaoke Night

  • Lip Syncing Contest

  • Movie Night

  • Murder Mystery Party

  • Paint Night

  • Pub Crawl

  • Scavenger Hunt

  • Talent Show

  • Theme Night – Roaring 20s, Bollywood, Disco, Western…

  • Wine Tasting


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