When it comes to raising money for charity, people all over the world have decided that “weirder is better.”
While some charities are content to stick with raffles and silent auctions, these events don’t grab anyone’s attention or stick out in their memories. One way to really get people pumped for charity events is to embrace the strange and let creativity run wild. No one said fundraising can’t be fun.
Raising Money for Bail
In Shenango Township, PA, several community leaders were jailed until they could raise enough money to get them out of the clink. The Muscular Dystrophy Association ran the fundraiser for several months leading up to the “arrests” and raised more than $15,000 to send children with neuro-muscular diseases to summer camp and help offset the costs of their treatment.
Weird Dog Show
When it comes to dog shows, people tend to think of haughty trainers and distinguished breeds strutting their stuff in a refined competition. In Michigan, the Great Falls Animal Shelter decided to turn that prospect on its floppy ear with their Fall Fantasy Dog Show. With categories like “Waggiest Tail” and “Most Mysterious Heritage,” the show draws crowds. By the Fourth Annual outing last year, it had grown to the point where they began adding events like a chili cook-off and pumpkin carving.
Waking up to find your lawn covered in plastic flamingos may not sound like the ideal way to start your day, but in Mountain Top, PA, it was a common sight for two months. The idea is to cover a lawn with flamingos and have “victims” make a donation to have them removed. They could also pay a little extra to send them to someone else’s lawn or buy Flamingo Insurance to keep the flock at bay. Over the two months the flamingos migrated around town, Children’s Miracle Network raised over $7,500.
Few things get the blood pumping like a dip in near-freezing water, and fewer still draw crowds like a Polar Bear Plunge, a.k.a. Penguin Plunge. Every January for the past 20 years, some 10,000 brave, cold souls have frolicked in frigid waters at Maryland’s Sandy Point State Park in Plungapalooza, an event sponsored by the Maryland State Police to raise funds for the Special Olympics. The event raises millions of dollars each year from participants who pay an entry fee and seek sponsorships from friends and co-workers.
People love obstacle courses. From Tough Mudder to the Spartan Race, adventure runs have captured the attention of people from all walks of life. In that spirit, Harbor House of New London, WI, has been hosting their own adventure run for more than five years. The Warrior Princess Mud Run features fun, themed obstacles such as the Disenchanted Forrest and the Little Mermud. Harbor House says it’s their biggest fundraiser of the year, bringing in $360,000 since they started it.
If your fundraisers are failing to generate excitement and money, the problem might not be inadequate marketing – it might be that they’re just plain dull! Try something fun and different and see how that shakes things up.
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