Fundraising ideas

Fundraising ideas

  • There are limitless ways to engage people with your event. Here are some ideas to help you get started!
  • Birthday and or anniversary celebrations: Rather than bringing a birthday gift, your guests can celebrate the event by making a donation to the Calgary MFRC.
  • Sporting challenge: Pick an activity from your bucket list that you have always wanted to do, whether it’s climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or hosting a 30-hour hockey tournament and then ask your friends to sponsor you towards accomplishing your goal. 
  • Red Shirt Day: Unite employees in a visual support of our troops. Wear Red Shirts on Friday and collect a twoonie each week for the year.
  • Cook-off: Have contestants pay a fee for entering their prized dishes. Have a panel of judges choose the best dish and the winner gets a prize. 
  • Hot lunch: Bring chili or a dish of your choice to work and charge colleagues $5 for a plate of homemade food. 
  • Executive auction: Ask your company’s executive staff to donate one hour for a fundraising auction. Have employees bid on each executive, with proceeds to benefit your efforts. The executive then takes over the highest-bidding employee’s job for the appointed hour.
  • Throw a potluck dinner party & sell 50/50 tickets: with 50% of the proceeds donated towards your fundraising goal. 
  • Neighbourhood garage and/or bake sale: Ask all of your friends and neighbours to participate by donating items for sale. Make signs that indicate all proceeds are going towards your fundraiser. Add a bake sale, and have a donation jar visibly displayed. 
  • Karaoke night/competition: Find a karaoke machine and invite a bunch of friends over. Have funny prizes such as worst singer, best dressed, worst song choice, etc. Charge them to enter the competition.
  • Wine and cheese night: Invite friends to come over with a bottle of their choice (helps to place a minimum value), provide the food and start the tasting. Ask for an entry donation fee and to add to the fun do a draw for one of the bottles.
  • Benefit night: Throw a fundraising party at a local establishment and accept donations as an entrance fee. Also make sure to ask the local restaurant, ice cream parlour, etc. to support you with a donation of 10% (or more!) of the night’s sales. 
  • Other ideas: Auction, Battle of the Bands, Benefit Dinner, BBQ, Book Sale, Car Wash, Carnival/Festival, Concert/Play, Concession Stand, Craft Sale, Dart Tournament, Dinner Party, Donations in Lieu of Gifts, Face Painting, Garage Sale, Golf Tournament, Grand Opening, Proceeds from Sales, Raffle, Scavenger Hunt, Yard Sale - the list is endless!