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Fundraising Ideas for Fall

Thanksgiving may be a one-day holiday of being thankful, but we invite you to keep that feeling alive all season long. Whether you want to raise money and awaresness to help find a cure, or want to raise enough money to replace those old computers at the library, there's never a shortage of people who need help.

Here are some of our favorite fundraising ideas for fall. And remember, even a little help can go a long way!

Have a Jack-o-Lantern sale

Invite kids of the neighborhood or your child’s friends to come over for a Jack-o-lantern making party! Visit your local farm and discuss any discounts they can give you for buying in bulk. Some farmers may even be willing to provide free pumpkins in exchange for a banner or shout out at your sale. Research fun and easy carving patterns online so you have a variety of designs like these from She Knows. Use our guide for pumpkin carving made easy to take the extra work out of carving.

Once you have accumulated a good number of decorated pumpkins in a variety of designs,set up a stand or event to sell the completed masterpieces to the public. Be sure to highlight which cause you are supporting as well as the fact that the children of the neighborhood worked together to provide these beautiful decorations.


Throw a Halloween-themed Fundraising Bash

Using simple and inexpensive DIY Halloween decorating ideas, you can throw a fall bash for the whole neighborhood to enjoy. Charge enough per ticket that will not only cover your costs but also raise a healthy amount for your cause.

Contact your local vfw to get rates on room rentals – they are generally inexpensive and may even give you a further discount if you tell them it’s a fundraiser. Local firehouses also sometimes have party rooms for rent at a very reasonable rate. You’d be surprised at just how many budget-friendly party venues there are!


Keep the decorations simple and the food menu satisfying but inexpensive. Gather your favorite budget-friendly recipes and make them in massive quantities. Have the little ones help out with these kid-friendly ideas or create your own inexpensive Halloween decorations with our help. We've got a ton of Halloween party foods sure to spook and satisfy your guests, like these adorable halloween treats on a stick.

In terms of entertainment, if your venue has an available projector, why not pop one of your favorite Halloween movies in on loop for the guests to enjoy? These kid-friendly flicks are perfect for you spooky bash, or opt for a scarier film if your event is adults-only.

You should definitely have a spooky soundtrack ready to go - fill it up with Halloween classics like Monster Mash and Thriller. Halloween games are important too; stick with traditional activities like bobbing for apples or take a page from our Halloween party game ideas.


Host a silent auction

Contact your local businesses and see if they would be willing to donate a good or service to your silent auction. I once attended a fundraiser where schools were auctioning off the privilege to be “principal for a day”. Surprisingly, parents were fighting for the chance to have their kid roam the halls with an authoritative grin on their face. Having offers like babysitting services or cleaning help are always in demand and people would be even happier to pay if it’s for a good cause.


Organize a Raffle

Raffles are the ultimate fundraiser because they are so easy and inexpensive to organize and almost always get a positive reaction. Again, contact your local businesses to see what type of discounts you can get on what and choose accordingly. Be sure to choose an item of high value that will also appeal to a wide audience. You can promote your raffle in schools, at your local library, and even by hanging fliers in your local supermarkets. Be sure to include information as to where to buy tickets, the deadline to enter, and details as to how the winner will be announced.

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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