Company Contribution - Solicit a specific donation from your organization above and beyond that raised by your team and apply the credit for incentives for all team members.
Computer Message - Ask your company computer expert to have a message "pop up" on employees' screens asking for a donation. It won't go away until they give!!
Auction (Silent or Live) - Hold the event at your business, in your neighborhood, or at church. Ask for contributions of unique items. Display the items (or descriptions) prior to the event. Hold the auction over lunch or at a convenient time.
Bake for Cure's Sake - Hold a Friday bake sale at work so employees will have treats for the weekend. Encourage breakfast items, as well as sweets like bars and cookies.
Car Wash - An oldie, but a goodie. This works great for high school teams.
Matching Gifts - If your company has a matching gift program, that's an effective way to double your fundraising efforts. Check with your Human Resources department to obtain forms.
Freddie the Flamingo -An 8-year-old boy put "Freddie Flamingos" in people's yards with a note around Freddie's neck asking for a donation for Relay For Life. In the morning, he collected the birds and the donations...more than $6,000!
Quilt Making - Do you have a team that makes quilts? Make quilt squares in honor and in memory of people with cancer. Ask for a contribution for different sizes: a 4" square for $5, an 8" square for $15, and a 12" square for $25. Display the quilt at a public location.
Duped by Dollars - This works well at colleges or large companies. Departments/dorms set up a jar for change drop offs. The group with the most points wins a prize. Pennies are worth positive points. Sabotage the other teams by dropping silver coins and cash into their jar!
Restaurants to the Rescue - Ask a local restaurant or cafe to contribute a portion of the proceeds for a day. It could be for a certain menu item or ask the owner if a special Relay item can be on the daily special.
Photo Contest - Hold a "stumper" photo contest. Ask employees to bring a baby or childhood photo of themselves that they believe no one can identify. Ask for a donation to make a guess. Give winners a contributed prize.
Fetch & Favor Fee - Place a sign-up sheet outside your office, the teacher's lounge, or even your own kitchen. Approach business owners with this offer to run errands like fetching coffee or lunches, prescriptions, supplies, etc. Create a price list to match the errand and let them know their dollars go toward a CURE.
Windshield Washing - Fast food restaurant teams can collect donations for washing windshields as cars pass through drive-up windows (have signs to explain what you're doing).
Poker Plays Pay - Invite 10 people over for a round of charity poker. Send invitations explaining your Relay For Life participation and request everyone brings $25-40 mad money. If you can recruit a few friends to help you, try this on a larger scale and hold it in your church basement or local school. Provide refreshments.
Wishing You Well - Set up a "wishing well" at your local school, business, church, or store with a sign explaining that all proceeds go toward Relay For Life and a cure for cancer. Put an ad in your local paper announcing specific days for change drop-offs. Maybe the store will match the gifts. You could even have this at your tent site at the Relay. Top Tent- fundraising at the Relay. Decorate ballot boxes for voting and donation collection. People enter a vote for their favorite tent site with a donation. Each site collects the vote and donation toward the total vote.
Lotta Bottles - Each team member runs a bottle drive in their area. Go door-to-door and collect bottles from your neighbors and friends. Create a flyer to give to the donors about Relay with your phone number inviting them to join in the fun and cause.
Ask for Contributions for :
- The shirt off your back. Donors pay $ to write their names on the back of the shirt that gets worn for 24 hours
- Food, any kind, any way, anywhere
- Art, both professional and student
- Balloons. Donations for Relay balloons can be for $2 each and make bouquets to be delivered by volunteers
- Hair cuts. Have local salons sponsor a cut-a-thon with proceeds going to Relay
- Yard, porch, garage sales
Park Cars - If your company has a parking lot near a local stadium, fairgrounds, or other mecca, let participants in the activity make a donation to park there.
Kiss the Pig - Put a picture of 2 or 3 managers or teachers on a cutout of a pig and students/employees vote. The one with the most votes has to kiss a pig in front of everyone.
Odd jobs for a fee - Great for youth
Auction a prime parking spot for a week
Questions for a buck - One team raised money by having their boss charge $1 for each question.
Recycle Skunk Them - One hospital group put a stuffed skunk on a co-workers desk. They needed to give a donation to be deskunked (make the skunk go away).
Vending Machine - Designate profits from one of your vending machines to the Canadian Cancer Society. If the company that stocks the machine knows about it, they might give you a lower price on supplies or donate a certain amount.
Gas Station Oil Change - Request that a local oil change garage donate their time and material for a Saturday afternoon of oil changes. While the customer is waiting, hand out mission delivery information and collect luminary donations.