fundraising ideas

Need ideas for a fundraising project you and your club can do? Try one from the list below —or come up with your own! If you have new ideas please share them with us. Send them to

A “hole” lotta fun: Start a Halloween-themed cornhole tournament. Build and decorate cornhole boards to look like jack-o’-lanterns. Cut out holes where the eyes and mouth are, and make or buy bean bags. Ask teams to pay US$5 to compete in the tournament.

Appeal to their tastes. Sponsor a pumpkin pie bake-off. If you attract professional bakers, divide entries into two categories: one for the pros and one for amateurs. Charge US$1.80 for each small slice of pie. Include a whipped cream, ice cream and topping buffet for an additional fee.

Cast your vote. Set aside time at a club meeting for members to decorate their Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF boxes. Ask if you can set up a display at your school, library or a local business. Have people vote for their favorite design by putting money in the box of their choice. The box with the most donations wins!

A place to play. Set up a fall play day for moms with young children. Have club members sign up to staff booths for face-painting, games, sock-puppet theater and more. Ask for a small admission fee and see if nearby businesses would like to sponsor one of your activities. It’s also a great opportunity to educate mothers about The Eliminate Project. See if you can also partner with the local Parent-Teacher group at your high school, and if they want to support your initiative.

Get in the game. Sponsor a Powderpuff football tournament like the Myers High School Key Club did. Charge for admission and refreshments.

Host a “spooktacular” festival. Put on a Halloween-themed carnival like the Key Club at Pinnacle High School did. Charge small fees for tickets to play games, make crafts and eat spooky snacks. Include family-friendly activities for younger children as well as traditional scary activities for older kids and teens.

Make your event a “hit.” Construct large pumpkins, ghosts and candy corn piñatas out of paper maché. Leave one hole open, fill it with candy, then close up the piñata. Charge a fee to hit a piñata and allow the person who breaks it to get the first pick of the candy.

Run for the cause. Host a 1, 3 or 5K walk/run for your community the weekend before Halloween. Encourage participants to wear costumes, and offer prizes to the runners and/or walkers with the best costumes. And give them an incentive: Participants must raise at least US$25 in pledges for The Eliminate Project to be eligible for the costume prizes.

Team up for good. Ask a local restaurant if they’ll donate part of an evening’s earnings to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF like the Key Club of Cypress Falls did. Make sure to publicize the event ahead of time to friends, family, neighbors and school staff.

Pick from the bonepile. Feeling creative? Here are more fun ideas to inspire you. Make them your own!

Host a penny drive.
Organize a benefit concert.
Have a poetry slam.
Organize an art show.
Rake leaves for donations.
Host a haunted house, hayride or trail.
Hold an apple-dunking contest and charge admission.
Organize a spooky trivia night.