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I want to share these unique fundraiser ideas because it is the time of year when we start thinking about charities and giving back.   These ideas will help you get the ball rolling.

5 unique Fundraiser Ideas
Every year, my family walks for Alzheimers Association.   My grandmother passed away from this awful disease and we are on a mission to find a cure.   Here was our first year walking for her…

(from left: my dad, brother (Tim), mom, sister in law (Jill) holding Lia (niece), me, Mickey
Front row: Beau, Ethan, Dylan (nephew), Jack.  Allie wasn’t born yet. 

alz walk

To raise money, we try to think outside of the box.   I want to share my five favorite ideas with you.

1.  Host a fundraiser at Chuck E. Cheese’s.   (we just did this one this weekend, so I have a lot to say about it).  It is easy.  Here are some steps of how it works:

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After you set it up online (it is so easy- just go to FUNDRAISER & pick either School or NonProfit) they will send you some things:
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A few more key things to note:

  • We had assistance with booking through the online service
  • 2 Fundraising posters will arrive at your house & a flyer with coupons
  • If you end up doing it for a school, they can request to have Chuck E. himself visit their campus the day of the event to get kids excited.  He hangs out by the bus line to say goodbye to the kids and remind the parents that the fundraising event is that night.   He can even come to an assembly.
  • Teachers will receive a free meal and a trip in the Ticket Blaster when they provide a school ID (good for an individual one-topping pizza OR all you can eat salad bar and soft drink).Here are some pictures from our fundraiser:
    fundraiser chuck e cheeses

    Idea #2- An old fashioned bake sale.
    Try to be specific, maybe hosting a “CHOCOLATE CAKE” sale, where you only have different chocolate cakes.  These are a little more unique and will bring more attention.  You could have it around the same time of a big event, so you can use the traffic from that event (ex: a football game) for your charity.   There is a local charity here called Cookies for Kids Cancer.  They bake cookies – it is a great idea.

    Idea #3- Host a color run
    Participants ask different people to sponsor them for the color run.  You could set up your own color run in your neighborhood or on a local track (with permission, of course!)   Just buy colored powder and throw it on the racers when they get to certain points in the run/walk.

    Idea 4- Have a face painting party!
    This is so cute.  Just pick up a face painting kit.   Charge per painted face.  Similar to idea #2, if you can set up around a major event, you are going to make more money for your cause.
    Face paint kit fundraising idea

    5. Host an ice cream social.
    We did this one before, too.  Buy a lot of different ice creams and toppings.   Let everyone make their own sundaes (you do the ice cream scooping) and charge a few dollars per bowl.

    walking for ice cream!

    My favorite is Chuck E Cheeses, because we had the biggest turnout.  Everyone was excited to come and they all had a blast!


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chuck E. Cheese’s. The opinions and text are all mine.

Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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  1. Hi Becky, your post is really interesting and informative. I really enjoyed the post, especially host a color run and face painting party ideas are really helpful for those who are looking for fundraising events or charity event ideas.

  2. I’m doing a fundraiser for my mom who was recently diagnosed with stage four stomach cancer. I wish for her to go to a natural treatment centre, although the centred I have found are so far not in Canada. The expenses are very high so for now our goal is to raise money for her MIND, BODY and SOUL. So she can stop worrying about the small things/ stresses our everyday life create for us, and focus on healing