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47 Ideas for Your Next Fundraising Event

November 21, 2016 Marc Amigone 1 Comment

As the holiday season fast approaches, fundraising for your travel program has the potential to shift into second gear. With everyone in the giving mood, the window of opportunity is wide open for your students to make a lot of progress towards their fundraising goals. One great way to kickstart fundraising efforts is by organizing events!

The following is an excerpt from The ACIS Guide to Fundraising – click here to download the full ebook:

Event Essentials

Fun and creative events can raise a lot of money in a short amount of time. Car washes are always good but what about a golf tournament or bike-a-thon? The options are only limited by your imagination! See if a local paper, radio or TV station is interested in covering your event and increase attention for your organization.

Live Events

  • Walkathons (
  • Car Wash
  • Golf Tournament
  • Bake Sale
  • Fashion Show
  • Gala Event
  • Parents Night Out
  • Game Night
  • Haunted House
  • Yard Sale
  • Uniform/Costume Sale
  • Alumni Happy Hour or Dinner
  • Auctions
  • Car Test Drive


Musical Events

  • Caroling for a Cause
  • Singing Valentine Grams
  • Singing Birthday Grams
  • Battle of the Bands
  • Talent Show
  • Lip Sync Battle
  • Karaoke for a Cause
  • “Chance to Conduct a Concert” Raffle
  • Movie Night at the Orchestra (Soundtracks)
  • Music Trivia Night
  • Student Variety Show
  • Pre-trip Farewell Concert
  • Fundraising Concert
  • Flash Mob
  • Practice-a-Thon
  • Show Tune Sing-a-long


Auction Types

  • Silent Auction
  • Live Auction
  • Chores/Services

Online Auction Platforms


Other Events

  • Premium Parking Pass
  • Pie Teacher in Face
  • 50/50 Raffle

There’s a good chance you or your students are hosting a holiday party in the coming weeks, so why not turn it into a fundraiser for your travel program? Hopefully one of the ideas above will give you some inspiration!

Do you have an idea for a fundraising event that we didn’t cover? Let us know in the comments section below!

ACIS Guide to Fundraising


ACIS Guide to Fundraising

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