Peer-to-peer fundraising is a great way to support the causes close to your heart. Here are a few ideas to help you get started.
Asking for money isn’t easy, even if it is for charity! But peer-to-peer fundraising—when individuals raise money for a cause with the help of their friends and family—doesn’t have to be intimidating. And the results can be life-changing, for you and the community you help.
People are much more likely to give if they have an existing relationship with the person asking, and you can craft an entire peer-to-peer fundraising campaign around something that is already happening in your life (or could easily happen with a little courage and creativity).
1. Make your birthday matter for more than one day.
Do you really need another tie or gadget? Consider donating your birthday to a cause by asking friends and family to give to your peer-to-peer fundraiser instead of buying gifts this year.
2. Honor someone special.
If you’d like to recognize someone important in your life, starting a peer-to-peer fundraiser in their honor (or memory) is an amazing way to let everyone know how much they mean to you.
3. Ask for donations instead of wedding gifts.
Share your happily ever after with the world! You can’t start a marriage off on a better foot than registering with GlobalGiving. We’ve partnered with heartful.ly to create beautiful registries that support GlobalGiving projects around the world. Let your guests support important charities instead of buying you things that will just gather dust.
4. Run. Walk. Ride.
Use your next athletic event to encourage people who love you to give to a project you love. Get creative and set your fundraising goal to match how many miles you are biking or steps you are walking. For example: “I’m raising $5k for my summer 5K.”
5. Throw a meaningful holiday party.
Throw a holiday party and ask each of your guests to make a small donation at the door. What better way to celebrate the season than with some generosity? Check out some other great ways to spread joy during the holidays.
6. Make giving part of your anniversary.
Commemorate the start of something beautiful with a gesture of giving. Whether you are celebrating a wedding anniversary, the launch of a company, or a family reunion, there are countless ways to incorporate philanthropy into your festivities. Ask supporters to donate $1 for every year you are observing!
7. Graduate for good.
Celebrate your college graduation or another educational achievement by starting a fundraiser for an education project on GlobalGiving. Pay it forward!
8. Host a game night.
Gamble for good! Host a game night and place wagers. Instead of the winner taking the money for themselves, they get to donate it to their favorite charity. Now that’s what I call a “win-win!”
9. Raise money on the road.
Make your next adventure count. Start a fundraiser for a project in the country or state you are visiting. It’s also a great way to humblebrag about your upcoming vacation.
10. Set a personal challenge.
Grow a beard, take a polar plunge, or race a rickshaw through India like these creative fundraisers did. It doesn’t matter what whacky and wild thing you do so long as your friends would pay good money to see it happen. Make sure you post your progress on social media to get people pumped!
11. Hold a bake sale.
Dust off grandma’s secret recipe and make some cookies for a cause. Who doesn’t love tasty treats that benefit a worthy nonprofit organization? Exchange treats for donations in a public place like your school or take orders online.
12. Turn your baby shower into a selfless act.
Welcome a little person into this world with a selfless act. They will grow up hearing stories of how their birth helped people across the world. Not bad for Day 1.
13. Have a grand opening for good.
Own a business? Use your platform to help a community in need. Donate proceeds from a special sale or host a 50/50 raffle with your products to support your favorite cause.
14. Organize a pub crawl.
Have fun and do good at the same time! Get your buddies together for a pub/coffee/empanada/whatever crawl around town. Grab a small donation from them before you hit the streets. Ask businesses ahead of time if they can offer any discounts for your event. Extra points for adding a theme and wearing costumes!
I hope this peer-to-peer fundraising list has inspired you to turn a common event in your life into a campaign that can change lives!