For the best results, make your charity events fun!
It’s always the right time to put on a charity event. On the other hand, it’s never the right time. It’s too cold. It’s too hot. It’s a busy time of year. Everyone’s out of town. There are too many other events happening that week. The list of excuses is endless.
So the best advice for raising funds for your favorite local charity is to make it fun, regardless of when or where you have it. Everyone loves a fun event, so they'll show up. And until you do something, your charity is not reaping any benefits. Get a group of likeminded souls together, and start planning!
Cover the Basics
You need to plan, at very least, a few months ahead. Charity events of any size require planning, logistics and promotion. Select the date first, then the location. If you need a band, a DJ or some other special entertainment, book it in advance so that you don’t have to worry about it as your date draws near. If you are planning to provide food, lock in the caterer. These are the basics for all charity events.
At Hendersonville Tents Party and Event Rentals, we’ve got your event covered, so you can enjoy the festivities regardless of the weather. We can also help you with the details: the tables, chair, PA system, dance floor and much more. All you have to do is ask – and book it early enough to guarantee a spot on the schedule. We’ve provided tents and supplies for all kinds of charity events, so we have a good idea what works.
Ideas for Charity Events
The best charity events tie in to the mission of the charity. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes puts men in women’s shoes to emphasize with the plight of abused women. But whatever you do, make it fun! Here are some of the best ideas for a charity event. Find one that works for your organization or the charity that you choose to sponsor:
Scavenger hunts — with a prize for the winning team and is fun for all ages.
Dinner or breakfast, family-style — an event that brings people together to share a meal and support a cause.
Silent auction — always a popular event, but it takes work to gather the right things to auction.
Dance-a-thon — if you’ve got a band or DJ who can keep going; it can be fun for everyone.
Concert — if the band donates its services, you can raise a lot of money.
Ice bucket challenge — or try a variation: Jell-O, whipped cream, beer… make it fun.
Head shaving — an extreme fundraising effort, this works great for some charities.
Bingo — another old favorite, this can be fun with the right crowd and the right MC.
Garage sale in a tent — this is an interactive event because people bring in their items and leave with someone else’s.
Fashion (or bad fashion) show — a proven way to raise money and have fun at the same time.
Beer tent — one price for the wristband and another per beer add up to big fundraising.
Trivia night — you have to make it fun and have worthwhile prizes.
Photo booth displays — different backdrops make it work; the more creative, the better.
Concessions — this partners up with any event and helps you make a little more money for the cause.
Design a T-shirt — while it can get messy, it encourages people to get creative for a good cause.
Super Bowl party — if you can supply a big-screen TV, food and beverages, you’ve got a fundraiser.
Rubber ducky draw — each ducky has a number on the bottom that corresponds to a prize, most of which are small trinkets.
50/50 raffle — another classic that awards a prize and helps a charity.
Car wash — if the weather cooperates, you can do a day or weekend event to raise money.
Hendersonville Tents Party and Event Rentals is a family-owned and operated business providing tents, tables, chairs, dance floors, pipe and drapes, tableware, games, specialty lighting, PA systems… everything you need to host a memorable outdoor event. Whatever your needs, Hendersonville Tents has got you covered.