Winter’s arrival is no reason to stop being charitable! On the contrary, many people experience a greater need for charity during winter as temperatures drop, heating bills rise, and the holidays approach.
The possibilities for doing good during the winter months are endless, from clothing and food drives to raising money for organizations that help transport the elderly and disabled, to funding shelters.
Here are 6 cool winter fundraising ideas for you to try!
A great option for schools and churches, a winter carnival offers all the fun of summer carnivals, but inside.
Pick a charity and charge an entrance fee. Hosting a raffle at the event can help increase ticket sales, and in place of rides you can offer winter-themed activities like a visit to the North Pole, cookie walk (instead of the traditional cake walk), and even a parade of lights or light display for guests to enjoy if you have an outdoor space to use.
Cookie Party + Food Drive
Cookie parties are tons of fun. Guests mingle, enjoy drinks and snacks, bake together, and—best of all—bring home a mountain of cookies!
If you want to take your annual cookie party to another level this winter, add in a request for guests to bring canned and dry goods. Since your guests will already be out shopping for baking ingredients at the grocery store this time of year, it’ll be easy for them to pick up a bagful of canned goods to donate on the same trip. You’ll help a lot of people and allow your guests to do something they feel good about this season, too.
Warm Up Event
Host a hot chocolate and warm cookie-filled event where guests bring coats, hats, mittens, and blankets to donate to the homeless and others in need. While many coat drives take place before November, those less fortunate need warm clothes and coats throughout the holidays and winter months.
An ice skating fundraiser is a great way to raise money for your charity while having tons of fun! Ice skating is an activity that people of nearly all ages can enjoy—or enjoy watching as giggling guests slip and glide their way around the rink.
Raise money by having attendees pay for a ticket or have food and vendor proceeds go towards your cause.
A winter wonderland fundraiser is perfect for schools and youth organizations.
Create an indoor, “snow”-filled paradise with different stations for story reading and winter folklore, learning about winter wildlife, and the winter holidays of multiple cultures. (Bonus points if you can convince the Frozen princesses to show up!)
Super Bowl Tailgate Party
Winter doesn’t end at Christmastime!
Throw your own fundraising Super Bowl tailgate party that’s fun for all ages! A few ideas for raising money include selling mock Super Bowl tickets to the event, setting up games for kids and adults that are pay-to-play, and raffling off a home-made Super Bowl trophy or football memorabilia.
With any luck, these winter fundraising ideas will help with that last push to make your annual goal.