Find a venue for your wine tasting party. A restaurant may be willing to host it to introduce new patrons to their restaurant. Other venues could be a museum, cultural center, or public garden.
Talk to wine merchants and distributors about your event. Who is willing to provide nice wines at below retail prices? This is a win-win for both because the wine merchant can sell their wine at the event. And you can negotiate what percentage of the sales will go back to the charity. Also check that the supplier is willing to talk about each of the wines being tasted.
Sell tickets to your event. Discuss with your wine merchant what the price of the tickets should be. Consider what you are (and are not) going to offer for free with the ticket—tasting wine (obviously), dinner, snacks, cool drinks, etc. are all options.
Post flyers advertising your event to pull in outside business.
Have the wines you are tasting available for sale. The merchant will handle the sales, but a portion of the sale should go to your charity.
Ask people to donate $1 to guess how many marbles are in the jar.
Solicit a local business to donate a prize for the winner. Possible participants could be a movie theater for free movie tickets, a restaurant for a restaurant gift card, or a hotel for a free night’s stay.
Find a venue to hold your raffle. An HOA event, such as a community fall festival, is an excellent choice. Attend an HOA meeting and ask for permission in advance. Another option is to ask a restaurant if they will host your charity raffle and give a portion of all food sales to your charity.
Ask local businesses (restaurants, retail shops, fitness gyms, movie theaters, zoos or museums, and hotels, for example) to donate prizes for your raffle. Let them know there will be many people present at the event and that it will be a good advertising opportunity. Bring print outs of the event and charity brochure if you are going door to door.
Sell tickets to the raffle for $1 per ticket.
Advertise your prizes to potential raffle participants.
Plan to have the drawing at a house party, BBQ, bar, or other venue.
Decide what your two raffle prizes will be. The first you can think of as a kind of “grand prize” that only one person can win. The second is a prize that can be given to 10 people but is equal in total value to the grand prize (if you split that value ten times). A cash prize is the easiest to work with. For example, say you were to offer a grand prize of $1,000 or ten prizes of $100 each.
Sell raffle tickets to enter the drawing at any price ($5 – $100 per ticket) Give one half of the ticket to the buyer and put one half in the pot. For each ticket purchased, put that person’s name on a board.
Once everyone has entered the drawing, gradually pull several tickets out of the pot every hour (or 30 minutes, depending on your time constraints).
When there are only 10 ticket holders left, ask them to come to the front of the room. You can line up 10 chairs for them to sit in.
Ask the ten ticket holders if they would like you to draw another ticket and eliminate one of them from winning, or would they like to split the grand prize among themselves (in actuality, the 2nd grand prize of $100 each). If they want to take the prize, distribute the money. If they opt to have you draw another eliminating ticket, do so and announce the number. When that person has left his seat, offer the choice again to the remaining ticket holders adjusting the amount they will all win to include the extra $100 evenly split among them. Repeat this process until only one person (the grand winner) is left, or the group decides to split the money.
Hold a Silent Auction: Need several people to gather donation items, give out bid numbers, and place sheets in front of each item for people to write their bids on.
Have a Charity Walk/Run: Talk with local police about setting up a route. Have volunteers at every intersection directing runners. Find a timing agency. They can also help you plan your race.
Hold a Candle Fundraiser: contact Yankee Candle, Gold Canyon Candles, or other candle supplier and let them know you would like to have a fundraiser. Up to 50% of the profits from the candles you sell can go to your charity.
Have a Golf Scramble: find a local golf course and a date that works. The golf course can give you advice on how to execute.
Bowling Tournament for Charity: ask a bowling alley if they would be willing to host. Cost to play should be enough to cover the alley cost and a profit for the cause. Each team bowls 3 games and the best score wins. You can give a cash prize.
Swimathon: Do it on your own and get people to sponsor you by the hour, minute, mile or length. Or take over the pool and hold a team competition.
Craft Stall: jewelry, greeting cards, candles, pictures, etc. Look for local opportunities to hold your sale.
Get people to donate their unwanted books and hold a sale and add the proceeds to your fundraising target.
Air Miles: not going to use them? Sell them or raffle them off.
Charity Pool Party: Throw a pool party and charge everyone an entry fee for charity. Ask local businesses to donate food or drinks.
Game Night: invite friends over to play board games and charge an entry fee.
Sell Off a Day of Your Annual Leave: if your employer is generous and you have several colleagues, raffle off tickets to win a day of your annual leave.
Consider timing a fundraising party to coincide with an event, for example, the Kentucky Derby, a Pay-Per-View boxing match, a big football game, the final episode of “The Bachelor”, etc. If you hold a fundraising party, remember to make a donation to the charity first, then ask others to donate too.
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