Fall Fundraisers – 6 Ideas to Kick off the Season

Looking for some fall ideas to (pumpkin) spice up your fundraising game? Here are some festive fundraising ideas to get people excited for the season and for your mission. With #GivingTuesday just around the corner, these ideas can help you reach those year-end goals!

  1. Fall Feast

Pay homage to the first Thanksgiving with a community fall feast! Bring together different vendors across your community, and have them bring their most bountiful harvests. Local chefs and businesses could show off their food and get awareness, while you simply charge a donation as an entrance fee. Bring in some carmel apples, pecan pie and everything pumpkin to get everyone in the fall spirit while they learn about your cause. 

  1. Haunted House

Everyone loves a good scare around Halloween. A few bloody chainsaws and creepy clowns can sometimes be a good thing. Creating a little DIY haunted house is a fun way to get support for your cause, and it’s easy to keep it under budget with a little spooky creativity. Volunteers will love dressing up in scary costumes and jumping out at people. With a little help from your community, you can create a great, low-cost haunted house, and charge a donation for an entrance fee to meet your fundraising goals.

  1. Pie-Eating Contest

Hope you’re hungry! Setting up a pie-eating contest fundraiser can be easy as… well, pie! With a donation for an entrance fee and some hungry participants, your pie-eating contest is sure to be a crowd favorite. 

  1. Halloween/Thanksgiving Run

It’s getting to the time of year where people are a little more eager to work off those few holiday pounds. Why not host a good old-fashioned fun run? Whether it’s a pumpkin run or more of a turkey trot, getting people out and active during the holidays is always a good way to help you meet your holiday goals.

  1. Arts and Crafts Fair

Here’s something that’s fun for the whole family. Contact local crafts vendors or set up your own crafting booths to set up a little DIY festival. Without having to splurge too much on materials, simply charge a donation for an entrance and let people make their own fun! Hand turkeys, pumpkin carving, pinecone painting and more, kids and parents will love the opportunity to have some crafty fun and not have to worry about cleaning up the mess afterward.

  1. Yard Cleanup

Call in the troops! Bring in all of your friends and family (and many willing volunteers) to put some elbow grease into clearing out a mountain of leaves. Overshadowed, but much needed, a yard cleanup event is a shining light to help out your community members, while they help you. They won’t have that huge pile of leaves and twigs looming over their shoulder, and you will get a donation for the work! Most people will be so grateful that they might even donate more to you than it would cost to have it professionally done. It’s for a good cause!


Olivia Layne

As a Content Strategist for Nonprofit Hub, Olivia writes blog posts and magazine articles. She is a double major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, studying Journalism and Advertising and Public Relations. In her free time, Olivia enjoys baking, playing video games, and hiking.

September 27, 2019

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