With heat index-influenced temperatures soaring into the triple digits this summer, it’s time to deal with the heat with a little dual-purpose reverse psychology. Think cold thoughts that help raise money for your charitable cause, and who cares about sweating and suffering through yet another heat wave?
Here are three well-chilled fundraising ideas for your charity:
It’s halfway to the winter holidays
It’s hard to think about skiing, sledding, and Santa in July. But give contributors a head start on shopping ideas with a holiday sales bazaar. Request donated space in your local community center and provide tables for crafters, artists and anyone with items to sell. Encourage sellers offering Christmas tree decorations, wreaths, toys, Hanukkah menorahs, festive tableware, candles, pottery, baking and spice mixes and gift items to join the event. A percentage of the proceeds benefits the charity and the rest benefits the sellers, who also benefit from an early introduction of their products to the community.
Craft a cold one contest
A panel of community leaders judge the newest taste sensation: a beverage concoction created by a local. Use a single category (non-alcoholic) or offer multiple categories: an adult beverage competition vs. one for the kids or professional bartenders vs. amateur mixologists. Rules may include the required use of a locally-made ingredient or one or more produce items available only during the summer months. The winner or winners’ drink is featured is featured in local restaurants and on the community’s website and drink sale proceeds benefit your charity
Floating movie night
Your community pool becomes an outdoor movie theater! Use inflatable rings and mats instead of seats and the side of the building as the screen (a large white blanket or bed sheet also works as a screen). Choose a movie for the entire family, raise funds with snack sales and admission fees, and everyone enjoys a night out with family and their favorite characters.
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