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Fundraising ideas

Team Smile There's Hope

You can make a big impact with little effort! There are so many different quick and easy ways to FUNdraise. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Ideas for the workplace

Put a swear jar out

Collect donations for each curse or buzz word said in the office. 

Change jar

Leave a change jar out for colleagues to drop their pocket change in.

Bonus vacation day 

Discuss with your supervisor and sell raffle tickets to raffle off an extra vacation day for one lucky employee or more. 

Crack the dress code

Co-workers can donate $5 or $10 to wear jeans to work on a designated day. If your office is more casual, consider a hat day.

VIP parking

Raffle or auction off a prime parking spot in the parking lot. 

Get the whole family involved

Yard sale

Host a yard sale with a portion or all of the proceeds donated to the Walk. Ask family and friends for donated items to include in the yard sale as well. 

Have a car wash for the neighborhood 

Hook up the hose and have a family car wash for the neighborhood. Collect donations for each car washed.

Collect your cans

Set aside empty cans throughout the year and take turns recycling. Bring to a redemption center and watch the nickels add up!

Grow your team

Encourage the whole family to join your Walk team and start their own team. 

FUNdraise with friends

Hold a small sporting event

Set up a small sporting event like flag football, whiffle ball, corn hole, etc., in your yard and enjoy a fun afternoon. Collect donations for participation.

Enjoy a night out

Ask a local restaurant, bar or brewery to donate a percentage of a night’s sales. Make sure to spread the word!

Sports pools

Hold a pool such as Super Bowl Squares or March Madness Brackets and donate a portion to your team.

Take a hike 

Find some hiking buddies and pick a mountain to climb. Have everyone solicit donations to hiking to the top! 

Other easy ways to fundraise

Check with your employer

Many employers will match your donations to a nonprofit. Check with your HR department or supervisor for your company’s policy. 

Use social media

Social media is a great way to share why you are walking, invite others to join your team and ask for donations. Be sure to include the link to your donation page when you post! 

Reach out to local businesses

Ask for donations from local business or speak to them about partnering up for a fundraiser.

Share your team store

Share the link to your team clothing store. A portion of the sales will be donated back to your team. 


Still don’t know where to start or have any questions?

Contact a member of the UMass Cancer Walk Fundraising Committee. They are more than happy to schedule a time to meet and chat!