To really up your game, consider adding an additional fundraiser or 2 to your event! If you plan to handle cash at your Walk, please review the Volunteer Money Handling Guidelines.
A silent auction can be a lot of work and may require its own subcommittee. At a minimum, be prepared with volunteers to man the activity, ample space to display the items, sheets (and pens) for people to enter their bids, and a solid plan for collecting payments. Its cousin, a raffle, is a little easier to manage, but still requires planning and careful execution.
Please note that there are very specific guidelines that MUST be followed for any item valued at $1,000 or more. Please review the Giveaway Guidelines.
You see this a lot because it’s easy, low risk, and it works. Sell tickets. Draw 1. Half the pot goes to the winning ticket holder, the other half is donated to RESOLVE.
A fun variation is “Heads or Tails.” Gather ticket holders. Have everyone place their hands either on their head or on their tail. Flip a coin. Anyone who has their hands in the same place as the coin is still in for another round. Continue until you have only one person left, who is the winner of the 50/50.
Carnival Duck Pond game or Balloon Pop
Too many items or multiples of the same item can really bog down a raffle or silent auction. Use your lower cost items or multiples for this activity. Mark rubber duckies with a symbol that signifies a winner and place them in a “pond.” Sell chances to pick a rubber duckie to win.
Put notes in balloons that indicate winners and sell chances to pop the balloon and redeem a prize. Supplement with candy for consolation prizes.
Post event restaurant night
Many national chain restaurants and some local restaurants will donate a portion of proceeds during a given date and time to charity. Some require attendees to use a coupon. Find a restaurant and pick a date and promote it at the Walk. Distribute coupons at the walk if required. Promote in your post event communications and encourage anyone who was unable to attend the walk to also join you for dinner.
During the spring walk season in 2020, we are testing a new t-shirt policy. Repeat walks that raised at least $2,500 the previous year will be able to charge for t-shirts through their registration site. If t-shirts are optional, you may choose to have different registrations types, with and without t-shirts. If everyone gets a t-shirt, you may include it in the registration fee.
Getting t-shirts sponsored is still a great option and printing sponsor names on the t-shirt is a nice benefit to offer. Charging for t-shirts as part of registration may decrease your peer-to-peer fundraising. We will evaluate the results and compare them to last year.
Where to purchase t-shirts:
A local t-shirt shop is a great way to support your local economy and they may work with you on price. You also will need less lead time as you will likely pick them up rather than have them shipped. If you plan to have t-shirts for everyone, this is probably your best option.
There are several online options where you can design the t-shirt then send a link to participants to purchase their own. You set the price and part of the proceeds will go to RESOLVE. Purchasers can choose to have their t-shirt shipped directly to them or shipped to you for pick-up at the walk
Customink is the big guy in this market. They are professional, reliable, and have great customer service. Several DIY walk chairs have used them and have been happy with them. RESOLVE is registered with them as a charity. https://www.customink.com/ink/custom-ink-fundraising
I’m excited about working with Print Your Cause this year! They are a direct competitor and models their business after Customink, but at a lower price. I met the owners at a conference tradeshow and was very impressed. This is the first time I’ve worked with them, but so far their customer service is awesome and their references are excellent. They have set up a store for RESOLVE DIY Walks that will make the process very easy for walk chairs, allowing you to either buy in bulk or have your walkers buy their own. Further, you can use the items they already have, or customize a shirt just for your walk. You can even have your own CUSTOM STORE, with the items you select with your walk name, your sponsors, etc.
The prices on the Print Your Cause store are for single item purchase. There is a discount for bulk purchases.
Other Revenue Enhancers
Here is a link to a great list of on-site revenue enhancers.