Christmas Fundraising Ideas
Below you will find some handy and resourceful ideas for raising some extra funds for your organisations work with the community this Christmas.
Christmas Gift Wrapping
If your fundraising is on a smaller scale, offer gift wrapping services for your friends, family and work colleagues in exchange for a €5 donation. If your charity efforts are most substantial, arrange a group of volunteers and canvass your local Tescos etc to see if they will let you set up a gift-wrapping table where shoppers donate in return for wrapping their store-bought items. Keep in mind that gift wrap fundraisers have little overhead cost—especially when many stores will donate the gift wrap to charitable organisations. Just make sure your volunteer wrappers know how to wrap!
Homemade Gift Tags
This can be directly tied into the gift-wrapping fundraiser above. Make your own gift tags from stencils or stickers and charge €1 per tag. Paint them with nice, but simple Christmas scenes.
Paint a Holiday Scene
Round up your group of willing and amateur artists and visit your local business to offer window painting. Popular Christmas phrases or scenes look great on shop windows/doors during the winter season.
Homemade Christmas Cards
For those on the tightest of budgets, consider visiting a craft store for holiday stencils and colors for a holiday card made with love. Sell them individually or in a collection.
Again, find another way to offer your crafty services to local businesses that need help with Christmas decorations. Many businesses don’t have time to decorate themselves, and the good thing about that is they don’t mind paying a little extra money for your help. Enlist a group of volunteers to canvass the neighborhood and sign up local businesses for decorating. Then send in your décor group for the main event, and you can even offer to return and clean up when the holidays are over. You could even try working out a deal in which goods/products, rather than cash, is exchanged in return for your efforts.
Most families with young children have a box or two of old Christmas ornaments tucked away in the attic. Have group of volunteers collect donated decorations, then fix them up and resell them at a Christmas craft shows or in your charity shop.
Say Hello to Santa
What's better than spending some face-time with the old Saint Nicholas himself. Offer a few Meet with Santa opportunities at local community halls and schools, then sell €5 to €10 entry fees (plus a present for a child).
Christmas Catalogue Merchandise
Explore the possibility of producing a Christmas gifts catalogue for your organisation. Source affordable merchandise (with branding) that you think may be of interest to your supporters. Alternatively, create a calendar for the Christmas season.