Alternative gift Are you getting married or celebrating a
special occasion? Instead of collecting an array of unwanted gifts, why not make
a difference by asking for donations to WaterAid? Find out more about
alternative giving for special occasions.
Auction of promises Instead of goods, promises of
people's time, labor and talents are auctioned off to the highest bidder.
Whether you do it in your office or with your friends this event is designed to
be entertaining as well as lucrative.
Get your co-workers to come forward and make a 'promise' that you can take bids fro. Also approach your directors; they may be able
to contribute to the auction with items such as air miles, vacation days and
invitations to corporate events.
Here are some ideas of popular items from an auction of promises held to benefit WaterAid:
Backyard or community open day
- Wine tasting evening for up to 10 people
- Providing coffee and soft drinks for a day for a whole team
- Baking cakes for a whole team
- A private swimming lesson
- A one week break in a vacation home
- Handmade bags and jewelery
- The most popular of all was a day of complete silence for one of the
Persuade a dozen or more people
in your neighborhood to open their backyards and have an open day or weekend.
Issue a map of the yards and sell tickets that are marked as people
move from yard to yard. If possible open a local community center as a cafe for
the day and sell drinks and snacks.Bake sale
Bake some yummy treats and have a bake sale in your
local community or even your office.
Car washing You'll need a team of willing helpers, a parking lot, a ready supply of water, equipment and some good publicity. Make sure you
give your younger washers a bit of training to avoid any damage to cars. Bring a
vacuum cleaner and charge extra for an inside clean and offer a windshield
washing service for those in a hurry!
Cheese and wine evenings Supply a selection of wine and
cheese to taste and buy, charging visitors for entrance. This is an excellent
opportunity for local wine merchants and cheese sellers to promote their produce
whilst raising money for WaterAid.
Church collection Donate the proceeds of your church
collection to WaterAid. Find out more about our church appeals in our in our faith-based initiatives section.
Clothes swap This is a great way to get rid of old clothes
and pick up some new ones at the same time. Ask people to bring along any
unwanted items and charge them for entry. Set a minimum number of items per
person and ask for the clothes to be clean and in good condition. Everybody
arranges their clothes onto tables and picks what they would like. Everyone's a
Come dine with me Gather together four
or five friends and take it in turn to host to compete in holding the perfect dinner party. Ask
friends for a donation to enter the competition.
Computer games marathon Hold a gaming competition. Ask people to donate prizes and charge for entry.
Club night Book a good DJ and venue, donate proceeds from
the door or cloakroom and maybe even create a water stand where people can get
free water in return for donations.
Dress down day Get permission from your
boss to hold a special dress down day at work in return for donations to
WaterAid. You could be creative by incorporating a water theme.
eBay for Charities Thanks to our partnership with MissionFish, you can now buy and sell items on
internet auction site eBay and support WaterAid America at the same time! Find out more.
Fantasy football Arrange a sweepstake on this season's teams
and donate a percentage of the winnings to WaterAid. Everyone can get involved
and this works well with other sporting events such as tennis, baseball and basketball.
Festivals and open days Schools, village halls, greens, or any
big spaces make ideal locations for an event of this kind. You can charge a fee
for those wishing to hold stalls or donate the profits from the stalls and
charge a small entrance fee to visitors.Karaoke nights
Garage sale. Ask friends and family to donate unwanted items and hold a garage sale to benefit WaterAid. Make you sure you advertise your sale well in your neighborhood, and maybe in the local newspaper. You can boost the fun and the sales by encouraging your neighbors to join in and holding a community garage sale.
Everybody likes to think they are brilliant
at singing so why not test the vocal talents of friends and families in turn for
donations to WaterAid? You could even make contestants dress up as a famous
Movie screening Hold a movie night in the comfort of your
own home. Choose either a newly released movie or a classic, make some popcorn
and charge friends to attend!
Quiz night It's a classic! Hold a general knowledge quiz in a local bar and charge a fee for each individual to take part. Perfect for
autumn and winter evenings.
River of quarters Ask people to place coins in a snaking line
around a playground, parking lot or hall and give a prize to the person who guesses
how many coins this will take, bank the coins and send a check to WaterAid America!
Rummage sale Decorate the hall in a watery
theme and then sell, sell, sell.
Sponsored detox Feeling sluggish after the holidays? Try
getting your friends or co-workers to sponsor you to give up candy, sodas and chips.
Sporting events Running, swimming, cycling, canoeing,
rafting… Organizing a sporting event in your local area is a fantastic way to
keep fit and raise money for WaterAid! Try and find interesting routes of
varying distances and link your event to WaterAid by connecting it to a local
lake, river or reservoir. Participants could be sponsored extra to carry water
with them, just as women and children do in the countries where WaterAid
Taste for Life Gather your friends, family and co-workers together for a Taste for Life food event to benefit WaterAid. Choose a barbecue, picnic or formal dinner - just enjoy the event while raising funds for WaterAid and encouraging your guests to organize their own Taste for Life events too. Find out more on our Taste for Life page.
Themed banquets, lunches, or picnics Choose
seasonal themes such as Halloween or Thanksgiving or country themes and tailor the
menu accordingly. Arrange the meal in a hotel or restaurant and sell tickets at
a profit, or take over a community center and do the catering
Toy duck races You'll need a few hundred numbered plastic
ducks. Then get people to sponsor a duck at $2 a go and give them a note of
their duck's number. On the race day set all the ducks loose on the river and
watch they race to the finish line. Be sure to catch them again though!
Girl Scout Troop 3203 organized a walkathon to benefit WaterAid America.
If you are organizing a sponsored event, the most efficient way of collecting
the money you raise is by setting up an online personal fundraising page with
Adanna Abakporo and Laura Pfeifer, two students from Everett, Washington, organized a “Walk for Water, To the Water” with the aim of raising awareness of world water issues around campus and over $1,000 for WaterAid America.
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