Remember those days when people with tins went from home to home collecting “donations.” Well, we are way past those days! Today, we come across people organizing wine and dines, pledging to pour ice cold water over their heads or participating in a dance-off to raise money!
It’s no more just the privilege of the elite and the rich, anyone and everyone can be a part of the charity world. If you have a little time and a creative mind, no fundraising idea is out of bounds, or too crazy!
The best part is that, these “crazy ideas” can contribute to the greater good. If you need a little inspiration, here are a few of those whacky, out of the box and unique fundraisers!
1)A rickshaw ride to save the planet.
What if I told you a crazy adventure ride, on a rickshaw could save the rainforests of the world? Well, Rickshaw-run proved that it is possible! Till date team rickshaw run has raised a whopping £5.5 million, all for causes related to environmental preservation, and social causes closely related to environmental preservation and restoration. (here is an example of one of their fundraisers).
2) A game of basketball in the middle of a warzone.
We normally wouldn’t associate war and conflict with sports, but PeacePlayers turned a warzone into a game court! PeacePlayers impacted the lives of many youngsters in conflict ridden regions like South Africa, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Israel and the West Bank with the help of sports, by incorporating an “on-court” curriculum to teach peace and leadership through basketball games!
They also raise funds for their initiative by organising basketball tournaments annually!
3) Making a difference with every step.
13 days, 13 Cities, 13 Half Marathons to bring about a tremendous social change. The “Mera Terah Run” included over 150 runners in this one of a kind mega run to raise funds for training and community development, preserving the coastal stretch in Maharashtra and empowering rural villages by spreading awareness and educating them Their fundraiser gathered a tremendous INR 1.7 million and impacted several lives in the process.
4) Spinning the beats for a cause.
The renowned music artist David Guetta teamed up with the UN for the World Humanitarian Day as part of their social media campaign #TheWorldNeedsMore. Guetta’s live performance was premiered from the UN headquarters and in the process the building’s walls were transformed into the world’s largest Twitter feed! Each tweet and ReTweet from the event worked to raise one dollar to go directly toward aiding those in the Philippines, Syria, and other nations seriously affected by humanitarian crises and natural disasters.
5) A fundraiser to make India’s biggest campus go green.
When your college is spread across 500 acres, walking becomes a little tiring! Even after trying all modes of transport like autos & buses IIT Bombay campus’s “transport crisis” refused to be resolved, and moreover those modes were not eco-friendly. Finally they hit a brilliant idea. They thought, “why not use cycles?” Thus was born the dynamic cycle sharing system which will provide 1000 cycles across 16 hostels for 10000 students. Making the students fit, and the campus green! (read their story here)
6) Making the game available to all.
Challenged Athletes Foundation(CAF) is on a mission to make sure that people with physical challenges have the same freedom to enjoy sports as everyone else.
Providing equipment such as hand cycles and mono skis CAF ensures that physically challenged athletes aren’t forced to sit out from activity because they cannot afford special equipment. Their signature fundraising events like the “Tour de Cover” and “The million dollar challenge” are known worldwide!
7) Boot Camp to bring baby Lucy home.
So, what do you do when you are stuck in a foreign country, trying to get your adopted baby girl, home? Organize a bootcamp, of course!
US couple, Bree and Cody left for China to adopt baby Lucy, but the proceedings were taking a little longer than they expected. Unfortunately they were running out of funds for their extended stay! But their friends back home helped them by organizing a fun summer boot camp to raise funds! The event was a huge success and baby Lucy was finally home!
These incredible stories have definitely blown my mind, what about you?
And you know what’s more? If you have a cause close to your heart and a fundraising idea that’s unique and heartwarming, you can create a campaign and raise funds for your cause too! (Create a campaign now )