Run For A Reason: Seasonal Fundraising Ideas

by Jordan Olander

Looking for fresh ideas to help you with fundraising for the Run For A Reason Charity Program presented by Bank of America? Fundraising does not have to involve just asking family and friends for donations. There are a lot of easy and enjoyable ways to raise money for your cause. 

Below are some seasonal fundraising ideas for fall, winter and spring so you can continue your fundraising efforts now through the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events.

Fall Fundraising

Football season means tailgate season. Support your favorite team while your family and friends support your fundraiser. Ask a local restaurant to donate food and beverages for a tailgate party, charge an admission fee or ask for donations, and enjoy the game! The addition of fun yard games such as corn hole, horseshoes or ladder golf is also a great way to create competition and opportunities for additional donations for entry.

Winter Fundraising

The holiday season is a time when everyone is in the giving spirit. Let your loved ones know that instead of receiving a gift, you would rather have them donate to your fundraiser. 

Is your resolution to run a race during the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events? Why not make fundraising a part of your resolution? Suggest that your friends and family add donating to a one of our many charities to their list of resolutions so you can complete your resolutions together!

Spring Fundraising

The NCAA Men's Basketball tournament is arguably the most exciting time of the year for office pools or pools among family and friends. When creating your March Madness pool, suggest that your friends and co-workers double their buy-in so half of the money can be donated for your fundraiser.

Use your spring barbecue as a way to raise money for your cause. Make any barbecue food of your choosing and charge a fee to attend or ask for donations. Add in a friendly competitions such as tug of war, corn hole or kickball, and ask your friends and family to pay to play.

These ideas are sure to add excitement to your campaign. Spacing out your fundraisers throughout the year is a helpful way to not only keep your cause top of mind for others, but it also helps you to meet your fundraising goal on time. 

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