No matter the season we've got loads of great fundraising ideas that are sure to be fun and get people engaged in your charitable cause. Sometimes there are national monthly themes, while other times there are holidays that could inspire a particular fundraiser. All four seasons lend themselves to certain types of fundraising events as well, so no matter what month of the year it is there is always something to fit the occasion. With that said, here are three seasonal fundraisers for every month of the year.
January Calendars - It's the start of the New Year, so it's the perfect time to create a calendar and sell them to raise money for your cause. Pick a theme that makes sense for your charity, or you could go with a theme that lots of people would like. Cute animals or beautiful scenery can turn into big sellers. Or if you want to go with a more adult theme, bikini babes or shirtless firemen can work out too.
Snow Shovelling - In January winter is in full swing and that means a lot of people have to shovel their driveways and walkways, sometimes on a daily basis. An easy fundraiser for this month is to simply go door to door asking to shovel the snow for a modest fee. Be sure to explain that it's for a good cause.
Hot Drinks - Who doesn't like a cup of hot cocoa, cider, or tea on a chilly winter day? Set up a booth at a park with tobogganing hill, or at a skating rink, and sell the hot refreshments for a $1 each. The materials are cheap, and the drinks practically sell themselves.
February Flowers and Chocolates - Love is in the air this month! Valentine's Day is on everyone's mind in February, so they're going to be thinking of what they can do for that special someone in their lives. Sell flowers or chocolates at local shopping malls, or go door to door. Maybe even throw in a romantic card as an added bonus.
Singing Telegrams - If you have a good singing voice, or if you know someone else who does, you can offer to do singing telegrams for people. It's an old fashioned thing, but some people find it charming and thoughtful.
Superbowl Fundrasier - February is also Superbowl time, and that means football fans will go all out throwing parties for the big game. Set up your own event and sell snacks and drinks, or ask a local sports bar if they'll let you use their establishment to throw a Superbowl party.
March St. Paddy's Day Party - There's a little Irish in everyone on St. Patrick's Day, so this is a good opportunity to throw a St. Paddy's themed event. Sell pints of green beer, charge people to kiss the blarney stone, pop green balloons for prizes, and people to leave donations in a pot of gold. Mark March 17 on your calendar!
National Nutrition Month - March is National Nutrition Month, so it's a good time to have a fundraiser based around healthy foods. You could have a healthy food bake sale, or have an eating competition where the contestants don't eat hotdogs but stuff their faces with salad instead.
Used Book Drive - March is also National Reading Month, so you can take advantage of that theme by organizing a used book sale. Ask around and see if anyone has any old books they wouldn't mind parting with, and then sell them off for a couple bucks each.
April Spring Cleaning - In April spring has arrived at last, and that means it's time for spring cleaning. Offer your expert cleaning services at a competitive price and you'll have people beating down the door to have you make their place spotless. Go door to door, or launch a social media campaign telling people about your spring cleaning fundraiser.
CFL Bulbs for Earth Day - April 22 is Earth Day, a time when we are all encouraged to think about our impact on the environment and what we can do to reduce pollution in our own way. An easy thing that we can all do is replace the incandescent light bulbs in our house with low-wattage CFL bulbs. Acquire a large number of the bulbs wholesale, and sell them at a good price. You'll be raising money, and helping people reduce their carbon footprints as well as their electricity bills.
Easter Egg Hunt - Of course Easter is also in April, and with Easter comes chocolate eggs and bunnies. Plants chocolate eggs around the neighbourhood and charge people a small fee for a document with clues on how to find them. Or, you could have an egg painting competition. All you need are eggs from the grocery store and some water colour paints to make it happen.
May Cinco de Mayo - May 5 is Mexico's well known holiday Cinco de Mayo. On this special day organize a Mexican themed event with tacos, tequila, and Mariachi bands. There's something irresistibly fun about Mexican culture so this is one fundraiser that is sure to be a good time for everyone.
Mothers Day Gifts - Mother's day also happens on the second Sunday of May, so this is another occasion where you can sell cards and gifts for people to give their moms. Check our product listings for things that could be easy to sell on this special day.
Cut The Grass - Now that spring is here and the flowers are in bloom, it also means the grass is growing and people are bringing their lawnmowers out of the garage. Just like how you could go door to door shoveling driveways, you can go door to door offering to mow people's lawns.
June Father's Day Gifts - Father's Day falls on the second Sunday in June, so just like with Mother's Day you can see this as an opportunity to launch a fundraiser. Check our product listings for things that can make good gifts for dear ol' dad!
Neighbourhood Cleanup - World Environment Day is UN-led event that happens in June. This occasion is all about spreading awareness about what we can do to save the environment, so it can be a good time to do an environmental cleanup as a fundraiser. Look for people who will sponsor you to clean up a local park or neighbourhood.
Summer BBQ - Nothings says summer like a barbeque on a hot, sunny day! Stage a community BBQ in a park and charge people for drinks, hot dogs, sausages, salads, and whatever you might want to bring to a barbeque. Jazz it up with some music and games like Frisbee or soccer and you'll be sure to get people interested in what you're doing.
July Fireworks Display - Independence Day is always a cause for celebration and lots of people love a good fireworks display, so this is another occasion where you can launch a fundraiser. Hire professionals to set up a fireworks display and charge guests a modest admission fee to see the show. You can also sell snacks and refreshments for additional revenue streams.
Massages - International Massage Week is in July as well, so if you're good with your hands you can offer people massages for a reasonable price. Help people loosen up and relax, and they'll be glad to donate to your fundraising cause.
Ice Cream - July is also National Ice Cream Month, and what better time to indulge your sweet tooth than with some frosty treats in the summer sun? Look into finding large quantities of ice cream wholesale and sell them somewhere many people visit on foot. You might have the best results if you go to an area with a lot of tourists.
August Refreshing Smoothies - August is when a lot of delicious berries and fruits are in season, so you can take advantage of the fresh harvest by mixing delicious smoothies for people. Set up a booth somewhere with a lot of foot traffic just like with the ice cream fundraiser in July.
Artwork Drive - August is also Artist Appreciation Month, and this lends itself to a fundraising idea too. Stage an artwork auction, or hire an artist to draw portraits of people on the spot in a place with a lot of foot traffic.
Piece of Pie - There are also numerous pie-themed days in August because so many fruits are in season at this time. Look into buying bulk quantities of various pies, or bake your own and sell slices at a booth on the street, or take orders from people and deliver the pies straight to their door.
September Marathons - The month of September usually has a lot of marathons going on, and they are always good opportunities for fundraisers. Look for people to sponsor you to participate in a marathon, or maybe create your own marathon and charge people a registration fee.
Wilderness Tours - September is National Wilderness Month, so if your city has a lot of natural beauty and wildlife you can arrange a wilderness tour group. Charge people a modest fee for a two or three walk in the woods and educate them on the many types of flora and fauna along the way.
Back To School Special - Every kid knows that September means it's time to go back to school, and this occasion easily lends itself to raising funds. Order some of our pens and pencils and sell them to students or to parents with kids going back to class.
October Pumpkin Carving - You know its October when every grocery store in town starts stocking massive quantities of pumpkins, and few things say Halloween better than a jack-o-lantern. Pick up some of those fresh pumpkins and charge people to enter into a pumpkin carving contest. When that's over, charge people to smash the pumpkins with a baseball bat!
Candy Sales - Of course Halloween also means candy, and we've got all kinds of sweets to fit the occasion. These goodies practically sell themselves!
Breast Cancer Drive - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so you can spread awareness about it and raise money if it makes sense for your charitable cause. Launch a donation drive, or simply go door to door asking for donations.
November World Series Party - The baseball season is long and in November it all comes to a climax with the World Series. Just like the Superbowl, this is a great occasion to throw a themed party.
Raking Leaves - Just like shoveling snow in January, and cutting the grass in May, November is a time when you can go door to door offering to rake and bag all the leaves littering people's lawns. All you need is a rake, a pair of gardening gloves, and the brown paper leaf bags. All that can easily be found at your local hardware store.
Men's Health Awareness Drive - You've probably seen a lot of guys sporting moustaches for Movemeber to raise awareness for men's health, particularly for prostate cancer. If it goes with your fundraising cause, you can launch a fundraising drive for this monthly theme as well.
December Pictures with Santa Claus - Kids love Santa Claus and some will line up down the block to sit on his knee and tell them what they want to for Christmas. Rent a Santa suit and set up a stage at a mall, or maybe in a local park, and change people a small fee to enter into Santa's workshop and tell jolly old St. Nick what they want this year. You'll need to hire a few elves and spare no expense on decorating the set to make it feel as Chistmasy as possible.
Caroling - Dust off your holiday hymn books and warm up those vocal cords! It's time to spread some holiday cheer with a little door to door caroling. Once you instill the Christmas spirit in people with your beautiful voice they'll have no choice to but to donate some money to your fundraiser.
Christmas Decor - What's a Christmas tree without ornaments to hang on it? If you're the crafty type you can make your own decorations and then sell them to the public. Or you can look into buying Christmas decor wholesale and selling them with a markup. Either way, you'll be helping people get a little more festive while generating some income for your fundraising cause.