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These are activities that will appeal to all ages and groups, and will bring out the fun, competitive side of people. These events are fun to watch and can be organized for your employees or the community at large. People will pay a fee to participate because they want to help a great cause, and they like to compete. These events will attract spectators, which help you generate funds in other areas such as concession stand food sales.



Use any of the following activities to wrap an event around:
  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Croquet
  • Fishing Derby
  • Pool
  • Rope jumping
  • Darts
  • Cards
  • Board Games
  • Bowling
  • Volleyball
  • Soccer
  • Hockey/Floor Hockey
  • Golf
  • Curling Bonspiel
  • Paintball
  • Dodgeball

Golf Tournament

Golf tournaments to raise funds for charity are extremely popular. Revenue is raised through entry fees, hole sponsorships, paying to play with a celebrity, silent auctions, etc. The event registration fee should cover the costs of green fees, carts if appropriate, and lunch. Sponsoring holes or the general operating costs of the event can involve companies.

Paintball Tournament

Teams can compete in a capture the flag tournament. Having two teams competing at a time with five people per team. The team that captures the flag first without being hit by any paintballs wins. Weather permitting, a barbeque can also be held to raise additional funds.


  • Frisbee
  • Kite Flying
  • Essay
  • Eating
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Coloring
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Pay It Forward

Give each group a set amount of money ($10 or $20) and a specific amount of time to use the funds to raise as much money as they can.  Give out prizes for the most money raised, the most creative idea, etc.


  • Bean Bag Toss
  • Water Balloon Relay
  • Corporate Olympics
  • Dunk Tank
  • Y.C.J.C.Y.1.D.
  • Minute to Win It

Competitions between or within stores or branches/departments of organizations can also be fun and affective. You can hold competitions between cashiers, front end vs. sales floor, or stores/branches within the district or region. Track progress daily to build and maintain excitement. Challenge managers/supervisors or district managers etc. Prizes can be awarded based on a number of criteria (i.e.. dollars raised, highest participation, best costumes, etc.)

Dunk Tank

Rent a dunk tank and give employees a chance to dunk their favorite manager or coworker for a donation. A dunk tank can also be used with other events to increase donations. Schools can also use this event to give students a chance to soak their teachers.


Have a sign that says Y.C.J.C.Y.1.D. and set it where everyone can see. People will start to ask what it means. Tell them that for $1 they can find out. After they pay, give them a card and tell them that they cannot tell anyone what it means. On the card it says “Your Curiosity Just Cost You $1 Dollar”.

Minute to Win It

This fundraiser is inspired by the game show of the same name, where contestants are given 60 seconds in which to complete a game or challenge using everyday objects.  They are quick games that people can play pretty easily and not take a whole day.  How money is made varies - pledges, sponsorships, team entrance fees, spectator admission, and concession sales.  Ideas for games:

  • Emptying a tissue box with one hand
  • Picking up cotton balls with a Vaseline-coated nose
  • Sorting through M & Ms by colour
  •  Stacking six cupcakes on your head
  • Placing a cookie on your head then eating it without touching it with your hands
  • Scooting around the floor sitting on a towel
  •  Bouncing a ping pong ball off the floor and getting it to stick to Vaseline-coated bread