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Hosting a Holiday Fundraising Event

Hopeful Holiday Fundraising Ideas

The holiday season is upon us! Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Kwanzaa and other celebrations will be here soon, which means households across the United States will be celebrating. However, there are many households aren’t always able to celebrate. For those who are fortunate enough to celebrate and enjoy the holiday season, consider giving back. The holiday season provides a beautiful time of generosity, compassion and giving to our fellow humans.

If you’re interested in learning about how to host a holiday fundraising event, continue reading below. We’ll discuss several ways you and your family can give back this holiday season!

1. Holiday Gala

Galas are large-scale nonprofit events that can be used to raise money for any cause and work great for those cold holiday months when supporters prefer to be inside. If you’re interested in hosting a gala, you’ll need to find a venue and someone to cater your event. Plan a guest list of local corporations and major donors so you can have an event where you celebrate their support.  Raise even more funds for your cause by hosting a raffle or charity auction along with your gala. Guests will enjoy participating in another aspect of your event especially if it’s fun and engaging.

2. Thanksgiving Potluck

If individuals are looking for a quick way to fundraise during Thanksgiving, hosting a potluck can help you raise money and bring your friends and family together for some quality time. Invite your friends, coworkers, family members, and neighbors to come enjoy a Thanksgiving feast. Don’t forget to ask them to bring a delicious dish like dressing or mashed potatoes and you can provide the turkey! To join your Thanksgiving potluck, ask guests to make a small contribution to your cause. Spend some time during the event to explain why you’re raising funds so guests know how their money will be used.

3. Photos with Santa

For families, the holidays can be a stressful time and the added stress of waiting in line to see Santa doesn’t help. You can bring Santa to your venue, church, or school to raise money for your cause or project. Charge parents a few dollars to have their children sit on Santa’s knee, ask for what present they want, and take a picture. Ask a photographer to volunteer to take the pictures. Remember to invite children that you wish to help as well, ask your local boys and girls club, church or school if they’re interested in having the children join in this mini celebration. To raise even more funds, create a fun, festive area where you can sell hot chocolate and holiday snacks. That way, families have an area where they can relax before meeting Santa.

4. Ugly Sweater Party

Hosting an ugly sweater party is a fun and silly way to raise money for your cause. Supporters will love getting the chance to show off their sweaters and support a good mission or project. For this fundraiser to work, you’ll need to invite your supporters and ask them to wear the ugliest holiday sweater they have. Make sure to promote your event on social media and even email to generate excitement. Charge an entrance fee to join the festivities and serve food and drinks. At the event, award the person wearing the ugliest sweater with an awesome prize.

5. Charity Auction

Live, silent, or online—there are many possibilities when it comes to hosting a charity auction during the holidays. Auctions work so well because supporters get the chance to bid on awesome prizes that they can gift to themselves or a loved one. To host an auction, you’ll need to put in a lot of work to reach all those fundraising benefits. But first, you’ll need to procure items and recruit volunteers to help with the event. Lastly, you’ll need to promote your event by sharing the details on social media. Don’t forget to release the catalog of all your auction items so guests can start figuring out what items they want to bid on.



We hope these fundraising ideas are helpful to you and many this holiday season! Remember, if you’re looking for a venue for your event, contact us at O’Connell Gardens! Ask our banquet manager about our Holiday Season Specials!

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