Love is in the air and we’re about to be surrounded by flowers, heart giving teddy bears and more chocolate than you could eat in a lifetime; yes, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.
But if you’re not really into Valentine’s Day, you’re single or you just want to show as much love to as many people as possible, this is a great time to get fundraising.
Below we’ve highlighted five great ways, you can fundraise and show a charitable cause some love this Valentine’s Day.
1. Throw a Red Party
With red often associated with Valentine’s Day, this is the perfect opportunity to throw a romantic colour themed event.
Whether you’re in a relationship or single, everyone loves a party, and when it’s raising funds for a good cause, everyone likes to do their bit. So hire a local venue and turn everything red and ensure everyone wears something red. Charge an entry fee rather than a ticket fee, as those wearing any other colour will have to pay slightly more to get in.
Then hold raffles, auctions, take photos etc. to raise additional funds.
2. Host a Film Night
You can go two ways with this. You could host a film night showing some of the most well-known romantic comedies, making it ideal for couples looking for something different; singles welcome of course. Or you could throw an ‘Anti-Valentine’s Day’ film night for those who aren’t too fond of the day. You could show a selection of the greatest slashers, or some of the most awful films known to man – it’s up to you.
You can then charge people a ticket fee to come, and sell food and drinks on the night to raise some extra cash.
3. Crafting and Baking
Hold a fete style day with a Valentines twist. Throw this event a few days before the big day itself, and get people from the local community to contribute their crafty creations.
They can sell anything from handmade keepsakes to beautifully crafted cards and even delicious Valentine’s Day themed cakes and cookies; the choice is theirs. The money raised here will then go to the chosen charity. You can even hold raffles and sell food and drink to raise as much as you can.
All you need is a local hall, some willing crafts people and you’re good to go.
4. Throw an Auction
This is a great way to get the local community or the work place involved.
Hold a night at a local venue and have people volunteer to be auctioned off in a Valentine’s Day raffle – where the person who wins takes the successful bidder on a Valentine’s Day date.
If you choose to do it at work, then the person who gets auctioned off can help complete tasks for the winning bidder; such as a day’s worth of tea or coffee making.
All proceeds would then go to charity; so the more people and the higher the bids, the more cash.
5. Single Speed Dating
With Valentine’s Day concentrating so much on couples, this is a fun way for the single people to go and fundraise whilst having their own fun.
It’s the simple speed dating rules where everyone taking part gets a minute or so to sell themselves to the other person at the table. All you need is a venue then charge people for a ticket and you’re good to go.
You may even set up a future marriage, all in the name of charity.
And remember, you can find plenty more fundraising ideas here.