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Need Some Fundraising Ideas?

So you have decided to be fundraising fiends for the 2nd Annual JDRF Annual Dodgeball Open, to help you in this endeavor, we at IDA have some suggestions for you and your team to bring in the big bucks. There is no one single effort that's too small - every little bit helps to find a cure for diabetes! Good luck and happy fundraising!
Choose the Torture: Have donors pay $1 a vote to decide which form of “torture” to inflict on your captain or super eager teammate (i.e. dye hair, dress as a clown, trade a job for a day).


Gold Rush: Teammates ask friends and family to donate old jewelry they no longer wear and turn the gold in for cash.


Everybody E-Bay: Go through your stuff and set up a team e-bay store and hold an online or in person silent auction. You could even make it a competition to see which teammate can get the most money for their old but awesome stuff.


“Workin’ at the Car Wash”: Organize your teammates to wash cars in a high traffic location for donations.


BIRDS! – Channel a friendlier Hitchcockian version of “The Birds” and deliver a group of fake pink flamingos to a friend’s yard and leave a note explaining the cause and asking for a donation to “replant” the flamingos in the yard of the next “victim” the first donor designates.


Pirate’s Treasure – Collect gently used items from your team mates and host a yard sale. Your old junk can be others new found treasures.


Trapped!: Sell pieces of duct tape for donors to stick your group’s leader to a wall suspended above the floor for a portion of an event.


Get Out of Jail “Free” Card: Handcuff two willing teammates and let them lose when they raise “bail” or a get or of jail free card (Monopoly style). A suggested amount of $50-$100+ per inmate.


Support Date Night: Offer babysitting services for a designated evening or two, think like daddy care but real life and at night.


Rock the Piggy Bank: Start a competition between your teammates by giving them each a piggy bank to collect change for a set amount of time. The one with the most collected wins a prize.


Double Dog Dare: Go door to door negotiating with each neighbor or friends for how much they will pay to see you do a crazy stunt with a raw egg (i.e. juggle, crack it on your head, throw it up and catch it). Feel free to be creative and pick a different stunt object.


Fundraiser Challenge: Give each teammate $10 and a specific amount of time to use the funds to raise as much as they can for the JDRF.


Board Game Bonanza: Have a Board Game Tournament. Pick a game everyone knows like Sorry, Clue, or Monopoly. Then invite your friends to make teams, sign up to play and compete for a prize. Ask all guests to make a donation to JDRF.


Rubber Ducky Derby: Rubber ducks are "sold" to contestants who then write with a Sharpie their name and phone number on each duck they buy. Then, the ducks are placed on a river, pond or if desperate, in a large pool. The first duck to reach the finish line is the winner, and the participant who bought that duck wins a prize.


Down With Razors: Get your male teammates to let their facial hair grow, whether in moustache or beard form, and ask people to sponsor each player for each week they maintain it.


Bad Hair Day: Encourage people to come into work or school with their worst possible hair do for $5 and offer a prize for the worst of the worst in the land of hair.


Guess the Baby: Get friends or coworkers to submit a baby photo, and then everyone can guess whose picture belongs to who. Charge an entry fee and offer a prize to the person who guesses the most right.


Honey Do: How often have you asked “Honey, will you do….” And waited seemingly forever for something to be completed on your to do list? Sell tickets to the people in your team’s lives for the chance to buy the winning ticket which will entitle them to win your team as “Home Helpers” to help finish an item on their to do list. You and your teammates could paint a room, organize a closet or pantry, weed a garden, or help with a garage or basement cleaning.


White T-Shirt Party: Invite all your friends (and their friends) to your white t-shirt party and get them to sign each other’s shirts. Charge $15-$20 per shirt and provide the pens. Get the shirts from a t-shirt wholesaler so you make a pretty profit.


Doggy Date: Offer your services to the furry creatures and their owners as a dog walker or pet sitter for a fee, explaining that the funds will be going to JDRF.


Stop Swearing like a Pirate: Have each teammate place a “Curse Jar” in your office or home, whenever someone says a swear word they have to put a dollar and put it in the jar.


Defeat the Goalie: Ask the best hockey, lacrosse or soccer goalie your team knows and invite people to try to score a goal with a ball of your choice for a prize. Every participant has to pay to play.


Bowling Challenge: $1 gives you the chance to throw 2 balls at a toy bowling set. If a participant gets a strike, their name is entered into a draw two times. If a participant gets a spare with their second ball, their name is entered in the draw once. Find a playful prize for the draw.


Brown Bagging It: Encourage your co-workers, family and friends to bring in their own paper bag lunch and have them donate the money they would have spent that day on their lunch.


Festive Frank For JDRF: Have the captain or willing teammate agree to dress up like a hot dog and let friends, family and coworkers squirt ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard and relish on him if ALL his teammates would raise $100 each.


Gender Switch: select three to five well-known and well-liked employees/friends (must be men) and have the employees/friends cast their votes ($1 donation) for the individual they would like to see dress as a woman. Individuals with the most votes will spend an entire workday or party dressed as a woman.


PARTY! PARTY! PARTY! (19+): Embrace the CDL’s party song and invite all of your friends (and their friends too) to a Happy Hour Party. You can charge per head or just hold a raffle. (It can be cheap raffle items, bottles of wine, movie tickets, etc.)


Sexy Singles (19+): Round up some single friends or teammates and invite guests to bid on a special date with them in a good old fashion bachelor/bachelorette auction.