Charity Events

You’ll FALL for these 8 Fundraising Ideas for Nonprofits

September 15, 2022

Get inspired by some of the best fall fundraising ideas out there

The days are getting shorter, the air is getting cooler, and the leaves are beginning to change colors. You know what that means – fall is officially here!

And what could be better than making lasting memories while supporting your favorite cause? That’s why we think you should take advantage of this beautiful season to host fall fundraising activities for your nonprofit. 

Need some inspiration? LEAF it to us! Here are some of the best nonprofit fall fundraiser ideas for your next event. 

#1. Oktoberfest

Bratwurst, pretzels, and beer…oh my! Turn a classic autumn event into a chance to raise money for your cause by hosting an Oktoberfest fundraiser. Partner with local restaurants and breweries to provide food for your guests. You can also add to your event with games and a silent auction to keep attendees entertained.

Girl at Oktoberfest event raising a glass

#2. Pie-baking contest

Try to name a more delicious fundraiser idea, we’ll wait! Enlist participants to donate their time and resources to bake their own signature pie recipe for the contest. Guests can walk around and test all of the unique pies created by participants, and even pay to put in a vote for their favorite. At the end of the contest, you can give awards to the pies with the greatest number of votes, and all of the funds collected from selling ballots can go to your cause. 

Pumpkin pie with whipped cream on plate

#3. Leaf-raking service

Round up some volunteers and get ready to spread the love! With a leaf-raking event, your nonprofit can raise funds while making a difference in the community. For the cost of a donation, your volunteers can provide a leaf-raking service to donors who register. In this way, they are able to clear their lawns in time for winter, and your nonprofit can give more to those in need. 

Elderly man and young girl raking leaves in a yard together

#4. Tailgate 

Why just support your favorite team when you can also support your favorite cause? Host a tailgating fundraiser at your next local sporting event. Set up your volunteers with food and drinks to sell to attendees for the cost of a donation to your organization. In this way, fans can get ready to cheer on their team after having contributed to the greater good.  

Three men gathered around a grill at a sporting event tailgate

#5. Harvest dance-a-thon

You’ve probably heard about dance-a-thons, so why not create your own with a fall theme in mind? Host your own peer-to-peer fundraising dance-a-thon and have your participants commit to dancing during their preferred time slot. Decorate the dance floor with fall-themed decor, and serve some autumnal favorites like apple cider so dancers can refresh as they dance the day away!

Group of people dancing during fall festival

#6. Touch football tournament  

A touch football tournament could be a great idea for your next peer-to-peer fundraising event. Plus, it’s always fun to have a little bit of friendly competition on the field! Have participants pay an entry fee to create their team. Then, invite teams to raise money leading up to the tournament within their networks. It’s a great way to involve everyone in the festivities of football season, and it’s safe enough for players of all ages!

American football sitting in a field of grass

#7. Candle-making workshop

One of the best things about fall is getting to come in from the cold and curl up on the couch with a warm drink, your favorite blanket, and a candle to add to the ambiance. Why not host a candle-making event so that your donors can create their own fall-scented candle to take home? For the cost of a ticket, donors can get all the supplies they need to make their own soy wax candle and enjoy a night of mixing pumpkin spice, caramel apple, and so many more fall fragrances for their homes – all while contributing to your cause!

Hand holding a homemade candle above a table set with candle-making ingredients

#8. Apple picking or pumpkin patch

Everyone loves spending their fall weekends going apple picking or choosing the perfect pumpkins to carve for Halloween. Why not turn this type of outing into a way to support your cause? Partner with local orchards or farms to do more good with their fall harvests. For the price of admission, supporters can go apple or pumpkin picking and have part of the admission costs go toward your cause. 

Several pumpkins in a pumpkin field with people walking in background

Free online ticketing for your next fall fundraiser

Need an online ticketing platform for your fall fundraiser? Look no further. With Zeffy’s free online ticketing system, you can create event registration forms, generate tickets, and manage your event at no cost to your nonprofit.