How to Host a Successful Fall Fundraiser

For nonprofits looking to organize fundraising events, fall is a season full of opportunities. Options for a themed event range from pumpkin carving to harvest celebrations to apple picking. With thorough planning and preparation, a fall fundraiser can be a fun way to bring people together and foster support for your organization.

However, hosting a successful fundraising event takes some work. If you want to ensure your fundraiser goes smoothly and effectively promotes your cause, consider the following six tips.     

1. Form an organizing committee. 

The fundraiser planning process is easier when it’s a group effort, so your first step should be assembling a committee of experts from your organization to tackle the various tasks you’ll need to carry out. It also helps to divide up the work and assign certain responsibilities to each person in line with their strengths and skills.

2. Determine your budget. 

Possibly the most important factor you need to figure out when you start planning your fall fundraiser is your budget, according to article “5 Things You Need to Throw a Fabulous Fundraiser” from The Muse. It’s crucial to figure out how much you have to spend before you finalize anything else. If you start thinking about other details like the venue or the food before you establish a budget, you might have to start from scratch when you realize you can’t afford to move forward with some or all of your plans.  

3. Decide on the kind of event. 

You have plenty of options when it comes to fall-themed fundraisers, according to the blog post “21 Creative Fall Fundraising Ideas” from Classy. Brainstorm some ideas with your target audience in mind. Maybe they would enjoy getting their hands dirty at a pumpkin carving contest, or maybe they value fitness and would love a Thanksgiving-themed race. 

4. Look for sponsors. 

Getting local businesses on board as sponsors can really help your organization. Reach out to companies and present it as a business opportunity, since they’ll get some advertising out of the event, according to the article “Nonprofit Fundraising, Part 1: How to Plan Your first Successful Event” from Constant Contact. For instance, you might want to contact local restaurants and see if they’d be willing to donate gift cards or food for the fundraiser.

5. Spread the word. 

Meeting your fundraising goals will get easier with more attendees, so you’ll want to make sure people know about your event. You can reach out to local media outlets (e.g., newspapers and TV stations) to spread the news, but it also helps to use social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to raise awareness.

6. Order custom woven lanyards for staff members and attendees. 

Custom woven lanyards with your organization’s name, logo, and colors can improve your fundraiser in multiple ways. If your staff members wear customized lanyards, it will help identify them as part of your team, in addition to promoting your organization. Unique lanyards can also serve as great souvenirs and reminders of your organization for attendees.

Ultimately, a fall-themed fundraiser can be a fun way to champion your cause and bring people together to enjoy the season. If you’d like to order custom woven lanyards for a fall fundraiser, our team at Woven Lanyards can help. Call us today at (847) 424-1900 or email

Posted on October 3, 2016 .