Fundraise With JDRF

Fundraise for JDRF

Fundraising ideas

Looking for a great way to fundraise for type 1 diabetes (T1D)? We have over 70 ideas, resources, templates and tips for you to use.

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Tips for Team Captains
Fundraise with Family and Friends
Fundraise at Work
Fundraise Online
Tap into your Talents

Tips for Team Captains

Donate Yourself $25+
Set the standard and make a large donation yourself. This will show your dedication to the cause and can set the average amount others will give.

Email Everyone $20 - $3,000
Email everyone you know including friends, family, colleagues, suppliers and more. Most people want to help, especially if you explain your connection to JDRF and T1D. We all live busy lives and many people might intend to support you but don't get around to it straight away. That's why it is worthwhile asking for support a couple of times.

Media $50 - $1,000
Tell your story to the local media and why you are so passionate about raising funds for T1D research. See the JDRF Media Kit for some guidance.

Personalise your Fundraising Page $20 - $3,000
Effective fundraising pages tell a story and contain pictures. Use this as an opportunity to share your experience with others and explain why raising money for T1D research is so important to you.

Recruit a Team $1,000 - $5,000
Get as many people as possible to join you at the fundraising event. Family, friends and colleagues may all want to join you and fundraise with you. Let them know how much fun they will have and the difference they can make to the lives of 120,000 Australians living with type 1 diabetes.

Set a Target $100 - $10,000
Aim high with your personal fundraising target, it can motivate you and your donors.

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Fundraise with Family and Friends

Arts and Crafts Stall $100 - $500
If you or your friends have a creative streak, why not make some artworks and sell them at a local market. Think jewelry, paintings, greeting cards, candles etc.

Baby Photo Guessing Competition $20 - $300
Ask people to bring a picture of themselves as a baby. Charge people to guess who the pictures are of. The winner is the one who gets the most right! Award a donated prize.

BBQ $50 - $500
Host a BBQ and charge an entry fee. Get your local butcher and bakery to donate supplies. Have a raffle to raise extra funds.

Bingo $50 - $250
Hold a bingo evening where everyone is charged per book they have. Prizes can be donated with profits donated to JDRF. Ask a celebrity to call out the numbers.

Birthday Party $50 - $500
Invite family and friends to your birthday party and ask for donations instead of gifts.

Board Games Evening $20 - $200
Invite family and friends over for a game of Scrabble or Monopoly. Up the ante and choose games that need to be played in teams. Charge everyone and entry fee. Provide snacks and award donated prizes for the winners. Beware as this can become addictive for competitive people and can turn into a regular event. (Remember to keep charging!)

Book Sale $20 - $200
Get family and friends to donate books to the book sale. Hold a stall at a local market, at work or approach a local  business to set up a stall in main foyer of their office block where there is lots of through traffic. Donate the proceeds.

Bowling Night $50 - $200
Approach your local bowling alley to host your event. Charge an entry fee for bowling and snacks. Have mini games or awards throughout the evening, like prizes for first person to get a strike, highest score, first gutter ball etc.

Bus Trip $50 - $500
Organise a bus trip to an event or area (footy game, flower show or scenic walk in the mountains etc). Sell tickets for the event to cover costs (entrance fee plus cost of bus). On the way use the time on the bus to sell raffle tickets or hold a quiz. Award donated prizes. Ask local businesses for support, like discounts for catering, prizes etc.

Cake Stall $20 - $150
Organise some friends to donate their baking efforts and sell at a local market or a shopping centre. Check with local council for details and restrictions.

Cheese and Wine Tasting Night $20 - $200
Ask local dairies and vineyards to donate produce. Charge guests an entry fee to come along and taste local produce. You could even charge for companies to exhibit their produce and have a gold coin donation entry fee. They can taste, then buy direct from the producers.

Cheese and Wine Tasting Night 2 $20 - $50
Purchase (or request donations) from your local market of produce. Invite your friends over for a night of fun and tastings charging an entry fee.

Club Member $100 - $1,000
If you are a member of a club, like a bushwalking club, cycling club, surf club, book club etc, ask to have the event listed on the clubs online activity calendar encouraging club members to support you. Remember to let them know how to make a donation to you.

Collection Boxes $20 - $200
Request Collection Boxes from JDRF to place on the counter of a busy business. Make sure it is safe and that you go back and collect the box and bank the funds raised. Think office reception desks, chemists, gyms, your local supermarket or newsagent etc. Email fundraisingsupport@jdrf.org.au to request boxes.

Confectionery/Chocolate Sales $100 - $500
Contact your local JDRF office for some Jelly Babies confectionery to sell at school, to friends and at work. Other options are to contact Mars or Cadbury to purchase chocolate bars.

Crazy Hair Party $20 - $100
Charge people a gold coin donation to turn up at your party, or at work with crazy hair. It may be as simple as having ponytails or plats or a crazy as using coloured hairspray. Maybe your kids could do your hair! This works well at school.

Creative Lessons $20 - $200
If you are talented or trained in something creative, why not charge for a fun day of lessons. Provide snacks if longer than a few hours and allow your participants to go home with something they made. Think card making, scrapbooking, knitting, sewing etc.

Dare $100 - $5,000
Choose a daring event like hang-gliding, abseiling or skydiving and let everyone know that if you reach a certain level of donations (say $5,000 or $10,000 depending on the challenge) you will take the dare. Make sure you are prepared to do what you say once you hit that target.

Dinner Party $20 - $100
Host a dinner party at your place where guests donate for your cooking efforts. A great way to connect with family and friends at the same time as raising funds.

Dinner Party Raffle $50 - $500
Hold a raffle where the prize is a dinner party for 8 cooked by a chef in their own home. If you are talented in the kitchen you can donate your services or approach a local restaurant for the use of their chef for the event. (Good if you know someone who loves to cook!).

Direct Requests $20 - $1,000
Send a email to family, friends, colleagues, suppliers, vendors, customers etc asking for a donation. Or if you prefer, ask in person. All donations over $2 are tax deductible and receipts can be issued by JDRF.

Dog Show (or horse, cat, bird etc) $100 - $1,000
Ask a local figure to judge a contest for best presented dog in various categories. Why not mix it up and make it about mixed breeds instead of just the dogs with pedigrees. Have competitions like worst presented or owner/dog look alike. Charge entry fees and award donated prizes. Speak to local council about regulations.

Easter Egg Hunt $100 - $500
A popular activity for Easter school holidays. Organise for a hunt in a local park or big garden estate. Charge families an entry fee and provide baskets for collecting. Hide chocolates eggs and other Easter treats around the area before the event. Make sure that there are plenty of things to fill baskets with so no one feels left out. Sell tea/coffee and biscuits/scones to parents.

Face Painting $50 - $150
Offer yours services to your local community for face painting at events, like the local fete, school activities, sporting carnivals etc. Charge a small fee per person or for the whole event.

Fancy Dress Party $50 - $200
Pick a theme and invite everyone to come dressed up. Charge an entry fee and run a raffle throughout the night. Depending on your theme you may find some fun games that you can play as well (make sure you charge for entry on these too). Award prizes for the best dressed. A great theme is to come dressed as your favourite cartoon character!

Fashion Parade $200 - $1,000
Approach a local designer or shopping centre to hold a fashion parade. Charge an entry fee. Hand out gift bags with vouchers or catalogues from the stores involved. Have wine and nibbles available for sale.

Film Evening $100 - $1,000
Different to a film night as you theme your evening around the film. Pick an old movie (such as Breakfast At Tiffany’s or Grease) and provide an evening that fits with the show. Make movie snacks that fit with the era of the movie. Charge an entry fee. Host at home for family and friends or find a big venue and advertise. Make sure you have a big screen, comfy seating, blankets and snacks.

Film/Cinema Night $100 - $3,000
Approach local cinema for a group booking of discounted tickets to an upcoming new release. Sell tickets to family and friends for more than what you paid. Most cinemas will do charity bookings in this way. Send out notices to local media outlets about the movie and JDRF. Boutique cinemas are usually great with these events.

Funny Footwear $50 - $400
Wear funny footwear to school or work on a designated day. Ask for a gold coin donation. Provide donated awards for the most creative footware.

Girls Night In $100 - $1,000
Charge an entry fee. Try to get a local caterer to donate food for the evening. Organise champagne and wine to be donated too. Sell some raffle tickets or have a lucky door prize. If you invite 30 girlfriends, that could be $900!

Guess What’s In The Box $200 - $1,000
Charge people per guess to figure out what's in the box. Have a box large enough to hide an interesting item in (make it visual even if the item is small). The prize can be the actual item or something different. Charge for clues throughout the duration of the contest that lead people closer to the answer without giving it away. At the end the winner is the first drawn that has the correct answer. If no one has guessed – add another clue that says everyone is wrong and offer an easier clue.

Guessing Competition $20 - $50
Fill a large jar with Jelly Babies and charge people to guess how many are in the jar. It’s a great activity for the school classroom. The winner receives the jar and a certificate.

Hunt $100 - $500
Organise for a hunt to happen in a local park or big garden estate. Charge families an entrance fee and provide baskets for collecting. Hide chocolates and small toys around the area before the event. Make sure that there are plenty of things to fill the baskets so no one feels left out. Sell tea/coffee and biscuits/scones to parents.

Mini Olympics $100 - $500
Host a mini Olympics where families pay an entry fee to compete against other families. Choose games that are suitable for people of all ages like an egg and spoon race and throng throwing competition.

Music Concert Night $50 - $250
If you, your friends or your kids are musically talented, host a talent night in a back yard or local community hall and charge an entry fee. The kids could do individual acts or team up to do dances or short plays.

Poker Game $50 - $250
Host a poker evening where entrants pay $5 to take part with all winnings equally shared with JDRF.

Pyjama Party $20 - $200
Hold a pyjama party and have everyone arrive in their best PJ’s. Charge an entry fee and hold raffles throughout the event. Give a prize for best dressed, funniest or cutest pyjamas. Make sure you have snacks and drinks. You could even combine this event with a movie night. Or for a quirky difference why not hold your pyjama party at the office and have everyone come in their PJ’s for the day. (Managers included.) Make sure to let your suppliers and customers know too, they might even help with the fundraising.

Raffle $100 - $1,000
Request prize donations and sell your tickets to everyone you know. Check to make sure that you comply with State Gaming and Liquor License rules. Easy and fun!

Sausage Sizzle $100 - $500
Hold a sausage sizzle at your local shopping centre or football ground during a match. Contact local council for regulations. Bunning’s also allow groups to use their facilities on a weekend. Try to contact local butchers and bakers to donate the meat and bread required. Donate proceeds to JDRF.

Service Auction $100 - $500
Hold an auction where you sell peoples services, like babysitting or even accounting. Don’t forget things like filing or doing the washing. What are the things in your life you wish someone would come and do for you. Harness family, friends, and colleagues etc to sell their skills to the highest bidder.

Sponsored Silence $50 - $200
If you or someone you know talks a lot, why not challenge them to stay silent for JDRF. Ask people to sponsor per hour that the silence is maintained. This could happen over a weekend (if their work will not allow for this) or during the week. Set rules for circumstances that may call for breaking the rules. Approach everyone you know to sponsor you and make sure you have someone that can sign off on the hours that you achieved.

Sporting Challenge $50 - $300
Arrange an interoffice sporting game. Charge people to enter and take bets on the side for who will win. Maybe it can be managers against staff at lunchroom cricket. Every out is $1 that the other team has to pay. Every run allowed to score is $1 that the losing team needs to pay.

Teddy Bear’s Picnic $50 - $150
Hold a teddy bears picnic where children bring along their favourite teddy for a big picnic in the park. Charge an entry fee for the event and make sure you have lots of fun and games to keep everyone entertainment for a few hours. Make inexpensive but fun picnic food like fairy bread and make sure you have the tea cups out for the bears too. Award prizes for best bear or best outfit etc.

Themed Lunch/Dinner $50 - $150
Host a themed meal (Champagne and strawberries; Italian; chocolate etc). Charge an entry fee. Hold a raffle with a donated prize; could even be the use of the chef for a meal.

Tourist Attraction Tickets $50 - $150
Do you live in an area famous for something or where there are a lot of tourist activities such as balloon rides, a museum or a zoo? Approach local owners of these attractions and ask if you can get bulk discounts for a session. Advertise and charge people to attend with profits being donated to JDRF. (Most people are happy to pay a little extra or the same if they know it is for a good cause.) Advertise in your local newspaper.

Trivia Night/Lunch $1,000 - $15,000
Host a trivia event where teams pay an entry fee and compete against each other to be crowned the smartest on the night. Source prizes for winners and allow people to buy clues to raise extra funds.

Trivia Quiz $50 - $500
A little different than a trivia night whereby the clues are given out daily (possibly via email) to competing teams with the answers having to be emailed back within a certain time. Winners announced at the end with an award presentation and photos emailed to competing teams. Good for people with a dispersed set of contacts as there's no need to be all in the same place at the one time which cuts down on overheads as no venue hire or catering is required. Charge teams an entry fee and clues can be purchased for harder questions.

WII Tournament $50 - $250
Charge friends and family to take each other on at a WII sports game (tennis or bowling etc). Winner takes percentage of proceeds with the balance being donated to JDRF.

Wine Sales $100 - $250
Speak with a wine cellar about being able to purchase wine at a discount rate and having a percentage of the bottle price being donated back to JDRF. A lot of companies will organise these for you. Some will even label your bottles with your own label for a small fee. Send out order forms to family, friends and colleagues.

Wine Tasting $100 - $500
In conjunction with a wine company you can run this event very easily. The wine company will bring along wines for tasting and give people the opportunity to purchase wines while donating a percentage to JDRF. You can also charge an entry fee as well as conduct a raffle on the night.

You! $25 - $200
Make a donation to your own fundraising page. This works especially well if you make the first donation, and it’s a good one. Other people tend to match the first amount.

Yo-Yo competition $20 - $100
If you have a long lost love and skills with a Yo-Yo why not challenge others. Charge an entry fee and award prizes for the best tricks, or the longest time playing before the Yo-Yo stops. See if there are any prominent locals that would like to join.

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Fundraise at Work

Also see the ideas under Fundraising with Family and Friends, there's some great ideas suitable for the office.

Casual clothes day $20 - $150
Charge a gold coin donation to dress down for a day for a good cause. Suggest blue to represent JDRF.

Corporate Idol $1,000 - $5,000
Find people who are willing to get up on stage and sing a song; could include karaoke. Have special judges to judge their performance and score out of 10 or have the audience show their favourite act by the sound of the applause. Pick a winner and award a donated prize and certificate. Money is raised through an entry fee for contestants and any fundraising you have at the event like raffles, food and wine sales etc. Pick a theme to make it more fun like 60’s, Kiss or Abba.

Corporate Raffles $50 - $1,000
Sell raffle tickets to staff with prizes being unique to your business, like raffle off the CEO’s car park for a week; use of the CEO’s office for a week; use of the corporate box for a night at the footy; use of a company car for a weekend; a day off etc

Direct Requests $20 - $1,000
Send a email to family, friends, colleagues, suppliers, vendors, customers etc asking for a donation. Or if you prefer, ask in person. All donations over $2 are tax deductible and receipts can be issued by JDRF.

Fine System $50 - $500
Fine’ people for various offences. A gold coin (or whatever is fair) for each offence. Offences could include wearing a bad tie; being late to meetings; saying the word Umm in a presentation (charge for each time it is said); spelling mistakes in emails; swearing (yes, the swear jar is back); leaving mobile on in meeting etc

Footy Tipping Competition $50 - $200
Run a footy tipping completion where you charge people to enter with the winner getting half the proceeds and the other half being donated to JDRF. Prizes can be sourced to give out to those that get all right in one round.

Get out of Jail Event $1,000 - $10,000
Lock your bosses in ‘jail’ for the day until they raise $1,000 (or a set amount) to get out on ‘bail’. The winner is the one who hits their target first. This is a great way for your managers to get involved and use their contacts to raise funds. Set a high enough but realistic amount for them to reach. They aren’t allowed to come out of ‘jail’ until they reach this amount. No food or breaks until they have reached their goal. They can call, email or use any other means to raise the funds but they need to confirm the money is in the bank before being ‘bailed out’. Award a donated prize for the winner.

Handball Competition $100 - $400
Set up a challenge for work mates to see who gets the highest score for handballing a football into a target (just like the Footy Show). Charge an entry fee and award donated prizes to the winner. See if you can tie it in with the sporting theme. Make it a round robin event with players being eliminated as their score is beaten or try where you pay per round with the highest total at the end of the day the winner. (If you pay for 5 rounds you get 5 chances to make a great score).

Horse Race Sweepstake $50 - $150
Pick a race and sell places in the sweepstakes. Have the race on TV at the event for people to see who wins. Make it a real carnival feel and award prizes for best dressed and worst hats etc. Charge extra fee for people to enter this competition. The winner of the horse race receives a percentage of the profits with the balance being donated to JDRF.

Lucky Numbers Game $50 - $150 each time
Sell numbers to staff at a cost of $2 or $5 per number. They write their name on their number and when all numbers are sold (1-50) then the winner is drawn out at a meeting or event when everyone is around. Split the winnings between the winner and JDRF. (If you sell 50 numbers at $5 each then the winner can have $100 and the rest is fundraising). If you have a regular (weekly or monthly) meeting you might like to continue this each time and keep adding to your fundraising. People will love the chance to win $100 each meeting.

Morning Tea $20 - $100
Bring along plates of homemade biscuits or cakes and charge a gold coin donation for a piece. Good way to get work colleagues together. Talk to management to be able to use existing events when the team gets together.

Packed Lunch Day $50 - $150
Everyone to bring lunch in for the day and donate their usual lunch money.

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Fundraise Online

Club Member $100 - $1,000
If you are a member of a club, like a bushwalking club, cycling club, book club, surf club etc, ask to have the event listed on the clubs online activity calendar to encourage club members to support you. Remember to let them know how to make a donation to you.

Direct Requests $20 - $1,000
Send a email to family, friends, colleagues, suppliers, vendors, customers etc asking for a donation. Or if you prefer, ask in person. All donations over $2 are tax deductible and receipts can be issued by JDRF.

Facebook $100 - $1,000
Facebook is a great way to let your family and friends know that you are participating in a JDRF event. Try these easy activities on your Facebook page to encourage your family and friends to support your involvement. 1 - Change your profile photo to the event logo. 2 - Create an event and invite your friends to join you. 3 - Update your status with a message about why raising funds for T1D research is so important to you. 4 - Share a link to your fundraising page encouraging your friends to support you by making a donation. And remember to 'Like' the JDRF Facebook page to stay up to date on the latest JDRF news.

Instagram $100 - $1,000
Instagram is a fun and quirky way of sharing photos for your fundraising event. Use your Instagram account to share fun photo's to promote your event and remember to include a link to your fundraising page so you can easily accept donations. Follow JDRF on Instagram to see a snapshot of life with T1D and how others are fundraising for JDRF.

Twitter $100 - $1,000
Twitter allows you to quickly let people know about your commitment to raising funds for T1D. Tweet details about your event asking people for support and donations. Include a link to your fundraising page. Make sure to follow JDRF Australia @JDRFaus to stay up-to-date with the latest JDRF research projects, community stories and event news.

You! $25 - $200
Make a donation to your own fundraising page. It’ll show how dedicated you are to raising funds and set the average that others will give.

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Tap into your Talents

Art Exhibition $100 - $1,000
If you feel confident of your talents approach a local gallery, cafe or restaurant to display and sell your artwork. Some galleries will take exhibitions by local artists to fill gaps between bigger showings. Your local café or restaurant may be looking for artwork to fill empty walls.

Arts and Crafts Stall $100 - $500
If you or your friends have a creative streak, why not make some items to sell at a local market. Think jewelry, paintings, greeting cards, candles, jams and relishes etc.

Cake Stall $20 - $150
Organise some friends to donate their baking efforts and sell at a local market or shopping centre. Check with local council for details and restrictions.

Christmas Fair $50 - $500
Hold a fete/fair leading up to Christmas. Check with your local council on regulations. Charge a fee for stall holders and a gold coin donation for people to come along and buy on the day. Make sure you have an area big enough for people to set up and walk around comfortably.

Christmas Wrapping $50 - $1,000
Approach your local shopping centre at Christmas to see if you can set up a Christmas wrapping stall. Ask local shops for donations of paper and ribbons, and charge a gold coin donation for wrapping gifts.

Creative Lessons $20 - $200
If you are talented or trained in something creative, why not charge for a fun day of lessons. Provide snacks if longer than a few hours and allow your participants to go home with something they made. Think card making, scrapbooking, knitting, sewing, cooking, gardening tips etc.

Dinner Party $20 - $100
Host a dinner party at your place where guests donate for your cooking efforts. A great way to connect with family and friends at the same time as raising funds.

Dinner Party Raffle $50 - $500
Hold a raffle where the prize is a dinner party for 8 cooked by a chef in their own home. If you are talented in the kitchen you can donate your services as a chef or approach a local restaurant for the use of their chef for the event. (Good if you know someone who loves cooking!).

Face Painting $50 - $150
Offer yours services to your local community for face painting at events like the local fete, school activities, sporting carnivals etc. Charge a small fee per person or for the whole event.

Music Concert Night $50 - $250
If you and some friends are musically talented, then do a gig at a local venue and charge an entry fee. Think singing, dancing, a band or even a comedy night.

Open Garden $50 - $250
If you or someone you know has a green thumb and a very nice garden to show for it why not open it for a weekend in spring for people to come visit. Charge an entry fee. You could even do a BBQ lunch for guests, or have an afternoon tea. Check with your local council as some areas have open garden weekends in their area that you could add yours too.

Service Auction $100 - $500
Hold an auction where you sell peoples services, like babysitting or even accounting. Don’t forget things like filing or doing the washing. What are the things in your life you wish someone would come and do for you. Harness family, friends, and colleagues etc to sell their skills to the highest bidder.

Themed Lunch/Dinner $50 - $150
Host a themed meal (Champagne and strawberries; Italian; chocolate etc). Charge entry fee. Hold a raffle with e a donated prize; could even be the use of the chef for a meal.

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