Unique 4th of July Fundraising Ideas for Nonprofits

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June 21, 2024

The Fourth of July is around the corner!

Soon, fireworks will light up the sky from sea to shining sea. It’s a time for families to gather for park cookouts, waterside picnics, and backyard BBQs. Meanwhile, everyone’s feeling the festive summer vibes and enjoying the warm weather. All that positive energy is an excellent opportunity for nonprofits to raise awareness and funds for their causes.

Engage your online and local community, and light up your July with these four summer fundraising ideas,

Fourth of July Fundraising Ideas

Red, White & Brew

Consider partnering with local breweries, wineries, or distilleries to organize a tasting event. Participants can pay a donation fee to attend, and a portion of the proceeds could go towards your organization. The brewery may even develop a unique sales promotion or drink, the sales of which would benefit your cause!

To ensure everyone can participate wherever they are, incorporate online fundraising. Host a raffle or charity sweepstakes with exciting prizes.

Independence Read-A-thon

In this peer-to-peer fundraisers, participants raise funds while staying cool with some poolside reading. To inspire readers, create a list of Independence-themed books. You could focus on novels featuring people pivitol to US history like John Adams, Shirley Chisholm, or Montana’s own Jeannette Rankin. Or you could showcase revolution-era historical fiction.

Participants can gather sponsors who pledge donations based on the number of pages or books read. Promote your through social media and email campaigns,  as well as printed flyers or postcards with QR codes,

Light Up Your Fundraising

Encourage donors to donate a small amount for each “virtual sparkler” they light. As a thank-you, showcase their names or messages on social media. At the end of the event, you’ll have created a virtual wall of sparklers that celebrates their support. It’s a fantastic way to reach fundraising goals and foster a sense of community, all while illuminating your nonprofit’s mission with virtual sparks of generosity.

A cat in a red, white and blue tutu

Patriotic Photo Contest

Boost community engagement and raise awareness with a family friendly “Patriotic Photo Contest.” Participants dress themselves or their pets (or both!) in red, white and blue, and then share their patriotic-themed photo.

Participants can donate to enter, and you can offer voting rights to donors who contribute to your cause. Your followers can also donate to vote, helping you to build a sense of community and raise funds. Promote your contest through social media and email campaigns. Winners can win prizes from local businesses or the honor of being featured on your social media.

The 4th of July presents a golden opportunity to engage your community and raise funds for your nonprofit. Whether you host a Red, White and Brew, a Read-A-Thon, or a photo contest, promote widely, and make it easy for people to participate and donate!

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