Six Creative St. Patrick’s Day Fundraising Ideas

February 28, 2023

No matter their background, people around the world love to get out and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Though the holiday is all about having a good time, it can also inspire giving. Whether you want to add a charity element to a St. Patty’s Day event or wish to raise money for a cause, you’ve found your four-leaf clover!

We’ve got six creative St. Patty’s Day-themed fundraising ideas below, including a raffle, food drive, and even a go-green challenge.

Six St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser Ideas

Number 1

Give up some green.

Ask supporters to give up a daily indulgence like coffee, smoothies, or takeout to create their own pot of gold. In addition to donating their savings, participants can make their own fundraising pages and ask for donations in support of their challenge. Don’t forget to ask them to post daily or weekly images to social media for accountability and social sharing!

Number 2

Run a "Pot of Gold" 50/50 raffle.

This one is extra easy since the cash prize is built into the raffle ticket price. The more tickets you sell, the bigger the pot. So, if it’s legal in your state, run a hybrid raffle to increase the number of potential donors and enable easy social sharing. Check raffle laws in your state here. If you can’t host a raffle, try charity sweepstakes instead!

Number 3

Organize a St. Patrick's Day 'Nailed It' style bake-off.

Similar to the Netflix show, bakers can create St. Patty’s Day-themed bakes for the first time. Participants can ask for pledges and share the process via Instagram live or reels (don’t forget to ask them to tag your org!). Additionally, they can encourage friends and family to give to your cause.

Number 4

Organize a "No Lucky Charms" cereal drive.

Low-sugar cereal is a needed item in most food banks. Ask people coming to your St. Patty’s Day event to bring boxes of healthy, low-sugar cereal that will be donated to a local food bank. You can also set up a crowdfunding page to raise money to go buy much-needed items for your local food bank.

Number 5

Host a "Green for a Cause" 5K run/walk.

Participants can fundraise for your cause or chosen charity. Use a fundraising platform to create your A-thon so that they can also ask for pledges from sponsors, friends, and family through their social media and personal networks.

Number 6

A "shave or dye" social media challenge.

Challenge supporters to shave their heads or dye their hair green in exchange for donations to a crowdfunding page. Participants can create their own fundraising pages and share their new looks on social media.

We hope these St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser ideas have helped inspire your next lucky fundraiser! Good luck, and may the luck of the Irish be with you! Check out our articles How to Promote your Fundraiser on Social Media and How to Create a Social Media Challenge to support your efforts.

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