Third-party Fundraising Ideas

When it comes to organizing an fundraising event, the possibilities are endless. When deciding what type of event you’d like to plan, keep in mind the time of year (summer months are tricky to get people to commit), what else is going on that month in the community, and how many helpers you are going to need to pull it off. We can’t stress enough the importance of having enough volunteers to help – they not only help lessen the workload, but you can leverage each others’ strengths and pull off a truly success event.

Here are some ideas to get you started, but your event needs to resonate with you – what makes sense for your interests and passions, or how you might acknowledge or memorialize your loved one.

Sporting events: With these type of events, you can ask teams to register and/or collect pledges to participate.

  • Baseball tournaments
  • Ball hockey tournaments
  • Golf
  • Bowling
  • Walks
  • Marathons

Community events:

  • BBQ lunch
  • Pancake Breakfast
  • Fun Fair
  • Bake sales
  • Garage sales
  • Movie night
  • Cooking challenge
  • Online silent auction

Corporate events:

  • Dress-down day for BFO
  • Golf tournament


  • Gala
  • Casino Night
  • Donations in lieu of gifts


  • Photography contest
  • Art show
  • Hand-made jewelry sales
  • Craft sale
  • Benefit concert

Percentage of proceeds: Often, home-based sales business (i.e. Tupperware, jewellery, scrapbooks) have programs where they will donate a percentage of sales from a party. Restaurants are also great for doing this.

As noted, these ideas are just to get you started. If you have something particular in mind, please let us know. We’d be happy to discuss your ideas with you. Call us at 519-603-0196 or email

DON’T FORGET! Before you start planning your event, be sure to review our event guidelines and submit your proposal to BFO-MR. Thank you!