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3 DIY Fundraising Ideas for Families and Friends

Bake Sale

Do you have a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe that is out of this world? Now’s the time to show it off! Ask family and friends to create tasty treats for your bake sale and sell them in support of Michael House.

Used Book Sale

Do you have books that your children have outgrown or that they are no longer interested in? We bet your family and friends do too! Come together to give used books a new life by selling them with funds going to a great cause like Michael House.

Trivia Night

Trivia nights are a great way to get the community together in support of a great cause and non-profit. Organize an event where you ask questions about popular tv shows, movies, books or pop culture, and charge admission that is donated to Michael House.

3 DIY Fundraising Ideas for Schools


This is a great activity for schools! Kids ask their parents, friends, and family to sponsor their efforts in a read-a-thon. The children collect donations for however many pages or minutes they read.

Class Cookbook

Ask every child in class to bring in their favourite family recipe to compile in a cookbook. Once printed, sell to the school community at large, all for a good cause.

Field Day

Remember the classic games of tug-o-war, three-legged race, and egg and spoon race? At field day, students organize activities and invite family and friends to attend. Participants are charged admission to have some good old-fashioned fun, with earnings going to Michael House.

3 DIY Fundraising Ideas for Workplaces

Mini-Putt Tournament

Mini-Putt Tournaments are perfect for workplaces and have raised countless dollars for charities! Select a date and location and encourage staff to create teams and sign up. You can even sweeten the pot by offering incentives like a hole-in-one prize or perks for the top golfer.


Organize a fun day out for your colleagues by putting together a bowl-a-thon! Coordinate with a local bowling alley and invite team members to solicit donations from friends and family to participate. This is a fun way to get coworkers to have some fun, while raising money for your cause.

Embarrass the Boss

Who wouldn’t relish the chance to plunge the CEO into a dunk tank, throw a pie in your supervisor’s face or shave your district manager's head, all for the good cause? Once permission is acquired from HR and the executive team, coordinate the opportunity for colleagues to compete to raise the most funds for Michael House. Whoever does get the chance to carry out the embarrassing act!

3 DIY Fundraising Ideas for Individuals and Church Communities

Themed Fundraising Party

Looking to host a party for a good cause? Ask your friends to attend your next party in a themed costume. Charge a few dollars at the door; people who are dressed up pay a smaller fee than people who forgot their costumes. If you’re looking to make it a larger event, share on social media and have as many people attend as possible, with all proceeds going towards your charitable cause.

Sponsored Physical Activity

Turn your favourite way to get fit into a fundraiser! Whether you are an avid cyclist, runner, swimmer, or rock climber, set a goal, and raise fund as you train for your big day. Run 5 KM, bike 20 KM, swim 50 laps, or climb the highest mountain in the world (or in Ontario, the highest hill), all for a great cause.

Virtual 24-Hour Giving Day

Host a virtual 24-hour giving day by asking your supporters to donate to you within a 24-hour period. Like Giving Tuesday, a giving day creates a sense of urgency and community in your donors. An online giving day requires a lot of online promotion to reach as many supporters as possible. Share the details through social media, email, web, or text messages.

Yes, I want to host an event in support of Michael House!

By hosting a DIY fundraiser, you are raising funds to help Michael House provide shelter, safety and love to women and their children in our communities in Guelph, Ontario. Thank you!

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