25 Fire Fighter Fundraising Alternatives to Boot Fundraising Part Two


We shared 25 great fundraising ideas for fire fighters in Part One. There are plenty more to consider, so here are the next 25 alternatives to boot fundraising.

  1. If you have the space, start a fire department thrift store. They can be more profitable than you might think.
  2. Charge admission for a movie and s’mores night
  3. Give an open house with fire station tour
  4. Birthday party visits. What kid wouldn’t want a visit from a real fire fighter in a real fire truck?
  5. Create a carnival. Dunk a firefighter may be one of the best moneymakers.
  6. “Steptember” challenge. Ask supporters to commit to walking 10,000 steps a day for the entire month of September, while raising money for your department. You can adapt this for any time of year. For example, have a “Spring Step Up Challenge.”
  7. Dare fire fighters to do something outrageous when you reach a certain donation amount. Dying hair orange or getting duck taped to a wall are two ideas that have worked for others.
  8. Set up an easy online fundraising page.
  9. Photos with Santa or the Easter Bunny
  10. Craft a haunted house and asked for a donated admission.
  11. Set up a family Easter egg hunt with donated candy-filled eggs
  12. Have a cool “Night at the Firehouse” sleep over for kids and parents
  13. Do a cold water plunge
  14. Create a social media challenge—anyone who accepts donates a small amount to your station. Remember the ice bucket challenge?
  15. Offer babysitting during the holidays so parents can shop without kids
  16. Sell bar crawl tickets
  17. Set up a board game tournament or game night
  18. Offer fantasy football or a March Madness bracket
  19. Chili cook off. Yum.
  20. Corn hole tournaments are fun, and you can charge an entry fee and sell refreshments
  21. Town scavenger hunt—participants follow your clues and take photos. In addition to the entry fee, they can donate extra money to unlock additional clues.
  22. Found art. Challenge fire fighters to create works of art from found materials and then auction them to raise funds.
  23. Set up holiday gift wrapping for donations
  24. Host a sing-a-thon
  25. Organize a battle of the local bands, lipsync or airband event.

This article is part of a three-part series. To learn about the Firefighters for Operation Warm program and to get fundraising support: Firefighters for Operation Warm


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