7 Fun St. Patrick’s Day Fundraising Ideas

March 10, 2016

St. Patrick’s Day is a great holiday for kicking off your spring fundraisers. Whether you’re raising funds for your charity, school, or other nonprofit organization, you can have a lot of fun and generate significant contributions with the following seven St. Patrick’s Day fundraising ideas.

1. Host an Irish feast

Offer your community the chance to sample traditional Irish fare like bacon and cabbage, colcannon, and - of course - Irish stew. Host a special St. Patrick’s Day dinner at a local event center and charge for tickets. Add in a 50/50 and prize raffles, plus some Irish-themed entertainment, then sell event tickets. Print posters and flyers to help market your Irish feast!

2. Host a St. Patrick’s Day dance

Hire a hot band, get some green beer, and get ready to party down while you increase your fundraising revenues. Sell tickets for your event and be sure to market it heavily with flyers and banners. Newspaper inserts are also great for promoting your St. Patrick’s Day dance, which can be held as a standalone event or along with an Irish feast.

3. Sell green carnations

Schools and youth clubs tend to do well with flower sales, and a green St. Patrick’s Day makes it fun for everyone. Have students or youth club members take flyers and order forms home to collect orders, then schedule a central pickup place and time (or have the children handle delivery). Be sure to offer sales incentives, such as prizes for achieving certain volume milestones to make it fun for the kids!

4. Bake sale

Bake sales are tried-and-true, but they can tend to get a little boring. Not on St. Patrick’s Day! Bake clover-shaped cookies with green icing, use green candies on your brownies, and sell green-tinted fruit punch. Bake sales perform well when paired with another youth event that already draws crowds, such as a school sporting event, band concert, or other activity.

5. St. Patty’s Day 5K

A well-operated 5K can be a major fundraiser for any organization. Chart out a fun 5K course and sell green shirts. Create more opportunities for fundraising by partnering with a local establishment to host an after-party complete with green beer (and punch), Irish music, and entertainment.

6. St. Patty’s Day golf tournament

Golf scrambles represent another great opportunity to raise funds on St. Patrick’s Day, especially in warm weather states. Work with local organizations to get prize donations and charge a per-team fee. You can set up fun mini-games (such as closest to the pin and longest drive) on some holes to generate more donations throughout the day. Sell green beer on the course to maximize your fundraising efforts.

7. Crazy dress-up day

If you’re raising funds for your school, challenge students to wear their craziest Irish-themed or green hats, socks, outfits, etc., on St. Patrick’s Day. The catch? Each student has to donate a dollar for the right to wear a hat (etc.) during school. For another dollar, they can enter a school-wide contest to award the best-dressed with a fun prize!

No matter what type of St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser you choose, you’ll need to market it to attract donors. Posters, flyers, direct-mail postcards, and banners are all great fundraiser marketing tools. Maximize your fundraiser return on investment this St. Patrick’s Day with discount printing by PsPrint!

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About Brian Morris

Brian Morris serves in various capacities as a freelance writer, content developer and public relations specialist for growing small businesses. When he’s not writing, he can be found on the racquetball court - usually getting his tail kicked by guys 20 years older.

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