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Service Dog Fundraising Ideas

We've put together a list of fundraising ideas that are sure to excite your supporters and inspire donations to your service dog fundraising campaign. 

 
 
Special Events

24-Hour Activity-a-Thon

Participants pledge to do a chose activity (dance, read, bake, etc.) for 24 hours, or as long as they can, in order to raise money and win prizes.

Benefit Concert

Enlist the help of local artists and bands to determine the line-up. Set a date and time, sell tickets at the door, offer concessions for a small price, and set up a donation table to accept contributions throughout the night.

Car Wash

Plan this event for a warm and sunny day and advertise by hanging up flyers and posting on social media. Charge a fee, but also put out a donation jar to encourage more donations.

Creative Workshop

Host a workshop that teaches a skill (cooking, painting, etc.) and charge an entrance fee. You can also turn this into a virtual event by hosting your class over Zoom.

Fitness Class

Partner with a local gym to dedicate a class to your fundraiser. Charge a small fee to participate.

Karaoke/Lip Sync Battle

Partner with a local bar to donate the venue and charge admission to the participants, as well as friends and family who attend. 

Parents Night Out

Offer to take care of the kids for the evening. Gather a group of responsible volunteers and secure a location for this event. You'll also need to provide snacks and activities/games to entertain the kids. Charge per hour of choose a flat rate donation.

Pot Luck Dinner

Invite your friends and family for a fun-raising potluck. Attendees can bring along tasty dishes and a donation to your fundraiser.

Themed Party

Charge addmission at the door. Attendees that dress in the themed costume pay a small fee while those in “normal” clothes can pay a little bit more.

Bake Sale

Get creative with the confections you create. Place a tip or donation jar on the table for customers who feel extra generous.

Bingo Night

Fundraise by selling admission tickets, concessions, products (if you have them), and encouraging additional contributions during the event. 

Comedy Night

Partner with a local comedy venue to put on a charity comedy night featuring local comedians. Raise funds through ticket sales, merchandise, and encouraging additional contributions throughout the evening.

Cutest Pet Contest

Host a virtual pet contest and let your audience decide who's pet is cutest! Supporters submit their best photos with a brief description (pet name, age, breed, favorite activities, etc.) and you feature them on your social media page for voting purposes. You can either charge a small fee for submitting a photo.

Fun Run/Walk-a-Thon

Charge an admission fee and sell merchandise such as t-shirts, water bottles, and hats along the walkathon route.

Movie Night

Organize a movie viewing at an outdoor location or team up with your local cinema to get a special rate for supporters to attend a new release.

Pet Care Classes

Partner with your local vetrinarian to offer a community class for pet owners (Basic Dog Care, Pet First Aid & CPR, etc.). Raise money by charging a small fee of $10 or $20. Promote the event online and drop off flyers at local pet stores, shelters, and vet clinics.

Restaurant Night

Partner with a national chain or local restaurant that will donate a portion of their sales during the event to your fundraiser.

Yard Sale

Make it a community event by inviting your friends and family to join in selling their stuff to benefit your fundraiser, too.

BBQ

Host a backyard barbecue.You can charge a fee for your barbecue or simply set up a donation table with a jar for change.

Breakfast with ...

Ask a local celebrity (Mayor, Police Chief, Firefighters, actor, school principal, etc.) to host a pancake breakfast. Sell tickets for admission. 

Cooking Competition

Determine your theme dish (ie: chili) and charge participants a fee to enter their best dish. Event guests can judge entries by making a donation.

Dog Wash

Just like a car wash, but for dogs. Make sure that you explain where the funds are going during the event to encourage more donations.

Giving Day

These 24-hour fundraising campaigns are effective because they leverage a sense of urgency that makes donors more likely to donate, doing social good for a united goal. Giving Days can be centered around birthdays, holidays, awareness months, etc. Check out Good Dog's giving day done-for-you campaigns to get started.

Paint & Sip

Partner with a local sip and paint company willing to donate a percentage of the proceeds to your fundraiser. Or create it yourself by securing a location and asking a local artist or volunteer to teach the class.

Pet Picture Day

Ask a photographer to donate their time and location. Charge a fee, or sell packages and/or merchandise with the pet pictures on them.

Scavenger Hunt

Teams sign up and pay a registration fee. Then, create a course and hide items around your community. The winners can even receive a small prize.

Yappy Hour

Partner with a bar or restaurant for a pet-friendly event. Charge an admission price and ask attendees to make donations during the event. 

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Non-Event

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Sometimes, supporters would just rather stay home in their comfy pajamas, instead of dressing up to go to a fancy gala fundraising event. If you need a low-cost fundraiser for these introverted donors, host a non-event! 

Basically, you send out “invitations” to an event that isn’t going to take place. Tell people that “nothing will happen on Tuesday at 7:00 pm” and let them know that they can stay home and not worry about socializing. Then, ask for donations for your cause (either via self-addressed stamped envelope or through your online fundraising website).

 

Your supporters will be grateful for a no social obligation night, and you’ll raise some extra money.

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Auction & Raffle

Auction and raffles are great add-ons to live events to maximize your fundraising potentional. Additionally, through the  use of tech platforms, you can also conduct them online as standalone virtual fundraisers.

50/50 Raffle

For this kind of raffle, the prize is half of the money raised from the ticket sales. The more tickets people buy, the more they might win.

Kids Art Auction

Put your kids' art skills on display for a good cause! Charge a few dollars for admission and set up a donation table or booth for general contributions.

Balloon Pop Raffle

Place raffle tickets inside balloons and sell them to participants for a dollar each. The winning ticket gets a small prize at the end of the raffle.

Silent Auction

Ask local businesses and individuals to donate items to your silent auction. More desirable auction items will increase your fundraising potential.

Guessing Games

Fill a jar with candy or small dog biscuits and charge $1 per guess. The person who guesses correctly gets a prize.

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Product Sales

Calendars

Start creating your calendars in the middle of summer. That way, you’ll have plenty of time to advertise and sell them to your supporters before the new year starts. 

Food

Sell gourmet food items to your supporters and community members. There are a number of vendors and wholesale providers who offer this type of fundraiser and many have online ordering options.

Crafts

Use your creativity to make one-of-a-kind pieces that you can then advertise and sell online. You can also sell your crafts by renting a booth at local fairs or partnering with a local store.

Merchandise

From t-shirts to pet goods to bracelets, there are a variety of products you can and sell to raise money for your fundraiser. There are many online wholesalers that offer these products, or you can also work with a local manufacturer.

Cookbooks

Compile and sell a cookbook that contains your favorite recipes. You can also have community members contribute their own. 

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Seasonal

There's always a reason to fundraise, regardless of the time of year. With some creativity & tenacity, your fundraising options are endless!

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Winter

Holiday Gift Wrapping

Breakfast with Santa

Letters from Santa Paws

Caroling for a Cause

Puppy  Bowl Party

Valentine's Day Grams

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Spring

St. Paddy's Bar Crawl

Easter Egg Hunts

Mother's Day Tulip Delivery

Tea Parties

Autism Awareness

Spring Cleaning Garage Sale

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Summer

July 4th Cook-Off

Lemonade Stand

Block Party

Summer Solstice Clam Bake

Cornhole Tournament

Farmer's Market Booth

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Autumn

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Haunted House

Costume Paw-ty

Orchard Walk

Rake-a-Thon

Friendsgiving Dinner

 
 
Miscellaneous

Appreciation Grams

Charge a small fee to send out customized notes to the donor's recipient of choice. Get creative by including a small item like a pencil, piece of candy, or hand-drawn picture by your child.

Envelope Fundraiser

Buy a pack of 100 envelopes and number each one. Hang them on a cork board. Donors choose an envelope and give that amount.

Viral Video Challenge

 Pick a challenge or task that can be easily accomplished, is related to your cause, and enjoyable to watch. Have a few of your friends record themselves completing the challenge and share their videos online with a link to your fundraising website, and then encourage others to do the same!

Chain of Paws

Partner with a local business to “sell” paper dog paws and post them on their wall. Donors can add their messages of support.

Give It Up Challenge

Participants agree to give up an indulgence (like their daily latte) for a certain amount of time, putting the money they would normally spend on it towards your fundraiser instead.

Dog Walking Services

Offer dog walking services to your community dog owners. Raise money by charging per walk.

Penny Drive

Ask your local shops if they will showcase your donation jars with info about your fundraiser. You can also turn it into a competition to see who raises the most money.

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