Host a Fundraiser

Raising money for the Red Cross is a great way to build teamwork, augment your public relations efforts and make a difference in the community. Review our list of fundraising ideas – or develop your own great ideas – and tailor them to your group’s needs and resources.

All groups interested in organizing a fundraiser should contact us at (212) 875-2266 or email florence.oberg@redcross.org.

Important Note: In order to be recognized and supported as a valid Red Cross fundraising event or campaign, your group must fill out and sign our Third-Party Fundraising Agreement and must not participate in any door-to-door fundraising or solicitation to businesses.

Fundraising Ideas

  • Retail outlets, banks, and restaurants can have a customer donation program.
  • Hold a run, walk, bike ride, rocking chair, or dance marathon.
  • Hold a “dress-down” day at the office or school and have each dressed-down employee or student donate.
  • Ask members of your civic group to donate.
  • Ask vendors, neighbors, friends, family and associates to support your efforts.
  • Hold a carnival with portions of the ride proceeds benefiting the Red Cross.
  • Ask patrons to donate change at the register or hold a coin drive at your school.
  • Hold an all-school or all-company talent show. Charge admission and donate the proceeds to the Red Cross.
  • Auto dealerships can donate to the Red Cross each time someone takes a car for a test-drive.
  • Sell T-shirts. Make it a design contest among students or employees.
  • Host a battle of the bands and charge admission with proceeds benefiting the Red Cross.
  • Hold a craft and/or art fair.
  • Hold a Wii/ video game tournament and charge an entry fee.
  • Host scavenger hunts, basketball, football, and/or volleyball game tournaments and charge entry feeds.
  • Have a battle of the bands competition.
  • Hold an all-school or all-company talent show. Charge admission and donate the proceeds to the Red Cross.