Individuals with autism tend to be diverse. Therefore, it is difficult to use words such as all or none when describing this group.
Many companies will match the funds raised by their employees in order to support and encourage their charitable activities. Check to see whether your company has a gift-matching policy in place. Any organization that matches employee donations will receive a tax receipt for its charitable contribution.
Auctions are a terrific way to raise funds. Consider offering auction prizes such as a stay at a local spa, theatre tickets, or a night at a boutique hotel plus dinner for two. Maximize your charitable contribution by requesting sponsorship from the business community. Consider holding a dinner, social or lunch in conjunction with your auction.
Baby Picture Match Game
Invite employees to try their luck at matching baby pictures to co-workers and/or management personnel. Charge a participation fee and award a prize to the individual with the most correct matches.
Dress casual, wear red, or wear corporate colours for a participation fee. Workplace casual day fundraisers are popular and simple to plan.
Dinner, Gala or Social
Coordinate an evening of dinner and dancing in support Autism Services. Benefit dinners are great for rewarding employees and promoting their work in the community.
Organize a BBQ, lunch or picnic and include activities such as mini golf, go-carting, face painting, caricatures, a scavenger hunt, and/or a carnival. Raise money for Autism Services by selling tickets to these activities and designating the proceeds from food and drink sales. Add an educational element by displaying Autism Services resources that educate families on Autism Spectrum Disorder and the services available.
Fitness Lunch Session
Arrange for a trained fitness professional in Pilates, yoga, golf, etc. during lunch and charge employees a participation fee.
Raise awareness and the profile of your organization while raising funds for Autism Services. Hold a barbeque, prize draw, or party and designate the monies raised to Autism Services.
Ask everyone to bring in sandwiches for a day and donate what they would have normally spent on lunch to Autism Services.
Split employees up into teams and have all players pay a participation fee for taking part. Come up with at least three activities that incorporate physical activity. Choose activities that are safe and can be performed by the majority of people in your workplace. Award the winning team a prize, such as a half day off of work, a gift certificate, or a ticket to a concert or sporting event.
Split employees into two groups and give them a variety of challenges they must complete. Choose an uneven number of challenges so a winner can be determined. At the completion of each challenge, award a flag to the group that finishes first. The team with the most flags wins.
Point of Purchase Donation
If you are a retailer, collect donations from your customers at the time of purchase. We encourage you set a fixed donation amount, such as $1 or $2.
Organize a used-book, rummage, craft, or bake sale. A car wash is also a fun way to raise funds while demonstrating your organization’s commitment and support within the community.
Walk, Run, Skate or Bike–a–thon
These fundraisers are fun and healthy ways to involve your family while contributing to a worthy cause. Individuals pay an entry fee and collect pledges from colleagues, family and friends.
Concert, Musical or Play
Are you in a band, choir, musical or play? Promote your production while raising money in support of Autism Services. Viewers buy tickets to see performances and the net proceeds from ticket sales are designated to Autism Services.
Partner with local boutiques and hold a fashion show in your community. Borrow your favourite styles of shoes, accessories and clothes. Raise funds by charging admission and, if feasible, sell or auction off items from the runway.
Luncheon or Dinner Party
Show your community support by hosting food and company in your home or at a local restaurant, pub, coffee shop, or community club, perhaps with live music or entertainment. Set a price per plate, and donate the net proceeds to Autism Services.
Gather up your friends and family and bake up a storm. Set up a table and sell healthy, baked goods in support of Autism Services.
Host a pancake breakfast in your home, at school or at a local community club.
Party for a Cause
Team up with friends and host an event for friends and family. Party ideas include a games night, movie night, mystery night, or karaoke party. An admission price or donation at the door can be donated to Autism Services.
Talent shows are a fun and energetic way to share your support and talents. Charge an entry fee and donate the net proceeds (after rent or refreshments) to Autism Services.
Get together with friends, family and neighbours and sell your clutter. You’ll get rid of stuff you don’t need, and Autism Services will benefit from the money raised.
Sporting Event or Tournament
Organize a pay-to-play sporting event or tournament and show your support for Autism Services.
Host a scavenger hunt in your neighbourhood. Invite friends and neighbours to pay to enter. A prize is awarded to the winning team. Donate the entry fees, minus the cost of the prize, to Autism Services.
Organize a regularly scheduled book club within your social network. Charge a membership fee or ask for donations to Autism Services