Are you looking for a great outdoor event?
Are you searching for something that you can invite families and friends to partake in that won’t cost each person $500 a plate — but will help bring in funds and help build awareness for your organization?
Are you looking for a nice outdoor activity but are afraid that hosting a marathon isn’t for your donors or congregants?
We’ve got the perfect idea for you: host an outdoor hiking event as your next fundraiser!
This sort of event can be enjoyed by families or those serious about hiking, increase awareness among the general public about who you are and how your cause helps the community and bring in much needed funds.
Still not convinced?
Consider this: Back in 2013, over $5,000 was raised in Israel during a hike to support the Koby Mandell Foundation, which provides healing programs for families struck by terrorism.
Ready to get started?
Here’s how we suggest you go about hosting a “Hiking Fundraiser”:
1. Offer a One Day Family Hike
First, research and find family-friendly hike trails in your area. Feel free to click here and explore some of the links to get a sense of what kid-friendly trails look like.
Next, schedule your hike on a Sunday afternoon, a legal holiday or a convenient time that will allow as many people as possible to attend your event.
Remember: The more hikers you have, the more funds you will raise. After all, each hiker, raises funds based on the amount of miles or kilometers they hike.
2. Consider a Three or Four Day Hike
If you have students or donors who are more inclined to really appreciate going on a serious hike — make it happen!
This sort of hike may require special arrangements like renting some tents or traveling with a guide. However, it should bring in that much more funds than a one-day hike.
Also, it is inevitable that if you and another person from your faculty go on this hike, this sort of event will give hikers the ability to really get to know your staff. It’s events such as this one that you can use to generate additional interest in your organization and that will allow you to interact with people who never would have walked into your physical building! If you’d like to read about the four day hike that The Koby Mandell Foundation went on, read this blogpost.
3. Make an Event Page
Once you have the logistics and sponsors for things such as food, drink, t-shirts and backpacks in place, you are ready to move on to the PR aspect of this event. Take a look at this page that advertised the, “4th Fitness Fundraiser Sunset Hike.” You’ll get a good idea of what words to use when writing the copy of your events page. You can create a free webpage for this event or a Facebook page like this one.