Fundraising with a Costume “Contest”

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Traditionally, supporting HoHoTO has meant spreading the word, donating food, attending the event, or signing on as a sponsor. But the support – and fun – doesn’t have to end there.

If you’re looking for a fun, low-stress, and holiday themed way to fundraise for HoHoTO in your office, we’ve got you covered with this week’s fundraising idea: a costume contest.

Now, before you totally write off this idea as silly, this kind of costume contest might be a little different from the kind you’re used to seeing at Halloween.

First, pick a festive costume (like a full-on Santa suit, pillow belly and all!) and round up mangers who would be willing to wear the costume around the office for a full day in the name of charity.

Next, set up collection tins in your break room labelled with each participating manager’s name, and encourage employees to vote on which manager they want to see wear the costume by tossing cash into the tin. Whichever jar has the most money at the end of the week “wins” – and come Monday, the lucky “winner” will get to walk around in full-on festive garb for the duration of the work day. Be sure to also pin a sign to them to raise awareness about the event wherever they go – for example, “I’m wearing this outfit to support HoHoTO and the Daily Bread Food Bank!”

PS – If you run a fundraiser like this in your office, we’d LOVE to see the photos!