Do-it-yourself Fundraising and Benefits are great ways to get people to come together for a good cause.

Here are just some ideas to help get you started and make a difference in the lives of the people around you.

Download Benefit Event Packet Create a Fundraising Page

1. Silent/Live Auction

By itself or as part of a larger event, a silent auction is a great way to raise money. Approach local businesses to donate merchandise or a service as an auction items. Guests with the highest bet on an auction item will pay that much for that item. Larger high-ticket or in-demand items can also be auctioned live to create more excitement and raise even more money.

2. Running or other Endurance Events

 Are you training for a marathon, triathlon, or other endurance event? How about a long hike? Set-up a fundraising and use your training and event participation to raise money for the Colon Cancer Coalition. You can set up your fundraiser on our DIY Fundraising platform!

3. Benefit Concert

Are you in a band? Work with a local venue about hosting a benefit concert. See if a restaurant or caterer can donate food and beverages. Find other local artists around the area that care willing to perform for free. People can donate by paying to get into the event. Put posters up around that local theater or school or talk to people about coming to the event.

4. Casual Day at the Office

Have people at work donate a small donation in return to wear casual clothes at work.

5. Coffee Day at Work

Have a local coffee shop donate coffee and pastries and for a small donation people at work can receive a cup of coffee or pastry.

6. Colon Cancer Coalition Awareness Bracelets

Order the Colon Cancer Coalition bracelets and sell them to your friends, co-workers, neighbors or anybody to raise money AND awareness. Plus if you want some informational material to hand out with those bracelets we’ll send you that for FREE (order on this page).  (hint = bracelets are sold in packs of 10, the more packs you buy the more the profit is per piece when you sell them)

7. Blue Star of Hope

The Blue Star of Hope is the universal symbol for colorectal cancer. Download a page of Blue Stars and invite a small donation in return for your donors recognition on a blue star. The Blue Stars can be hung up in the place of your choice. Would your employer allow them in the break room at work? Your cube? Or even the front lobby? How about a gathering space in your place of worship? Or the front counter of a locally owned coffee shop?

8. Dine and Donate

Many restaurants will host a “Dine and Donate” night where they provide a percentage of the proceeds from guests who mention the non-profit or show a specific flyer. Some will also allow you to do a small program as a part of the evening, or set up an informational table. All you have to do is check the website or ask the manager. Many restaurants will ask for the non-profit’s 501(c)3 number or letter which we are happy to provide, just contact us to ask!

9. Wine, Beer, or Soda Night

Invite your friends and family to a dinner party (you provide the food). They provide the beverages. Encourage your guests to be creative and take advantage of any craft beverages in the area. Throughout the night guests may sample each beverage and vote for their favorite (or favorites) with a donation. The guest who raises the money with their beverage of choice “wins,” but the real winner is the Colon Cancer Coalition after you send in all the money through the voting.

10. Karaoke Party

Who doesn’t love a great night of Karaoke? The fundraiser works this way. You can pay any amount to nominate a friend to sing, then, the MUST sing. OR they must make a donation in the same amount to avoid getting up in front of people and belting out their best Taylor Swift or Neil Diamond impression.

Thinking about hosting a benefit or other fundraiser? Contact Anne Carlson for ways the Colon Cancer Coalition can support you! 

When your fundraiser is finished, send us a report and photos! We may feature you on our blog

And finally, if you collected any money in person, please mail it to the address below and include a brief recap of the event. (Please do not send checks through the mail.)

Colon Cancer Coalition
5666 Lincoln Dr., #270
Edina, MN 55436

Mail-in Donation Form