Fundraising ideas for charities: Consider outdoor adventure challenges in 2013
The trend is growing yearly. People are opting for challenging outdoor adventures as a means to fundraise for a cause rather than sitting in a stuffy room with silent auction items. And why wouldn’t they? Think about it:
First and foremost, adventure challenges get people outside into the fresh air. It gets them moving and hopefully inspired to be more physically active. No matter how large or small the challenge, the point is they’re outside and trying something different, fun and challenging. And I might add that this is a welcome distraction for our “7.5 hours on average per day sitting in front of a flickering screen” society.
The outdoor charity adventure challenges are also great for getting teams involved, especially from a corporate team building and team spirit perspective. People get super psyched when they can test their limits in healthy competition for a common cause. And when the going gets tough, it is the higher purpose that will bring people together and keep each person pushing harder towards the objective.
Moreover, it creates meaningful and long-lasting relationships and stories that spread. Relationships and stories ignite engagement which usually leads to an emotional connection and ultimately support - either in the form of a donation or in-kind assistance.
The best part is that there are endless options for outdoor adventures in our vast natural playground. So here are three ideas for charity adventure challenges to consider as ways to fundraise for your charity this year:
Charity climb or trek: There are several mountain guides and trekking operators out there who specialize in charity fundraising challenges in places as popular as Mt. Kilimanjaro and Everest base camp or as (mostly) unexplored as the Simien Mountain region in Ethiopia. Huma Challenge, Charity Challenge Canada, Charity Challenge UK, are two operators among many more that come to mind.
Snowshoe: If you live in a cooler mountainous region, opt for a team snowshoe in winter wonderland in your own backyard. Add some healthy competition by making it a racecourse or find a beautifully steep (but safe!) hill that provides a nice endurance challenge.
Summer obstacle/race course in the park: This one is so great for corporate teams, family or friends alike. Make it muddy, make it clever and mix it up with all the many forms of challenge including skill, strategy, teamwork, endurance, obstacle, strength, cardio and what have you. There are many existing races popping up all over that you can enter if you don’t want to design your charity’s own event.
So mix up your fundraising strategy this year and encourage people to get outside for a good cause!
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