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Master Calendar 2000 - September
Holiday and Seasonal Fundraising Ideas

by Deane Brengle


Each month we take a look at what fundraising opportunities the holidays and other seasonal events present for a future month.

If your group has a fundraising activity that is centered on a holiday or season
please tell us about it at brengled@fundsraiser.com


Labor Day - September 4th
Autumnal Equinox - September 22nd


Labor Day - September 4th

Labor Day is a national holiday in the United States. It is a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country.

Labor Day is seen as the last long weekend of summer and everyone who can takes a vacation on the first Monday of September.

For those of you choosing to hold an event tied to Labor Day there are a lot of benefits:

  • Labor Day isn't trademarked so you can use the name without danger of being sued or paying a royalty.
  • It has national recognition by all groups of people
  • The press (newspaper, radio and television) covers the event in some form every year.

Types of events suitable for Labor Day

  • Run/Walk Events and Golf Tournaments

    Almost everybody has the day off, so it's a good time to hold a sports type event. Don't limit yourself to a running event or a golf tournament. Other good sports events are:

    • Softball tournament
    • Mud football game
    • Tennis tournament
    • Fun run/walk
    • Bike race

  • Parade

    Everybody loves a good parade. This holiday ranks right up there with July 4th as a major parade day.

  • Complementary Events

    Most nonprofits aren't big enough to tackle a huge Labor Day parade. But they are big enough to host a complementary event to the main event.

    These events are do-able for most groups and can be a good source of funds-

    • Picnic
    • Classic car show
    • Cake walk
    • Community Raffle
    • Magic Show
    • Craft Show
    • Concert
    • Dance
      • Battle of the DJ's
      • Teen Dance
      • Square Dance
      • Street Dance
      • Oldies Dance
    • Food Sales
      • Bar-Bar-B-Que
      • Chicken
      • Kabobs
      • Ribs
      • Hot Dogs
      • Elephant Ears
      • Sub sandwiches
      • Pop corn/caramel corn/peanuts
    • Beverage Sales
      • Lemonade
      • Soda Pop
      • Frozen Soda Pop
      • Popsicles
      • Sno-Cones
    • Craft Show
    • Souvenirs
    • Bake Sale
    • Face Painting
    • Horse drawn carriage/buggy rides
    • Carnival

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Autumnal Equinox - September 22nd

The date when night and day are nearly of the same length and the sun crosses the celestial equator moving southward. The autumnal equinox marks the first day of the season of autumn or fall.

For those of you choosing to hold an event tied to The Autumnal Equinox (Fall) there are a lot of benefits:

  • The Autumnal Equinox (Fall) isn't trademarked so you can use the name without danger of being sued or paying a royalty.
  • It has national recognition by all groups of people
  • The press (newspaper, radio and television) covers the event in some form every year.
  • The Autumnal Equinox (Fall) is a uplifting day that lends itself to good time fundraising events.

Types of events suitable for The Autumnal Equinox (Fall)

  • Harvest Festival

    Originally a celebration of the bounty of the harvest and a time of giving thanks. More often now a good excuse for a festival and a good time. Many harvest or fall festivals are now used to showcase the community and it's people.

    Although the Autumnal Equinox falls in early September, many communities celebrate a fall festival later in the season after the fall harvest has taken place.

    A harvest or fall festival is a large event to plan and execute. Many nonprofits will find this an overwhelming task. If your area already has a harvest festival you may want to plan a complementary event for your fundraiser. You can use all of the above ideas in the Labor Day section as a complementary event idea.

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    About the Author:

    Deane Brengle is the editor of several free online publications that cover fundraising for small nonprofit groups. You can visit these publications and read more about fundraising in articles by him and other experts in the field at The Fund$Raiser Cyberzine, The Fundraising for Small Groups Newsletter, and Fundraising Booklets.



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