Fundraising Ideas

Healthy fundraising has many benefits including:

  • supporting a culture where healthy eating is the ‘norm,’
  • celebrating healthy foods and drinks in a fun and enjoyable way,
  • supporting healthy eating policies,
  • supporting community groups to raise money for their projects and programs.

Involve schools, families, local businesses and community groups in the planning and delivery of fundraising activities. Consider using healthy food options or non-food ideas.

Healthy Food Fundraisers


  • Vegetable hampers (connect with local farmers)
  • Frozen items (i.e. fishcakes, fruit, vegetables)
  • Local herbs and spices
  • Citrus fruits
  • Plain popcorn

Non-Food Fundraisers


  • Recycling drive – set up an account at your local depot and ask the community to donate under the account or collect the donations at a school or community centre
  • Gift wrap, greeting cards or community calendars
  • Locally produced products – partner with local businesses who make soaps, candles, or personalized items. They may even create a custom fundraiser for your group
  • Products available by catalogue such as cookware, food storage items, eco-friendly cleaning products etc. There may be a sales consultant in your area to partner with
  • Holiday themed items such as door wreaths or table centre pieces
  • Flower bulbs – try local businesses or nurseries or purchase in bulk online
  • Used book sales
  • Garage sales – ask community members to bring in donations

Physical Activity Fundraisers


  • Walk/dance/skip/rock (use rocking chair)-a thon
  • Fun run/walk
  • Host a sports tournament such as volleyball, soccer, basketball or bag toss

Event Fundraisers

Consider hosting an event and charging admission!


  • Movie night
  • Live music
  • Talent show
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Car wash
  • Trivia tournament
  • Carnival
  • Cultural theme days
  • Auction – seek donations from local businesses and the community and hold an online or in person silent auction
  • Community breakfast* (try whole grain pancakes, fruit, and milk)
  • Community dinners* (try homemade meals like spaghetti, turkey, or roast dinners etc.)

*If preparing food for community members please visit the following link for information on food safety: Food safety and you –

Services related to this information:

  • 811 Dial-a-Dietitian (Newfoundland & Labrador) – Call 811 or 1-888-709-2929 / TTY 1-888-709-3555
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Last updated: 2019-08-07