Aug 17, 2023

Kickstart Fall Fundraising

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Crunchy, colorful leaves. Pumpkins. Football. Bonfires. Fall is in the air, and with it comes many opportunities to finish up this calendar year strong. Your fiscal goals are within reach. What is your nonprofit doing to creatively expand your audience and steward your donors with your fall fundraising?  

We have some ideas (and tools) that can help! Request a demo to learn more. Looking for ideas for what you can build your upcoming fall fundraiser around? Keep reading! 


Do you host a large annual event in the fall? Whether your answer is yes or no, you should consider adding more fundraising and outreach opportunities to your fall calendar. Consider a text-to-donate campaign, a run/walk, or a giving day.  

From September to December, the possibilities are endless!  

September has many designated days and weeks to commemorate and raise awareness. Here are a few that your nonprofit could use for your wrap-around event(s).  

  • Childhood Cancer Awareness Month 
  • Back to School 
  • Labor Day 
  • Suicide Prevention Week 
  • International Day of Peace 
  • End of Summer 
  • And more!  
2023 Annual Fundraising Calendar


Carnivals, hayrides, and trick-or-treat events—October is a fantastic month to get creative with your fall fundraising. Consider a scavenger hunt, or implement a virtual peer-to-peer social fundraising event to network for new donors. Host a hayride, have an apple picking contest, or sponsor a corn maze challenge. Have your supporters vote for best costume, best jack-o’-lantern, or best scarecrow.  

Gamification in your fundraisers adds to the fun of participating, and fall provides easy ways to get creative with your games! 

Celebrate and raise awareness in October with these days in mind: 

  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month 
  • Yom Kippur 
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Day 
  • Diwali 
  • Halloween 
  • And more! 

Want to make sure you have all of your event planning boxes checked? Download our Essential Fundraising Event Checklist on Implementation. 


Whether or not your nonprofit participates in Giving Tuesday or creates its own giving day opportunity, consider including a text-to-donate campaign. Not only does text-to-donate expand your reach, but it also provides a fast, easy way for your donors to participate.  

Keep your donor experience in mind during check-in and check-out as well for any of your fall events.  Self-check-in can provide a seamless experience for your donors and allow them to skip lines. And offering alternative payment options and digital wallet payments allows your donors to feel secure during a fast, simple check-out. 

Outside of Giving Tuesday, you can come up with many November fundraising ideas around these awareness days: 

  • Military Family Month 
  • Anti-Bullying Week 
  • Election Day 
  • Veterans Day 
  • Thanksgiving 
  • Giving Tuesday 
  • And more! 

Giving days, holidays, anniversaries, and more. Make sure your organization is using every opportunity to fundraise and celebrate. Learn more in our Giving Days guide.  


Year-round (and especially at the end of a calendar year) steward your relationships with your sponsors, volunteers, board members, donors, members, and more. Provide impact reports or statements, thank you letters with personalized signatures, hand-written notes, or whichever method your donors prefer.  

Celebrate with them and nurture those relationships to improve your retention rates and boost your networking efforts into the new year. 

Celebrate and raise awareness in December with these seasonal fundraising days: 

  • Human Rights Month 
  • Volunteer Day 
  • Hanukkah 
  • Christmas 
  • Kwanzaa 
  • New Year’s Eve/Day 
  • And more! 

Want more inspiration for each month of the year and how you can take advantage of more fundraising opportunities? Take a look at our Annual Fundraising Calendar. 

Trying to plan for next year’s fundraising goals? Download our Goal Planning Worksheets now. 

GiveSmart for Your Nonprofit 

GiveSmart Fundraise 

Personalize and brand customer forms and landing pages, equipped with options your donors will love. Provide easy text-to-donate and digital wallet payment options. Grow your fundraising audience with a robust peer-to-peer feature set. GiveSmart Fundraise is a platform with the capabilities you need to creatively grow your nonprofit and collect donations year-round.  

GiveSmart Events 

Host auctions and galas of any size featuring live and silent items, raffle items, instant items, and more. Seating management and ticketing connect with self-check-in, bidder numbers, and more for a donor experience unlike any other. Allow your donors to attend off-site with in-event live streaming. GiveSmart Events offers your donors an easy way to give and participate before, during, and after your events.  

GiveSmart Donor CRM 

Intuitively track and search for your donors with custom tags and indexed searching. Keep track of your donor scores and steward your donors from your database. Celebrate your accomplishments with user gamification and celebrations. GiveSmart Donor CRM provides your organization the ability to securely store, track, and act on your donor records.  

Learn more about GiveSmart for your organization.


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Hope Chest for Breast Cancer

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Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County