Almost all non profits know that from Thanksgiving to the New Year is when the majority of giving occurs. Here are some ideas to help incentivize gifts beyond the holiday season.

  1. Throw an outdoor party.

  2. We sure may miss the holiday season but the beautiful weather up ahead is an opportunity for fun! Throw garden parties, pool parties, outdoor auctions. Explore all options to fundraise in interesting ways. Get people excited about your cause and meeting you and your team and maintaining a relationship!

  3. Host mission trips and travel with eligible voluntourists!

  4. Whether you are a local attracting volunteers to your community or part of a global effort and planning a trip yourself and fundraising for the cause, your organization could be a part of the billion dollar industry that is voluntourism. Yes. Billion. People want to do good and they want to travel. During the off season planning mission trips or organizing these trips in your community is an excellent way to stay current and innovative.

  5. Engage with the communities you work from or in.

  6. The off season is the perfect time to work on your relationships with donors and potential local partners. Use this time wisely to build rapport for the big giving seasons. Its a perfect opportunity to meet with businesses in the area who would be interested in donating services, event spaces or pledge gifts. Throw educational seminars and tours of the facilities to give people an idea of how you operate to boost transparency and donor engagement.

  7. Brunch!

  8. Mother’s Day, Fathers Day, Easter, Children’s Day. Who doesn’t love brunch! Pinterest some good mimosa recipes and let the networking begin!

  9. Throw a sporting event!

  10. Get outside! Get sponsors and volunteers and host a marathon, a 5K, bike race, triathlon. You could use fun holidays to have themes on the event and to maximize visibility to locals and tourists.

  11. Roll up your sleeves

  12. Your staff and volunteers can pledge their time to do handy work for members in the community in exchange for donations. There are plenty of people who could benefit from having odd jobs done. If you can organize your volunteers to donate a day of their time, you can make a lot of progress. Some individuals may not be able to personally to donate money but their time is valuable as well! The completion of odd jobs is an excellent way to reach someone in the community and introduce your organization. Sell them on the value of giving back!

  13. Donation based fitness classes

  14. Attention to the office fitness fanatic! Help your organization lead a free fitness class for the community. Use public parks, recreation centers, beaches or lakesides (if you’re lucky). Logo some organization t-shirts, towels & water bottles and get active!

There is no off season really, its as simple as this: the same effort at different times of the year yields different results. Find what works for you, become a presence in your community and let your reputation and impact takeoff! Happy Fundraising!