Host a Fundraiser

The Durham Rescue Mission welcomes questions, comments and inquiries from potential volunteers, the press, and anyone interested in learning more about our ministry working with the hungry, homeless, addicted and broken in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area.

Anyone Can Raise Funds!

Organizing a fundraising event, collecting donations, or any other initiative to raise awareness and support for the Durham Rescue Mission can be an enjoyable and impactful endeavor. You don’t need to be an event planning expert to make a difference in the lives of those in need!

If you’re interested in hosting an event or have any ideas to contribute, please reach out to the Durham Rescue Mission at or call 919-688-9641. They will be delighted to discuss your ideas, available dates, and further details.

Fundraising Ideas

If you’re looking to kickstart your fundraiser, we’ve got you covered with a range of inspiring ideas. Whether you prefer a classic approach or something more unique, there are numerous ways to make a meaningful impact. You could also explore options such as crowdfunding campaigns, collaboration with local businesses, or partnering with schools and community organizations for themed events.

  1. Sports tournament: Host a friendly sports tournament such as basketball, soccer, or volleyball, and charge a registration fee with the proceeds benefiting the Durham Rescue Mission.
  2. Volunteer day: Invite supporters to participate in a volunteer day at the Durham Rescue Mission, encouraging them to contribute their time and skills to make a difference.
  3. Silent auction: Gather donated items or experiences and organize a silent auction, allowing people to bid on items to support the Durham Rescue Mission.
  4. Fun Run/Walk: Organize a fun run or walk event, inviting participants to register and fundraise for the Durham Rescue Mission’s cause.
  5. Car wash fundraiser: Hold a car wash event where volunteers wash cars for donations, with the proceeds going to the Durham Rescue Mission.
  6. Inspirational speaker event: Organize an event featuring an inspirational speaker who can share stories of hope and resilience, with the proceeds supporting the Durham Rescue Mission.
  7. Community yard sale: Encourage community members to donate and sell their gently used items at a yard sale, with the proceeds supporting the Durham Rescue Mission.
  8. House party for a cause: Host a house party or gathering where attendees can make donations towards the Durham Rescue Mission’s work while enjoying a fun social event.
  9. Sleepout challenge: Invite participants to spend a night sleeping outdoors to raise awareness about homelessness and collect pledges or donations for the Durham Rescue Mission.
  10. Winter clothing drive: Collect winter clothing items like coats, gloves, and hats to donate to the Durham Rescue Mission, ensuring those in need stay warm during the colder months.
  11. Online fundraising campaign: Launch an online fundraising campaign through various platforms, allowing people from all backgrounds to contribute and support the Durham Rescue Mission’s mission.
  12. Food drive: Conduct a food drive to collect non-perishable food items for the Durham Rescue Mission’s food pantry.
  13. Sponsorship opportunities: Reach out to individuals or businesses and offer sponsorship opportunities, allowing them to support the Durham Rescue Mission’s work and gain recognition for their contributions.
  14. Inspirational talent showcase: Arrange a talent show or open mic night where local performers can showcase their talents, and attendees can make donations to the Durham Rescue Mission.
  15. Community luncheon: Organize a community luncheon event where people can come together to support the Durham Rescue Mission and enjoy a meal by making a donation.

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