Tips & Ideas

There is no limit to the fun ways you can get involved and give back. Below are ideas for the types of events you can organize and tips for making your fundraiser a success. If you're looking for Banner Health facilities or programs that could use your support, review suggestions on the Become a Community Champion page.

Try these tips for a successful fundraiser  

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Plan ahead

Start planning at least one month in advance, allowing more time for more complex events. When selecting a date, consider school breaks, holidays, and public events.

Get digital

Use an online fundraising page to promote your upcoming event, track progress, and stay in touch with supporters. Don't forget to include the link in your e-mail signature and share it on social media.

Promote, promote, promote

Get your personal and professional networks involved. Talk about it in person, through social media, with a phone call, or shout it from the mountain top.

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What's your motivation?

Talk about the reason for your connection to the cause and why you're chosen to give back.

Lead by example

Be your own first donor and show future supporters just how committed to the cause you are.

Express your gratitude

Always thank your supporters. Send an e-mail, a letter, or a batch of cookies just to say “thanks.”

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Double your efforts

Find out if your employer has a matching gift program. Is there a company that will match what you raise?

Follow through

Mail in your donations, or arrange a time with the Community Champions Team to deliver your donation in person.

Share your story

As soon as your event is over, tell your Champion Story!

Looking for inspiration?  

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Remember the classics

Don’t forget about a good old-fashioned lemonade stand, car wash, or bake sale in support of the Banner Health cause closest to your heart.

A few of your favorite things

Think of a hobby you love, and turn it into a fundraiser. Host a walk-a-thon, concert, tennis tournament, art show, bike-a-thon, or wine tasting.

Scavenger hunt

Set a trail of clues all through town, and have people pay for the first clue in the treasure hunt. The winner receives a prize!

All online, all the time

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Honor a loved one

Create an online fundraising page to honor someone close to you. Or pay tribute to the memory of someone you've lost.

Donate your day

In lieu of gifts for your birthday, wedding, graduation, or other special day, ask friends and family to contribute to your online fundraising page.

Schedule a night in

Host a board game night or movie marathon, or turn on the big game. Ask friends and family to make a donation to your online fundraising page. For a fun twist, give it a theme!

Get on the bandwagon


Get on the bandwagon

There is an online option for planning your fundraiser where you can customize your page with your story, personalized photos, and videos, and share the page with friends, family, and colleagues near and far.

If you're looking to join a fundraiser already underway, you can check out these virtual fundraisers currently in progress.


Donations to the Banner Health Foundation's Virtual Toy Drive help stock the Toy Closets at our three Banner Children’s medical centers. You can join a team or start your own group of friends and colleagues to put smiles on the faces of brave young patients.


Donate to stock our Comfort Care Carts with items for patients undergoing chemotherapy.


Sponsor a homebound senior citizen served by Banner Olive Branch Senior Center, bringing home meal delivery, a friendly volunteer visit, and a gift and card.