Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Examples We Love

GUEST BLOG WRITTEN BY Shay Lessman
Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Examples We Love - October 19, 2021

Fall event season is coming. Is your nonprofit hosting a peer-to-peer fundraising event this fall? If so, are you sticking with a tried and true fundraising event or are you looking for something new? Need inspiration for your next peer-to-peer fundraiser? We’ve got you covered—check out these peer-to-peer fundraising examples we love from Qgiv clients! 

Don’t forget the marketing side of things as you’re planning your peer-to-peer events! Download our free peer-to-peer event marketing eBook for helpful marketing tips to boost your success this event season. 

A Gift for Teaching’s 2021 Back-to-School Drive 

Cover image for the A Giftr for Teaching Back to School Drive peer-to-peer event.

The first of our peer-to-peer fundraising examples comes from A Gift for Teaching.

A Gift for Teaching hosted a Back-to-School Drive in the form of a peer-to-peer fundraising event. They asked their supporters to start supply drives on their behalf or to make a donation to their organization on their peer-to-peer event page.  

This is a unique way of using a peer-to-peer fundraiser to help those you serve. Instead of raising for funds during an event, the purpose of A Gift for Teaching’s peer-to-peer campaign is to ask their supporters to conduct their own DIY fundraisers in order to supply children with the supplies they need to succeed in school. 

Because they know their supporters probably aren’t fundraising professionals, they put together a helpful toolkit page to make setting up a supply drive super easy. They even included a video tutorial to show their supporters how to register and set up their supply drive fundraising pages!

Why we love this event 

We love this particular example of peer-to-peer fundraising because it makes it clear you don’t need to host an elaborate event to make use of this fundraising model. A Gift for Teaching proved that you can inspire supporters to raise money for you simply by asking for help meeting a need for those you serve. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Salina’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2021 Event 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Salina Bowl for Kids' Sake Peer-to-Peer event cover image.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake events are the go-to format for Big Brothers Big Sisters organizations all over the country. Why? Because they work! Big Brothers Big Sisters of Salina introduced friendly competition among their bowlers to make the most of their event. Bowlers competed in teams of six during the bowling event and were tasked with competing to see which team could raise the most money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Salina. 

Why we love this event

Teams could fundraise from the point of their registration in July to the event date in August. That gave fundraising teams plenty of time to coordinate their efforts and work to become the top fundraising team.  

Having teams of six fundraising together means that the burden isn’t on individual fundraisers to make the event successful. Fundraising participants can rely on their team members to share their fundraising goal and make more of a difference together. 

With more than thirty days left before the event, fundraising teams had already raised more than $27,000 of the organization’s $100,000 fundraising goal.  

Family Promise of Spokane’s Night Without a Bed Challenge 

Cover image of the Night Without a Bed Challenge peer-to-peer event. It shows pillows and blankets in the back of someone's vehicle.

Family Promise knows nothing motivates people to solve a problem more than experiencing the problem themselves. The problem Family Promise of Spokane wants to solve is the cycle of families experiencing homelessness. The Night Without a Bed Challenge asks fundraising participants to spend the night in their car, away from their own beds, to help them better understand what many families are going through. 

Challenge participants are expected to fundraise to support Family Promise of Spokane and are highly encouraged to donate to their own fundraising campaign when registering. To make fundraising even more enticing, event sponsors agreed to match individual donations from donors up to $14,500.

Why we love this event

Family Promise of Spokane is presenting a challenge, which can be a great motivational tool. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a prime example of a challenge-based fundraiser that made a significant impact on a nonprofit. Family Promise of Spokane’s Night Without a Bed Challenge has also proven to be successful, having raised more than $21,000 to combat homelessness. 

Heroes Rebellion Athletic Foundation’s Year-Round Fundraising 

Heroes Rebellion Athletic Foundation year-round peer-to-peer form event image showing a mountain view.

Heroes Rebellion Athletic Foundation is another nonprofit that used Qgiv’s peer-to-peer fundraising tools in an out-of-the-ordinary way. Rather than hosting a single fundraising event, their peer-to-peer fundraising page is live and accepting donations all year long

Their supporters raise funds throughout the year. Donors who give $500 or more then vote for the top fifteen charities the Heroes Rebellion Athletic Foundation will support. 100% of the donations raised by their donors are then split among the charities the majority of donors chose. 

Why we love this event

We love this event because there is no event! Instead, their donors are using a peer-to-peer form to raise funds. Then, those donors vote to determine where the funds are sent. This will make a significant difference to the nonprofits chosen by donors. By raising $500 each donor to Heroes Rebellion Athletic Foundation has a voice in who the foundation supports. 

Queen Louise Home for Children’s Week of Giving 

Week of Giving event cover image featuring cute children's illustrations.

Queen Louise Home for Children hosted a week-long fundraiser called the Week of Giving. This was their first time fundraising like this, but they found success by engaging their supporters and asking them to give on their behalf.  

Their fundraiser didn’t require them to host an event. Instead, they relied on DIY fundraisers and individual donations. To boost the success of their fundraiser, they reached out to community members and organizations to secure multiple matching grants. Those matching gift grantss provided a 1:1 match up to $45,000. 

The folks fundraising on behalf of Queen Louise Home for Children were so motivated to make sure 100% of the matching gift fund was given they raised more than $47,000 to support the children living at the home.  

Why we love this event

Matching gift funds are a major motivational tool. Matching gifts helped ensure their supporters would try their hardest to raise as much as possible. Knowing they needed to raise a significant amount to support their residents, they set a lofty fundraising goal of $45,000 and sought gift matches for the other half of their fundraising goal. Thanks to this strategy and the urgency of setting a one-week timeframe, they were able to raise more than $94,000. 

Final thoughts

Nonprofit organizations can see great success with peer-to-peer fundraising events. It just takes getting a little creative! These five Qgiv’s peer-to-peer fundraising examples are incredibly inventive and work well to motivate fundraisers to raise funds on their behalf.  

We hope these event (and non-event) peer-to-peer fundraising examples inspire you to get the most out of the peer-to-peer fundraising model. Looking for more help hosting successful peer-to-peer fundraising events? Check out the additional resources below. 

Ready to host your own peer-to-peer event? Request a demo to see how Qgiv’s peer-to-peer fundraising software can help you and your supporters find more fundraising success. 

Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Examples We Love - October 19, 2021