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External Events

If you would like to hold a fundraising event to benefit Make-A-Wish® Arizona, we have included below some successful ideas to consider, or try something new to support our wish kids. To get your event started, fill out our External Events Proposal Licensing Agreement or if you have questions, contact Brenna Stewart, Development and Events Coordinator at 602.343.9460 or

Have a Raffle

Raffle – Solicit prizes from local businesses and have participants purchase raffle tickets for a small fee

50/50 – Sell raffle tickets for a determined amount. The person who has the winning ticket wins half of the total monies raised – the other half will be donated to Make-A-Wish Arizona

Vacation Day – Talk to the appropriate person in your company about getting a vacation day as the prize for the winning raffle ticket. Sell tickets to employees and pull the ticket at a company meeting or function

Silent Auction

Silent Auction – Secure items to be auctioned off through solicitation via phone, in person, online, or by mail. Display all donated items in an appropriate place allowing participants to indicate their name and the amount they are willing to pay.

You Pick Auction – Secure items to be auctioned. Display all items donated in an appropriate place. Next to each item, place a container for the purchased raffle tickets. When supporters buy raffle tickets, they can choose which item they would like to put their tickets in. A winner is then drawn from each container.

Service Auction – Ask companies in the “service” industry (lawyers, consultants, construction, beauty salons, cleaning, etc.) to donate a service to be auctioned off either live or silent. All funds raised will be donated to Make-A-Wish Arizona.

Sporting Event

Golf or Tennis Tournament – After a location is chosen for this event, determine the cost per person (including food) and charge each person a certain amount over cost. That amount will be donated to Make-A-Wish Arizona.  You can also sell sponsorships and/or hold a raffle to raise even more money. At a golf tournament, you can sell mulligans as well.

Bowl-A-Thon – Ask your local bowling alley to donate a few lanes for the event. Participants ask their friends and family to sponsor them for certain amount of money per pin. After their score is determined, they collect the money for the Foundation.  The participant who raises the most money wins a pre-determined donated prize.

Walks, Runs, Marathons, Triathlons – Ask for pledges if you, or your employees, are participating in any type of endurance event for Make-A-Wish Arizona.

Other Ideas

Wine Tasting – Get a wine company to donate the wines as well as sending a representative to discuss the wine. Charge an amount to get in that will be donated to Make-A-Wish Arizona. If food is included, the price can be increased.

Dress Down Day – Employees can contribute a small fee to wear casual clothes to work for the day. Perhaps it could be for an entire Dress Down Week.

Wish Walls – Sell Make-A-Wish® star cutouts provided by us for $1, $2, or $5 and fill a wall. This can be a great activity during holidays as well.

Turn an existing activity into a fundraiser – Turn your summer picnic and holiday party into a dream come true for an Arizona child by collecting a small donation at the door. You can add raffle items to raise more money.

Start planning your Make-A-Wish Arizona fundraiser

Plan your fundraiser for wish kids!

Make-A-Wish Arizona always loves new, creative ways to raise funds for future Arizona wish kids. 

Share with us your plans for a fundraiser to benefit Make-A-Wish Arizona by contacting Brenna Stewart, Development and Event Manager.

Whenever a group or individual is proposing to raise funds for our organization, our national office requires the completion of the Special Event Proposal and Licensing Agreement before you can associate Make-A-Wish with the event, so please contact the chapter to discuss your event idea. 


Sydney , 16

Crohn's Disease

I wish to go to Puerto Rico

Sydney's wish helps her find her passion for volunteering six years later

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