Hosting Your Own Fundraiser

The Center for the Visually Impaired encourages community events (i.e. golf outings, marathons, sales benefiting the Center, etc.). Before an individual, company or organization may proceed with a special event or promotion to benefit CVI, they must review our third party fundraiser rules and regulations and complete a third party event form. These rules apply to any event that wishes to use our name, Center for the Visually Impaired, or our logo in promoting the event.

Not sure where to begin? Here is a list of fundraising ideas for your professional, social or service group.

What’s for Dinner?

Host a dinner party for a group of your friends and ask each person to bring a check for CVI. Consider asking for checks in the amount that they would have spent if they had gone out to dinner that night.

Dine Out for a Cause

Partner with a local restaurant and pre-sell tickets or reservations in exchange for a portion of the event’s proceeds going to support CVI.

Wine Tasting

Host a wine tasting party! Encourage attendees to bring two bottles of wine -- one to serve at the event and one in a brown paper bag. During the party, have attendees “bid” on the secret bottle of wine. Add light horsd'oeuvres, cheese or desserts, and you have a party!

Beer Tasting

Host a beer tasting party. Encourage attendees to bring two 6-packs of beer -- one to serve at the event and one in a brown paper bag. During the party, have attendees “bid” on the secret 6-packs of beer. Add light hors d'oeuvres, cheese or desserts, and you have a party!

Golf Tournament

Get together a foursome (or buy out the whole course for a golf tournament) and raise funds for CVI.

Sports Events

Consider coordinating a run, cycle, walk or tennis event to raise money for CVI.

Community Yard Sales

Invite friends to go through their closets and get rid of unwanted clothes, household items, toys and jewelry. Each attendee brings the items with price tags to the yard sale, and all proceeds benefit CVI.

Touchdown or Homerun for CVI

At your next football or baseball party, ask each guest to donate $10 at the door and drop their name into hat. At halftime, a name is drawn to receive half of the pot. The remaining half goes to CVI.

Power in Numbers

Think of activities for groups that are already established such as book clubs, alumni clubs, scrapbooking groups, knitting groups, etc. Include a fundraising activity that the group can do together at a regularly scheduled meeting or gathering.

Additional fundraising ideas for your group to consider:

Baby Picture Contest
Bingo Night
Book Sale
Cake/Cookie Walk
Casino Night
Chili Cook-Off
Corn Hole Tournament
Craft Bazaar
Dessert Reception
Doggie Bath
Donations in Lieu of Wedding Gifts
Fashion Show/Lunch
Fishing Contest
Flower Sale
Ice Cream Social
Marathon Dancing
Penny Drive
Pet Show
Pie Auction
Plan Sale
Progressive Dinner
Quilt Show/Raffle
Recipe Book
Scavenger Hunt
Talent Show
Wii Tournament

For more information about hosting your own event to benefit CVI, please contact Laura Johnston, Special Events Coordinator, at or (404) 602-4275.