Independent Fundraising Events

Independent Fundraising Event Ideas

Host an independent Fundraising Event Supporting Rescue Village

Hosting an independent fundraiser is a wonderful way to support the animals and programs of Rescue Village. An independent fundraiser is any fundraising activity brought forward by an individual, community group, service club, or business to raise money for Rescue Village through a planned activity that is designed, managed, and financially resourced by the external participant—you, the event sponsor.

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Ideas For Businesses

Great Ideas for your company's event

  • Trivia night at a bar or restaurant and donate proceeds
  • Karaoke night at a bar or restaurant and donate proceeds
  • Concert
  • Percentage of sales of a third party vendor go to Rescue Village
  • Cocktails for a Cause
  • Spaghetti Dinner
  • Bring Your Dog to Work Day (employees contribute to bring their dog to work)
  • Dress Down Days (donate to wear jeans)

Ideas for the whole family

Whether adults and teens or smaller kids, anyone can help

Adults and Teenagers:

  • Bake Sale
  • Car Wash
  • Biggest Losers (participants sponsored for every pound lost and donate proceeds)
  • Board Game Tournament
  • Garage Sale
  • Bingo



  • Lemonade Stand
  • Recycling Drive (collect aluminum cans and plastic bottles and donate proceeds)
  • Dog Walks
  • Dog Wash
  • Read-a-thon
  • Pay It Forward with Chores (babysit, mow lawns, pet-sit, and donate portion of proceeds)

Independent Fundraising Guidelines and Expectations

Thank you for thinking of Rescue Village as you plan your community based fundraiser. Such events are vital to the operations at Rescue Village, and they allow us to provide our services. We ask that you please review and agree to the following list of guidelines and expectations for independent fundraisers.

  • An independent fundraiser is one in which Rescue Village (RV) is a beneficiary of some or all of the proceeds from the event. The event is not planned or executed by RV and it is conceptualized and implemented by an external individual or group.
    • Attracting attendees/participants to the event is the responsibility of the external committee/group/individual.
    • General event volunteers must be supplied and coordinated externally.
  • The individuals planning the event are not required to specify how much (by percent or by a minimum dollar amount) they will raise; however by submitting a proposal form, the fundraising entity agrees to make a charitable donation to RV should funds be generated from the event.
  • RV is unable to sell items for charitable purposes.
  • RV cannot finance any expenses related to the independent fundraiser or assume responsibility for any debts incurred.
  • The expectation is that the group initiating the fundraiser is the primary promoter of the event.
  • RV will highlight the event on our webpage, in our scheduled e-blasts, and through social media if able and with proper notice.
  • Any use of the RV logo or inclusion of the RV name must be approved by the Special EventsCoordinator at least two weeks in advance. Any contact with press or other media must be coordinated with the RV Marketing Department.
  • RV shall be held harmless should any accidents or unforeseen circumstances occur during the fundraising event.
  • Any donations made to RV will support our overall operations. Funds cannot be designated, unless approved through the Special Events Coordinator ahead of time.
  • RV education and marketing materials should be visible at the event. You are responsible for coordinating a mutually agreed upon date/time with the Special Events Coordinator for pickup of such materials from the shelter.
  • RV requests that any available pictures from the event be sent to the Marketing and PR Coordinator for use on RV’s website/Facebook or other public and/or internal communication vehicles. RV will assume that any pictures received have been released with the permission of those photographed.
  • RV can provide thank you notes to individual donors who contributed to the fundraiser only if provided with addresses, full names, and amount donated by the individual.

After you have reviewed the above guidelines, please complete the Independent Fundraiser Proposal Form and email it to Once the proposal form has been received, Rescue Village Staff will review your proposal and notify you of any questions/concerns.

Thank you again for your support of Rescue Village!

Propose an Independent Fundraising Activity to Rescue Village

Do you have an event idea in mind? We cannot wait to hear about it! Please submit our Independent Fundraising Event Proposal Form to let us know more about your event plans and promotions.

Please submit this fundraising proposal form at least two weeks prior to your fundraiser.

  • (invitations, social media, press releases, advertisements, posters, etc.)