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5 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Raise Funds and Awareness for Breast Cancer

Since October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s a good time to start thinking about ways to raise money for breast cancer research. From somewhat controversial campaign slogans like “Save the Boobies!” to the classic “Think Pink,” it’s clear that there’s no shortage of creative ideas out there! Millions of people are dedicated to spreading awareness about breast cancer each year…would you like to join them in their quest? Here are five ridiculously easy ways you can do it.

Pink t-shirt and jeans for dress-down day

Be comfy at work and promote the cause!

1. Have a “Pay to Dress Down Day” at Your Office

Want to wear jeans at the office? Or how about having a pink t-shirt day? This incentive is one of the easiest ways to raise funds for a good cause, and it typically has a high engagement rate. Everyone likes to wear jeans and t-shirts! Tell employees that they can wear casual clothing for an entire day as long as they make a minimum donation. Or, if you’re feeling extra ambitious, up the ante to include an entire week of dressing down at work. Your donation jar will fill up faster than you can keep track of, especially if all staff members participate.

Alternate plan: If your workplace already allows casual dress on a daily basis, then consider a “Wacky Hat Day” or a theme-dress day instead.

Costume contest for breast cancer awareness

Don’t forget the touch of pink in your costume!

2. Throw an Amazing Costume Party for Halloween

It’s nearly impossible to think of October without picturing jack-o-lanterns and excited children going trick-or-treating. Why not join fundraising with the excitement of Halloween? Host a spooky party complete with a potluck-style food spread, holiday decorations, costumes, music, and a contest (with prizes) for the participants with the best outfits. Charge a reasonable fee at the door, and you’ll end up with a nice chunk of change to donate to breast cancer research by the end of the night.

Hint: To cut down on costs, ask guests to chip in for decor and prizes or inquire about donations from local business owners. Most people are willing to contribute if you just ask.

Ask about hair donation programs in your area!

Got at least 8-10 inches of hair to spare? You could donate!

3. Donate Long Hair to Make Wigs for Cancer Patients

Donating your hair to a charity organization is as simple as going to a participating salon and telling them your intentions. Chemotherapy leaves countless women without hair, but your generous donation will help create wigs for those who may not otherwise be able to afford them. Even men can participate! There are different rules for each charity (required hair length, color restrictions) so it never hurts to do some research on the program options. Locks of Love is the most popular, but several charities accept hair on a regular basis, such as Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths, which partners with the American Cancer Society. Always call your desired salon first to verify that they participate in donation programs. Many will offer free haircuts in exchange for your gift.

Hint: Ask your friends, family, and co-workers to participate in a hair donation initiative with you (this is nearly effortless thanks to Facebook). Think of all the wigs you could help produce!

Garage sales serve a double purpose

With enough variety, garage sales raise good money for charities.

4. Organize a Garage Sale or Used Book Sale

This option seems challenging at first glance but it’s easy to do when a few dedicated people put their heads together. September and October tend to yield cooler temperatures, but fall weather can be the perfect setting for a garage or used book sale. Run a newspaper advertisement and/or ask local vendors if you can post flyers in their locations. If you plan your sale far enough in advance, you may be able to run separate ads to ask for local donations. Get rid of unwanted clutter and raise money in the process — what could be better?

Hint: Don’t be shy about informing the public that sale proceeds will go toward breast cancer, but be careful about using other organizations or groups’ names in your ads if there’s no affiliation. Also, don’t post flyers around your town without consulting your official city guidelines first.

5. Re-Sell a Variety of Pink Products at a Profit

There’s no shortage of pink giveaway items. Whether you re-sell products as supplements to your garage sale or build a network of businesses to keep a stash at their locations, there’s a profit to be made from personalized items. See below for a list of popular products like t-shirts, travel mugs, or stress balls for breast cancer awareness!

Hint: Visit the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s website to inquire about using the NBCF logo on products you sell for fundraising. Never use trademarked logos without written permission from the owner.

Some customer favorites are pictured below:




Still need more choices? Many of the full-color notepads and magnets we offer can be printed with a pink ribbon and background for breast cancer awareness. Just ask our customer service department for more information if you find one you like. Or, if you really want to get people’s attention, you could try re-selling our popular breast stress balls. We promise they’ll make heads turn all year round!

Visit Everyday Health for a variety of resources on breast cancer awareness and prevention. For more ideas on how to raise money for breast cancer research, visit

Have you held fundraisers for breast cancer awareness in the past? Do you have any more tips and tricks for a successful event?


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  1. amy

    These are great ideas Jill! I’ve heard of ‘Locks for Love’, but all the other ideas you mentioned are new to me. I love paying to dress down to work, we’re fortunate here that we’re able to dress casual every day, but I know the places that my friends and family works at would love this idea.

    As someone who will more than likely buy something in pink over another color, your product suggestions are too cute! The tumbler and sunglasses are so nice, you could use them year-round and not just in October or February. Pink Bubba is pretty adorable too 😉

    Awesome post Jill!

    • Jill Tooley

      Thanks, Amy! Locks of Love is wonderful, but their donations mostly go to children in need. That’s why I ultimately decided to include some more options in the post that would directly benefit women who are going through chemo for breast cancer. But no matter which one you choose, it’s an incredibly easy way to make a HUGE difference for someone else.

      Glad you like my suggestions, too! We have so many breast cancer awareness promotional products on our site that it was tough to choose a handful! I tried to pick the most affordable ones so that organizers could maximize the donation amount for each item. 🙂

  2. Rachel

    I love that first idea about paying for a dress-down day! We used to have Fridays like that in high school (we wore uniforms), and whatever school club was sponsoring it that day would get the money, or else donate the funds to charity. I hadn’t thought of using that trick outside of school before, but you’re so right that it would work in a business-attire workplace.

    Thanks for all these ideas and promo product suggestions–what a great resource for a company looking to raise money for a good cause! 🙂

    • Jill Tooley

      Thanks, Rachel! It wouldn’t be as beneficial in our atmosphere since it’s casual all the time, but we could totally do one of the alternatives. Just imagine all of the shenanigans that would be involved with a QLP companywide “funny hat day”? It’d go down in history! 😉

  3. Mandy Kilinskis

    I love the costume party idea! So many people will already be throwing Halloween parties that it wouldn’t take much more planning to turn it into a fundraising event!

    As for giveaways or a product to resell, I’m a big fan of the Ribbon Carabiner!

  4. Jill Tooley

    That’s a nice pink-ribbon mug! Thanks for including it in your comment. It was so hard to select the featured items for this post…so many stellar choices!

    You should find a mask and a pink wig like the one I pictured above – you still need a Halloween costume, right? There you go! Haha…

  5. Jill Tooley

    Thanks, Mandy! I thought the exact same thing. I wouldn’t mind paying a few bucks to get into a fun party if it went to breast cancer research! 🙂

    Two thumbs up on the pink carabiner, too. With all of the pink promo items out there, you have to get creative in order to stand out from the crowd!

  6. Jen

    These were all great money raising ideas Jill. It’s not easy for some people to part with their hair, but Locks of Love is a great charity. And I love the idea to donate money for casual dress day. I’m sure that would raise a ton of money!

    Great post Jill!

  7. Amanda

    Great post Jill! These are some really great ideas on how to raise money and awareness. I got my hair cut this past weekend, and the salon was raising money for breast cancer by selling pink drinkware, pink hair products, pins, and paying to dress down. It was great to see them pitching in! =) I’ve thought about donating my hair before, but it’s never been quite long enough….maybe one day I’ll be able to do it.

  8. Sam Paul

    Hello Jill ! Thanks for your wonderful insights.If you are looking for breast cancer fundraisers there is a company called Funddom that offers some terrific and uplifting ideas.

    Let me know if you have any queries

    Thanks 🙂

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