Thanksgiving Fundraiser Wording: 10 Invitation Ideas to Inspire People to Attend

Inspire others to give back this holiday season with an impactful Thanksgiving fundraiser invite!

Updated November 16, 2023
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The holiday season is filled with fundraising efforts, which means that you need a Thanksgiving fundraiser invitation that immediately draws people in and makes them want to attend your event! If you're worried about the wording, we have some thoughtful sentiments and "donations welcome" examples that can help you secure guests as well as funds for your cause. 

10 Thanksgiving Fundraiser Wording Examples

Many organizations are devoted to helping those less fortunate, and fall is the perfect time for such organizations to hold Thanksgiving fundraisers. For those wanting to find welcoming words for these events, here are some sample Thanksgiving fundraiser invites for the various types of happenings that you may be planning to hold.

1. Customer Appreciation Day With a Food Drive

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we're hosting a customer appreciation day. Stop by our office on [insert date] from [insert time frame] and let us show you just how much we appreciate your business. We'll have tasty treats and beverages, a DJ, door prizes, and more. We're also collecting canned goods in support of [name of organization]'s Thanksgiving food drive during the event and throughout the week.

Bring three cans and receive a coupon for $10 off your next purchase of $50 or more. Additionally, 10% of profits for sales on customer appreciation day will be donated to [name of same organization food is being collected for] to purchase food. We hope to see you on [insert date of customer appreciation event]!

2. General Food Drive Drop-Off

You can make a difference! [Insert name of organization] does amazing work meeting the nutritional needs of people right here in our community who do not have the means to do so themselves. At [insert name of company], we're committed to doing our part and have pledged to donate [insert dollar amount] this Thanksgiving season in support of their efforts. Won't you help too?

We're collecting canned goods and cash donations for [insert organization name] at our [insert type of business] from [insert start date] through [insert end date] from [insert hours and days of the week donations are accepted]. We invite you to stop by and share in the spirit of the season. All donations are welcome and appreciated. Every can and dollar makes a difference!

3. Organization Meeting With Food Drive

This month's meeting will focus on Thanksgiving and gratitude. Join your fellow [insert organization's name] members for a traditional Thanksgiving meal on [insert date] at [insert time]. Our speaker, [insert name of speaker], will discuss [insert topic]. We're also collecting canned goods and donations for [insert name of organization]'s Thanksgiving food drive.

When you bring three cans of food or donate $10 or more, you will receive an entry for a special door prize drawing! RSVP is required so make sure to call [insert phone number] or register online at [insert URL].

4. Office Potluck With Food Drive


Join your co-workers on [insert date and time] for our annual Thanksgiving Potluck on [insert date] from [insert time] at [insert location (break room, conference room, etc]! Turkey, dressing, ham, and iced tea will be provided. We just ask that you please bring your favorite Thanksgiving salad, side, or dessert to share with your co-workers.

We're also collecting food for [insert name of organization]'s Thanksgiving food drive on the day of the potluck. Please consider bringing a few cans of food to share in the spirit of the season. Our goal is [insert number of cans], which will help [insert name of organization] provide meals to needy families throughout the local community.

5. Raffle Participation

Want a chance to win a terrific Thanksgiving gift basket while also helping those in our community who are less fortunate? [Insert name of organization or group] has assembled a gift basket packed with seasonal treats, from [insert examples of what is included in the basket], all donated by area merchants.

We're selling raffle tickets to raise money for [insert name of charitable organization] for just [insert price] each! The more you purchase, the greater your chance of winning — and the money will go to such a good cause. Buy your tickets quickly! The drawing will be held on [insert date and time] and the winner will be notified by email and/or phone. We hope that you will participate!

6. Holiday Dinner/Silent Auction

You're invited to join [insert name of sponsoring group or organization] to gather in the spirit of Thanksgiving to celebrate a traditional meal while also raising funds to support a good cause.

This year, [insert name of sponsoring group or organization] Thanksgiving Dinner and Silent Auction will benefit [insert name of organization for which funds are being raised]. The evening will feature a turkey dinner with all the trimmings and a silent auction. RSVP to [insert RSVP contact and methods] by [insert date] to reserve your seat.

  • Cost: [price per person, price per couple, price per table].
  • [Location]
  • [Insert date and time]

7. Drawdown Fundraiser

Looking for a fun way to give thanks with your friends and family while also helping a charitable organization focused on doing good work right here in our community? Purchase your tickets to the [insert name of sponsoring group or organization]'s annual Thanksgiving Drawdown fundraiser on [insert date] from [insert time frame] at [insert location].

We'll enjoy an evening of great food, music, dancing, door prizes, and a drawdown-style raffle. The grand prize is [insert grand prize description]! Win, lose, or draw — this is a great way to kick off the holiday season! Purchase your tickets today and make plans to attend! Tickets cost just [insert price] and can be purchased at [insert places to get tickets].

8. Event Sponsorship Request/Invitation

Won't you please help [insert name of sponsoring group or organization] raise funds to support [insert name of organization for which funds are being raised] by sponsoring our annual [insert name of Thanksgiving fundraiser event]? This year's event will be held on [insert date] at [insert time]. [Include a brief description of the event].

With your help, our goal is to raise [insert dollar amount] for [insert name of organization for which funds are being raised] to support their efforts to [insert what they do].

As a sponsor, your name will be listed on all promotional materials as well as the event's website. You'll also receive between two and eight tickets to attend the event, depending on your level of sponsorship. See complete details at [insert web address]. Please complete the sponsorship commitment on the website or contact us at [insert alternate contact information] to learn more.

9. Thanksgiving Run/Walk

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Thanksgiving is the perfect time to help fight the problem of hunger right here in our community. You can make a difference! Help raise awareness on how hunger impacts our community by participating in the [insert name of the sponsoring organization] 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run Turkey Trot to Fight Hunger. Proceeds will be used to support our efforts to combat hunger right here at home. Register today!

  • [Insert date and time]

  • [Insert Location]

  • [Insert Registration Deadline]

  • [Insert details on how to sign up]

Participants who sign up prior to the registration deadline will receive an official Turkey Trot T-Shirt.

Need to Know

Make sure to mention the cost to sign up for your walk or run, if there will be vendors or food trucks at the finish line, and any other details that might entice them to join in on the fun. 

10. Fall Wreath Fundraiser

Want to spruce up your home for Thanksgiving while helping raise money to support a good cause? Come out for our DIY fall wreath-making class on [insert date] from [insert time] at [insert location].

Your class fee of [insert amount] will cover materials to make two wreaths and hands-on instruction from a professional florist. During this fun event, you'll make two wreaths — one will go home with you and the other will be donated to [insert charity], which they will sell at the silent auction at their annual [insert name of event where the wreaths will be sold].

Bring your friends and loved ones! This is a great girls' or mom's night out idea or multi-generational family outing! Register at [insert website] or by calling [insert phone number] today to reserve your seat. Participation is limited to the first [insert number] of participants and it is first-come-first-serve. Don't miss out! Sign up today!

Writing Tips for Your Thanksgiving Fundraiser

Of course, these sample messages might not be precisely right for the fundraiser that you are involved in. If that is the case, use them as a starting point, consider these helpful invitation writing tips, and create customized invitations specific to your event and audience.

  • Be as clear as possible on what will be expected from each guest. Are you asking that they bring a canned good or a donation the night of the event?
  • Always give details such as the event location, date, and time. If possible, include directions in the invitation.
  • Note any activities that will be part of the fundraiser such as an auction, dinner, raffle, etc.
  • Give contact information in case there are questions and request that those attending RSVP so that you will know how many people to expect.
  • Mention what charity is sponsoring the event and how the money raised will be used.
  • Use inspirational quotes or testimonials to inspire folks to get involved. 
Need to Know

One of the most important details to include in your invite is how attendees can donate. If you are holding an in-person event, mention if the raffle or auction will be cash only or if credit cards and checks are welcome. Also, provide an alternate place that folks can go if they cannot attend, but still want to make a difference with a monetary donation!

Make Your Thanksgiving Fundraiser Invites Stand Out

Many organizations hold fundraisers during the holiday season, so you may have quite a bit of competition for participation and donations. To make sure that your invitation is not overlooked, be sure to use creative wording that will attract guests and bring in cash for your worthy cause!

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Thanksgiving Fundraiser Wording: 10 Invitation Ideas to Inspire People to Attend