Throw A Fundraiser / Offsite Event

Throw A Fundraiser For The Shelter Animals!

A third party fundraiser /offsite event is a company, organization or individual that wishes to hold a promotion, event, or sale to benefit the Prairie Paws Animal Shelter. We are grateful for dollars raised through events.


Because of the volume of these requests, we cannot personally participate in each event that is proposed but will provide materials about the Prairie Paws Animal Shelter and the services we provide for your event.


Prairie Paws Animal Shelter encourages third party events (i.e. lemonade stands, bike runs, sales benefiting the Prairie Paws Animal Shelter, etc). As an event organizer, we ask that interested individuals provide all the elements needed to complete the event promotion. Before an individual, company or organization may proceed with a special event or promotion to benefit the Prairie Paws Animal Shelter, they must fill out an agreement provided by the Prairie Paws Animal Shelter. These rules only apply to event organizers who wish to use the name of the Prairie Paws Animal Shelter or its logo in promoting the event, and not to companies organizing internal employee teams.


The Steps to Throwing a 3rd Party Event:

This list is simply a guide to planning your event. You may find that you need to take more steps than what is listed or that some of the steps may not apply to your event.


• Establish a planning committee. Having a group of enthusiastic and dedicated people will help the event be more successful and fun!
• Brainstorm event ideas. What are the interests and talents of you and your committee?
• Set the date/time. Look at dates that don’t have any other local events going on. Choose a date/time that guarantees the best turnout for your event.
• Secure a venue/location. Look at places that will offer you space for little to no cost. Keeping expenses to a minimum is key.
• Establish event budget. Try to think about all the expenses that may be involved in your event. Then think about possible sources that would donate products or services to reduce your costs.
• Set fundraising goal. How much are you hoping to raise? Setting a goal gives you and your committee something to work towards.
• Send Third Party Event Application to PPAS. It is important that Prairie Paws knows about any fundraising events in case questions come up.
• Set up online ticket sales at or another source.
• Figure out the logistics of the event. Will you have a menu/refreshments? A raffle or auction? Goody bags? Games or contests?
• Promote Your Event. Create a Facebook event. Social media is the fastest way to get the word out there. Alert local newspapers. Create flyers. Chamber websites usually have a public event submission calendar.
After the Event:
• Send the proceeds to Prairie Paws Animal Shelter.
• Send thank you notes to participants.


Download the checklist here:


If you are interested in organizing an event that supports the Prairie Paws Animal Shelter please contact Julie Thornton @ 785-242-2967 or via e-mail @

You may also download your 3rd Party Fundraiser / Offsite Proposal_Form Here and can review the third party fundraiser rules and regulations here. We thank you for your interest and support.


Additional third party fundraising ideas are listed below.

Blue Jean Day Bowling Tournament Bingo Night
Book Sale Breakfast with Santa Bridge Party
Baby Picture Contest Cake / Cookie Walk Car Wash
Car Raffle Celebrity Auction Celebrity Basketball
Chili Cook-Off Corn Hole Tournament Craft Bazaar
Dessert Reception Doggie Bath Donkey Basketball
Fashion Show/Lunch Festival Indy 500 Party Fishing Contest
Flower Sale Golf Tournament Historical Building Tour
Hot Air Balloon Rides Hugging Booth Ice Cream Social
Jazz Festival Kentucky Derby Party Kite Flying Contest
Las Vegas Night Male Beauty Contest Marathon Dancing
White Elephant Sale Murder Mystery Dinner Mystery Bus Ride
Penny Drive Pet Show Photo Contest
Pictures with Santa Pie Auction Plant Sale
Progressive Dinner Quilt Show / Raffle Recipe Book
Refreshment Stand Rummage Sale Scavenger Hunt
Silent Auction Wedding Fashion Show Talent Show
Wii Tournament Wine Tasting Donations in Lieu
of Wedding, Anniversary, Birthday Gifts