How To Raise Money With a Trivia Fundraiser

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Hosting a trivia night fundraiser can be a fun and effective way to raise money for a cause you care about. Trivia nights are a popular form of entertainment and appeal to a wide range of people, making it a great way to bring participants together for a good cause. Make your event a financial success by checking out our list of some of the best ways to make money from a trivia fundraiser.

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Ticket sales: 

Sell tickets to the event well in advance and price appropriately. The further in advance that you sell tickets, the more time you allow for the event to gain traction through word of mouth and advertising. If you are using other strategies to raise money, price the tickets low to get people in the door. If the trivia night is the main event, you can price tickets higher. 

Sell “cheats”:

Selling cheats to your participants is one way to bring in more money. Cheats can include free answers, the ability to use phones for a specific period of time, or even stealing answer sheets from another team. Get creative! Review our tips on different types of trivia cheats and also check out our free printable cheat-cards. Cheats can be sold as an optional add-on when participants purchase their tickets or they can even be auctioned off during the event. Be aware that it's important to clearly communicate what the cheats include and how they can be used, and to set a fair price. 

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Food and drink sales:

Food and drink sales can also be a source of revenue for a trivia fundraiser. Consider partnering with local restaurants and catering companies to provide food and drinks for sale during the event. 


Another great way to make money from a trivia fundraiser is through sponsorships. Reach out to local businesses and ask for donations or sponsorships to help cover the costs of the event. Also, find businesses that can donate items for prizes at your event.  In return, offer advertising opportunities, such as displaying the business’s logo on event materials and mentioning their name during the event. 

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Get the right questions:

Nothing can turn a promising trivia fundraiser into a boring two-hour obligation more than having poor quality questions. Trivia questions should always be written in a way that gets teams talking. We at The Quizmasters have written a packet of trivia questions Perfect for Fundraisers. This pack includes the perfect categories and questions that will appeal to a broad and diverse group of participants. In addition to the 50 questions, it also includes a picture round, powerpoint presentation, forms, answer sheets, and score sheets. This “Perfect for Fundraisers” pack is really an all-in-one fundraising quiz night in zip file. If you would like to see an example of the questions, check out this free fundraiser trivia night questions round.


So, how much money can you raise? 

The amount of money you can raise from a fundraising trivia night will of course depend on several factors, including the size of the event, the number of attendees, the cost of tickets, the cost of any additional items like cheats, and the overall level of interest and participation. If properly planned and executed, a trivia night fundraiser can generate a significant amount of money for your cause. It’s also a memorable and fun event that will keep your organization on the minds of the participants. However, it is important to carefully consider all costs associated with the event and to effectively promote and market the event in order to maximize attendance and revenue. Your profit margin will also be significantly improved with donations from companies.  With the right approach, a trivia night fundraiser can be a successful and enjoyable way to raise funds for a cause you care about.

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Hosting a trivia night fundraiser can be a really fun and effective way to raise money for a cause. By selling tickets, offering cheats, partnering with local businesses for food and drink sales, and seeking sponsorships, trivia nights can be one of the best ways to raise revenues for your cause. While the amount of money raised will depend on various factors, careful planning and effective promotion can help maximize attendance and revenue. Ultimately, a well-executed trivia fundraiser can not only generate funds for your cause but also provide a memorable and fun experience for all participants involved.

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