What you’ll need: One very tall building with a lot of stairs. Believe it or not, stair climbing fundraisers are quite popular. Think 5k run, except everyone is going up. The goal for participants of course is to make it to the top. This is not a race, so it’s not necessary to start everyone at the same time. The stairway won’t allow it. In fact, you can hold the event all day long and let participants do the climb whenever they can get there. You will need to have volunteers set up every 5-stories or so to help any participants who may have bit off more than they could chew.
You will need a cool name for this event so you can print up some t-shirts that say “I Survived the ______ Stair Climb” for the climbers. Try and find a building (with permission of course), where event participants can gather at the top for refreshments.
Just like with a 5 or 10k run, sponsorship and event participation fees are what drive your fundraising efforts. Charge enough to make it worth your while and make sure you cover the cost of the t-shirts and any insurance that you will need to carry. The city will also probably require you to have medical personnel standing by. You will also need every participant to sign a waiver.
People will want to have time to prepare for this event and get in shape, so you’ll want to start your event promotion at least 3-months in advance. Create a sign up form on your website and be sure to promote heavily on all your social media channels. Also, create posters and flyers that you can place throughout the community.