Some examples of fund raising commonly found at UK hunts.
Raffles: at each meet for a bottle of whisky
Tumblers club: money paid into a pot by anyone who falls off with a small prize for the most falls given at the end of the month/season.
Hound Sponsorship: renewed each season, sometimes with a small gift/prize given to the sponsor of best hunting hound at the end of the season.
The 100 club: on payment of £100, up front or a monthly payment, participants have the chance of winning one of three cash prizes each month. This can raise a few thousand quite easily.
Merchandise: clothing, calendars, mugs, jigsaws, badges
Supporters Clubs: people who enjoy the activity but have no intention of ever climbing onto a horse. The social vibe but with far less mud. The Supporters Clubs also can provide a pool of helpful volunteers for hunt-focused activities.
Social events: these are really important to every hunt, not just to raise money but because they build a local community of supporters that is far wider than the people who actually go out with the hunt. So, for example,
Fun rides, open to any riders, in the summer months over private land not normally accessible
Point to point races
Summer cocktails / Winter mulled wine and mince pies etc
The legendary Hunt Balls
Preview Evenings of big events, e.g. the Cheltenham Festival, with local Trainers or Badminton Horse Trials, with local riders speaking of their hopes and expectations
Being clever with the subscription: one of my Hunt’s subscription is fully covered by a set amount paid over ten months but as no one ever changes the direct debit for the last two months of the year the hunt gets additional income! As it is only a few £ a month, and it goes towards care of the hounds, no one minds.
Capping foot followers. Some of my local hunts have a lot of foot followers. But it is a judgement call, I feel.