Fundraising Ideas

Choosing from a List of Fundraising Ideas

When you're engaged in ongoing fundraising efforts for an organization, it's essential to vary the types of campaigns you utilize, so that you don't find yourself in the position of going back to the same individuals asking for money time and time again.

Your list of fundraising ideas should include several types of projects, so that you are able to appeal to a diverse group of potential supporters. It's much better to alternate among different types of fundraisers, so that you can reach out to different volunteers and donors regularly.

Special Event Fundraising Ideas

Many organizations find that special events provide excellent opportunities to raise money. The type of event that will work best for you depends on a variety of factors, including where you are located, the time of year, and who you are trying to reach. Make sure that the price range of the event you are planning is appropriate for the income level of the population you are targeting. Before scheduling a special event, be sure that you find out what other activities are going on in your city when choosing a date. Verify that you aren't scheduling your event at a time when there are several other activities in the same area that will appeal to the same people you are counting on being able to attract to yours.

Examples of special event fundraisers include:

  • Bachelor/bachelorette auction
  • Casino night
  • Classic car show
  • Conference
  • Draw down
  • Gala dinner dance
  • Golf tournament
  • Food sales (fish fry, barbecue dinners, etc.)
  • Raffle
  • Rummage sale
  • Silent auction
  • Walk/Run events

Contest Fundraisers

Contests can be an excellent fundraising idea, especially for organizations that are trying to attract supporters who can't make large financial commitments or who have certain types of skills. Both entry fees and sponsorship sales allow money to be made using these types of fundraisers.

Contest fundraiser ideas you may want to try include:

  • Art competition
  • Bingo
  • Costume contests
  • Photography contest
  • Races
  • Talent show

Logo Merchandise Fundraisers

People who are supportive of your organization may very well be interested in owning and using items with your logo on them. You can sell these items, or use them as thank you gifts for individuals or organizations that make donations to your capital campaign or other fundraising campaign.

Examples of logo merchandise fundraisers include:

  • Baseball cap
  • Beach towel
  • Golf towel
  • Holiday ornaments
  • Laptop case
  • Polo shirt
  • T-shirts
  • Tote bag
  • Sweatshirt
  • Visor

Do-it-Yourself Fundraisers

Nonprofit organizations often find do-it-yourself fundraisers to be very lucrative, as well as enjoyable. It can be very rewarding to create products to market or to offer services to supporters as a means of raising money.

Ideas for do-it-yourself fundraisers include:


Product Resale Fundraisers

Many companies that produce consumer goods have special fundraising programs for nonprofit organizations. The key to success with a product sale fundraiser is to select an item, or group of items, that appeal to consumers, are reasonably priced, and are of high quality.

A few ideas for product resale fundraisers include:

  • Candles
  • Cookies
  • Doughnuts
  • Greeting cards
  • Magazine subscriptions
  • Soft drinks
  • Popcorn
  • Wrapping paper

Fundraisers with Kids

Fundraising Ideas For Kids - Colouring Wall
Fundraising Ideas For Kids - Teddy Bears Picnic
Fundraising Ideas For Kids - Toddler Triathlon

Smencils - A great fundraiser for kids

Great Fundraising Ideas:

50 : 50 Raffle
Bake Sale Fundraisers
Bake Sale Recipes

Balloon Fundraising Ideas

Barefoot Books - A great fundraiser from a great company

Beetle Drive

Bingo Night Fundraiser

Brick Fundraising

Candle Fundraisers

Candy Bar Fundraising

Charity Abseil

Charity Christmas Cards

Charity Head Shave

Charity Race Night

Charity Quilts

Cookbook Fundraising
Cookie Dough Fundraising
Company Donations
Cotton Candy Maker
Dog Show
Flamingo Flocking
Flower Bulb Fundraising
Fortune Cookies
Fun Quizzes For Charity Fundraisers
And - Free Quiz Questions
Fundraising Auctions
Fundraising Buttons / Badges
Fundraising Christmas Wreaths
Fundraising Event Ideas - How to make money from them

Fundraising Thermometer
Furniture Donations (For Sale Or Re-use)
Go-kart Derby
Knitting For Charity
Lollipop Fundraisers
Magazine Fundraisers
Office Fundraising Ideas
Online Charity Auctions
Parachute Jump
Penny Wars
Pizza Fundraiser
Plant Sale
Popcorn Fundraiser
Recycling for Charity
Rubber Duck Race
Rubber Wrist Bands (Awareness Bracelets)
Run a Marathon
Scratch Card Fundraiser


Space Hopper Racing

Spelling Bee Fundraiser
Stadium Seat Cushions
Street Charity Collections
Tupperware Fundraising
Wine Tasting Fundraiser
Write a Book for Charity







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