Non Profit Fundraising Ideas
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Top 4 Non-Profit Fundraising Ideas
Every single day, non-profit organizations are fighting
for survival. No, this is not the same challenge that for-profit businesses are facing. For-profit businesses
have a regular source of cash since they’re offering their products or services for a fee.
On the other hand, non-profit organizations are expected
to survive, even prosper, even if they don’t have the benefits of having a steady source of
I can see a lot of people who own non-profit’s bobbing
their heads in acknowledgement while reading this post. Are you one of these people? You understand
how it feels because you’re experiencing it. So how can you raise money? Should you just
Well, you have to remember the fact that your non-profit
organization is fighting for an amazing cause. This cause relies on your organization which is also
dependent on you.
Accept the challenge and use this list of fundraising
ideas as a start. With this list, you’ll find a lot of ideas that have been used for decades. They’re so
effective that they still work now. These tips have stood the test of time and that’s
Of course, you’ll also find several unique fundraising ideas on this website.
These ideas are exciting, fun and fresh! These unique ideas can easily capture the attention of people
and that can lead to a lot of support for your next fundraising event.
For now, let’s talk about the best fundraising ideas for
- Donate a car
Donate a car? Why would you donate a car if you’re
trying to raise funds? Here’s what you need to do:
Find a local car dealer who’s willing to sell a car to you at a
Enter into an agreement with him. Ask the dealer that you would like to be loaned the car to put on
display. In return, you’ll advertise the dealer’s information.
Set up a raffle. Display the car at a high-traffic area in
order to entice people to buy raffle tickets. Employ the help of everyone in order to sell more
tickets. Make it their responsibility to sell a fixed number of ticket booklets. Make sure to make
your calculations beforehand to make sure that you earn substantially more than the selling price of the
As soon as the raffle is done, pay for the car and award it to the winner. The dealer’s happy. The
winner is happy. The organization is has its money. It’s a classic win-win-win
As an alternative, you can also find people who are
willing to donate their old cars for free. Believe me, there are a lot of people out there looking to take
back precious garage space. You’re basically doing them a favor by taking their clunkers off of their
- Pizza fundraiser
Who doesn’t like pizza? It seems as if everyone loves
pizza and this is why this is a sure-hit. Pizza is one of the most popular fundraising ideas. Make it
unique by adding a twist to it.
Are you near a big college or university? Every
second, hundreds, even thousands of stomachs are growling in the dorms. No hungry college student will say
no to pizza.
Here’s what you need to do:
Team up with the most popular pizzeria in town. Ask them for special discounts since you’re going to buy
in bulk. Tell them that it’s for a good cause and there’s a good chance that they’ll agree to
it. Besides, they’ll get a lot of publicity. Just tell them that if someone from the college or
university calls them for delivery, they need to tell the caller that someone’s going to knock on their doors and
Enter the dorms and knock on dorm rooms. Sell pizza by the slice or by the box. Since they don’t
have any time to go out and grab dinner, they’ll be more than happy to buy a box or two.
Make sure to do your pizza fundraiser on a weekday. This way, you can be sure that most students are in
their dorm rooms.
- Discount card fundraiser
This may seem complicated but it’s actually very
easy. This works best if you’re part of a large group with many volunteers. Here’s what you need to
Look for a big business willing to team up with you. Supermarkets are the best choice.
Ask them to set up a special discount card fundraiser for you. Basically, you and everyone in your group
will support the business. As mentioned, a supermarket is the best choice since everyone needs to do their
grocery shopping anyway. Every time you or your colleagues do business in the supermarket, the discount card
will be swiped and it will accumulate points. These points will later on be converted to
This is one of those fundraising ideas that are win-win. You accumulate points that can be converted to cash
and the business gets a lot of customers.
- Candy bar fundraiser
This strategy works all year but it works best before
Halloween. Parents are expected to have candy treats at home for all the ghosts, witches, and goblins in
costume. Knock on houses and sell the candy bars. Make sure to remind them that Halloween is coming
up. You’ll save them the trouble of having to go to a supermarket to buy the candy bars.
This also works right before Valentine’s Day. Every
year, countless of men forget to buy gifts for their partner. Save them from a sure fight. You’ll give
them a chance to give a gift that supports a good cause. There’s no Valentine’s Day gift better than
With these fundraising ideas, it’s really hard not to
succeed with your fundraiser. You’ll be able to raise the money that your non-profit organization badly
needs. There are a lot of other fundraising ideas on this site so feel free to look around. Take
More Non-Profit Fundraising Ideas
One of the key things to remember is to get funds from several places, rather than just one.
This concept is the key to success.
Apply for grants at local Trusts & Foundations, but also approach local companies for match-funding, as well
as the more traditional fundraising routes. This will increase your chances of reaching your funding goals.
|Charity sees the need not the cause.
Acquiring publicity for your campaign can be the make or break in raising money from larger companies and
individuals. If they perceive that this is a large and important project and they feel they will gain publicity for
giving to you, they're far more likely to write that check!
It's important to have a strategy - if you can get one small funder on board, this may well make it easier when
approaching organizations for larger sums.
This gives you credibility that someone has already been happy to support you. Sometimes success in obtaining a
relatively "small" grant of $5000 can help open the door to a larger grant of $100,000 with a larger funding
If you don't feel that you can approach a small funding organization, then raising a similar sum yourself can
help show others your own commitment.
As a charity or non-profit , gain goodwill and enable people to consider match funding or even sizeable
Creative Non Profit Fundraising Ideas
How an organization raises funds can vary depending on their structure and membership . You'll need to be clear
on your charitable objectives - possibly having some kind of mission statement written down for both yourself and
Here's a few examples:-
- one large charity which benefits cats has over 50% of it's income from bequests ;
- a local church derives all of it's income from it's congregation
- a small charity that has income from a wide variety of sources including rental , membership, an occasional
bequest and government grants
None of these are necessarily right or wrong, it's just how they have developed over the years and shows the
emphasis of their fundraising campaigns.
Putting together your own strategy will probably be a team effort - evaluating the strengths, weakness and
opportunities in your organization and catchment area.
From this will come ideas and a plan which will grow and develop with each new fundraiser you have in post ,
whether salaried or volunteer.
Fundraising Companies in the USA & UK
There are thousands of companies that aim to help you with your fund raising efforts. We can't hope to list them
all, but here's one or two that we've found interesting and some directories that you can use to find just about
EveryClick.com - an easy to use shopping or web-browsing site that can help raise £££'s
for your charitable organisation. It's been successful for big names such as Cancer Research UK , Diabetes UK
& Kings College Hospital .
FundraisingWeb - comprehensive directory that allows you to browse by State , Country ,
fundraising ideas and products
Fundraising Directory - browse through their bank of ideas from A to Z, from Apparel to
Trees & Wreaths
Non Profit Recommended Resources
Car donation - people don't only want to donate money, sometimes
they genuinely can't, but would like to consider donating items such as their used vehicle , particularly when
they've just replaced it with a new car
Golf Tournament Events - how to create an
annual event that will draw crowds and raise funds
Beyond the Bake Sale: 100 Innovative Fundraising Ideas for Nonprofits - Fed up with
traditional bake sales and car washes? Whilst these can work well for groups, to raise more money, you need
new, fresh and fun ideas. This book lists 100 - some are bound to be a perfect match for your group.
Storytelling for Grantseekers: The Guide to Creative Nonprofit Fundraising - If
you've been given the task of writing a grant proposal but haven't been offered any training, this book is
aimed at helping you to overcome the hurdles commonly experienced by fundraisers.