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111 Fundraising Ideas for your next project

Fund raising ideas
 

We all know that fundraising use to be a different paradigm all together couple of decades back. Because we had no access to internet and social media in that time. But now we have so many resources available that we can raise money for anything and everything just by being available online.

Although we cannot deny the fact that even in our current world. Fund raising is still done old classic ways i.e., in person and face to face. Their is nothing wrong with it. Because the whole point of fund raising is to get attention towards the cause you are raising the funds for and bringing more money to the table. Isn't it?

So here I have listed 111 fundraising ideas for you which include digital and physical ways to raise funds for your cause.

Crowd Funding

Crowd funding is one of the most loved way of raising funds for your cause. There are multiple platform where you can put your project/cause on. One of the best example would be GoFundMe. You can simply launch your fundraising campaign with in few minutes and millions of users on GoFundMe, kickstarter, indigogo is waiting to hear from you. Obviously if someone believes in your cause is his/her personal opinion. But hey who is stopping you to spread the word. Raising funds from any source is always a good idea isn't it?

Fashion show

Got a catwalk? Got models? Got some haute couture? You actually don’t need any of the above to pull off a fundraising fashion show. All you need is floor space, benefit t-shirts and a few staff members willing to put themselves out there and be goofy. You’ll be selling your organisation’s merchandise in no time.

Auction a date

This trope works great if the date in question is someone well known or beloved in the community. Think outside the box on this one. Your CEO — dressed up for the date as the winner’s choice character from history?

Silent auction

You don’t have to auction off gift baskets. Get creative with the auction items. Think about experiences instead of things. Perhaps you have a donor willing to grant access to his vacation home for the weekend, for instance.

Carnival

A carnival is always a fun way to raise funds. And you can invest whatever level of overhead feels appropriate. Skip the antique carousels and make up your own games with homemade booths and costumes for a lower cost and more personalised event experience.

Treasure hunt

Use an app like Action-bound to set up a treasure hunt that combines an IRL (in real life) experience with augmented reality on a device.

Pamper festival for womens

Curate a selection of stalls offering things like luxury beauty treatments, chair massage, makeovers, wellness items, and clothing from local boutiques.

Balloon pop

Fill a room with balloons, hide prizes inside a select few, and sell needles to event-goers for a chance to “pop for prizes.”

Open house 

Invite the public to tour your charity grounds and see what happens behind the scenes. Those who buy tickets to the tour feel involved at the ground level.

Singles charity night 

Bring dating hopefuls together to honour a cause with activities that tie directly back to your cause: making dog toys for a local animal shelter or cooking meals for the homeless, for instance.

A “night in” at mine

Host a relaxed, laid-back gathering at your organisation (dress code: PJs and sweats) and ask guests to donate what they typically spend on a big night out.

Ugly sweater party 

We all have that one horrible sweater a well-intentioned family member knitted us. It’s time to put it to good use.

Morning dance party 

An alcohol-free dance party with fancy mocktails made from energising fresh-squeezed juice.

Themed costume party 

Forget about the fancy gala construct. Not everyone wants to wear a starched shirt. Instead, consider a historical theme like “Come as your favourite feminist” or “Guess which inventor I am?” Check out this blog for more ideas on how to choose a memorable event theme.

Red cup party 

Host a cocktail party and have participants buy red Solo cups at the door, at a wildly inflated price to be donated to your cause.

Silent disco 

No need to hire a professional DJ or performer. Simply plan a killer playlist and provide each attendee with a headset when they enter the door.

Sky lantern send-off

Host an evening celebration where partygoers make a wish on a paper lantern, light a flame inside, and send it off in the sky.

Venue-specific dance performance 

Vermont’s Farm to Ballet features summertime dance performances on local farms all over the state. Dancers perform an originally choreographed piece that tells the story of farming throughout the year. A ticket purchase gives donors the chance to watch the show and learn more about that particular farm. Choose your own imaginative variation based on your event venue and organisation.

Theater

Consider partnering with a local theatre company willing to provide the venue, equipment, props, and costumes. Or, arrange to have profits from one of their normal performances go to your cause.

Photo exhibition

Have participants contribute photographs they’ve taken that relate to your charity. Have an art opening where event-goers buy a ticket to attend then auction off the photos.

Craft fair

Get a bunch of artisans on board and charge tickets at the door. This idea is perfect for the holidays, when people are keen to buy unique, original gifts for their loved ones.

Haircut party 

Find a local salon whose stylists are willing to donate their time for just one day to give haircuts. Customers pay what they think their haircut is worth, and all of the money goes to your cause.

Neighbourhood street party  

This is a great way to make money for a local cause or a recent calamity. Have neighbours donate food, drinks and lawn chairs.

Community garage sale

Most people have tons of stuff they are secretly dying to get rid of. Have them donate it to a neighbourhood sale with the proceeds going to your charity.

Car wash 

This classic isn’t just for high school sports teams. Have your execs washing the cars to really appeal to the community.

Dog wash 

Invite the public to come to get their pooch polished up.

Clothing swap 

Everyone brings a bag of clothes they don’t wear anymore. Set everything up on retail racks, and let participants “shop” the swap for one new piece of apparel. Donate all the rest to charity.

Coupon book 

Solicit local businesses to participate by offering awesome deals on their products and services. Sell the books for charity.

Tip night

Ask a local restaurant or café to donate tips or a percentage of sales for the night to your charity.

Golf tournament 

If there’s a particularly ritzy golf course nearby, ask them to donate some less popular hours to your cause.

Rock-paper-scissors tournament

You don’t need any special equipment to play rock-paper-scissors, just your hands, and some black-and-white-clad referees at a bar. Set up the rules and get the crowd riled to bet on their favourite contenders.

5K race 

Fundraising runs are a timeless way to raise money for a good cause. Make yours stand out with a costume requirement or unusual location.

Paddle race 

Host a standup paddleboard contest and let beach bystanders place bets on the winners.

Goal kicking contest 

Let contestants battle it out to be the next Jonny Wilkinson with a goal kicking contest. Charge for entry or take bets on the winner.

Rounders tournament 

For a lot of us, this was the first sport we ever learned in school. Everyone knows the rules.

Tennis tournament 

Host round-robin tennis matches with doubles teams, and sell refreshments to participants and viewers.

Coaching sessions 

Ask the local high school’s coaches to sign up for weekly coaching sessions for various sports, then auction those off to the community.

Slam dunk competition 

Recruit some local basketball stars to act as judges on made-up categories like “form” and “panache.”

Poker tournament 

The proceeds will go to charity, of course, but the winner gets acclaim and a grand prize.

Beer pong tournament 

Set up multiple stations around your venue, with local microbrews selling beer they’ve donated to your cause. The ultimate winner takes home a keg.

Climbing challenge 

Rent a climbing wall or team up with a local climbing gym to hold a race to the top.

Trivia night 

Host a trivia night at a local bar and have participants pay to play. For extra credit, the bar can donate a portion of proceeds of drinks and food sold.

Stair climbing contest 

Find a venue with a lot of stairs, like a stadium with 360-degree bleachers. Have participants recruit sponsors.

World record attempt party 

Give guests a list of “highly attainable world records” they can attempt to break at your event.

Buddy run 

The buddy being your dog. Like a canine-friendly 5k. Great for fundraisers benefiting animals!

Polar bear plunge 

Participants gather sponsors for their dive into icy cold water. You provide warm blankets and hot chocolate.

Bowl-a-thon

Bowling is a crowd-pleaser, and this one’s a great rain-or-shine activity. You can set up informational and merch booths in the bowling alley, too.

Casino night 

Take the gambling up a notch with multiple card games, costumes (Wild West theme, anyone?) and cocktails.

Dunk tank 

Rent a dunk tank and charge participants for a chance to dunk willing local celebrities.

Game night 

Rent arcade machines or old Atari or Nintendo games for a throwback game night!

Yoga with animals

From goats to kittens, animal-themed yoga classes are all the rage right now. Team up with a local animal shelter or petting zoo who will provide the animals to help spread awareness of their own cause.

Activity marathon

Dream up an activity volunteers can try to do for 24 straight hours, and stream it live or get the local news to cover it. Dance marathons are the most popular variation.

Skating event

Host a roller skating or ice skating event and charge an admission fee.

Workout class fundraiser

Ask a hot local workout spot to host and help promote your fundraiser. Charge an extra fee for entrance to this special one-time class with everyone’s favourite instructor.

Dinner in white

An elegant pop-up dinner where diners wear only white. To lower your expenses, make it a potluck picnic at a beautiful park.

Food fight en blanc

A less elegant dinner where everyone wears white, but they don’t mind getting filthy. Serve spaghetti and meatballs; watch the mayhem unfold. Make sure there’s a hose on-premises.

Pig roast

Recruit a local pig-roasting expert and charge attendees by the plate, with classic sides like potato salad, cole slaw and chips.

Alice in Wonderland-themed tea party

Find a whimsical spot to serve mid-day earl grey and biscuits with “eat me” signs on them.

Teacup pig tea party

Another idea for a tea party? Tea with teacup pigs. They shouldn’t be trusted near the food, but they will draw a crowd.

Chili cook-off

Charge by the steamy, spicy bowl and ask a few local microbrews to donate the beer to wash it down.

Food truck rodeo

You simply need a parking lot, a permit, and a handful of local food trucks willing to attend. Charge for entrance, and the food trucks can still charge their normal prices inside.

Bake sale 

This is an oldie but definitely still a goodie. Stand out with a theme that’s on point with your fundraising focus, like baked goods made from locally sourced ingredients to benefit local farmers.

Adult lemonade stand

Spice up the sweet-tart drink with liquor and make sure to ID.

Popsicle stand

Another summertime fave. You can freeze anything liquid in a popsicle mold. Be creative with your flavours! Margarita pops sprinkled with salt? Mmmmmm.

All-inclusive pancake breakfast

Make sure you offer options for everyone — the gluten-free, the vegan, the sugar-free, and the foodie who will eat anything.

Pie-throwing contest

Invite people to come to take out their aggressions and indulge their sweet tooths.

Distillery tour

Team up with a local spirits distillery that doesn’t offer tours to the public every day. Include an additional donation for personalised or white-label bottles from their special collection.

Beer run

Like a pub crawl, but with more urgency. Participants stop at bars along the route. Said bars donate their brews for a good cause.

Celebrity cooking class

Find a local chef willing to host a class in his kitchen (or rent one) and end the lesson with a lively and intimate group dinner.

Cake walk

Like musical chairs, except the winner gets cake, not a chair. Ask a local bakery to contribute the beautiful (and delicious) prizes.

Stone soup party

Have you heard the old folk story about the town that comes together to make a communal pot of soup? Have participants bring a soup ingredient, and cook up the recipe together. Then enjoy the spoils of your efforts with some nice crusty bread.

Mentorship auction

Set up bidding for one-on-one chat sessions with thought leaders or participating celebrities. The conversations can happen remotely, thanks to the plethora of video chat tech.

Text message campaign

Hustle is one text-messaging app that can help you raise funds for your political campaign with bold, short messages and easy, instant payment collection from donors.

Film screening

Is there a documentary related to your cause? Host a night at the movies replete with popcorn and candy.

Sausage sizzle

Popular in Australia & New Zealand, hosts of BBQs charge for sausage wrapped in bread and donate the proceeds to charity. Down under, they sometimes call this “Democracy Sausage” because this type of fundraiser is often held at polling places on Election Day.

Seedling sale

Set up in a busy parking lot and ask departing drivers to purchase seedlings of plants or trees. Call it a “carbon exchange” — for the pollution their cars emit, drivers purchase a seedling, and you commit to planting it.

Christmas tree recycling

A January-specific fundraising idea, charge a fee to dispose of a tree. If you have space (and permit) for it, a bonfire party can turn the necessity into a festivity!

“Junk” donations

Some stuff isn’t worthy of a garage sale, but it’s still worth money. Have community members donate their used ink cartridges, defunct electronics and old magazines. You can resell these to recyclers for a profit.

Tote bag sales

Team up with a local grocery interested in encouraging customers to bring their own bags. You supply the bags, for a fee that ties directly back to your environmental cause.

Guided hike

Host a guided hike on a trail led by an expert who can point out the value of the environs and why our natural world is so valuable.

Meatless Monday dinner party

Giving up meat just one day a week can have a huge positive impact on our environmental footprint. Promote the idea of “meatless Monday” with a hosted dinner cooked by a celebrated vegan chef.

Plant a community garden

Invite those with aspiring green thumbs to come together and plant a community garden to benefit at-risk communities.

Battle of the bands

Invite some local guitar heroes and give your donors a chance to support your cause and enjoy the performance.

Talent search

How many of us have rock-n-roll dreams? Here’s everyone’s chance to try out for a band. “The band” is one you’ll put together for this event, with the grand prize a chance to perform at a local venue.

Karaoke contest

Recruit a local celebrity or two to judge participants willing to put themselves out there, The Voice-style.

Graduation-day celebration

If your organisation raises money or awareness for at-risk kids or kids in need, consider a celebratory event when a milestone is met by the kids. It might be actual school graduation, or the achievement of another organisational goal, like majority literacy.

Sponsor a child

Donors give money, but they also get the chance to develop a relationship with the child they sponsor and see the positive impact of their generosity.

Youth ambassador board

Appoint a board of young, well-connected people who are supportive of your cause and can help set up a crowdfunding campaign or spread the word on social media.

Drawing auction

Invite bids on framed artwork by the youth you’re raising money for.

Family friendly mud run

Create a down-and-dirty obstacle course and invite the kids to dive in.

Talent show

A great way to get youth involved with your mission, especially if your cause is one that benefits youth in the first place.

Used book drive

Ask people to drop off books they’ve already read to stock a new community library.

Dare fundraiser

Sponsor a social dare contest in which participants agree to do outlandish things if sponsors contribute a certain amount of money.

Raffle

At the end of the day, the winner gets half the pot, and the other half goes to your charity of choice.

Baby photo contest

Charge a small entry fee for participants to upload their baby photos, and then have the crowd vote on categories like “cutest,” “chubbiest,” and “most improved.”

Personal appeal letter

Have board members or other stakeholders hand-write letters to people who have donated in the past.

Call sprint

Send out flyers or virtual links ahead of time to let targets know you’ll be calling and asking for a donation. Then assemble volunteers to make as many calls as they can in a given period of time.

Donations on your event page 

Make it easy for people to give even if they can’t attend your event with donation buttons on your event page.

Themed t-shirts

teefunder is one place you can create a t-shirt to support your cause. You don’t have to pay for a big print run upfront. Instead, spread the word about the memorable merch via social media. T-shirts ship straight to your donors when the fundraiser is over.

Shared photos

Use Fundography to allow event attendees to upload and share photos from the event. Other attendees can then purchase these photos for £3 each. The proceeds go directly to your cause.

Fundraising bracelets

Remember the Live-Strong silicone wristbands? You can craft more modern, classy bracelets working with a local designer, and sell them for the cause. Just make sure they have an iconic design that makes them immediately recognisable.

 
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