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For non-profit organizations, schools, and churches, fundraising is a way to help each one sustain itself and those involved in these places. Volunteer groups sometimes help these non-profit organizations by providing some novel fundraising ideas. Ideas come in great numbers but only a few are successful or feasible. Sometimes tweaking an existing idea can also be a good option. Let's experiment with a few ways on how to arrange a fundraising event that will attract the most contributors.
Helpful Fundraising Ideas
Raffle Tickets - Everyone's a Winner
raffle tickets
Raffle tickets that are up for grabs contain items of a materialistic but not monetary nature. Usually there is only one winner, but you can include more to pique the crowd's interest while encouraging them to donate. Search for any upcoming event or social gathering happening in your city and plan out a way on how you can set up a stall at the venue. A week prior to the event, have simple pamphlets designed and printed stating the organization's cause and the purpose of needing money.
Highlight the fact that raffle tickets will allow contributors to win something depending upon how great the amount put forward. The items you do put up for contributors do not have to be over-the-top expensive but things that are reasonably priced and handy (scented candle set, homemade brownies, teacup set, salt and pepper shakers, a little book of inspirational quotes, a short-story book collection, and such - a pawn or secondhand store is your best go-to venue).
Car Wash
car wash
Car wash is a simple and fun way to include volunteers in an activity to help raise money. Put up a mini, shaded stall with sign boards that make it clear that paying for a car wash will help raise money for charity. Choose a busy parking space like near a mall or theater. Have volunteers go around occasionally to ask passersby if they'd like a car wash. Don't choose the time between traffic signals, since some people find it annoying to entertain car washers in the middle of rush hour.
Garage Sale
garage sale
Good conditioned stuff that the previous owner doesn't require anymore, can be an item of interest for someone else. If the organization maintains a website, you can post a message on it a month prior to the garage sale. State the venue and the items that they can contribute, which in many garage sales is practically anything that is in mint condition. Print pamphlets and have volunteers distribute these to attract as much attention as possible.
Charity Wristbands
charity bands
Rubber wristbands are known by many names like awareness rubber bracelets, fundraising wristbands, and the like. People call them by different names but the purpose remains the same - to spread awareness about the organization or a cause. These bands are made with thin silicone or rubber in a particular or varied set of color(s), or has the name of the organization printed on each one. When people buy and wear these bands the organization not only raises funds but also spreads awareness.
Cookie Bake-off
cookie sale
Nothing brings hoards of people flocking to a stall like a delicious batch of homemade cookies. A lot of people sell edibles outside public places. Do get consent before erecting the stall. Make a sufficient amount of cookies - enough to raise the money you need or at least a portion of it on day one. Hand out cards to those who'd like another homemade batch delivered to their homes so that you can help your stall make more money by selling cookies on the side.
Charity fundraisers are a great time of putting together much-needed money for a variety of purposes to help those in need. Volunteers can be found in colleges, schools, even from workplaces who are willing to give their free time to charity. With these ideas on how to throw a fundraiser, you should be able to make the money in no time. Planning is crucial though and timing of course, so manage the two efficiently before the actual execution.