50 Fundraising Ideas
Creative and Easy Ways to Raise Money for Your Organization
Often, the most challenging part of fundraising is coming up with a creative idea that will motivate the troops. Since the best idea is often found in having a lot of them, you’ll be off to a great start with your next fundraiser with these 50 easy fundraising ideas.
1. Choose the Torture – Have donors pay $1 a vote to decide which form of “torture” to inflict on your organization’s leader (i.e. dye hair, dress as a clown, trade a job for a day).
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15. Trendy Bracelets – Sell silicone bracelets that promote your cause.
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26. Go Hairless – Volunteers commit to shaving their heads if a specified amount is raised by a deadline.
31. Rent-a-Worker - Volunteers commit to working for an afternoon doing any odd jobs sponsors “hire” them to do.
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41. Halloween Collection – Use this door-to-door holiday to collect coats, candy, or change for your charity.
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47. Matching Gift – Ask a corporation or individual to match any donations your organization collects in a specified amount of time. Then, contact potential donors about giving to match the gift.
48. Birthday Pledge – Ask for donations to a favorite cause instead of birthday gifts.
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Posted by Nate Wood on Thu Dec 4, 2014 5:39 PM EST
What about a DRAG RACE fundraisier? Host a race and have a set entry fee and the winner of a 1 mile straight away, using their own vehicles gets a prize at a percentage or a set amount. If you have over like fifty contestants you can do multiple races and/or second and third place prizes.
I work for a non profit that raises awareness about HIV/AIDS nationwide.
Posted by Sarah Maria on Mon Dec 1, 2014 3:12 PM EST
I am trying to make a fundraiser to help the less fortunate ones. Any ideas? I need to do it ASAP. I have always felt bad for those who are needy and i really want to make a big difference in the world.
Posted by connicia west on Sat Nov 29, 2014 3:19 AM EST
dose this work
Posted by Mik G. on Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:54 PM EST
We just did a fundraiser at our local bowling place
Sold 84 tickets for $20 each which included 3 games and shoe rental
Profit was $16 per ticket
Banners were sold to local businesses for $50 each
Profit was $35 per banner
Then we held two 50/50 raffles netted $250
Local band donated their time!
Total profit was $2200 even after giving away $500 in cash prizes for 3 highest bowling scores!
Posted by Caitlin Brown on Wed Nov 12, 2014 9:32 AM EST
I want to raise money for troops for Christmas this year but I'm not sure how to go about it to raise slot of money. I have a horse I wanted to involved in the fundraisers but I'm not sure how. Any suggestions??
Posted by Kay Tee on Mon Nov 10, 2014 8:32 AM EST
I'm trying to raise money for my senior class trip to Europe next year. I need $3500 ASAP, and I have no idea how to start.
Posted by Sydney Bylsma on Sat Nov 8, 2014 2:25 PM EST
i am 11 years old and trying to make a non-profit business to raise money for adoption.another good idea is to get sponcers and make a video on youtube and for how many likes or views you get , you get a certain amount of money
Posted by claire fleming on Sun Nov 2, 2014 11:01 PM EST
I need to make at least 5,000 dollars for a big organization but have no event ideas need help please asap
Posted by james liang on Thu Oct 9, 2014 8:19 PM EST
hi we are trying to raise money for a non-profit pet rescue organization,and our goal is to raise $1800 by November,we have started for a month and only got $100,we only have one month left now so really need some big helps?thx
Posted by Tatum Stafford on Sun Oct 5, 2014 3:31 PM EST
very helpful. May be able to try some of this stuff.
Posted by Sarah Horrocks on Wed Oct 1, 2014 11:35 AM EST
This is very useful but will it raise over $5000 in a few months?
Posted by Chay Giles on Fri Sep 26, 2014 12:10 PM EST
I am going on a school trip to New York with my school next year and I have never been on a plane before or even abroad. I am 15 years old, I need to raise 1500 all together, what fundraising activities would be suitable for just one or two people to take part in?
Posted by Sonal Desai on Thu Sep 25, 2014 3:52 AM EST
I am a member of social service club...we need ideas for collection of fund by doing fund raising projects.. Please..guide..
Posted by Ashleigh Harrigan on Sat Sep 20, 2014 6:03 PM EST
To Karen R (Waves of Freedom)
Hi, are you still looking for beach themed fund raising idea?
Posted by hector flores on Sun Sep 14, 2014 4:23 PM EST
I need ideas to raise money for My dance group, we dance for 15 partys and make coreography for them as well, we need money to buy our clothes, were highschool students
Posted by Alaina Beane on Fri Sep 5, 2014 8:30 PM EST
My class needs some fundraisers for our Prom and Senior Class Trip in the future. These are great ideas and I'm planning to catch the attention of my classmates with then!!
Posted by nirmala desai on Wed Sep 3, 2014 2:53 AM EST
wonderful, simple ideas....congrats
Posted by chelsea weeks on Thu Aug 28, 2014 6:27 AM EST
my company is looking for a fun way to raise money our organisation is a charity run company that gets people back into work any fun ideas please
Posted by Journey Farr on Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:19 PM EST
Love to run and I'm trying to raise money for a 5k, I have a couple of week to raise money any ideas?
Posted by Sara Benedix on Sat Aug 9, 2014 9:24 PM EST
You could host a pancake breakfast or baked potato lunch and charge $6 for meal and a drink. At the event you could tell everyone what your raising money for and that that are welcome to donate more if they wish. You could also create a flyer to pass out to neighbors telling them what you are trying to do. Then list the items you need donated. Be sure to include the date you will be back to pick up the donated items and ask them to leave their donation in the provided bag in their front door step and you will be back to pick it up. Attach the flyer to a paper bag and go door to door in your neighborhood. Talk to as many neighbors as you can but leave the bag with the flyer even if neighbors aren't home. Then simply go back the day you said you would be back and collect the donations. You could even get your local grocery store to donate paper bags. I think it's amazing that you have a heart for service! Good luck!
Posted by angeleigh cantagallo on Sat Aug 9, 2014 1:58 AM EST
hi my name is angeleigh im 12 and I have a lot of people/friends that don't have school supplies and I feel bad for them so I got a bunch of my other friends together to help but don't know what to do to raise money to help out all the kids we know or more that need school supplies. does anyone know any ways that I could help them out?? I would appreciate it a lot.
Posted by Dorothy Stevens on Wed Jul 23, 2014 1:16 PM EST
There are plenty of great and virtually inexpensive ideas... hold a sports tournament, invest in a large prize and challenge people to build something and be judges for the win..
Posted by Anita Harrison on Tue Jul 22, 2014 8:56 AM EST
Hello, we're trying to raise money for 4 football travel teams. We are also looking for sponsors and equipment and/or uniform donations!
Posted by Sherrie Gahn on Mon Jul 21, 2014 8:47 PM EST
I am the founder of a 501c3 community center that assists homeless students and families with educational, food, medical, rent and utility assistance. We need to raise $25,000 quickly in order to stay open. If anyone has any quick and easy ideas, please share. We are in great need.
Posted by Tori Lamb on Fri Jul 4, 2014 3:54 PM EST
Me and one of my friends are trying to raise money to go on a mission trip some where with children in need. I was wondering if anyone had any good ideas to fundraise, because I live in a small town?? Email me with any good ideas at email@example.com! Thank you!!!!
Posted by Emily Carmack on Fri Jul 4, 2014 3:15 PM EST
I need to raise about $2,000 in 10 months.... I need ideas because I live in the middle of the country.
Posted by Dev Vargas on Sun Jun 29, 2014 5:34 PM EST
I hope these work! I'm trying to raise money for my oregon ambassadors of music trip tour of europe and I have to raise about $5,145!
Posted by w g on Tue Jun 24, 2014 4:37 AM EST
am doing a bake sale to fundraise for a trip to peru costing 7500 dollars got any other ideas
Posted by dfuweuyskie setyty674 on Mon Jun 16, 2014 2:29 PM EST
i really like the smoothie sale idea
Posted by Karen R. on Thu Jun 5, 2014 4:57 PM EST
I am a part of a beach protection group named Waves of Freedom. Does anyone know good ideas related to beach-themed fundraisers?
Posted by NaTasha Miller on Thu May 29, 2014 12:02 PM EST
A friend and I raise money during the year and donate it to places for children for Christmas. We are looking to donate the money this year to The Blessing House in Lorain. We donated to them for Easter baskets and found that they were very nice. I am trying to find ways to raise the money so the children can have a great Christmas. I'd love some information if anyone knows of any good ways to raise more money. I am thankful for your time.
Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by lynn harp on Wed May 28, 2014 10:05 PM EST
these ideas seem pretty good, will try a few, helping my son and his wife with adoption cost....we all know that this is very expensive.
Posted by donnajoe jones on Wed May 28, 2014 9:35 PM EST
i love the ideas that are and were provided. thank you and god bless america
Posted by Chelsea Finkenbine on Thu May 22, 2014 1:35 PM EST
Im trying to think of a good way to raise money for my boyfriends dad due to his wife dying three weeks ago. She was on hospice and they are now having to owe $52,000 for all the hospital bills and now they are loosing their house. Any good easy ways will help out. Please and thank you!
Posted by Hollie Presnal on Mon May 19, 2014 3:25 PM EST
I work for a non-profit (Rape Crisis Center) and we are in need of a fundraising idea that has not been over done. Any ideas would be appreciated. I have read through a number of suggestions that sound promising.
Posted by Adriana Melendez on Sun May 18, 2014 4:58 PM EST
I want to raise money for my cousin to go to a juvenile diabetes camp this summer but dont have ideas. Can someone help me out with some ideas
Posted by Razmeena List on Fri May 2, 2014 11:52 AM EST
Luv the ideas bros and broesses! Keep going, yea!
Posted by Judy Bomar on Sun Apr 20, 2014 1:07 AM EST
I am fighting breast/lymphatic cancer. I am looking for fundraiser ideas to help pay for my treatments and care. I need to take off work for a while, so need to find ways to do fundraising to help pay my bills. I like all the ideas, I don't have much help or support, so need ideas on how to rally a support team for me. thanks so much!
Posted by Nancee AT on Fri Apr 4, 2014 3:58 PM EST
To Wendy: Love his slogan! Perhaps along those lines, perhaps, "Con amor. Say it like you mean it!"
Posted by Wendy Prather on Fri Apr 4, 2014 1:54 PM EST
My daughter's Spanish 4 class is looking to do fundraisers for a trip to Spain. I love all of these ideas and would love to do the t-shirt idea but I don't know what kind of logo to put on the t-shirts. Wish I could think of something really catchy that people would want to wear. My husband sells cars and puts "Drive it like you stole it" on the back and people love them. Any ideas?? Thanks!!
Posted by Ghetto RebeL on Tue Apr 1, 2014 3:19 AM EST
THX a lot 4 the ideas. Im an upcoming music artist and I needed some ideas how to make a quick few dollars and put my face out there.
Posted by Samah A on Sun Mar 23, 2014 2:20 PM EST
Thank you so much, ideas are pretty awesome, am raising funds for asthma day, and your ideas really helped me a lot.
I will gather a group of school kids to make a greeting cards for free to sell it in a local shop as a fund raising for the cause :)
Posted by Mabel Regimbal on Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:27 AM EST
My staff and I are entering a team in the Relay For Life in June. We are considering new fundraising ideas and I have come up with this one. It will be a 50/50 contest, participants will make a $2.00 donation and will receive a numbered tennis ball and will hit the ball with a tennis raquet towards a target. The person that gets their ball closest to the target will win 50 % of the amount collected, other 50% will go to the Relay For Life. I am also making cookie bouquets for Easter, Mother's Day and Father's Day and for a $2.00 donation, entrants will have a chance to win a cookie bouquet. Looking forward to raising some nice funds to fight cancer.
Posted by shannon saeger on Tue Mar 18, 2014 9:35 PM EST
I love the idea of breaking an egg on me or someone else
Posted by Caitlin Stewart on Sat Mar 8, 2014 12:28 PM EST
I love these ideas. I'm working to raise money to go to the second Congress of Future Medical Leaders and I can't wait to see if these work. Thanks so much for these ideas. A few of my own... Try a cakewalk, bingo or horseshoes. I'm even going to try to get my church involved and as an incentive, i'm going to donate half of the proceeds from each fundraiser involving them to the Youth Fund. I hope it works for you just as i hope it works for me! God Bless and i'm praying for everyone!!
Posted by Chloe Heskett on Fri Mar 7, 2014 2:16 PM EST
My name is Chloe Heskett. I loved the idea of pump it up. I am starting a fund raiser for my choir so we can possibly go to King's island. We are really excited and not sure yet what to do exactly. I have thought of doing a bake sale, car was, spring pictures, selling bracelets, lemonade stand, cook out, helpful service which is where you go to a local store and help bag groceries, and other things like that. I am going to try pump it up and some other things. Our goal is 4-5,000 dollars. We have a lot of students attending this trip. Thanks for the great ideas! They are super helpful and cool. They will surly help raise some of the money we need. I appreciate the thoughts and work put into helping others and myself raise money for good causes.
Posted by Swan Thompson on Wed Mar 5, 2014 10:12 AM EST
Great suggestions! Years ago, I used an offbeat idea that raised a lot of money at a school event. I’ve never shared the info with anyone, but I think this is the perfect place to do it! I think we called the event "The Backwards Faire" or something. Everything was tongue-in-cheek. For example, I worked a booth draped as a tent labeled "THE WORLD'S WORST FORTUNETELLER!" People paid the person standing outside before entering my booth. I sat at a small table gazing at a bowling ball (instead of a crystal ball). Instead of a deck of Tarot cards, I used a deck of “Go Fish” cards. And instead of reading the person’s palm, I read their elbow. I intentionally gave each person the most outrageously funny fortune possible; for example, I told the Journalism Teacher’s wife (who disliked small children) that she would have identical twins within three years, resign from her executive position, and become a stay-at-home mother for the rest of her life. I also kept a labeled “Tip Jar” conspicuously sitting on the table. By the end of the night, almost everyone attending the Faire had gotten his/her fortunes read, and my tip jar was full, so I added that in, too.
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Posted by Corinne Blackmore on Sat Feb 22, 2014 10:58 AM EST
Thanks everyone, love them! Maybe a plant sale-a group could grow seedlings from small donated pots and sell them, if its children they could decorate the pots. Or a bacon & egg roll stall instead of sausage sizzle for something different
Posted by pam reitzel on Sat Feb 15, 2014 12:07 AM EST
My daughters soccer team is trying to attend flordia this july for a week long tournament and need to have a child friendly fundraiser to raise about $1200 per child. We need ideas that are good for everyone to do thanks
Posted by Robert Baker on Wed Jan 22, 2014 4:42 PM EST
A good quick fundraiser if you have a fun loving croud is a jail Pay to put them in and pay to get them out.
Posted by Connie Gallagher on Thu Jan 16, 2014 3:11 PM EST
Who doesn't love a trivia night. Teams are up to 8. BYO snacks and drinks or/and sell snacks and drinks. Questions depend on clientel. Trivia questions easily accessible online. Charge per ticket or per team. You just need a cafeteria, room or hall to accomodate. Also- no smart phones allowed!
Posted by rachel luken on Mon Jan 13, 2014 8:45 PM EST
I'm doing a fundraiser for Stop Solider Suicides. I'm trying to raise about $1000. These are great ideas but wondering what would raise the most money? I'm a college student and have a pretty full schedule. Any other ideas would be helpful.
Posted by kori campbell on Mon Jan 13, 2014 3:25 PM EST
We did a fundraiser to help someone pay for medical bills. It was called Kiss the Cow...we are in a small town and I had local business owners involved with a picture of themselves on it at places around town and who ever raised the most money had to kiss the cow on our local cable channel LIVE! haha it was awesome! We raised over $8000 in a little over 4 weeks the cans were out. THe money was put thru a local 501 c 3 due to tax purposes which you have to be careful of so families are not taxed on donations
Posted by Anonymous Anonymous on Thu Jan 9, 2014 12:00 PM EST
T-shirts are a great fundraiser, and if you use an online platform you can pull one off without much work or upfront cost.
Posted by tessa belgrave-dirksen on Wed Jan 8, 2014 12:32 AM EST
hey iam trying to find a way of fundraising money for a couple who cant afford medical costs for there babys operation any ideas??
Posted by Greg Butler on Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:56 AM EST
Hosting a marathon. The winner will get a prize. Maybe it could be a percentage of the total money collected for entering.
Posted by Maylinda Boynton on Fri Nov 15, 2013 7:59 AM EST
This is so great.... Thank you So much... This is sure to help my band and chorus make money!!!! Thank you!!!!
Posted by nyeshia lopez on Mon Oct 28, 2013 11:00 AM EST
Hey I need to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. My school goes to a different state every year to build a house. I'm the senior leader this year and I'm looking for more great ideas. Any will help. This cause is extremely important us. I go to a Bridgeport public school. So you must know that raising money does not come with ease. I have to April to raise about 10k. We leave during spring break. ANY IDEAS WILL HELP. Just email me. Thanks and god bless.
Posted by Bob Frank on Sun Oct 27, 2013 10:02 PM EST
Hi im bob and i love the ideals!!!
Posted by Catina Carter on Tue Oct 22, 2013 1:00 PM EST
I work for a non profit organization that help feed the homeless and help with Entergy and Rental Assistance. We are trying to find ways to raise money to continue our services. HELP ANYONE!!!!!
Posted by Emilliiee Jackman on Sun Oct 20, 2013 6:50 PM EST
my Name is Emily jackman and i attend C.P.A.H.S and i am heart broken by the fires that have destroyed thousands of peoples lives and memories because of all the homes that have been turned to ash i just want to thank you so much for these ideas i hope they help me to raise some money to donate to those who have lost their homes in these recent fires in Australian New South Whales, these fires have destoyed many lives , Australians are just thankful that there has been no loss of life, and hopefully thanks to these fundraising ideas i will be able to start a chain of events that help to rebuild the hundereds of homes that have been lost.
Posted by Mary Jackson on Thu Oct 10, 2013 2:55 PM EST
Thank you so much for your ideas! these are awesome!
Posted by Emily F. on Fri Oct 4, 2013 11:48 AM EST
Wow! I am in 7th grade trying to raise money for a school trip, and I am so using some of these ideas!
Posted by Kelly Walmsley on Tue Oct 1, 2013 10:39 PM EST
How about a Penny War? Collect gallon milk jugs or coffee cans. Distribute them to participating classes or businesses the week before so they can decorate and label their money containers. Send out/publicize the rules of war the week ahead. Encourage all parties to challenge one another and participate in friendly trash-talking to build excitement and friendly competition. On the first day of the war, ask donors to bring pennies for their jar. Every penny in the team's jar is worth one point for that team's total. Also encourage participants to bring other denominations of coins and bills to place in competitors' jars. A nickel means 5 points, dime=10 pts., quarter=25 pts., a dollar= 100 pts., etc. DEDUCTED from that team's total. You can see how this would be a competitive frenzy by the end of the week, especially if the participants can gin up the excitement. On the practical side of things, you will need volunteers to collect the jars each afternoon, a bank willing to count a large amount of coinage, and someone to tally the totals each afternoon. We had prize categories for the most points and the most funds raised by the end of the week. We fully-funded our need for an exterior sign for our junior high in one week by raising over $3000. Of course, you need the prizes for the categories. (An ice cream party and a movie day at school for the winning classrooms?)
Posted by Shimmering Dreamer on Sat Sep 28, 2013 1:13 PM EST
These are really great ideas. I am a seventh grader trying to raise money for my school. We should be able to raise a lot of money with these ideas. Thank you everybody!!
Posted by Jaci Grissom on Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:05 PM EST
OMG! I love these! I am so using some of these!!!!
Posted by michael connors on Mon Sep 23, 2013 11:36 AM EST
You might want to hook up with another organization like a Humane society and do it together. People love their pets so maybe a cute pet photo contest and people pay to enter or paid to vote. And the most votes get a home cook meal with chef Dippel. just a thought.
Posted by allen dippel on Sat Sep 21, 2013 10:47 PM EST
I would like some ideas for a fund raiser here is my idea I am a chef and want to auction off my services for a charity all money would go to this charity I want to cook a dinner for two but donot want to shell out the money to cook a dinner that could be quite a bit of money any thoughts thanks
Posted by michael connors on Thu Sep 12, 2013 2:22 PM EST
Has anyone tried a photo contest, we are trying one on photoscramble and it seems to be working OK.
Not sure if there is any better services or better ways to get people to participate.
Posted by cynthia salazar on Mon Sep 9, 2013 11:22 PM EST
I'm Looking for a fundraiser to help my local high school , where triing to raise money for my robotics club. any cheap but good ideas please email me ?
Posted by Mabel Regimbal on Sat Aug 31, 2013 11:04 PM EST
There are some good ideas here but you have to think bigger. Please please please, all you fund raisers out there stop asking small local businesses for donations. I am both a small business owner and a Fund raiser. I can not tell you how stressful it is to be asked up to five times a day for a donation. These same people never donate to my fund raisers and most of them never come into my business as a customer. Think bigger and work harder and your fund raisers will be successful. Also for all you people who are talking about using fundraisers for your personal goals, STOP IT! There are only so many dollars out there bookmarked for fundraising and they should used for charitable fund raisers. For personal funds, work for it.
Posted by Mikayla Franklin on Fri Aug 23, 2013 1:49 PM EST
Posted by Patricia Vazquez on Thu Aug 22, 2013 12:12 AM EST
We are looking for fundraising ideas to assist our cheerleading squads to travel to Las Vegas next year for their National competition. Any thoughts on great fundraisers that can bring in a lot of money would be great! We have approximately 140 girls to get there!
Posted by Yadira Narvaez on Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:56 AM EST
Hi everyone! Our agency its a non profit but every year there is a conference at different states of USA and we are trying to do fundraisers as staff to be able assist next year at California.. Any ideas since we are non-profit we also do frequent events to raise $$ for the agency.. I would need ideas to raise separate $$ for the trip.. Thanks so much!!! GBU all
Posted by Tricia Quinlan on Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:09 AM EST
For the people who need immediate funds for kidney, bone marrow and other health issues you can go to your local supermarket and ask them if you could be considered for the "Round Up" I think that's what it is called. How it works. After a customer purchases their groceries if the customer has any change due to them the cashier then asks would you like your change to be donated for this cause. I was surprised how many people didn't mind doing that.
Posted by sarah lesar on Mon Aug 12, 2013 6:45 PM EST
Me and my church are trying to open up a daycare, but we need to raise money to help buy a house and everything that we need inside for the kids. Plz help, will take any advise.
Posted by BRENDA TARR on Tue Jul 23, 2013 3:38 PM EST
The Sticky Fly, as explained (borrowed from) another fundraising web site:
A friend and I came up with this one a few years ago for Child Abuse Prevention Month (which happens to be April). Find a popular teacher willing to participate. You'll also need lots of duct tape. Post flyers around the school a week ahead of time advertising your fundraiser. On the appointed day, during lunch hours, find a spot where students and faculty pass by regularly. Set a chair up against a wall so that the side of the chair (NOT the back or front, otherwise it won't work right) is firmly against the wall. Place a couple of gym mats or cushions in front of the chair as a precaution. Have the teacher stand up on the chair with his/her back against the wall. For fifty cents per yard of duct tape, students and faculty can tape the teacher to the wall. When the teacher is firmly taped to the wall, stop selling tape. Announce that you will now remove the chair to see just how long the "fly" can stick to the wall.
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If you want to, before removing the chair, take bets on how long the teacher will remain on the wall. It makes the game even more interesting for everyone. When my friend and I did it, we raised nearly $100. We also spoke to our respective health classes about child abuse and the effects of it. Students and teachers alike donated more during class. Out of both classes, we made nearly $50 total. We also earned a spot on the school news show. We donated the money to the Lewis House, which is a home for women and children who have been abused. In addition to the school news show, we also earned a column in the Community Action Council (they run the Lewis House) newsletter. Sticky Fly is a great way to involve the students and faculty in a fun and engaging activity, and to raise awareness at the same time
Posted by Ericka Giertz on Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:42 AM EST
For the person trying to get funds for rescue horses...You could try to get a sponsor for each horse (adopt a pet) . Kind of like owning it, but they pay for all of its expenses and can possibly help out with its care while it stays at your facilities. You could raise awareness for abused animals and get help at the same time.
Another fundraiser that I think I am about to try is sleeping out in a cardboard box until you get all your funds raised. My sister is trying to go to Scotland and she could ask for sponsors to see how many nights she can sleep in a box outside.
Posted by Janine Johnson on Fri Jul 19, 2013 6:02 PM EST
Hello, I could really use help. I'm trying to do a fundraiser for help paying for medical needs of a kidney transplant patient. What is the best advice you could give me in terms of an event for the community??? Thank you, it's very much appreciated.
Posted by melissa deysel on Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:58 AM EST
Hi, I'm looking for fundraising ideas for rescue horses?
Posted by rebeca walker on Fri Jul 12, 2013 9:35 AM EST
I find this web page berry useful and full of ideas for fundraising
Posted by Misty White on Thu Jul 11, 2013 1:39 PM EST
@ Noelle ~ love the wine cellar. That sounds like a great fundraiser for my non-profit community theater. What is the wine wall?
Posted by Noelle Lac on Tue Jul 9, 2013 5:14 PM EST
My favorite and fastest fundraiser is called Win A Wine Cellar. You hold an evening of wine tasing at and maybe some little snacks. The entry fee is $20 plus a bottle of wine. Everyone who comes gets a raffel ticket, and at the end of the night you raffel off ALL of the wone to one lucky winner. I also do the 50/50 raffel at this event and a wine wall.
Posted by Ashley Campbell on Tue Jul 9, 2013 12:16 PM EST
Thanks for all the ideas. We have been planning on having a
Fundraiser so we looked on the Internet and we found some good ideas here
Posted by Shannon Stewart on Sat Jul 6, 2013 7:59 PM EST
All of these are wonderful Ideas. I am trying to raise money for my 10th High School Reunion. We have a seperate account established and we've had a bake sale already and raised some money, but we are trying to raise more. I have some ideas written down that may help most of you. Candle Sales are HUGE as well. Car washes are good- and Candy always sells between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
If anyone could help me out with some additional fundraising ideas, for an older group of people, I would greatly appreciate it.
Thank you again.
Posted by shaelin mason on Mon Jul 1, 2013 3:31 PM EST
This website is great it has wonderful ideas, but i need a few more ideas.
Posted by Susy Crool on Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:54 PM EST
What about a kids run?
Posted by ShayLee Boyce on Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:04 PM EST
We are trying to raise $3,000 for my sons all-star league by the beginning of July. We didn't get much of a notice to set up a catalog fundraiser like we would like to do. we are looking to do something easy and wont cost a lot for us and the rest of the parents to much. Any fast ideas?
Posted by breanna justice on Mon Jun 24, 2013 6:09 PM EST
im a cheerleader & me & 3 of my friends were chosen to go to disney world on new years & cheer at half time in front of 65,000 people, this is a once in a life time opertunity and a dream come true, but it is a lot of money and if anyone had any ideas to help us raise money it would be great! :-)
please & thank you !
Posted by Nancee Adams-Taylor on Tue Jun 18, 2013 4:04 PM EST
For the soccer team, can you do anything with younger children in the community who are interested in learning soccer? From the preschool to early elementary ages, youngsters look up to the HS stars. Maybe a coaching day where they register to learn skills for a 3-hour mini-camp, lunch included, or something. You could sell autographed pictures with the HS players and youngsters posing together, too. You could even run a week-long soccer camp for a limited number of kids, coached by the HS kids. Good luck!
Posted by kris long on Tue Jun 18, 2013 10:55 AM EST
Need some great ideas to raise 3k for our HS soccer team. We have done everything from selling pies, to cookie dough....would love one great idea !!
Posted by Beautiful Dreamer on Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:12 PM EST
My neighbor's child is a dancer and their dance studio decided to do a Christmas-drop-and-shop! They opened up their dance studio at about 5:00 and charged about $15 per child. They had the teenagers,who were needing money for dance tuition, watch the little kids. They played games and crafts with the children until the child's parents came to pick them up at about 10:00. Snacks were also there to feed them if they got hungry. They raised about $60 for each dancer. It was a really easy and fun way to raise money.
Posted by BRENDA TARR on Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:00 AM EST
"What kind of fundraisers are good to raise money for a bone marrow transplant???? I need ideas my time is running out!!!!"
Not sure how much you need to raise or what is your time frame, but gather a bunch of your friends and hold a bake sale. Make sure you put up plenty of signs stating what it is for, and I would offer doggy bones in little plastic bags tied w/ ribbon. In fact, see if you can find a recipe for homemade bones, use a bone-shaped cookie cutter and make them yourselves. Ask at local grocery stores as well as video stores if you can have the sale on their grounds, preferably indoors. A pasta dinner is a good fundraiser but predictable; see about a Baked Potato and Salad Bar and offer several unique toppings and mix-ins. Rent a dunking booth on a hot day and get celebrity volunteers to sit inside, and sell chances to dunk them. Sell food and beverages there as well.
Posted by Peggy Jellie on Tue Jun 11, 2013 9:55 AM EST
I'm the class advisor for our freshman class, and we decided to hold a pie sale the weekend before Thankgiving. It was a last minute thought , and had parents donate pies. We had 48 pies and sold out in an hour and a half! Pies were sold in front of our local bank for $10 each .
Posted by Tonya Booker on Tue Jun 11, 2013 12:09 AM EST
What kind of fundraisers are good to raise money for a bone marrow transplant???? I need ideas my time is running out!!!!
Posted by Ariel B on Mon Jun 10, 2013 4:00 PM EST
Kid going to Jr Olympics,
DO NOT GO TO BUSINESSES ASKING FOR DONATIONS OR SPONSORSHIP! I'm assuming by Jr. Olympics you are talking about A.A.U. Jr. Olympics. If so, you CANNOT be sponsored by any organization other then the club you are affiliated with. If sponsored, you are then considered a professional and can be fined by the Amateur Athletic Union. I compete in Trampoline/Tumbling at Jr. Olympics since I was 6. Just wanted to forwarn you. You CANNOT trade a service for a donations. It has to strictly be organized by your club not by an individual.
Posted by Lyn McLaughlin on Mon Jun 10, 2013 1:19 AM EST
Alice: how about an inexpensive art show, everything under $100. Arapahoe Community College Foundation in Colorado has a huge one. Please Google. I run a fundraising social enterprise, I'd gladly fundraise for you if your group is tax exempt.
Posted by Steven Engle on Sun Jun 9, 2013 9:56 PM EST
Have people donate a quarter and line them up going around original bldg.they will add up.
Posted by Alice Decato on Sun Jun 9, 2013 8:06 PM EST
Our art group wants to raise money to renovate our building any suggestions?
Posted by TAMMY EMPEY on Wed May 29, 2013 4:17 PM EST
Hi I need some easy cheap ideas to raise money for my sons memorial stone any ideas thanks
Posted by Nancee Adams-Taylor on Fri May 24, 2013 1:43 PM EST
You mean in addition to entering the SignUpGenius Make a Difference Contest? lol We are having so much fun with that.
As for other ideas, our school and community seem to have endless ideas. Memorial Day Weekend is our big PTA fundraiser. There is a game day outside with carnival-type activities after the community parade; sometimes a silent auction where we bid on children's group classroom projects or high-end donated items or things like be a principal or mayor for a day; create your own canvas painting for $10; dog contest for $10 per entry; cupcake cafeteria /bake sale; elementary school dollar raffle for really great prizes; used book sale; wine and hors d'oeuvres at prestigious homes where the entire community comes together and people are assigned a specific house for the night; a road race; sale of merchandise, and on and on. The beautiful thing is that this covers all price points and people do what they can, in a festive environment. Historically this has raised a lot of money. (My hats off to you ladies if you are reading this.)
Finally, we have a couple of local restaurants that hold community nights on slow nights, and offer non-profits 20% of proceeds for a date in advance, when customers present a flyer.
Happy fundraising everyone!
Posted by J W on Fri May 24, 2013 2:31 AM EST
How about a safety light check for vehicles as a fundraiser. A vehicle drives up. Volunteers stand at each end of the car and hold up signs requesting the driver to turn on each type of light and turn signal sequentially. The results are written on a check sheet which is handed to the driver in exchange for a donation. The check sheet also contains coupons for 10% discounts at local auto parts stores. Arrange with the auto parts stores for the fundraisers to receive an additional 5% for each coupon redeemed.
Posted by Paula Riggins on Thu May 23, 2013 8:52 AM EST
For the kid going to Jr Olympics.. Have you tried talking to local sporting good stores and seeing if they would be interested in sponsoring you? What about asking your school to host and promote your fundraiser. What about talking to local sport league leaders and seeing if they would help support your fundraiser? I think if the word got out to the community that someone in their hometown was good enought to go to jr olympics they would get behind you!
Posted by Brenda T on Tue May 21, 2013 12:01 PM EST
Another great idea is something that my team and I did for the kids' games at Relay. Ours was free, but you can charge anywhere from $.50 to $1.00 to play.
1. Take a cardboard box w/ flaps and cut a hole in one side large enough to fit an arm through. Add several items to the inside of the box, such as a small bowl of cooked spaghetti, a kiwifruit, a hairbrush, a potato, rubber bands, etc. (you may want to tape the items down so they cannot be removed). Have each child put his or her hand through the opening and touch, not grab, each item and identify it. We offered the same prize to each child so no one would feel left out, but you can offer a prize scale for the correct amount of items identified. We disqualified anyone who took an item out of the box, but only very small tots did that ;)
Posted by Brenda T on Tue May 21, 2013 11:51 AM EST
We just held my local Relay for Life, and one of another team's members did a variation of that "sticky fly" stunt. He walked around to all 33 teams asking for $300 to raise and if successful, he would be duct-taped to a telephone pole next to the soundstage, on the next day. He was successful, and while he gamely smiled as he hung there, his teammates walked around asking to raise $250 to let him loose. Needless to say, he was very successful!
Posted by Jessica Cole on Thu May 16, 2013 11:19 PM EST
I am trying to raise money for a church building fund. The church is split up into for teams. Each team is a mountain and the goal is for all of us to raise money as a church but also trying to see who can raise the most money as a team. Any ideas would help A lot.
Posted by lyndsey griffin on Mon May 13, 2013 9:29 AM EST
really great ideas :)
Posted by maddie girl on Thu May 9, 2013 7:18 PM EST
My teacher at school has breast cancer and I'm trying to raise money for her surgery. Another good way to raise money is at lunch u can have a bake sale!!! I'm asking my principal about it and I know she's gonna let me cuzshes in for that kinda stuff... I'm gonna sekl cupcakes for 50¢...WISH ME LUCK:D <3
Posted by lisa harey on Mon May 6, 2013 2:07 AM EST
i trying to raise up money so i can buy a house
Posted by Hannah Seabrook on Fri May 3, 2013 2:38 AM EST
Not a lot of people would pay money for that
Posted by chrystal mcclain on Thu May 2, 2013 3:35 PM EST
has anybody ever tried selling crafts for a fundraiser? ive sold pens with flowers on them and did fairly well. $8 to make 20 and sold them for a buck a piece. Does anybody have any other ideas?
Posted by Mick Ayers on Sat Apr 20, 2013 11:04 PM EST
Another few othe Fundraisers are.
Vendor Day (when u get together a few people who like to sell things)(charge them to set up) and take a small percentage of there profit(earnings) , a cook out , Casino time, Walk athon(take months to get started or even to finish) , VERY MAGNIFICENT IDEAS i'm may be trying a FEW for 4-h .Thanks this helped ALOT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
Posted by DIANE THOMPSON on Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:49 PM EST
WHAT IS THE STICKY FLY THING? I CAN'T FIND IT.
Posted by Laure Cormier on Sun Apr 14, 2013 8:03 PM EST
Any suggestions for funds raising for a Canadian Legion?
Posted by Sandra Loosle on Sun Apr 14, 2013 6:03 PM EST
My choir did an event dinner, each person paid for their dinner. We had local charities donate items for a silent auction. We had people bring desserts. There was an envolope at each table, the table with the most money got to pick dessert first. we raised over $18,000.
Posted by Amy Johnson on Fri Apr 12, 2013 7:18 PM EST
OMG! Some of these r GREAT ones!
Posted by VALERIE ROBERTS on Fri Apr 12, 2013 5:02 PM EST
I NEED SOME GOOD FUND RAISING IDEA ,FOR MY CHURCH. WE NEED SOME BETTER PEWS
Posted by Amber Smith on Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:39 PM EST
We sold t-shirts for our first relay fundraiser and raised over $800 the first month! All you have to do is pick or draw a design out. Take it to a tshirt printer and have them print you off design to show people. Make you an order form and go out and sell. We bought some ourselves at first so we could wear them when we sold them. If you make a design that people like or a saying thats popular people will buy them. We make about 50% profit on each shirt. Super easy and it is a fundraiser that one person can do by themselves, but you can also have kids help and friends. And you collect all $ up front! We worked out a deal because we were raising $ for cancer. People seem to buy more if you sell them for 15$ each instead of 20$ (just a tip)
Posted by Celia christmas on Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:08 PM EST
Our community Senior Group, have a Spring Fair and a Fall Fair. It starts with breakfast, for a price, adult and child plates. Our money maker is a straw game. Blank papers are rolled into cut straws, you will need at least 5000 blanks. Have community donate prizes. Put numbers on prizes and numbered straws, place into box and sell at .25 and 5 for $1.00., along with the regular sales of bake table, raffle, lollipop game(color bottom of lollipop) for a prize, parcel post or surprize bags and ends with a bingo game. need lots of volunteers.
Posted by Bette Rowe on Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:23 AM EST
Clean the inside of vehicles - we charged about $25 per car for a vacuum, window wash and wipe-down with Armor All cloths
Posted by Volleyball ... on Tue Apr 9, 2013 6:37 PM EST
Okay, so here's the deal, Me and my team are going to junior olympics this year.. Each person needs to come up with about $1,500. I need a fundraiser that I can do by my self.. Any ideas??
Posted by Jasmine Liu on Mon Apr 8, 2013 7:41 AM EST
My school (middle) is doing a grade 8 versus teachers game. We are doing volleyball, basketball, soccer etc. spectators pay around 1$ to watch, and if you want to play, you buy raffle tickets (50 cent each, 5 $ for 15)
Posted by Blank Blank on Sun Apr 7, 2013 2:51 PM EST
I need some fun fundraising ideas any help??
Posted by Leslie Ryland on Sat Mar 30, 2013 1:34 PM EST
Thanks for the great ideas. My younger brother and I are trying to raise 16,000 in 14 months to go to Europe together. Will be less if we win scholarships! Does anyone have any more ideas you can suggest?
Posted by Charity Rich on Thu Mar 21, 2013 10:28 AM EST
those fundraising ideas were really great. it helped me a whole lot. thanks.
Posted by Steven Engle on Sun Mar 17, 2013 11:04 AM EST
My wife has started a cans for chemo campaign.we hope to help those who are having a tough time meeting their copay for chemo.I hsve stage 4 melanoma myself so I know what this means.
Posted by Rita Church on Fri Mar 15, 2013 1:21 PM EST
I need some great ideas that will draw people in I have an Idea for youth and you would think that with so much going on people will support our childre
Posted by SANDI HILTON on Tue Mar 12, 2013 4:42 PM EST
I work with a community theater that has been around for 29 years and we are constantly looking for new ways to raise money. There are a couple fun ones here that I'm going to look into. We do fundraising all year long. The one that makes the most money for us is having the local bartenders sell buttons with their picture and name on it and have them compete against each other. The top three get prizes at a costume ball we put on at the end. In our town of 10,000 people we raise about $6000 in the month of the contest.
Posted by cheyenne manning on Tue Mar 5, 2013 8:34 PM EST
i am going to DC beacuse i am in 6th grade and i need to raise 2,000 dollers
Posted by Karen Santos on Mon Mar 4, 2013 12:28 AM EST
Hey guys I need to raise 1500 dollars in 2 weeks. I need help choosing the best fundraiser that would help me reach my goal. Any suggestions and/or resources that can help me.
Posted by hayley brown on Sun Mar 3, 2013 9:53 PM EST
I am planning on going to africa on a mission trip in july and i need to raise atleast $2,000 by July. Money is tight right now and even though i work two jobs i wont be able to raise enough by then on my own. what are some other good fundraising ideas that raise money fast?!!
Posted by Angel Rutledge on Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:42 AM EST
Teresa, we're sorry to hear about your husband's need for a transplant. As far as holding fundraisers, you would need to speak to the owners of any place where you want to hold a fundraiser to see what you need. At SignUpGenius, we offer the ability to create an online sign up for donations, which you can email to friends and family who may want to help. You can get more information by going to the SignUpGenius Premium tab under My Accounts on our homepage.
Posted by mahaley heavilin on Sun Feb 24, 2013 3:22 PM EST
I love all these great ideas this is going to help out our just starting.I really hope we can do some of these things this summer or whenever.
Posted by Shannon Schmid on Sun Feb 24, 2013 1:46 AM EST
Great ideas but have a suggestions for One mom who needs to fundraise a lot of money by herself! I was going to do a candy fundraiser and go to churches etc, but you have to be a non profit and I am not My house burned down this last Christmas Eve morning. I have a couple adopted special need little ones and need to do something. So any ideas would help!
Posted by Kashmir Moorhouse on Sat Feb 23, 2013 11:23 AM EST
Those are cool ideas!!!
You could also do a movie night,i did one before and it was really successful so ya...... Right now Im fundraising for signal hill elementary's eco challenge!! Thanks for the great ideas!!!
Posted by alicia versale on Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:40 PM EST
thanks i need all the help i can get because my girl scout troop is go on a cruise and my parents dont have the money to pay for it so i am collecting the money on my own
Posted by Eowyn Taylor on Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:24 AM EST
Thank you for all the ideas. I'm a student who needs to raise $1,600 for a program at my church, and I need all the ideas I can get!
Posted by Kabelo Chauke on Sun Feb 10, 2013 12:07 AM EST
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Posted by Vanessa Brown on Thu Feb 7, 2013 5:18 PM EST
I really like these ideas. They came in handy for my youth group. We were trying to raise money to go to ATF in April and we needed money before the first week in April.
Posted by Susan Johnson on Wed Feb 6, 2013 8:57 PM EST
Thank you for all of the great ideas! I have been thinking of doing some fundraising for my nephew who is fighting cancer, and can use all the help I can get. Luckily, I stumbled upon this!
Posted by Angel Rutledge on Mon Feb 4, 2013 7:27 AM EST
Rose, we haven't heard of a Tree of Lights ceremony as a fundraiser. It sounds like it might be a great one for the holidays. Sorry we can't be of more help on that one.
Posted by Rose Kievit on Mon Feb 4, 2013 3:32 AM EST
These are awesome ideas thank you so much!!
I have a question about the Tree of Lights Ceremony... what kind of lights would a person use for that if you are selling the lights, and how would you go about so they would all light up at the same time? For I doubt stringed lights would work for this.
Posted by Shirley Cameron on Fri Jan 18, 2013 8:55 AM EST
Thanks,Angel Rutledge,for your input on Cookbook Fundraising.I was thinking on these lines,but,was wondering if there was other ways of getting it done. I really love several of the wonderful ideas on this Web Site,and will definitely be giving a few a go!! Thanks!!
Posted by Angel Rutledge on Fri Jan 18, 2013 7:19 AM EST
We're glad to hear that these fundraising ideas are helping so many of you raise money for your causes! For Shirl C., there are a lot of options for getting your cookbooks printed. Choosing the best one depends on your time frame and how many are sold. A few options would be to: 1. print yourself at your organization and put a cardstock cover on it 2. go to a local printer (and ask about a special deal since it's a fundraiser) 3. go online to a self-publishing company. Depending on the size of the cookbook and the quantity needed, you should be able to print each one for $2-$4.
Posted by Jenny Comfort on Thu Jan 17, 2013 10:58 PM EST
I cant wait to see which torture gets picked! :)
Posted by Shirl Cameron on Thu Jan 17, 2013 2:54 PM EST
Great ideas~~~ I'm a Senior,and on our Fundraising Team at our Centre~~~ I'd love to do the Cookbook idea,other than collecting recipes,where do I go from there?? Don't want to spend a fortune getting them printed & bound ??? Any ideas,or Printer & Binding,donation,would be greatly appreciated.Thanks~~~
Posted by Tori Donahue on Thu Jan 17, 2013 10:02 AM EST
These are fabulous ideas! I am participating in Relay for Life Old Brooklyn! I have a goal of $50 dollars to raise. These will definitely help!
Posted by katy dolan on Sun Jan 6, 2013 7:04 PM EST
wow ! these are like super good ideas ! i am planning a VBS camp for our church and we are trying to figure out fundraiser ideas and these are so great ! thanks !
Posted by Catheryne Wright on Tue Dec 25, 2012 11:20 PM EST
Posted by sara ranford on Thu Dec 20, 2012 1:36 PM EST
the ideas are great
Posted by sara ranford on Thu Dec 20, 2012 1:36 PM EST
the ideas are great
Posted by Sophia 4 Drama on Tue Dec 18, 2012 12:33 PM EST
This site will be a lot of help with raising money for my drama club. Thanks sooooo much.
Posted by Amanda Potter on Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:25 PM EST
Thats adorable! I'm trying to donate to the ian somerhalder foundation but beingg 13 its hard to start!
Posted by Katlyn Johnston on Mon Dec 3, 2012 1:11 AM EST
Thanks i have to raise over $4,000 in 5 months that helped a lot :)!!!!!!
Posted by Timyah Northington on Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:02 PM EST
love the ideas
Posted by sara werth on Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:14 PM EST
love these ideas
Posted by Len Knight on Sun Nov 11, 2012 3:29 PM EST
Great creative suggestions. Thanks for this web site
Posted by Bill Bill on Sat Nov 10, 2012 3:01 PM EST
I like the ideas
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Posted by Alexia Hanson on Thu Nov 1, 2012 7:22 PM EST
I think number 49 would help my cause.
Posted by Angel Rutledge on Thu Nov 1, 2012 8:34 AM EST
We're glad to hear the fundraising ideas are useful...especially the sticky fly. That's a fun one to see in action!
Posted by randelyn bautista on Wed Oct 31, 2012 7:35 PM EST
The sticky fly idea worked great!
Posted by Tracie Brewington on Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:35 AM EST
There are some really great ideas here. They are creative and easy to do. Love it!
Posted by Susan Cooper on Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:49 PM EST
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