Nonprofit organizations and charities survive on fundraisers and events of the sort, due to the fact that they are already doing so much for the community for no cost at all. Gathering fun ideas and something that would actually get people together can be a rather difficult task for most charities and nonprofits to manage. Too many things need to be taken into consideration ranging from the approximate time to the budget.
However, there are instances when funds are needed immediately for a cause or need, and this is mostly handled with grants or by hosting easy and quick projects. In other cases, a fundraiser is the sole option for gathering a lot of funds over a much longer time – yearly campaigns are a good example.
There are over a hundred ways that can be used and adapted in order to host a successful fundraising project and raise a good amount of money, but not all of these can guarantee to generate the exact amount your nonprofit organization or charity is in need of. To break down your search, we have listed 8 of the most classic fundraising ideas that are guaranteed to help you raise a good amount of money:
1. Pool Parties
In the hot weather of summer, many might turn to putting up lemonade stalls selling the juices to raise money decently. But how much can that help you raise? The smarter thing would be to take proper advantage of the glorious months of summer, where the scorching heat can get so difficult to bear, and host a pool party! Wherever you reside, get in touch with the local pool of your community and gather information regarding the prices and availability.
Pool parties are loved all over the world and they fit comfortably well with summer. By hosting a pool party you are sure to get a lot of people together, and you can even select a specific age that you are wanting to target. The entry fee will help you raise the money. Due to the popularity of pool parties, there are sure to be a lot of people who would like to come, and bring their friends too! Word always spreads fast and hey, it’s 2017! Market the party successfully on the internet.
2. Go Viral
In this day and age, anything that goes viral and gains a load of likes and shares can be cashed out. Although there’s absolutely no guarantee that if you start a challenge (for example: ALS Ice Bucket Challenge), it will go viral, but you never know. With the youth of our nation raging on anything that looks slightly impressive, you just might get to your goal. It won’t cost you much except energy and effort, and if it does happen to go viral, you are sure to make a lot of bucks for your charity.
3. Crowd Funding
Crowd funding is more of a team project and will require some effort. Online fundraising has been used by charities and nonprofits for a long time now and they really can help you raise the money. To do this you will have to come up with a project where the sole purpose is to help the community and the cause behind it. You will have to rely heavily on your social media followers, personal contacts and email addresses from your own list. Any shares and likes you get are all easy to cash out.
Carnivals are one of the most popular ideas for fundraising. The good part is that carnivals are loved by all which means there will be a lot of people attending the event. Carnivals are also good because you can add a lot of things such as setting up a stall to sell handmade or handcrafted items. This would be your way to make some extra cash and gain attention as well.
Also, you don’t have to worry about hosting a carnival. It is actually very easy to do this. All you will have to do is get in touch with local authorities and tell them the motive behind the need to host the carnival. The next step would be to spread the word and get your followers to attend the carnival and help your cause. However, make sure that you’ve prepared the documentation beforehand.
5. Host a Movie Night with a BBQ
Everyone loves movies and if you choose to play a classic movie or the latest one, you are sure to find a lot of people who’d be interested to join. Incorporate creative ideas such as putting up a projector in a picturesque garden or backyard, with a good seating arrangement. A barbeque pit in the backyard would be a genius idea since this would help you serve the food while it’s fresh and steaming.
The cost of organizing this fundraiser event won’t be much and it’ll also help you raise a lot of funds due to the number of people that would be willing to attend the event. You could even create a poll on a famous social media platform, such as Facebook, and ask which movie the viewers would like to see.
6. Board Game Tournament
Board games are loved by all, be it Chess, Monopoly, Checkers etc. Host a board game tournament to give the attendees a chance to play one-on-one against their friends or the other people present there. This would make a challenging environment for the people and you could sell food and drinks to raise additional funds.
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