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How It Raises Money: General donation
This popular holiday fundraiser can be run year round. It’s an interactive fundraiser and something that many donors look forward to year after year.
Considerations: Set the tree up in your lobby or another public area to maximize exposure.
Facebook Donate Now Feature
How It Raises Money: Online fundraising
Use the internet’s most popular social media platform, Facebook, to bring in donations from page visitors.
Considerations: You can link your Donate button to your website’s donation page using this Facebook tutorial.
10,000 Steps Challenge
How It Raises Money: Sponsorships
Team members pledge to walk 10,000 steps a day over a certain time frame (often a week or month) in exchange for sponsorships.
Considerations: There are companies that you can connect with to supply pedometers and manage the event, including 10000 Steps USA. You can also purchase pedometers online (in bulk) and have participants track their own metrics. To keep costs down, there are plenty of apps that count steps. Consider directing your participants to free pedometer apps like this one.
How It Raises Money: Sponsorships, In-Kind Donation, General Sale
Ask staff, supporters, and volunteers to donate gift cards, gifts, and money that will be raffled off.
Considerations: Ask local businesses such as restaurants, boutiques, and salons to donate items for the raffle.
Museum or Zoo Night
How It Raises Money: Entry fee
Does your city have a museum, zoo, or aquarium that hosts special events after-hours? If so, then get on their schedule!
Considerations: This type of fundraiser is especially popular with millennials interested in mixing and mingling while making a difference. Museums, such as Discovery Place, generally have rental packages available to fit any budget.
Art Classes with Silent Auction and Wine
How It Raises Money: Entry fee
Schedule a time slot for a “wine and sip.” Or, have an artist to come in and give a fun educational class and charge an entry fee donation. Proceeds or a percentage of the sales from the event go back to your organization.
Considerations: There are many companies out there that specialize in this sort of event and they vary from one town to the next.
“Are You Smarter Than A…” Trivia Night
How It Raises Money: Entry fee, Sponsorship
If your nonprofit works with kids, then this is the fundraiser for you. Host a trivia night, such as one mirroring the popular show “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader…”.
Considerations: You’ll need to plan way in advance, hopefully with the support of the kids and the families that you work with. Here’s a great example of this fundraising event hosted by Children First/CIS. If your audience is of the millennial generation, talk with a local bar to take over their trivia night for your cause.
How It Raises Money: General sale
Ask your supporters to submit their favorite recipes to be placed into your organization’s cookbook. Then, sell those cookbooks to friends, family, supporters, etc.
Considerations: Cookbooks make great holiday gifts, so plan to have the books available well before November rolls around.
Choosing a fundraising idea for your nonprofit or charity is sometimes difficult. There are a lot of things to consider, from donor reception to your budget and estimated time commitment.
Sometimes, you need to run a quick and easy project to fund an immediate need. Other times, you must organize a creative fundraiser to bring in a lot of money over a longer period(an annual giving campaign, for example).
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