10 Fundraising Ideas (And How to Use Them)

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Picking a fundraiser is hard. There are so many ideas! But some are better than others in rallying support for your cause. Here’s a list of 10 fundraising ideas, and advice on how to do them.

Sell T-shirts

Who doesn’t like t-shirts? Tees are an easy and appealing fundraising tool that allow donors to wear their support.

Resource: How to Make the Ice Bucket Challenge Better with T-Shirts.

Matching Gifts

Matching gifts are FREE company money that “matches” an employee donation to a qualified organization. As the name suggests, matching gifts double a donation, but guidelines vary depending on the company. Still, did you know that 50 percent of Corporate 500 Companies offer matching gifts?

Resource: Nonprofits Can Double Their Pleasure with Matching Gifts

Donation Boxes

Raise money with coin canisters at local stores and restaurants.

Resource: Raise More Money with Donation Boxes

Store Opening Fundraiser

Watch for new business openings in your community and tie-in a fundraiser for your school. When Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt opened a new store, they donated all proceeds from its grand opening day to a cancer organization.

Resource: 10 Examples of Launch Fundraisers

Trash Bag Fundraiser

The product everyone needs! It’s also low-fat and environmentally friendly.

Resource: Selling Trash Bags Raised This School$20,000 a year!

Pinup Fundraiser

Local retail businesses can sell paper icons or pinups for a buck or two. Pinups are simple and lucrative!

Resource: The Lazy Fundraiser’s Guide to Raising Six-Figures This Fall

Movie Theater Fundraiser

Ask your local movie theater to let volunteers ask moviegoers for donations before the start of each movie.

Resource: Cause Marketing Goes to the Movies

Donate Profits Days.

These are becoming increasingly popular with businesses that want to support local schools with an easy fundraiser. If you have a Chili’s Restaurant Grill or Bar or Whole Foods in your area, you’ve probably seen a donate profits day.

Resource: 10 Examples of Donate Profits Day

Need more ideas? Here are 40 more!

1 thought on “10 Fundraising Ideas (And How to Use Them)”

  1. Thanks Joe these are great ideas. Have you found that it’s easier to go to the store directly or through corporate when using the pinups?

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