Fundraising Ideas

Fundraising Ideas

Fundraising is a great way to get other supporters involved in your cause.  Whether it’s for a school, church, team, club, or other organization there are plenty of options that you can choose from when you are planning to start a fundraiser.  Here are some of the most popular fundraising ideas.

Bake Sale

bake sale

One of the most popular fundraising events is the bake sale. Everyone is familiar with them, so they are fairly easy to set up. Bake sales have a low cost to set up and who doesn’t love sweets!  This type of fundraiser is a great way to get a lot of other people involved.  It’s also a great way to meet other parents and participate in a fun event together.  You will want to make sure that you choose reliable volunteers so that you don’t end standing at an empty table or worse end up with a bunch of store-bought stuff!  The point of a bake sale is to get special homemade goodies so make sure you round up the right folks.

Krispy Kreme Fundraiser

krispy kreme fundraiser

If you don’t have a lot of volunteers for baking, you can always go with a Krispy Kreme Fundraiser.  You can choose to sell boxes of donuts or you can offer gift cards, so your customer can buy the donuts on their own schedule.  You can also sell coffee or BOGO cards.

Raffle Tickets

The best raffle ideas are tantalizing enough to generate a lot of money in ticket sales. They will require quite a bit of time and organization. You will need to go out and ask for donations. Local businesses that are familiar with your organization will be more likely to donate.  If you are friends with someone who owns a business don’t be shy!  Hit them up!  There are a lot of different raffle ideas. Of course, you can sell tickets and draw for random winning items, but a couple of unique raffle ideas are:

  • 50/50 raffle- You will sell only 50 tickets for a set price each. The winner will get 50% of the total money collected.  Another spin on this is to sell 50 tickets for a high price like $50 each.  The winner will get a high-ticket item that has hopefully been donated to you.  The low number of tickets sold increases the chances of winning to encourage people to be willing to spend more on a single ticket.
  • You can sell raffle tickets and have specific baskets for your customers to chose to enter their tickets in. Group together similar donations for the baskets.  Draw one winner for each basket.  This is an incentive for people to purchase tickets because they will only be entering to win items that they want.

Chocolate Fundraiser

chocolate fundraiser

Are you seeing a trend here? Sweets sell! Shop around and find the best fundraising candy bars to suit your needs.  Involve your kids and take them on a supervised visit around the neighborhood and to family members and friends homes to make some sales.  The best way to sell a lot of chocolate is to bring it with you to work. Spread the word to your coworkers and when the 10 am and 3 pm snacking urge hits you’ll sell out in a flash!  Make sure to keep careful track of how many you have sold.

Carwash Fundraiser

car wash fundraiserRunning a carwash is one of the least expensive fundraising ideas.  It will require some planning though.  You need a high traffic location (that you have approval to use), a few volunteers, carwash supplies, and hopefully some sunshine!  Oh, and don’t forget to make a lot of eye-catching signs!  You can charge a set price for the carwash or just ask for donations.  Often times the free carwash will generate more money than one with a set price.

Calendar Fundraiser

This one can be a little more labor intensive.  Especially if you don’t have the images that you’d like to use for your calendar ready to go.  If you don’t you will need to plan out when images you’d like on your calendar and then find a photographer to take them for you.  Once you have your images and the layout of your calendars arranged you can decide if you’d also like to sell advertising space on your fundraising calendar.  This can generate more money for you, but keep in mind that it will also require extra work on your part to organize the advertising.

T Shirt Fundraiser

One of the most simple fundraising ideas is sometimes called a “t shirt fundraiser” but really Apparel Now offers a wide range of custom apparel options.  One of the things that makes this such a great fundraising option is that the strain is taken off of the organizer.  Instead of rounding up volunteers, order forms, cookies, and money, Apparel Now takes care of it all! t shirt fundraiser

To get started you will just need to set up your free online store.  You can upload your logo or Apparel Now will be happy to assist you with your artwork.  You can select the colors that you’d like for your designs as well as what type of apparel you’d like to offer in your store.

Next, you’ll just need to get the word out about your new store!  The dashboard of your new store will contain tools to make it easy to share.  You can quickly share via social networks, get your stores URL, and also find banners to place on your website or blog.  We have a detailed post with in-depth tips on promoting your store.

Your customers will place their orders in the online store.  Apparel Now will collect the money, process the orders, and ship them out!  You will receive a percentage back from all of the sales made in the store and your customers will get some cool custom apparel with your logo on it!

Fundraising doesn’t have to be a pain.  Our goal is to help you earn as much money for your organization with the least amount of effort from you!