5 easy fundraiser ideas

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Fundraising can seem like a chore, but it doesn’t have to be. If the person raising the money is bored it’s no fun for them, and what’s worse is it might turn many potential donors off. This is why it’s so important to develop some interesting and different ideas for raising money. Think outside of traditional methods – a fresh take on fundraising can not only keep your existing donors, but it can generate more. Here’s a few ideas to kick-start your money raising venture.

The Low-key Event

While many fundraisers opt for a fancy gala at an expensive hotel, why not subvert expectations? Instead of high-end steaks, burgers and hotdogs can be a down-to-earth alternative. If you can really commit to this theme, you can really have some fun and have a less snooty event. Explain to your donors that you want to put all the money saved from the event into your campaign. Just remember, an affordable event can definitely be a good event!


This is the tried and tested, ultimate fundraiser. Few can resist the temptation of a cheap sausage and bread meal as they’re walking past. In need of a new barbeque? Specialist stores such as Barbeques Galore have a wide variety of options that should suit all preferences and budgets, as well other accessories that may come in handy, so check out what is available and get cooking!

The Opposite Raffle

Raffles are a popular option for a fundraiser, and for good reason: they are hugely successful and usually bring in a bit of money. If you are looking for an interesting take on the raffle, this idea might be for you. Instead of having attendees buying a raffle ticket, give them one on the house at the door. If their raffle ticket is drawn, they have to partake in an embarrassing activity. This can be having to dress up, or sing a song in front of everybody. Attendees have the option of selling their ticket back to the organisers as a way of withdrawing from the competition. This serves as the donation! After a set number of tickets are sold, the price to take back a ticket can increase. It’s surprising what people will do to get out of an embarrassing situation.

Direct Money-raising

The best fundraising activities are specifically linked to the message your organisation is trying to promote. This is why buying a goat for a village is such a popular fundraising idea. When people know where their money is going, and they have a concrete goal in mind, they are much more likely to give generously.

Worker’s Bee

While many people may not be able to financially support your cause, some would gladly help out in their own way. Organising a group of volunteers to do activities like mowing lawns or painting buildings in a school can be a great way of raising money. Supportive donors can pay a reverse salary to the fundraisers. There are many creative ways you can help out in your community!

With all these options, it’s easy to see how fundraising could be daunting. Don’t let that discourage you though, get out there, be creative and raise some money for a good cause!

Sarah Pinkerton

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