Taking on the fundraising for any organisation can be quite a daunting job. Especially if you have never done anything like it before. You might be wondering how you got yourself into this position in the first place! Well don’t worry. No matter what your cause, NPO or charity might be we have some really easy fundraising ideas to get you on your way to achieving your goals.
Below are five really easy money making ideas that will put the “fun” back into “fundraising” for you!.
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Holiday Fundraising: Gift Wrapping
If your fundraiser falls over any of the holidays you can ask your local mall or supermarket for permission to set up a gift wrapping table. Charge shoppers a small fee to wrap their gifts for them. Now remember you don’t have to keep this idea just for the December holidays. You can use it over Mother’s day, Father’s day, Valentine’s Day or any other time of year when people in your community are buying gifts for one another.
Points to remember for Gift Wrap Fundraising:
Make sure the public know that your service is being offered as a fundraiser. Put up posters, advertise in your local paper or on your community Social media group.
Ask members of your organisation or it’s benefactors to donate wrapping paper, ribbons, sticky tape and whatever else you may need, or speak to your stationers about letting you have these things at a good rate.
Cook Book sale
This is a really great fundraising idea for any group. What you need to do is collect all of the members tried and tested favourite recipes. Then you take type them up and take them to your local printers. Explain that you are fundraising and would like to print recipe books to sell. Ask them to print you a few samples so that you can take orders before you make an order from them.
Then you need to advertise on Social media and in your local papers to let the world know what you’re doing and who you are doing it for (your organisation). You can sell your recipe book at a profit and keep the proceeds for your fundraiser.
This easy fundraising idea is a fun take on the classic tombola or ordinary raffle. You will want to do your balloon raffle at an existing event. It works well at fairs but you can class it up with black and white balloons and use the same idea at any formal charity event too.
What you need to do is get donations of prizes. Depending on what kind of event your balloon raffle will take place at you can collect just about anything. Then you put all of the prizes on display and give each prize a number. Place corresponding numbers into blown up balloons. At the event people pay to pop a balloon. They tale home whichever prize corresponds to the number in their balloon. You can buy a few bags of candy bars or tea candles to use as filler prizes, making it more exciting when someone wins one of the actual prizes.
To make it even more fun you could let people throw darts to try and pop their balloon, but please do be careful and make sure there is a wall behind the balloons so that no one gets punctured!
Bake off competition Event
If you’re eager to host an event for your fundraising there are so many things you can do, from car washes to auction sales. A really great event I attended once was a Bake off competition. It’s a bit like a glorified bake sale but a lot more fun.
The event is advertised for two weeks before hand. People pay a small fee to enter the competition and bring their baked goods to be judged on the day of the competition. At the competition all the cakes and cookies are displayed while the judges taste the samples. Tea, coffee and cupcakes are sold while the judging takes place. The winner in each category takes home a donated prize. Getting a store that sells baking equipment to make a donation is a really nice idea if you can organise it.
Then after the competition all the entries are sold to the public and the winning cakes are auctioned off to the highest bidder.
Cookie Dough Fundraising
Cookies are one of everyone favourite things to bake and eat, and that’s why selling cookie dough for fundraising is such a great idea. There are a couple of different cookie dough companies who are more than happy to get involved in your fundraising event by selling you their cookie dough at special rates or giving your organisation a portion of the profits that you generate.
Sales are always great because just about everyone loves cookies. Who wouldn’t want the smell of freshly baking cookies drifting from their oven?! They are easy to make – all you have to do is roll out the dough, cut your cookie shapes and pop them in the oven for a few minutes. What do you know – anyone can bake their own cookies at home! Whether you want to do something fun with the kids or if you just love fresh, warm cookies yourself, cookie dough is a great thing to have stock piled in your freezer!
These companies all provide great sales options for fundraisers:
The Goodies factory: Allow you to make 40 – 50 % profit. The price is ranged between $10 and $16, making it an affordable option for families.
Otis Spunkmeyer: They are set up for fundraising and make the whole process really easy for you. They recommend a sales period of two to three weeks and have a good track record.