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Quick and Easy Fundraising Ideas

Sometimes fundraising can feel like an insurmountable challenge, especially if you work at an organization with only a few people on staff. If you need quick support for an upcoming project, don’t be afraid to try new fundraising ideas!

These quick and easy fundraising ideas require relatively little investment of time and money compared to their potential results and popularity with donors:

6. Holiday Candygrams

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Sending a candygram is a great way to let your friends and family know you care about them. You can spread a little joy and raise money this holiday season by selling and sending personalized messages with candy and other delicious treats attached.

Sell candygrams at your office, in your neighborhood, or anywhere you’d like. Just make sure to get the contact information of the recipient so you can send the candygram to the correct person.

7. 50/50 Raffle

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Whether you pair it with a larger fundraising event or host it as a stand-alone fundraiser, a 50/50 raffle is a quick and easy way for organizations and individuals to raise money. The 50/50 raffle works like any other raffle — except the winner gets half of the funds you raise and you get the other half.

Since the prize is half the funds raised, supporters are more motivated to purchase raffle tickets and encourage their friends and family members to do the same.

Use the online outlets where you have the most followers to spread the word about your raffle, and announce the winner during an event where you can discuss your cause or project in more depth.

 

8. Dog Walking

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If you’re looking for a free way to raise money for your cause or project, you can offer dog walking services to the pet owners in your neighborhood. This incredibly easy fundraising idea doesn’t require any materials except time!

Let people around your community know that you’re available to walk their dogs by posting on social media. Raise money by charging per walk.

Don’t forget to tell pet owners that all the money is going toward a great cause as they’ll be more likely to continue using your services in the future.

9. Text-to-Give Tools

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Meeting your donors where they are (their smartphones!) goes a long way to boosting their engagement with your project and mission. Text-to-give and text-to-donate tools are one of the newer trends in fundraising and have become extremely popular in the nonprofit space. It gives your supporters the ability to make a donation to your charity, right from their phones.

Since text-to-give services charge a processing fee, these tools are used mainly by nonprofits or other groups that host fundraising events. But, once you’ve got it set up, these campaigns are a quick and easy way to boost donations for all of the future campaigns and events you host.

10. Coffee Bean Sale

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To get this fundraising idea started, find a local coffee shop or wholesale provider to purchase the coffee beans at the wholesale price

Once you get your partnership established, set up an online shop or sell your coffee beans in a busy area in your community.

Let people know why you’re raising money, and get the word out by promoting your coffee bean sale online and posting flyers around the community.

11. Penny Drive

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With so many variations on the classic penny drive, you can get as creative as you like with this easy fundraising idea. Keep it simple by going with the traditional fundraiser, and ask local shops to showcase your donation jar in their store.

12. Specific Date and Amount Fundraiser

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The specific date, specific amount fundraiser is an easy way to raise money for any cause, especially for individuals that want to raise money quickly.

Basically, you’ll pick a day and a reasonable dollar amount and ask people to give that amount on the day you’ve chosen. 

The day you pick can be significant to the cause you’re fundraising for, like honoring the date a loved that passed away due to cancer to raise money for cancer research and awareness.

13. Used Book Sale

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Used book sales and rummage sales are some of the easiest fundraising ideas for groups of all sizes, particularly community groups and organizations.

You might choose to structure your used book sale in a number of ways. Usually, the fundraising organization will ask for donations of used books to sell at the event later on, but feel free to get creative to find the method that works best for your community.

Used book sales are easy fundraising ideas because they require very few additional investments other than the time it takes to plan, set up, and host them. Used books are a fun impulse purchase for many people, so with the right selection, you can raise quite a lot of support!

 

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