Easiest Fundraising Ideas For Your Cause
DISCOVER how these 41 easy fundraiser ideas can help your nonprofit organization!
Are you looking for some easy fundraising ideas?
If you have a school, nonprofit organization, team or youth group, you probably know how much work raising money can be. There are many reasons why your organization may need to raise money now.
So where do you start? Our easy fundraisers are fun to try.
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Quick Fundraising Ideas
When is the best time to plan a fundraiser event or challenge? Last month! When is the next best time to plan a fundraiser event? Right now!
Forget about events and challenges that are filled with complexity and difficultly. If you are in a jam and need to raise some quick money, then try these quick and easy fundraisers instead. And please let us know how we can help.
You also have the opportunity and possibility of a free fundraising idea consultation because we have experts standing by to answer your call. They will be happy to share how you can get started getting your friends, family and supporters involved.
Guess the number of jellybeans
Just suppose you had a big jar of jelly beans in your school entryway. Take a photo of this jar and place it on your social media websites. People can donate one dollar to guess the number of jellybeans in the jar.
Real quick, just think about the potential here with your participants…
They can pay another dollar to make a second guess. Remind them that they can donate to guess as many times as they want. The person with the closest number wins the entire jar of jelly beans.
Hold a movie night and spread the word about your fundraiser.
You can charge a small entry fee and also sell refreshments. This might become a monthly fundraiser if it proves popular at your school or church.
It is also a great way to help families spend time together. You can plan today and hold a movie night fundraiser the following Friday night!
Penny drive event
Lots of people don’t like pennies. And they will be willing to donate them to your cause if you ask them.
The penny drive is a simple fundraising idea that works because everyone has spare change in their pocket.
Firstly, you can decorate empty jars or plastic water bottles. Secondly, all you have to do is to ask people if they are willing to donate some spare change to help out your cause. And finally, tell them you will take anything pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. This will add up quickly.
Furthermore, you may also get people to donate cash. This is a quick and easy fundraiser for schools and non-profits.
A bucket, a couple of rags, and a big poster board sign and you are in business. You can be up and running by the next Friday afternoon or Saturday. Build a list of happy customers and testimonials. Then upsell them on a monthly car wash program. You can do this for the entire spring and summer months!
50 percent fundraisers
If you are going to sell fundraising merchandise, you might as well sell profitable items that are easy to sell.
Our catalogs are full of plenty of products that pay your non-profit group up to a 50% profit on each sale. You can certainly see how that can raise the funds you need quickly, can’t you?
What is your fundraising potential? Well that is up to your volunteers because the more you sell, the more you earn.
What is your strategy? We have a simple 5-step system to help your organization’s supporters to succeed.
Learn more about our 50 percent fundraising ideas.
Sell gift wrap paper.
This is a no-brainer. Talk about an easy holiday fundraiser for schools!
Everyone will be shopping for gifts and wrapping paper, right? Your school gets to earn up to 50% on every sale. This is one of our best fundraising ideas. Certainly this can easily become an annual fundraising tradition for you.
Learn more here about our easy wrapping paper fundraising ideas.
Sell cookie dough tubs
Can you remember the smell of fresh baked cookies? It’s a wonderful feeling, isn’t it?
Schools and non-profits all over the country have had success selling cookie dough to raise money for their goals. Why?
It’s because our free cookie dough fundraising programs are really easy to operate. There are only five simple steps to succeed at this program.
Furthermore, we promise to hold your hand every step of the way so that you succeed in reaching your financial goals.
Learn about our easy cookie dough fundraising ideas here.
Sell Gourmet Popcorn
Here is one of our best fundraising ideas for you.
Schools say our popcorn fundraisers are easy to run because the popcorn only cost seven dollars. Certainly almost everyone can afford $8 to support your school.
Even better, your school or nonprofit earns up to a 50% profit on every bag of popcorn sold.
Our gourmet popcorn comes in several different flavors. That means there’s something for everyone and at only eight dollars, almost everyone can afford to donate to help your program.
Social media tips
Looking for ways to spread the word about your next fundraising event?
Click here to learn some of our easy social media fundraising ideas to start using this week.
Additionally, you will learn how to use Facebook, Instagram to connect with your followers. This is important because social media is an important part of getting your message out to your supporters.
Host a best video contest
Imagine introducing a best video contest to your supporters.
You can have an entry fee for the contest and award a prize to the best video. Have them post the video on Youtube or Facebook talking about your fundraiser. Their friends and family can pay a dollar a vote for as many votes as they like. Your nonprofit group can earn a lot of money easily this way.
Fundraising Sale Ideas
Trail mix sales
Some people want healthier choices to snack on. Our trail mix fundraiser might be exactly what they are looking for.
Trail mix is a great alternative to school candy sales. Additionally, our trail mix fundraisers earn your school up to a 50% profit on every sale.
And because they are only eight dollars each, almost everyone will be happy to donate to your cause.
Finally, you can learn more about our trail mix fundraising ideas here.
School candy sales have been popular for generations.
Your school earns a profit on all candy sold. This could be a very profitable fundraising idea for your school.
In fact, our candy fundraising catalogs can help you earn up to a 50% profit on every sale. So, if you are curious about how this works, then please give us a quick call. One of our experts will answer all of your questions.
There are lots of arts and crafts designers in your community. These artisans make beautiful things and are struggling to find customers to sell their items to.
So what if you found a way to help them, and at the same time raise money for your nonprofit organization at the same time?
A craft sales event is a great way to do this. You could either do this in the spring, or you can make it an annual holiday event.
How do you raise money for your cause?
- Firstly, you can charge a small donation for an entry fee.
- Secondly, you can sell refreshments.
- Finally, you can negotiate a percentage of all the sales generated at your craft sale fundraiser.
People love the aroma of candles burning in their home. Some people find this very relaxing.
Our winter fundraising catalogs have candles that people love to buy. So sell them what they want to buy. By the way, your school earns up to a 50% profit on every candle sold.
Learn more about our easy candle fundraising ideas.
Book drive & book sale
This is a great way to encourage reading, as well as an easy way to help your local school library.
Ask your community to donate books to your book drive. Then invite the public to your book drive sale. All of the money raised at your book sale can help your school. Everybody wins with a book drive fundraiser!
Unique Fundraising Ideas
Host a paint and sip night!
What is better than learning how to paint and sipping a glass of wine with friends?
As you can imagine, this is a wonderful fundraising idea. This works well for a Friday night as it allows people to express themselves creatively and relax at the same time after a long week.
Simply hire a local artist to teach the class. The entry fee will need to cover the art supplies as well as the wine. If you have a local winery near you, invite them to get involved. They will be happy to participate to get an introduction to new customers.
Shave your head for donations!
This is a popular fundraiser to help support cancer victims.
So, how does this work? Actually it’s pretty easy. Simply find sponsors that will donate to see you shave your head.
Using a dare is a great way to raise money. You can simply say, “Do you dare me to shave my head completely bald?” Furthermore, all you have to do then is say, “How much are you willing to donate to fight cancer to see me shave my head?” Then start taking names!
Furthermore, you’ll need to find willing volunteers (victims) who are ready to do this. Then it’s time to get to work and advertise your fundraiser.
By the way, the best way to do this is to get a volunteer that is popular or well-known. For example, you can ask teachers, sports coaches, or principals to help out.
Alumni reunion to raise money.
Instead of having a high school reunion, why not just have an alumni reunion?
This also makes a great middle school or elementary school fundraiser as well. You can hold it at the school auditorium or also in the lunchroom.
Additionally, you can hold it at a local restaurant. Simply ask for an entry fee donation.
Talk to your alumni and tell them about your school’s needs and ask for their feedback on ideas as to how you can reach your goals. You might be also surprised how many are willing to volunteer or donate extra money to help you reach your goals and achieve your mission.
Finally, you might want to have your school shirts, mugs and backpacks available for purchase. This is because many of the alumni may want to make a nostalgic purchase to remember their old school days.
Chili cook off challenges
Everybody thinks they have the best chili, don’t they? Now it’s time to prove it!
A chili cook-off fundraiser can be a lot of fun. I’m sure there are certainly many chili aficionados in your neighborhood that would like to get involved as well. You can also get local restaurants to participate.
Firstly, you could charge a small entry fee for everyone that wants to be a taste tester. Secondly, award a prize for the best chili. Thirdly, sell refreshments and bottled water in case the chili is too spicy!
You can also make this an annual fundraising occasion.
Cutest Baby Contest
This is a fun fundraiser to have for a preschool or nursery.
Every mom or dad thinks their baby is the cutest. So, now it’s time for them to put their money where their mouth is!
Everyone can enter a photo of their baby into the contest. People can then donate $1 per vote for their favorite baby photos. Then finally, it is up to every mom and dad to recruit as many donors as possible. This way their baby wins the cutest baby contest.
Here is a real good fundraising idea for you. There are aspiring comedians, actors and singers in your community. Why not have a talent night fundraiser?
You can use your school auditorium for this talent show. Charge an entry fee and sell refreshments. Make it affordable so you sell every seat in the house.
Selling tickets is the key to this fundraiser, so advertise it as soon as possible. In addition, you can allow people to donate one dollar and vote for their favorite talent artist.
Silent auctions tips
You might be surprised how many people in your community are willing to donate something for you to auction off. Many people have big hearts and are willing to donate things to help a good cause. So, all you have to do is ask.
Then it’s up to you to advertise this so that you have as many people to participate as possible. Additionally, take pictures of the items for sale and have clear explanations of what each item is.
Finally, the more bidders you have, the more money it will raise for your good cause.
Here is a popular fundraiser for you to try.
Find something very popular that people want to own, but are not willing to buy for themselves. You can pick something fun like a new iPad or a luxury vacation.
So, where do you get the money to purchase the items to raffle off?
You can get it from the 50-50 raffle itself!
Here is how it works:
- Set a goal of how much money you need to raise.
- People can buy raffle tickets in advance with a chance to win the product.
- Additionally, you can then take 50% of the money raised and use it to purchase the products you are going to give away.
- Finally, check with your local laws to make sure this is legal in your area for you to do.
Local business raffles for your community
Here is a quick fundraising idea for your school or nonprofit to try.
Go to the local businesses in your area. Ask them if they are willing to donate services or merchandise to your school or cause.
Additionally, you can advertise your raffle on Facebook, Instagram and social media. And finally, remember to use email and texting too.
Why would a local business be willing to help you?
Firstly, business owners will get a write off for donating to your nonprofit organization. Secondly, it makes them feel good about supporting a worthy cause. And thirdly, it will provide goodwill to the community and introduce many new potential customers to their business.
These work exceptionally well for charity auctions.
Fire wood raffle
This is a great fundraiser if you live in a community that uses firewood to heat homes in the winter time. A couple of cords of wood can be very expensive for some people to pay for.
This is a fundraiser our local fire department runs every year.
How does it work?
- Firstly, find people who have trees that have fallen in their yards.
- Secondly, get your volunteers to chop up all the wood.
- Thirdly, stack up all the wood so everyone can see it.
Our local firemen put it in a big metal cage on main street. In addition, they have a sign advertising their fundraiser that says, “Win this firewood!”
Apparently this is a popular fundraiser because they do it year in and year out.
FUN Fundraising ideas
This is a fun fundraiser for everyone in the family.
Firstly, make up a treasure map of your scavenger hunt. Secondly, be sure to include plenty of clues for them to find the items on the scavenger hunt checklist.
Thirdly, have prizes for those that complete the scavenger hunt. Fourthly, charge an entry fee for people to participate. And finally, you can also sell refreshments to raise additional money for your cause.
This is a fun way for families to spend time together and make a difference in their community at the same time.
Contact a local restaurant or sports bar that has a back room. You can charge a small entry fee for teams to play trivia.
You can also earn a percentage of all of the food sales that night. Simply negotiate this in advance with your local restaurant owner because they will be happy to bring in the extra business you give them.
This can also easily turn into one of your favorite fundraisers. Don’t be surprised if it becomes a monthly event for your organization. A game night like this is a lot of fun for the entire family.
You would be surprised how many people love to sing karaoke. Perhaps you yourself love to sing!
These are a lot of fun and very easy fundraisers to set up. Additionally, this works perfectly in conjunction with a restaurant fundraiser. So you’ll need a restaurant with a back room that you can use. Furthermore, because it is at a restaurant, you could get paid twice. An entry fee and a percentage of all sales. There are many nonprofits that do karaoke night once a month because they are so popular!
Ongoing Fund Raising Ideas
Easy ways to raise funds selling gourmet coffee
So, here is a quick fundraising idea for you coffee drinkers.
What if you could earn a 45% profit helping coffee drinkers drink coffee? Our easy coffee fundraisers could help you do that. Certainly, our k cups coffee fundraisers can help your school earn the money you need.
Looking for unique fundraisers?
Selling coffee may be exactly what you are looking for. This works because people are buying coffee already. Make sense? Learn more here.
Restaurant parties to raise money
Talk to a local restaurant owner and tell them about your fundraiser.
Firstly, ask them what the slowest night of the week is. Secondly, tell them that you would like to host a party there. And finally, ask them if they would be willing to donate a portion of the proceeds of all the customers you generate for them that night.
This can easily turn into a monthly fundraiser for your organization. This is because people like to eat with friends at their favorite restaurant!
Who would think that you could hold a dog walking fundraiser?
This is a good way to raise money for cheer leaders and sports team players.
Many pet owners are tired when they get home from work. Others just don’t have the time or energy. Offer to walk their dog for a fee.
How much should you charge?
- You can do a flat rate.
- Set a price for each dog.
- Have the donor name their own price because you will be donating all of the money earned.
This is a fundraiser that may turn into a nice part-time job for some of your students.
Event Fundraising Ideas
Easy Relay For Life Events
Many are looking for a cure for cancer. Cancer research takes money and lots of it. Your local Relay For Life organization wants to make a difference. We take our hat off to them.
Did you know that many of our fundraising brochures pay your team up to 50% on every sale?
Learn more about our easy relay for life fundraising ideas.
5K Runs are very popular among runners today, aren’t they? Why not take advantage of this popular trend?
Everyone knows someone that likes to run. Many runners have been thinking about running a 5K. However, some have not had the opportunity to do so yet. Your school, cause or charity may be exactly what they need to participate in their first 5K run.
Simply find people who are willing to sponsor you to compete in the 5K. Furthermore, you can give people two ways to sponsor you.
Firstly, they can donate to sponsor you to enter the race. Secondly, then they can donate a certain amount for every mile you complete with a bonus if you complete the 5K event. Finally, be sure to advertise this event to everyone in your community.
It doesn’t take much to get golf lovers to want to support a local golf tournament. Your golf tournament can raise a lot of money for a good cause.
So simply team up with your local golf course and some golfers to get the ball rolling on this. They can pay an entry fee to participate. In addition, they can get sponsors to donate in case they win. Finally, this also may become an annual event. Imagine your own golf classic in your community.
This is similar to a craft sale except you are doing it with budding artists in your community.
You can find local starving artists that you can help. One library fundraiser arranged to sell their prints, turned them them into postcards and stationary for a commission fee. This also works great for holiday gifts.
Additionally, as a twist you can have a children’s art show and auction. Family members can bid on their children’s artwork. Furthermore, no one will allow someone else to buy their own kid’s artwork! So this means your non-profit earns more money with every sale. This is because they will bid higher to buy their child’s art before anyone else does.
Fundraising ideas for kids
Whether you are trying to raise money to help the kids in your school or neighborhood, we want to help. Kids are our future. And so they deserve every chance to get the best education and opportunities available.
Our easy fundraiser ideas for kids will help you raise money for books, school supplies, computers, playground equipment, etc.
Many of our fundraisers are only $8 each. This is because money is tight everywhere. So, this means now almost everyone can afford them.
Learn more about our fundraising ideas for kids.
Do you know anyone that likes to eat cookies, cakes, brownies or muffins? Of course you do! Now you know why the bake sale fundraiser is one of the easiest fundraising events to put on.
First of all, get as many people involved as possible in your bake sale. However don’t make the mistake of waiting for people to show up. Instead go to your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers and start taking orders for your bake sale.
Can you think of anything easier than this?
Firstly, have the moms take a picture of the finished product and how delicious it looks. Secondly, you will need to assemble your own digital bake sale brochure. Thirdly, show the photos to your friends and family and start taking orders. Finally, you collect payment in advance.
This could be a very profitable fundraiser idea to try.
Everybody has a garage, basement or attic that is full of items they no longer use. All you have to do is tell them you are having a yard sale fundraiser.
Simply ask, “do you have anything to donate to help us out?”
Additionally, you might volunteer to go pick it up if they can’t drop it off.
Furthermore, don’t be surprised at some of the items you may receive. And finally, price all of the items affordably so they will sell quickly and easily.
Speaking of books and encouraging reading, a read-a-thon is a wonderful fundraiser to help young people this school year.
How do you get kids to read that don’t like to read?
A read-athon fundraiser is the answer. Every time your students read a book, their sponsors can donate a dollar. The more sponsors they get, the more money they can raise for your school.
Set up a contest in award prizes to the student who reads the most books, as well as the student that gets the most donations.
Collecting box tops
Kids love to eat cereal, don’t they? Many serial manufacturers offer to pay your school for every box top that you turn in. Why not encourage all of the parents to start collecting the cereal box tops for your school?
This is a great way to earn extra money for school programs. So be sure to spread the word!
Which one of the amazing fund raisers do you want to try first?
In conclusion, look for ways to multiply the effectiveness of your fundraiser by combining these ideas with:
- Peer to peer fundraisers. (Reach out to your professional network and ask for their assistance. A peer to peer fundraiser can add a lot more donations to your fund.)
- Matching gifts. (Find a sponsor that is willing to match whatever money you raise on your own.)
- Envelope fundraising. (Pass an envelope around and let people put in what they can afford.)
- Volunteer grants: (Did you know that many companies have programs where they provide grants to nonprofits their employees volunteer with on a regular basis?)
- Online donations: (Make it easy for people to donate.)
- FREE shipping for your fundraising products when you meet the minimum order.
We hope you found these quick and easy fundraisers helpful to you.
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People also ask…
The quickest fundraisers are something you can do in the next week. We suggest garage sales and car washes if you don’t have time to plan. Peer to peer fundraising and matching gift can also help you.
What is the easiest fundraiser?
The easiest fundraisers sell items that people like to buy and are affordable to buy. So think about some of the things your friends and family like to buy already. People like to buy snacks at the grocery store every week. So we suggest selling items like popcorn, trail mix and cookie dough. And they are very affordable. Most are priced between $8-$10 each.
What are the most profitable fundraisers?
The most profitable business are those that raise the most money for your nonprofit organization.
First and foremost would be direct donations because you get to keep 100% of the donations. Second would be items that you can sell with high profit margins. For instance, many of our fundraising catalogs offer up to a 52% profit on each sale. Simply put, the more products you sell, the more money you can earn.
For instance, our snack fundraisers and gift wrap fundraisers are very popular for this reason.
How can I raise my 10,000 dollars?
There are several ways to do this for your youth group.
All you need is to find 10,000 people that are willing to give you a dollar or 1000 that are willing to donate $10. Crowdfunding can help you to do this. We have had clients that have raised $10,000 with our brochures. This will take plenty of planning, volunteers and persistence, but you can do it.
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Easiest Fundraisers Ideas To Try This Year
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Looking for an easy fundraiser? Then look no further than this snack fundraiser. What makes it easy? 20 different delicious snacks means there is something for everyone. At only $7, it is very easy for people to buy more than one! Learn how your school, church or youth group can easily raise the money you need with snack fundraisers.
Our winter fundraising brochure makes fundraising really easy. Why? It’s because your customers will be buying gift wrap and small gifts for the holiday season. This holiday brochure has everything your friends and family needs, and your group earns up to 50% on each sale. Learn more about these easy winter fundraising ideas.
Selling flower seeds and bulbs doesn’t get any easier than this. Show this beautiful catalog to your friends and family. They choose the seeds, candy and small gifts they want to buy and your small group or school earns up to 50% on each sale. Learn more about this 100% risk free easy spring fundraiser.
Clients tell us these cookie dough fundraisers are easy as pie. There are no up front costs to you. With six amazing flavors, this brochure has everyones favorite cookie dough. Think chocolate chip, snickerdoodles, etc. Simply pay for what you sell! Earn up to 50% profit with these easy cookie dough fundraising ideas…
Popcorn fundraisers are another easy way to raise money. This works for schools, sports teams, churches and youth groups because everyone loves popcorn. It’s only $7 which means your friends and family will be happy to support your drive. Learn how to earn up to $3.50 on each sale with this easy popcorn fundraiser.