We know…sometimes it’s hard to come up with totally unique fundraising ideas that no one else has tried before. But keep in mind that if you’re in charge of a fundraising event—especially for a small group like church groups or sports teams—you don’t have to totally reinvent the wheel. Resurrect some old classic fundraisers and watch the money come rolling in. From kids to adults to everyone in between, here are ten good fundraising ideas for everyone:
1. A lemonade stand. Sounds silly, right? Well, the thing is that this one can really work. Especially if you take time to make really delicious lemonade and sell it during a larger event like a carnival or a festival.
2. Sell something used. Again, this can be an event of its own or part of a larger event. Sell used books, used children’s clothes, or even have a charity garage sale. It’s easy and it’s a winner.
3. Make it gifty. Put together fun gift baskets or make homemade jewelry. Wrap presents during the holidays for donations. If you can make it something that involves gifts people can buy for other people, then it will sell.
4. Work with a restaurant. Do a quick Google search, and you’ll see dozens of fast food chains and other restaurants that work with groups for charity. You can sell their gift cards for profit, accept portion of the proceeds of a check, and a lot more options. Try to work with a local mom and pop restaurant and your donors will love it.
5. Raffle it off. Host a 50/50 raffle, raffle off experiences, movie tickets, restaurant meals, and more. Raffles are popular because they work.
6. Car wash. Yes, yes, we’ve said it over and over again, but car washes are perfect for kids and teens and are easy to run.
7. Volunteer and serve. Mow lawns, babysit, clean houses, or more. Anyone can use a little elbow grease to get things done, and offering to serve for donations is a great idea.