When it comes to fundraising, oftentimes the path with least resistance is the best way to go. Hosting a fundraising event can be a real beast—it ends up costing more than you anticipated and it takes way more time, energy, and resources than you wanted to spend. There are an endless number of easy fundraising ideas like bake sales, car washes, and more. Here are three low maintenance types of fundraisers that you can use to raise money for your charity:
1. Direct mail fundraising campaign. There is a reason why snail mail fundraising campaigns are still around—because they work. This requires minimal cost (just postage and supplies) and can be easy if you have a few people helping you. Just gather a mailing list, create a compelling fundraising letter, and seek donations by mail. It’s simple, effective, and it doesn’t cost much.
2. Selling a product from a large company. There are countless large companies online that sell items like candles, coffee, cookie dough, and more. Large companies may have an advantage when it comes to partnering with charities to host fundraisers. Because they make a larger profit margin, they usually have customer service representatives available to help you organize, host, and carry out your fundraising event. Going this route gives you plenty of options, and these companies usually work with you step by step to ensure that you know what to do to host your event.
3. Hosting charity garage sale. This one is almost a no-brainer, especially if you’re raising money for something like a church group or school group. People love an excuse to get rid of unwanted items. People also love to shop for things at bargain prices. To host a charity garage sale like this, all you have to do is designate a time and place and ask people to bring their unwanted items with price tags placed on them. All profits go toward your charity, and the event can be a lot of fun.