The most successful fundraisers are the ones who manage to spark interest, engage donors and ultimately raise plenty of donations for their cause.
So although there are plenty of resources online to get inspired from, it’s sometimes hard to know which ideas are profitable.
With this article, we wanted to help you save time planning your next event by sharing a few fundraising ideas for nonprofits which work.
1. Fun Run (Peer-to-Peer Fundraising)
Peer-to-peer fundraisers involve connecting with your base of supporters and encouraging them to reach out to their friends, family, and neighbors to help raise more money together.
This empowers your supporters and helps you engage a larger community in your fundraising efforts.
When it comes peer-to-peer fundraising, athletic events such as runs are extremely popular; allowing big numbers of people to come together in support of a cause. Also, you ensure the event is not only cost-effective but also much fun.
Set up an event page and ask supporters to spread the word, so their friends and family register to attend. To further boost the event’s return on investment, you can sell T-shirts with the name of the event and your organization’s logo.
You can also include a “fun walk” as part of the same event to make sure families with children can participate, as well (a walk is not as physically challenging as a run).
2. Custom Artwork Charity Auction
Auctions remain one of the most profitable fundraising ideas for nonprofits, especially if they feature unique items such as custom artwork which often sparks bid wars between attendees.
You can include anything from paintings and sculptures to jewelry and glasswork; what’s most important is the artwork is handcrafted and 100% unique.
This will help raise the price of the item, as those bidding will know there won’t be a second opportunity to purchase that exact piece of art they liked.
As far as procuring the actual artwork goes, start by getting in touch with local artists and craftsmen. Ask them if they would consider creating a one-of-a-kind piece for your auction pro bono. Don’t forget to share details about the impact their gesture could make.
3. Benefit Concert
If you want your next fundraising event to stand out from the rest, you can’t go wrong with organizing a benefit concert. Concerts are fun, appeal to a large crowd of people and can be extremely profitable.
You’ve probably seen those big shows on TV featuring famous singers and bands performing for a cause.
But not all events need to feature huge celebrities to sell tickets, meaning you can adapt this idea to fit the size and budget of your nonprofit – and still raise plenty of funds.
Assuming your best friend isn’t a huge celebrity whom you have on speed dial, your safest bet for performers will be local musicians. This can be a positive thing, given the fact that these performers will likely invite their family and friends to see them perform.
That means more potential donors at your event and more tickets sold.
Plus, you can even ask the performers to promote your charity across their social media accounts in the weeks leading up to the event. Alternatively, you can set up a fundraiser page so performers’ fans who can’t attend the show can still show their support and donate.
Keep These Fundraising Ideas for Nonprofits Coming
We hope you’ll consider trying these ideas this year and it will help you raise more funds for your organization.
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