Creative Fundraising Ideas - Unique Ways to Raise Money

Are you cracking your head for creative fundraising ideas?

Creative fundraising is thinking outside of the box for innovative ideas in your fundraising efforts.

Fundraising can get a little tedious, and many people become bored with the same old same old approach to fundraising. Try spicing up your organization's fundraising endeavors with some new and creative fundraising ideas. This article will help you do just that.

Importance Of Creative Fundraising Ideas

If every counter at the local market has a box of chocolates for each youth group in the neighborhood, chances are your box will not make as much money as you had originally hoped. There comes a point where so many people are fundraising for a variety of organizations, that you realize for your fundraiser to be successful it must stand out from the crowd.

Spice up an old idea, or come up with something totally new, it is up to you. The point is that by your fundraiser being unique and creative, it will stand out and generate more income. This is, after all, the goal of any fundraiser activity.

Fundraising Ideas for Charity

Much fundraising is done for numerous assortments of charities. Having a creative fundraising idea or approach will help your cause immensely.

  • Celebrity auctions are unique, creative, and a lot of fun. Many sports groups have a contact person for setting up personal appearances. They also have specialty items strictly for donating to charitable causes and youth organizations. All it takes is a phone call.

  • Organizing a fair is another creative way to fundraise for your charity. Offer games, crafts for sale, baking, hot dogs or popcorn. Ensure that your advertising states what you are raising the money for. This will encourage people to come out and support your event.

  • A theme dance is another creative way to fundraise. Masked balls, costume dance, 50's revival - these are all wonderful ideas for a themed dance. As with any event, advertise well in advance and ensure people know where the funds are going. You can ask local businesses for door prizes as well and sell tickets for them at the door. Adding a 50/50 draw halfway through the dance will bring in even more funds for your charity.

Fundraising Ideas for Schools

How about creative fundraising ideas for schools? The internet is full of some amazing and creative ways to raise funds for your school. It is hard to pick any one idea, so you might want to think about holding more than one fundraiser spread out through the year to subsidize your school coffers.

  • Cookbooks are a very creative fundraiser for schools. You can make them even more creative by having students submit their favorite recipes. You could even hold a contest for the cover art design.

  • Popcorn or hot dog sales are a great way to raise funds throughout the year. Have pre-set days that you will be selling, so that students can come prepared to buy their snack.

  • Get a big item donated by a local business, such as an IPod, MP3 player, or TV, and sell raffle tickets for a few months. If you can get 3 items, time the raffle to coincide with report cards, giving the kids something to look forward to other than grades.

  • A school dance or fair is always fun, and you can be as creative as you like with a theme or booths. Remember to get some help, as a fair will need more than just one person to head it up.

Creative Fundraising Ideas for Individuals

Now, how about creative fundraising ideas for individuals? Sometimes, funds need to be raised for an individual. Medical reasons, a personal tragedy such as a fire - there are numerous reasons why someone might need extra funds. Here are a few ideas.

  • Just like you did for your charity, you can ask a celebrity to endorse an item such as a jersey or script, and raffle it off to the highest bidder.

  • Holding a meat draw or 50/50 draw at a local restaurant or bar is a great fundraiser. The people purchasing tickets feel like they are getting something back for their money and are likely to spend more.

  • Hold a dinner, at a set amount per plate. Find a local restaurant that is willing to work with you so that you can make a profit. Make sure that a toast is given at some point in the meal to the person or persons who will be receiving the funds.

You are only limited by your own imagination when it comes to thinking up some creative fundraising ideas. This article will help you get started on your way to raising funds, whatever your organization and whatever your cause.

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