Free Fundraising Ideas - Tips for Raising Money for Your Organization

Are you looking for some free fundraising ideas?

Fundraising is a part of life for most non-profit organizations, schools, youth clubs, churches, and many others.

However, fundraising does not have to be a chore - there are numerous fundraising ideas that are fun, bring organizations together, and provide much needed financial aid to these groups.

Sometimes, a new idea is broached and you need funds quickly. Other times, you have an entire season to slowly raise funds. No matter your need, this article will provide you with some great free fundraising ideas, and even some that won't cost you or your organization a dime to set up.

So what are some free fundraising ideas?

  • Silent Auction: Silent auctions are great and work for many different situations. They can be an add-on to an event such as a 'pub night' or craft fair. All items will be donated by local businesses (doesn't cost you a dime!) and people write their bid on a sheet of paper attached to the item. Items can range from a coffee voucher at your local Starbucks to a weekend getaway. All it will cost you is time in gathering up the gifts, and your time to arrange them attractively and set them up for viewing for people to bid. Set a time frame so that everyone will be well aware how long they have for bidding.

  • Bake Sale: Need more free fundraising ideas? Bake sales are a time tested, hugely successful fundraising idea. Bake sales can be held anywhere - at your local mall, at a craft fair, even on your street corner. Everyone loves to get some fresh baking. Bake sales are very helpful for raising funds for churches, sports teams and schools. Ask all members of your organization to contribute items for the bake sale.

  • Car Wash: Having a car wash is a great way to raise funds quickly. This is one of the more inexpensive fundraising ideas. You can hold a car wash at a neighborhood gas station or in the parking lot of a school or supermarket. All you need is volunteers for washing cars and collecting funds. If it is for a sports group, have some kids in uniform holding up handmade signs advertising the carwash. If you are in a supermarket parking lot, perhaps the owner will donate some hot dogs and you can sell barbeque hot dogs while customers are waiting for their car to be washed. Double your fundraising ideas when you can.

  • Garage Sale: What are some other free fundraising ideas? Another great way of raising funds is by having a garage sale. Get all organization members to gather their used or unwanted items and have a joint sale. Run an ad in the local paper, and make sure you say where the funds are going - this encourages people to shop at your sale. Handmade signs around the area will also help bring shoppers to your sale.

  • General Fundraising: There are many companies that specialize in fundraising for groups. Chocolates, candy bars, cookie dough, shopping cards, lotto tickets, buttons, bricks, coupon books - there are too many to list in one small article. Use the internet to search out a company that services your area. Many of these companies don't need money up front, so there is no initial output from your organization. Make sure that everyone agrees or votes on the idea, so that no one person will be held responsible should the idea not work out.

Other Money Raising Ideas

Are you still on the lookout for yet more free fundraising ideas? There are some interesting and innovative ways to raise money these days. If chocolate bars and car washes are not for your group, there are still many other options of free fundraising ideas for you.

  • Wrist Bands: Law enforcement have "bands of honor", commemorating the fallen colleagues in the military forces or police. Breast cancer has pink wristbands with 'hope' embossed on them. There are numerous wrist band ideas - you just need to find one that suits you and your organization.

  • Recycling: Help the planet and your organization at the same time. Traditional bottles and cans are always successful, but add to that cell phones, printer ink and cartridges, and you have some great 'return for a fee' items that have cost you no more than your time. These are easy fundraisers that you can promote and run all year round. Keeping a drop-off box at your meeting place will make this easy for all to participate.

  • Webstores: There are numerous websites out there that offer free webstores selling everything from magazine subscriptions to merchandise with your club or organization logo on them. These sites cost nothing up front, collect their percentage from each sale, and mail a check to your club once a month. Free fundraising ideas don't get much easier than that.

Ethical Fundraising

For those of you who wish to know what ethical fundraising is, here is a short explanation: Ethical fundraising is fundraising through which one helps in saving the environment. Also known as green fundraising, ethical fundraising is usually done by recycling products and making the environment pollution-free.

You should now have plenty of free fundraising ideas to begin raising funds for your club or organization. Pick the one that you think your members will enjoy the most and have fun!

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