173 Fundraising Ideas | Complete 2018 Guide

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Boy do we have Fundraising Ideas.  We actually have hundreds of them! The successful beginning of any fundraising event begins with a creative idea.

One that not only can generate revenue, but will also excite both the donors and the volunteers.

With this full list of 173 fundraising ideas we’re sure you will find an inventive fundraisers.

You can modify each idea to match your organization’s needs and resources.

Below is a wide variety of fundraising ideas ranging from a simple car washes to a hot air balloon launch!

No matter what size your budget is, there’s something here for everyone!

You can use our handy “quick index” below to go directly to ideas that catch your interest.

Categories are listed alphabetically. Ideas for each category are listed alphabetically beneath each category heading.

1) How To Fundraise


While the primary goal of a fundraiser is to help solve a problem and support your chosen cause.

The art of raising money and applying volunteer’s talent are the real tools that drive the fundraiser.

If you are new to fundraising, the process can seem confusing, even difficult at times… but it doesn’t need to be.

Fundraising starts with you and your desire to help your cause.

As you begin the process of planning your event, keeping a few key principles in mind will help you launch your fundraiser to levels of greatness.

This will help you keep your volunteers motivated and allow your charity to compete for those precious donor resources.

The content of this section represents the very basic knowledge you will need to start raising money for your school, church, organization or nonprofit charity.

Even if you are an experienced fundraiser, these components could be a good refresher to help kick-start your efforts.

We recommend you start your search for a fundraising idea with the basics in mind.

In this section we will explore the basics of fundraising; from  “Planning Our Budget”, “Organizing Our Budget” to “Advertising Our Fundraiser” and much more. [READ MORE]

2) Cheap Fundraisers

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Many organizations face the dilemma of initial investment with the expected return of their fundraising efforts.

Fortunately, for most organizations attempting to raise money to support a cause, the initial financial investment does not need to be expensive.

Below you’ll find fundraising ideas that require no upfront money at all.

Take a few of these ideas and add your own creative twist to match your fundraising goals.

Add yourself and your volunteer’s time to achieve your desired results.

When money is tight and resources are limited, these Cheap Fundraising Ideas may be exactly what you need to reach your goals. [READ MORE]

Topics Include: Activity Workshop, Bake Sale, Beverage Stand, Boat Washing, Car Wash, Catalog Sales, Charity Sports Run, Cleaning Service, Consignment Shop Sales, Craft Sale, Donation Jars, Free Dinner Raffle, Guess How Many, Online Auctions, Ornament Raffle, Pajama Day, Penny Drive, Recyclable Item Drive, Root Beer Float Sales, Service-related Fundraisers, Tricycle Races, Weight Loss-a-thon, Yard Sale

3) Church and Religious Group Fundraisers

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Fundraising for a church is a fantastic way to not only help support your church’s goals, but to also create an atmosphere of fellowship within your group.

It can be a very successful tool to increase the relationship between your church and the community you live in and/or support.

Additionally, it represents the opportunity to allow your church members to socialize and demonstrate their creativity and talents in unique ways.

Each of these fundraising ideas are tried and tested.

By adding your own churches unique twist, you will have the foundation to really deliver a successful fundraising program.

That means reaching your fundraising goal will also foster a sense of group and harmony.

Many of these fundraising ideals can be kept simple and inexpensive or made more elaborate and awe inspiring to reach a larger part of the community.

Simply choose your fundraising event from our inclusive list.

Then add a creative component that encompasses your church and groups personality and have a great time in the process. [READ MORE]

Topics Include: Appreciation Grams, Building Progress, Candle Fundraiser, Candlelit Prayer Vigil, Children’s Play, Chili Cook-off, Church Bingo Night, Church Raffle, Cookie dough or Baked Goods Sale, Day at the Amusement Park, Donation Jar, Faith and Love Flowers, Ice Cream Party, Indoor Miniature Golf, Jerky, Jerky, Jerky, Love Lollies, Online Auctions, Pass the Basket Prize, Pizza Party, Potluck Dinner, Religious Jewelry Fundraising, Religious Posters and Stickers, Tea Towels Fundraiser, Tropical Luau

4) College Fundraisers

college fundraising ideas
College can be one of the most rewarding and fun times in a young adult’s life.

Many different types of fundraisers can be used by most college groups.

The mere fact that you are fundraising for a sorority, fraternity, or other special college group allows you the ability to offer events geared at reaching both the energy level of the volunteers while still keeping an air of entertainment for the donors.

Simply read through the list of potential College Fundraising Ideas and add your own unique and creative variation. [READ MORE]

Topics Include: Barbeque, College Dance, Direct Sales, Donation Jar, Food Sales, Fraternity Competitions, Games and Tournaments, Online Auctions, Pie or Water Balloon Throwing Contest, Pool, Air Hockey, or Other Table Game Tournaments, Raffle, School Spirit Sales, Theme Movie Night, Tutoring Service, Used Textbooks, Washes, Wild Times on Campus Photo Contest

5) Corporate Fundraising Ideas

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Are you the manager of a group, division or even a whole company?

Looking for a way to build teams, motivate cooperation within your teams and still help the community?

Then a corporate fundraiser is for you.

Many organizations have moved from simply donating to specific fundraisers, to actually using the opportunity to foster an environment that allows their teams to grow together.

By organizing a corporate fundraiser, you can create more open lines of communication and teamwork among your group. And at the same time may remove the stress or politics of the office.

Not only can your efforts benefit the community or local charity.

They offer a source of inclusion and entertainment for your staff.

The time and resources donated can also be a tax benefit to your company.

In this list you will find some fundraising events specifically focused to bring your personnel closer. [READ MORE]

Topics Include: Balloon Pop Off, Bingo Night, Bowling Tournament, Company Concert, Company Picnic and Raffle, Competitive Events, Employees Dance, Funniest Photo Contest, Karaoke Night, Scratch Cards, Silent Auctions, Treasure Hunt, Vegas Night, Wine Tasting

6) General Fundraisers

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The core of any fundraiser is its ability to raise funds.

While fundraising still relies on marketing knowledge, simply picking the right fundraising or charity auction software can simplify your life immensely.

A good fundraiser does more than just raise money to support a cause.

It offers a group of volunteers and donors to come together in such a way as to help the community.

Many of the problems charities and groups seek to solve are very serious and even painful.

The fundraising event itself can offer a time of fun, bonding and entertainment.

Even though there is no “one size fits all” event. Running a fundraising event that not only raises money, but also offers your group the opportunity to unwind and enjoy will likely be more successful.

We hope the following list of “General Fundraisers” not only helps you reach your financial goals, but allows you and those involved to get a more fulfilling experience. [READ MORE]

Topics Include: Bake Sale, Beach Party, Beauty Day, Bingo Night, Car Wash,
Charitable Auction, Charity Sports Run, Clean Up, Coffee and Doughnuts for All, Community Fasting, Costume Ball, Dance Off, Dinner for a Week, Game Night Competition, Game Show Fundraiser, Haunted House, Holiday Banquet, Hot Air Balloon Launch, Karaoke Night, Neighborhood Yard Sale, Pajama Day, Pirate’s Bounty, Poetry Reading, Public Auction, Rat Race, Yard Sale

7) Free Homemade Fundraisers

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What do you think of when I say Free! Free? Well it depends on whether you consider time and money as the same thing.

Time may be money, but for most groups, time is easier to come by. Even if your organization is a little short of funds. You can still launch your fundraiser and create a very successful event.

You just need to add a little elbow grease and creativity.

In these sections, we will explore those fundraising ideas that could allow your group to utilize their time, household goods, services or other resources to create the perfect fundraising event. [READ MORE]

Topics Include: Fine Art, Food Items and Sauces, Hand-crafted Dolls and Toys, Hand-crafted Jewelry, Leather Goods, Soy or Beeswax Candles, Wood crafts, Wreaths

8) School Fundraisers

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As parents, we have all been faced with the school fundraiser.

Many of the extracurricular activities and school sponsored events rely on students and parents fundraising. These events are used to raise money and offer our children the best possible experience.

Many fundraising ideas could be used for a school event. Most result in adding smiles to children – while still generating donations.

Here we will explore those events that easily can be implemented in the school environment and still generate support from faculty and parents alike. [READ MORE]

Topics Include: Balloon Blast, Best Seat in the House, Candy Bar Sales, Catalog sales, Computer and Board Game Auctions, Decorate a T-shirt Fundraiser, Decorate Your Socks Hop, Dessert Day, Dress Up Day, Dress Up the Principal, Easter Egg Raffle, Entertainment Books, Flower surprise, Free “A” Day, Free Pass, Friendship Flowers, Fundraising Online, Fun in the Sun, Good Grades, High School Bumper Stickers, Jail And Bail, Kids and Parents Cookbook, Kids Karaoke Contest, Money Tree, Musical Instruments Auction, Off the Hook Note Pass, Parents Night Out, Parents vs. Kids Competition, Pet Pageant, Potato Bar, Recycling Drive, School Carnival, School Charitable Olympics, School Dance , School Raffle, Slushy Day, Soda Sale, Spaghetti Dinner, Spinners, Stick It to ‘Em!, Talent Show, Tea Party Raffle, Trading Classes

9) Sports Team Fundraisers

fundraising ideas for sports teams
Have you ever played youth sports, or been the parent of one of these young star athletes?

Then you know there’s a real need to supplement the funds available for these groups.

There is an ever increasing expense of equipment and facilities.  Couple that with the shrinking budgets of towns and schools. The youth sports team is always a target for budget cuts.

Some schools are even removing physical fitness or youth sports from the school curriculum.

This is where Sports Fundraising comes into play.

Just one creative idea and a few motivated volunteers can help make sure their youth sports club is fully funded.

You can even offer supplemental funds for disadvantaged children.

As you read through this list of Sports Fundraising Ideas don’t just look for one that sounds good. Look for an event that will motivate the children and the adults alike.

You will be amazed at just how much support one of these fundraising ideas can generate when it meshes seamlessly with your community and culture. [READ MORE]

Topics Include: Athletic Camp, Autographed Balls, Beverage and Snack Sales, Bowling for Donations, Candy Bar Sales, Celebrity Sports Day, Game Time, Goal Shot, Guess How Many, Hat, T-Shirt, and Sticker Sales, League Tournament, Parents vs. Youth Competition, Sports Skill Tournament, Table Game Tournament, Team Fundraising Page

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