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Community Fundraising Ideas

One of the greatest challenges for a nonprofit is figuring out ways to fundraise. Fundraising can be especially difficult if you are just getting started….

Luckily, there are plenty of different nonprofit fundraising ideas that you can implement which can really boost awareness for your cause and heighten donations. Below, we will be discussing some of the top nonprofit fundraising ideas that you might want to implement into your nonprofit’s (NPO) fundraising efforts.

Different Nonprofit Fundraising Ideas:

1. Crowdfunding.

 Crowdfunding is extremely popular right now and it has become an integral aspect of fundraising in general. If you are looking to raise money for your nonprofit, this is a great place to start. Through crowdfunding, you will be able to raise money without having to spend a lot of money on the campaign. Thus, you will be able to have a majority of the money that you end up spending going towards the actual cause itself. The key to succeeding with crowdfunding for a nonprofit is being able to get the message out about your nonprofit and being able to market what you are doing effectively.

There are various crowdfunding platforms that you can use for your specific project or cause. However, some crowdfunding platforms have specific rules and some might target specific subsets of people. Thus, some might be more geared for your nonprofit depending if their target market closely syncs with your own. If you are going to be using crowdfunding as a means to fund your NPO, you will want to focus on marketing the crowdfunding campaign as much as possible because the effectiveness of your marketing efforts can make or break it as a successful fundraising platform.

2. Raffles.

 Raffles are a very effective method for fundraising. This is especially true if you are a smaller NPO that is looking to get more funding. One of the reasons why it is such an effective method for smaller NPO’s is because it happens to offer a low-cost method for getting the funds through the door. The cost to throw this type of fundraising effort is very low in comparison with the other options that you might be able to choose from. This is especially true if you can get donations to raffle off. To achieve success with a raffle, you will need to get desirable prizes that you can raffle off. That way, you get more people interested in winning the prizes that you have to offer.

3. T-Shirts.

 T-shirt fundraisers are typically another option that you can choose from that has a very high success rate. In general, people love to get t-shirts with causes they support, brands they support, and more. When paired with being able to support a cause or an NPO they believe in, it typically gets money rolling in. One of the best things about t-shirt fundraising is that it has evolved over the last few years. Many customized t-shirt businesses have opened up making it easier than ever before to order customized batches of t-shirts. Thus, you will be able to set this type of fundraising effort up easily without having to have an initial investment to worry about recouping as a majority of them are pay-on-demand.

4. Texting To Raise.

 It is important to utilize technology like online giving when you are looking to throw fundraisers for your NPO. Texting is something that everyone is familiar with and it is something that you can leverage with your fundraising efforts. There are platforms that allow you to ask for donations via a simple text which makes it easier than ever to support causes that they might care about. Because of the convenience it offers, you can experience a lot of success with this type of fundraising option and platform.

5. Auctions.

Another good option would be to throw an auction. An auction resembles a raffle but it might have a chance to be even more successful at raising funds due to the certainty involved. As long as you are able to secure in-demand products or services, you will be able to auction them off to fundraise for your NPO effectively. Because there is an element of competition involved and because your supporters will know exactly what they are bidding on, it can lead to even more raised funds.

6. Product Fundraising.

This is another good option that you should be considering if you are looking to raise funds. Product fundraising is one of the oldest forms of fundraising, but it still works. The biggest issue with this option is the amount of money and time you have to invest in getting it started. Given the initial investment requirements, it is one of the most costly ways to generating funding for your NPO, but it can pay off in a big way if you implement the strategy effectively.

Overall, there are a lot of different nonprofit fundraising ideas that you can implement into your fundraising efforts if you are looking to boost funding for your NPO. By following some of the tips above and implementing some of the different fundraising options, you should be able to achieve a good amount of success with your fundraising efforts. Crowdfunding is the clear winner in terms of success rate because it involves little to no risk at all given you won’t be spending any money up front other than on advertising and marketing for your crowdfunding campaign.

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