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The most important thing when planning your fundraiser is to explore many fundraising ideas. There are so many fundraising ideas out there and with a little time and the right questions, you can decide which fundraiser is best for you and your group.
Most fundraising ideas are either product sales or order taking fundraisers or event and activity fundraisers.
Which category of fundraising ideas is better for you?
If you have a lot of time and adult involvement, event fundraisers can be a great option. Some popular fundraising ideas that revolve around activities are:
Casino Night Fundraising Ideas
Host a themed event with Casino style gaming. Poker tables, card games, roulette, and more will make this event special. You can raise money in a few different ways. Some fundraising ideas for Casino nights include having a bar and charging for drinks, charging admission to attend the event, charging guests for the chips that they will use to play the various games. You can also host a raffle at the event and sell tickets for that in addition to any of the other fundraising ideas. This type of event does require planning and manpower, so if you would rather do something more effortless, consider some other fundraising ideas.
Pancake Breakfast Fundraising Ideas
A cheap and beloved event at the top of our fundraising ideas list is a Pancake Breakfast. You simply enlist a group of your members to be the chefs and purchase some cheap pancake ingredients in bulk. You can buy a ready-made mix like Krusteaz at a big box store so all that you have to do is add is water and cook. Make sure you have syrup and butter and any other toppings you'd like to offer. Get a large enough location to set up ample tables and chairs, sell tickets and you are set to make money. Brainstorm fundraising ideas to take this event fundraiser to the next level by either adding in a raffle, or selling other fundraising products at the Pancake Breakfast.
Spring Carnival Fundraising Ideas
Fundraising ideas for carnivals are endless. You can be completely creative with this one. Your unique fundraising ideas are what is going to make this event a profitable one. It involves time and moving parts but a carnival fundraiser can be a lot of fun in addition to a great way to make money. Some fundraising ideas to get you started: have a face painting booth, a cake walk, a fortune teller, a craft area. Sell tickets that supporters will use for each activity or booth. Get your whole community involved. It's really important to publicize this event to get a huge attendance. Otherwise, your fundraising ideas won't pay off!
Karaoke Fundraiser or Gong Show Fundraising Ideas
Karaoke or Gong Show Fundraisers can be such a fun time for your group and community. You will simply secure a location - it can be indoors or outdoors as long as you have adequate amplifying and sound equipment. Sell tickets to your friends, family and neighbors and try to get your whole community involved. For a gong show - people can come prepared with their "act" or talent, whether it be singing, gymnastics, magic shows. They will get on stage and have a chance to perform for the audience. If the audience isn't entertained, they can boo the performers or the emcee can "gong" them and they are out. The final performers standing who don't get gonged, are the winners. Karaoke fundraising ideas include either selling tickets to your Karaoke night or having a pay to play system where people donate or purchase their opportunity to get on stage. Other fundraising ideas include having people bid and promise to donate for the chance to see a certain performer on that stage. Maybe a group would get together to donate to see the principal up on stage doing a silly crazy song.
Silent Auction and Raffle Fundraising Ideas
There are many fundraising ideas to make your silent auction or raffle fundraiser interesting. It's great to get local businesses to donate items for your silent auction or raffle. You can also have members of your group offer their services, either baking, washing cars, mowing lawns, washing windows - anything that is valuable to your supporters goes on the list of good fundraising ideas for this one. Then, host an evening with treats and let everyone enjoy themselves and help you raise money. This takes some planning and follow through, especially if you are involving local businesses in donating prizes. Make sure to send thank you notes to all who donated their time or money to your fundraiser! Letting people know you appreciate them is one of the best fundraising ideas out there.
Car Wash Fundraising Ideas
When the weather is good, a car wash fundraiser is an easy to do fundraiser with very little start up cost. Fundraising ideas often include the car wash as an option because it is so easy to plan and can be done quickly and with no money. Have members of the group each bring a bucket, some rags, soap and some good attitudes. Ask a local market or gas station to let you run your cash wash at their location. Publicize your car wash in advance and especially on the day of so you have a steady stream of cars coming though. You can either take donations or charge a flat fee for the car wash. Add your own fundraising ideas to raise even more!
These are just a few fundraising ideas. There are many other fundraising ideas for event fundraisers - consider a Chili Cook-off, a Fun Run or Relay, Game Show Fundraiser, Bake Sale, Wine Tasting Fundraiser, Crab Feed Fundraiser and many more. Hopefully some of these fundraising ideas have gotten you thinking. If you think something with less work might be a better fit for your group, check out our product fundraising ideas.