Top 10 Fundraising Ideas

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Top 10 Fundraising Ideas
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Fundraisers provide fun and simple ways to earn extra money. Usually they are held to raise funds for certain causes or organisations. There are many classic ideas for fundraisers, as well as modern and innovative ones. Get ideas for your next fundraiser from this top ten list.

Bake Sale

Bake sales are one of the most popular means of fund raising. Many people have fond memories of school bake sales. Ask people to donate a variety of baked goods, such as cakes and cookies, which will be sold.


Raffles are an effective way to raise money. You can give away a few smaller prizes or one big one. No matter what you choose to give away, make sure the prize is something that people want and are thus willing to purchase a raffle ticket. Usually the profits from the ticket can cover the cost of the prize and leave money left over for the fundraiser cause.


Holding some kind of competition is a fun way to raise funds. It could be a singing competition, dancing competition, beauty pageant, or whatever kind of competition appeals to you. Sell tickets to prospective audience members and offer some kind of prize to the winner of the competition.

Garage Sale

Holding a garage sale can raise funds and help people de-clutter their lives and homes. Encourage those involved in your organisation to gather up all of the stuff they don't want or need (including clothes, household items or toys) and hold a garage sale.

Craft Fair

If you have many talented people in your organisation who enjoy making crafts hold a craft fair to raise funds. If there are not enough people to make different crafts limit your fair to something easy like homemade cards. Everyone can make them and they will be easy to sell.


Carnivals are a great source of fun and entertainment. Set up a host of different activities that you would find at a carnival and charge people to enter. Offer baked goods, food and drinks for sale. This is a profitable fundraiser when you expect many people to attend.

Car Wash

A car wash is another classic fundraiser idea. It is also simple and doesn't involve anything more then the name implies. Provide plenty of soap and water, and offer people quick car washes. If you can, offer extra services like vacuuming and waxing at a small, additional cost.


Calendars are relatively easy and inexpensive to make with modern computer technology. Use your organisation, company, school or cause as inspiration, and take a different picture for each month of the year. Sell the calenders at a reasonable price. Calendars are useful and appeal to many.

Penny Drive

Penny Drives ask people to donate the pennies that they have lying around. They can also donate any loose change or money they may have. Penny drives are good fundraisers because they don't make people feel like you are asking too much, but also give them the freedom to give as much as they want.

Fundraising Company

You may consider using the services of a fundraising company. Through a fundraising company you may offer items such as magazines, cookie dough, candy and a host of other items available for purchase. Fundraising companies often provide prizes and incentives for top sellers.

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