With non-profit organisations and community-based charities suffering due to lack of money, it's natural for supporters to want to engage in successful fundraising to help out. Some non-profit, like schools and churches, have more resources for planning and running a successful fundraising event than an individual citizen, but you can still bring in the money -- and publicity -- that your charity desperately needs, all by yourself.
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Walks and Runs
It's not difficult for an individual to organise a solo fundraising walk or run for charity. Determine a route -- if you have a walking or bike trail in your city, that would be perfect. Contact the media to let them know what you're doing, and create a pledge form so family and friends can offer donations based on the distance you actually cover. If your favourite charity serves animals in some way, bring your dog along for the fun. Be sure to have plenty of bottled water available the day of the event.
Giant Yard Sale
Everyone has stuff lying around the house they no longer need -- outgrown kids' clothes, holiday gifts they never used, books, even furniture. Ask friends, family and co-workers to raid their attic, garage and storage unit and donate items for a huge yard sale. For your own sanity, ask them to price all donated items prior to delivery to the yard sale site. List your event in the local paper's weekly yard sale section, and post advertising flyers everywhere you can; don't forget to post them in your charity's office.
Dog washes are easy to organise and can bring in quite a bit of money for your organisation. Ask your local pet supply store to donate space and water. Post flyers advertising the event in places where customers are likely to see them: veterinarian offices or pet supply stores. On wash day, gather soap, towels and sponges and make the world a cleaner place -- and your organisation a little richer. If you are the only one working the dog wash, put a size limit on the dogs you'll work with -- it's no fun to wash a 150-pound Great Dane by yourself.
People will pay to be fed if it's for a good cause, and bake sales are a great way to earn extra money for your cause. Arrange to set up a bake sale table in front of a local business or at a community event like a soccer game or parade, and have volunteers provide the goodies. If the weather is warm, sell cold bottled water along with the baked goods. If the weather is cold, a coffee pot full of hot cocoa is a popular item. Make a sign for your table indicating where the proceeds will go.
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