With public funds for social projects sparse and a lack of generated income, non-profit organisations tend to be in frequent need of fundraising. Fortunately, many fundraising ideas do not require a great deal of advance money – only some organisational talent and, of course, volunteers!
Jumble Sale, Auction or Raffle
Everybody has a collection of stuff they don’t actually need. So offer the opportunity to de-clutter! People often hold on to old stuff out of nostalgia or a sense of duty, but will gladly part ways with it for a good cause.
Depending on the donations you get, the number of volunteers and the location you can use, these things can be auctioned off or sold flea-market style.
Alternatively, you can sell lottery tickets at other local events. That way, you may not even need to rent a location for the sale – you can inform participants about winning tickets and prizes via the internet!
Instead of “junk”, you can also sell baked goods, crafts or even potted flowers – whatever your volunteers and supporters can contribute best.
Second-Hand Fashion Parade
Some non-profit organisations collect and sell used clothing in good condition. If your organisation, too, has a ready stock of second-hand clothing, why not give those oldies a fresh breath of air by having a fashion parade? Your models don’t have to be beauty queens (or kings) – after all, the show is about real clothing for real people. All they need is enough confidence to present themselves in front of a benevolent audience.
Ask friends or group members for their support – or have a little local casting! With “top model” TV shows so widely popular, many young people may be happy to have their own go on the catwalk in a fun and friendly atmosphere.
Ticket and drink sales as well as a donation box will take care of your monetary needs.
Selling charity calendars is a time-honoured tradition. You’ll need money to get them printed, though, so you may have to find a sponsor who will pay for the printing in return for having their logo and name on the calendar.
You’ll also need to decide for a theme. Make it interesting – after all, you want many people to buy these calendars! If you are aiming for a local audience, local sights or events are a good idea.
Or have an art contest for children or teenagers, with the twelve winning artworks making it onto the calendar pages! If you’re hoping for a wider audience, choose something that is interesting for many people.
If you are not printing art, you’ll also need a photographer. If you have a talented amateur photographer in your ranks, maybe he or she will be happy to help? Otherwise, you will have to find (and pay) a professional photographer.
Instead of printing calendars, you could also make and sell postcards. Make them occasion-oriented – for example, sell sets of “Happy Birthday”, “Season’s Greetings” or “Get well soon” cards. Everybody needs those at some point!
More Fundraising Ideas
Of course, many of our other fundraising ideas can also be adapted for non-profit causes. So why not have a look around? Whatever fundraiser you go for, good luck and happy fundraising!