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Fundraising Ideas that Make Money

Updated on March 31, 2016
Fundraisers should be fun for everyone!
Fundraisers should be fun for everyone!

Fundraising Can Be Fun

There are many ways to raise money for your organization and the great thing is, you don't have to stick to just one idea!

Believe it or not people are still in the giving mode these days, despite the economy, because everyone has a hope that things can get better.

Here are some ideas to get your fundraising project underway! Use one or use them all but have fun with it!

Sell Homemade Sweets

Think Bake Sales and Cake Walks.

These are just a couple of ways to host an interactive and delicious event that will help you raise money for your organization.

Get some volunteers together to make cakesand cookies. Sell them in a traditional bake sale or get people involved by turning that bake sale into a cake walk! Everyone loves a good homemade sweet, just like mom makes.

Tip: Don't make items that require refrigeration; especially if you are going to be outdoors all day.

Personalize Bottle Water to Sell

Sell Bottle Water for your organization. Perhaps your group is already hosting an event, set up a booth and sell bottles of water.

There are water bottle companies that have programs set up for just this kind of thing.

Raffles are always a fun time!
Raffles are always a fun time!


Raffles are great for events where you expect to have a lot of people.

Find a business that is willing to donate a great prize, sell tickets to patrons at your event and towards the end announce your winner!

Immediate proceeds!

Car Washes Are Popular

Car Washes are still a great way to make money for your cause! Typically you can find retailers that will donate supplies needed for the event then set a base price for a wash and have a sign that you will take donations.

Recycling Cans

Collect Cans. Ask group members and maybe community members to drop off empty cans and bottles.

A great recycling option that also raises money for your organization by turning them into profit.

Sell Cookbooks

Cookbooks are an excellent way to raise money!

Collect recipes from members of your group and turn into a recipe book to sell.

Sell Coupon Books for a Profit

Coupon books are successful because not only will it raise money for your cause, it will also save people money with the coupons!

Garage Sales

Community Garage Sale ~ gather items around the house, invite other group members to donate items to sell and host a garage sale.

Jelly Bean Profits

Jelly Bean Guessing Jar. You can actually use anything you can stick in a jar but the basic premise is that a patron will pay a set amount to guess the quantity of the items in the jar for a chance to win that jar!

Sell T-Shirts

Cafepress is an awesome (free) fundraising tool! It not only allows you to create your own products, but it will set up the website to sell theses items from, you promote it and patrons go online to purchase items.

You keep whatever markup you have set!

Absolutely no start up cost!

Very popular fundraising idea!
Very popular fundraising idea! | Source

Sell Cookie Dough

Selling Cookie Dough is always a big hit! Moms love the reusable container with dough to go a long way and the kids love the cookies!

PLUS ... Your organization earns a big profit!

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