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10 Fun, Interesting and Creative Ways to Raise Money for a Charity Fundraiser

Updated on April 17, 2018
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10 Fun, Interesting and Creative Ways to Raise Money for a Charity Fundraiser
10 Fun, Interesting and Creative Ways to Raise Money for a Charity Fundraiser

Thinking about holding a fundraiser to help raise money for charity? While fundraising can be challenging, it can also be a fun an interesting way to raise money for a charity or non-profit organization. Below is a list of fun, interesting and creative methods to try with your next charity fundraiser!

1. Advertise the Fundraiser

Advertise the Fundraiser
Advertise the Fundraiser

This may not sound interesting (or creative) at first, but you would be surprised at how many people overlook this obvious outlet. In addition, when it comes to unique ways to earn money for fundraisers a marketing strategy opens many opportunities.

Think about the many different ways you could post ads about the fundraiser, where you could put them and so on. There are endless possibilities:

Newspaper Advertisement

This is a basic approach, but the ad itself can be creative. Remember, you want to get the readers attention on the charity fundraiser.

Flyers on Bulletin Boards

This is possibly the most common approach, but again opens the opportunity for being creative and grabbing attention of viewers. Unlike newspaper ads, flyers usually offer more space, use this to provide a backstory, why people should donate to the charity fundraiser, event times, etc.

Custom Artwork

Save money on printing... Instead of a plain typed out ad that can cost to print, create them by hand.

Depending on the fundraiser, you can create artwork on the flyers, and make the ads catchy. This could also be a great way to get the kids involved, pull out the paper, paint and crayons!

For example, if you are trying to raise money for charities based around children, have kids trace their hands on the flyers.

2. Recycling for Charity Fundraisers

Recycling for Charity
Recycling for Charity

Recycling can be another good way to raise money for fundraisers. It's easy, usually free, and you could earn quite a bit!

First contact your local recycling center to get a list of what they accept, along with their prices. You will want to ask any questions you may have, then decide what you think is worth collecting in your area, and begin gathering it.

The most common would be to collect aluminum cans, such as soda cans. If you're recycling center accepts them, plastic bottles can also be a good option. However, don't forget there may be places in your area that recycle other things such as glass, paper, cardboard, even old electronics.

It only takes about 27 - 28 soda cans to make 1 pound. At the time of writing this our local recycling center is paying about $0.60/lb. So every 100lbs is $60!

Common Items to Recycle:

  • Aluminum cans (sodas, beer cans, etc.)
  • Insulated Copper Wires
  • Bare Copper
  • Stainless Steel
  • Loose Sheet / Tin

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3. Selling on Commission

Bake sale
Bake sale

There are products out there where you can raise money for a charity fundraiser by selling the product. For example, Yankee Candles gives up to $8 (40%) per sale to a charity. This supports raising money for charity by giving a percentage of each sale you make to your charity of choice.

Yankee Candle offers 40% of orders to a charity, so if your average order is $20-$25, that's $8-$12 raised for your charity!

There are many other commission based options out there, such as:

  • Candle sales
  • Candy sales
  • Bake sale


If you know of any others, or have participated in successful commission-based fundraising you're welcome to share in the comments below.

4. Making Crafts to Sell

Crafts for Charity Fundraiser
Crafts for Charity Fundraiser

Do you knit, crochet, paint, draw, or have any other artistic and creative hobbies? You can use this to raise money for charities. You could post flyers stating you hand-make a certain type of item, and that the proceeds raised go towards the charity of your choice.

There are also sites you could sell your handmade items on, such as Etsy.com which is a marketplace for handmade items and crafts.

Coasters for Charity Fundraiser
Coasters for Charity Fundraiser

Coasters are a neat type of craft for charity fundraisers. They can be made fairly quickly, cost very little to make, and you can still throw your own creative design ideas into it. Coasters can be made from various materials, from wood to yarn and everything between!

Coasters for can be sold in a set or individually. You could even offer different "levels" of coasters such as $1, $5, $10 and have different designs for each level, or offer custom designs for the highest level.

5. Create a City Pass Coupon Book

CityPass
CityPass

If you live in a bigger city, you may already be familiar with a City Pass book. For those who don't, a City Pass book is basically a coupon book for local attractions and events. Bigger cities use these to draw both tourists and people within the city to the various attractions. This method, while creative, will have printing costs to keep in mind.

The first step is to make a list of local places that you think people might enjoy visiting. You can even include surrounding attractions as well. Then visit each business and explain that you are running a fundraiser to raise money for charity by creating a City Pass Coupon Book. Let them know the idea is to have a book of coupons for discounted admission rates, and the proceeds from selling the City Pass books would be going to the charity.

Note: CityPass prices may vary between location and time of writing. For more accurate information, visit the Official CityPass website.

Cities include:

  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • New York
  • Philadelphia
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • SoCal (Southern California)
  • Tampa Bay
  • Toronto

6. Item Exchange for a Donation

This is as simple as it sounds, a person receives an item in return for a donation. So for a minimum donation amount, the person would receive some type of item. The item doesn't have to be big, rubber bracelets are a popular giveaway to raise money for charities.


For example:

A local store had a bucket of bracelets and other small items. With a $2 or more donation you was able to choose which item you wanted. This is a great way to raise money for a fundraiser, but also has an initial investment for the items.

Having this at the check-out counter made it notable, and parents had a chance to let their children choose the item they want, while helping out a cause. If you don't have a store, you can still take items to work and see if co-workers would be interested in making a donation in return for the item.

7. Little Caesars Pizza Kit

Little Cesar Pizza Kit Fundraiser
Little Cesar Pizza Kit Fundraiser

This one is simple. You raise money for charities by selling Little Caesar Pizza Kits. This is also a good fundraiser to try at work because everybody loves pizza! It's possible to raise several hundred dollars selling to co-workers in one night with this method. You just take their orders and let them know when the orders will be delivered.

Note: A couple weeks later your lunch room will be filled with pizza, so you may want to double check with your boss to make sure you can bring the orders to work with you.

8. Sell Items from Zazzle

Zazzle.com
Zazzle.com

If you're creative, and like making designs, then Zazzle may be a good way for you to raise money for charities as well. It allows you to create your own designs and put them on dozens of products, from t-shirts to key chains and much more. When you create the product you mark the percentage of profit you would like to earn from each product, then the end price will be that much of a mark-up over the cost of them making the product for you.


For example:

You have a slogan for a coffee cup, the cup's price is $4.99. If you had a mark-up of 100%, the selling price people would see is $9.98. This would be a $4.99 profit from each sale.

9. Hugs for Sale

Hug for Charity
Hug for Charity

This could be a fun and interesting way to raise money for a fundraiser. Similar to a kissing booth, you would offer hugs for donations. You could get permission to run a fundraiser like this outside of a high traffic business, or in a park. Set a base price for the hugs.

Example:

You charge $1 per hug, and give away 100 hugs and you've raised $100.

10. Karaoke for Donations

Karaoke for Charity
Karaoke for Charity

This can be a fun way to raise money as well. No matter if you're a regular at the local karaoke club, or always been to shy or embarrassed to get up in front of people. First you will need to set up a place to have the Karaoke, then advertise with flyers, on the radio, and newspaper.

You may be asking, how does this work? Well, you can raise money in several ways doing this.

  • ┬ĚCharge an admission
  • Have "Donation Stations" located around the area for people to drop donations in. Having trusted volunteers near the drop stations is a good idea.
  • Is your friend the shy type, tell them you will donate so much per song that they get up and sing! If you are the shy type, you can also request a donation amount from a friend or the audience!

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      Billy Haynes 3 years ago from Paragould, AR

      Mary,

      Thanks for reading, I suppose the usefulness of ad's being used depends on the market and area. I think people are more aware of fundraisers being the people holding buckets, than those hanging flyers as you mentioned.

      Kind of like a car dealerships in my area, they use radio marketing most of the time, only ad's they tend to put out are in the local newspaper.

      If you use the kissing booth/hut table idea I'd be glad to hear how it turns out. :)

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      Mary Kate Saltzgueber 3 years ago

      I'm trying to think of fun new ideas for fundraising event. I'm the coordinator of a Scholarship Fund that helps a highschool student that continues their education. I have already had two events and I do agree wih Meggan that ads are a dud in today's society. I have better of a chance going out on the corner of the street and getting them to donate or come to the event then people I actualt know. I actually might use the kissing booth/hug table. Good idea. Its for a good cause, right?

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      Billy Haynes 3 years ago from Paragould, AR

      Meggan,

      Thanks, I think many fundraiser organizers may miss out on this opportunity because one of the first things many think of when talking about as is $. With it being a charity fundraiser, there is the possibility of a discount, or free print jobs because the business could use it as a tax right off.

      Regards,

      Billy Haynes

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      Meggan Dunn 3 years ago from Winnie, TX

      I like that you listed posting adds, I think that is one of the biggest flops in fundraising.

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      Billy Haynes 5 years ago from Paragould, AR

      Thanks for reading/commenting! Usually when you hear "fundraiser" you think charity, but in today's economy I like your idea for a "business opening fundraiser", it's unique. If you don't mind my asking, what type of restaurant would you like to open, and where at?

      This gives me an idea for another hub, I will try to get it up in the next day or so. In the mean time, one suggestion that comes to mind is local advertising for this. Post flyers around your area (or the area you want to open it in). Include what type of menu you will have, why you want to open it in the area and why you think the area needs your business. For a business fundraiser I would think most, if not all the money raised would be from local community members.

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      duncansdiner2012 5 years ago

      I would like to do a fundraiser so I can open my own restaurant does anyone wanna help me out

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