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Charity Fundraising Ideas

Updated on July 1, 2010

Importance of Charity Fundraising

Charitable organizations are constantly faced with the hardship of raising money for their cause. The poor economic state in the past few years has effected charity fundraising events like never before. Many charities have been forced to shut down, and others have lost the ability to help the community around them.

The dwindling donations have forced many organizations to come up with new fundraising ideas for charity than the traditional bake sales or auction fundraising.

While many have failed, there are still many great fundraising ideas that charitable organizations can use to receive donations.

Following are some great ideas that many organizations are using for charity fundraising.

Sell Scratch Cards

Selling scratch cards has always been a successful charity fundraising idea. Scratch cards are like coupon books. Inside each book, buyers will find coupons that offer great savings at local restaurants, retail stores, and businesses. The coupons in the book are more expensive than the scratch cards themselves making them an easy sale.

The only downside to selling scratch cards is the investment required to get started. Organizations are required to buy the scratch cards before they sell them. If a charity buys too many scratch cards and is unable to sell them, they may have to take a loss. This can be prevented through careful planning and even pre-selling.

When planned and executed the right way, selling scratch cards can be a great charity fundraising idea. Scratch cards are very common among high school fundraisers, but their effectiveness can be seen in all charity fundraisers.

Lollipop Sale

Here's one that will bring back some memories. Lollipop sales! You'll find that this isn't the most effective charity fundraising idea, but it sure is a great way to involve everyone in your organization in earning money.

Don't be surprised if your small children are looking to help, because this fundraising idea will work better when kids do the selling!

Take two lollipops, which cost around fifty cents, and tie them together with a ribbon. Now get your kids to go out there and sell them for $1.00. There some profits in each transaction. A small amount obviously, but every little bit counts. And what a great way to involve your children in charity fundraising.

Bake Sale

Bake sales bring in an incredible amount of charity donations each year. This also gives your organization the opportunity to involve everybody in your fundraising event.

There will need to be people to setup, cleanup, promote the bake sale, handle payments, and of course bake!

The most important part of a bake sale is the pre-sale promotion. Make sure your neighbors and friends know about the event. It's hard for people with a sweet tooth to say no to a local bake sale especially if it's for a good cause!

Be sure to bake anything you can think of to have a wide variety. Muffins, cakes, cookies, brownies, pie and more! The more your charity bakes, the more there is to sell increasing your charities donations. This is a simple charity fundraising event that will bring in great success.


Online Fundraising

Fundraising via the Internet has grown substantially over the years due to the dwindling economy and new technology. Organizations have the opportunity to receive charity donations each time their members make purchases online.

There is no extra price to this service. Each time someone makes a purchase online, they have the option to have a percentage of the total price be donated to a charity of their choice. These charity donations do not come directly from online merchants, but rather third party companies that offer this service.

The unique aspect of online fundraising is that people can support their favorite charities when they make their normal, everyday purchases. The only difference is that part of their purchase is being given back to the charity. There is no charge to using a service like this, charities are simply to sign up, inform their supporters, and receive donations. is one of the leading fundraising companies in this market, and is one of the few companies offering this service for free. Their unique service offers over 400 different online merchants to shop from. These are big name merchants such as Wal-Mart, Expedia, Fandango, iTunes and more.

This is a great charity fundraising idea, so next time you shop online, be sure to sign your favorite charity organization up so they can start receiving donations.

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Magazine Sales

Magazine sales have become a very popular idea for charity fundraising. The goal is to sell as many magazine subscriptions as possible.

Each time someone purchases a magazine subscription through your charity, the organization receives a small donation.

This is a great fundraising idea for your charity, because people spend so much money on magazine subscriptions annually. The trick is to get people to buy their subscriptions that they would normally buy from you, greatly benefiting your charity. Selling magazines is an effective fundraising event with almost zero startup costs.

Charity Fundraisers for Churches

Church fundraising has always been a very high priority in religious establishments. The majority of all religious institutions operate on charity donations throughout the year. The economic state has caused many church fundraising ideas to go down in flames.

Churches finance their mission work, community help, and other programs solely through charity fundraising, whether through tithes or charity donations. Their inability to collect funds as they have in the past is causes churches to cut costs, forcing them to cancel mission trips, community service, and other beneficial actions the church is known for.

For churches already struggling, it is important that these organizations choose charity fundraisers with no startup costs. The best way for churches to earn these donations may be to simply ask their constituents for charity donations.

When churches explain to members and those in the community of their efforts to serve the community around them, support people in need, build shelters for the homeless, or other great goals, people are willing to support the cause. When people can no longer support their church by giving donations, online fundraising becomes a great way to raise money.

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Five Steps to Successful Fundraising

Charity fundraising events are incredibly important, especially with the way charity donations have decreased in recent years.

In order to plan a successful fundraising event, there are five important aspects to follow after you decide on your charity fundraising idea.

  1. Plan - Set your goals for your fundraising event. How much are you trying to earn and how much are you willing to spend to earn that. Don't forget, your charity is trying to earn money not spend it so be wise in your planning!
  2. Organize - This is the most important part of a charity fundraising event. Do you have a backup plan if things go unexpected, such as bad weather. Be sure to sign up enough volunteers to run the fundraiser and make sure they know what they're doing before they arrive to the fundraiser. Communication is a key step to organization and your charity fundraiser running smooth.
  3. Respect - Be sure to set high expectation for all volunteers. They should treat everyone with respect, whether or not they are making donations. Donors are willing to give more when they're happy!
  4. Advertise - Be sure that people in your area know there is a charity fundraiser going on. Your organization won't bring in very many donations if nobody shows up.
  5. Motivate - Motivate everyone working the fundraiser event. When people are motivated they tend to perform better. One successful fundraiser could be enough to fund your charities entire year!


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      Unsa Memon 

      3 years ago

      This is a great article. I recently wrote an article about a charity and these tips could defenitly help!

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      eka utibe 

      7 years ago

      i would like to know more about fundraising and management

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      8 years ago

      we r doinng a fundraising sale cancer research uk is good x

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      Amber Gillogly 

      8 years ago

      Your 5 steps are right on target. We are finding more and more organizations are successful in their fundraising efforts when they delegate tasks to volunteers.

      Divide and Conquer we like to say. Assign the tasks to people who are good at them; catering, promotion, scheduling entertainment, etc.

      The volunteers are the key. Keep them motivated and excited and it works splendidly.

    • GivingJOE profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Hey Earth Angel,

      Thanks for your kind words, and Jeff Foxworthy really did endorse GivingJOE! A friend and I founded GivingJOE about two years ago, with hopes of helping charity fundraising.

      Good luck to Earn Angel Publishing in receiving nonprofit status! It sounds like y'all already do your share of giving! That's great!

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      Earth Angel 

      9 years ago

      Blessings to you GivingJoe!!

      GREAT ideas!! Earth Angel Publishing just applied for it's 501c3 status to go non-profit!! We have always given at least 50% of our net to socially conscious non-profits that serve the homeless, battered/abused women, animals, wildlife and the environment!!

      Did Jeff Foxworthy really say that about your company?? Congrats!!

      Are you the founder of GivingJoe??

      Blessings in all that you do!! Earth Angel!!

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      Money Glitch 

      9 years ago from Texas

      Nice ideas for fund raising. Congrats on being selected as one of the HubNugget Wannabe's nominee. Good Luck to you!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Great ideas for fund raising. So many charities are struggling this is a very timely hub.

    • GivingJOE profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      I couldn't agree more. Part of a successful fundraiser is getting your volunteers excited. Whether you're selling lollipops or hosting a bake sale, an excited group of volunteers will always make things more successful.

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      9 years ago from Great Britain

      I helped set up a charity - I was chairperson of a nursery - where we had to go through all the rigmarol of beaurocracy. We made lots of money for the nuersey... including sending smartie tubes to all the families and asking them to be filled with loose change and send them back. We did have lots of fun and I think that is the key to successful fundraising, dont you?

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Wonderful and creative ideas for fundraising :)

      Congratulations! This is ripplemaker delivering an official announcement! Your hub has been nominated for the Hubnuggets! See this link, follow it and you will see for yourself! Enjoy!

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      9 years ago from Northern California

      Scratch cards are something I hadn't considered! Great ideas. Thanks for the Hub and for participating in these activities!

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      9 years ago

      Well very incredible ideas for fund raising for charities. Thanks for sharing this valuable information.

      As we all know money is very important thing for any charity to be continue. And there are lots of ways for fund raising like mentioned above and many more. Here i am sharing resource where you can find some fundraising ideas.


    • GivingJOE profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      ABC Fundraising has some good ideas, the only downside is that all of their programs require a startup cost.

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      Fundraising Ideas 

      9 years ago

      I like the scratch card fundraising idea. I found some great ones at with 90% profit.


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