Unusual Fundraising Ideas

It’s evident that raising money for a cause can be challenging. However, fundraising doesn’t always have to be cliché or boring. Whether you are part of a school community, nonprofit or any other organization, it helps to know a few unusual fundraising ideas that will add some fun and interest to your next fundraising event. Here are a few fundraising ideas to get your creative juices flowing and inject some fun into your fundraising.

Fundraising Ideas

Start a Crowdfunding Campaign

Crowdfunding is growing in popularity but it’s still a great way to raise funds. Start by setting up a page explaining the reason for your fundraising so that people can make their online donations.

This strategy is especially popular with nonprofits that are unable to invest a lot of capital in a fundraising campaign. Promote your crowdfunding campaign on social media and encourage followers to share.

There are plenty of crowdfunding websites you can use for your cause so choose one that best suits your objectives.


Unusual Fundraising Ideas

Hosting a classic gala can be a great way to organize a fundraising for generous donors, for example.

Galas give people of similar interests and passions and opportunity to get together over good food for a common cause. You can combine the gala with a raffle or silent auction to create some friendly fundraising competition.

A themed gala can make things unique. For instance, consider a movie-themed or Halloween costume party.

T-Shirt Fundraiser

Selling customized t-shirts is not only a fun and creative fundraising idea, but also a great way to let more people know about your cause.

Customize the t-shirts to explain your fundraising goals and design it to market your brand or commemorate an event. People who buy the t-shirts will remember your organization and the fantastic fundraising events you host.

Spread the word by featuring the t-shirts on your social media pages and website.

Video Game Tournament

Video game tournaments can make for a great fundraising full of fun and competition.

Bring your favorite video game console(s) and a couple of classic games. Ask potential participants for a small competition entry fee, and let the games begin.

Offer a prize for the winner at the end of the tournament. This may be a gift voucher or any other gift you consider appropriate.

Online Shopping

People love online shopping, and you can raise money by asking them to do just that, shopping online. Certain websites and tools allow you to receive donations from supporters who use these sites or tools.

A donor will simply download the tool, for example, and starts shopping online. Whenever he/she buys an item on a website that has discounts or offers, the tool will let them know how much they’re saving. A percentage of the money will then go toward your fundraiser or organization of the donor’s choice.

You can also apply the concept of this idea with fundraising cards from Xtraman Fundraising. Instead of shopping online, people can purchase fundraising cards that offer discounts to local businesses around the area. This idea is ideal for the consumers who maybe aren’t too tech savvy.

Next Steps

Remember to think critically before executing a unique fundraising idea. Consider your fundraising needs, resources, your fundraising team/ committee size and who your supporters are (or will likely be). Some fundraisers will work for certain groups such as high schools or sports teams, but won’t be ideal for others. So be sure to choose what will most likely work for your situation.

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