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10 Creative Ways for Soliciting Donations

Are you fundraising for an organization or cause? Whether you have signed up as a peer-to-peer campaign fundraiser or are self-motivated to raise money for a cause you feel passionate about, you may need some help getting started. Fundraising isn’t always an easy thing to accomplish, especially if this is your first time around. However, with a little guidance and persistence anyone can achieve their goal.  Here are 10 creative ways for soliciting donations to help get you started.
Creative Ways for Soliciting Donations

It’s as Easy as Counting to 10

Ask 10 friends to donate $10 eacg.  Then ask 10 co-workers to donate $10 each.  Ask 10 neighbors to do the same.  How about 10 relatives?  Each “set of 10” raises $100 (and in this example… you’ve just raised $400).

Spare Change

Decorate donation jars with your charity logo and inspiring quotes.  Then ask your favorite restaurants, retail locations or community gathering places to put out a jar for spare change donations.

Alternative Gift Donations

In lieu of a birthday gift, wedding or anniversary gift, house-warming gift, etc. ask your friends and family to make a donation to your personal fundraising website.

Raise Funds Online

Post announcements on your favorite social media channels – Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and other social networks with a link to make a donation online (a simple “click” with easy donation software).

Email Donation Requests

Send emails to your friends and family asking for their support in reaching your fundraising goal. Include a link to your fundraising website.

At the Office

Your co-workers are a great resource. Ask your boss if you can post announcements, leave a donation jar in the break-room, or send an internal email with a link where co-workers can make online donations.

Place of Worship

Ask your church or local place of worship if they will make an announcement to the congregation, and set up a donation table after services.  Sometimes they may even pass an “extra” donation basket to raise money for a worthy cause. Read more on church fundraising here.

Host a House Party

Provide food, drinks, and fun activities (such as poker or other card games). Charge a donation at the door. Read more on organizing a charity poker tournament.

Benefit Night at a Local Restaurant or Retail Store

Partner with a local restaurant or store by asking them to donate a percentage of sales for one day. if you have friends that are store owners, this is a great place to start.

Tribute Donations

Encourage donors to make their donations “in honor of”, or “in memory of” someone they know who may have been affected by or supported the cause you are fighting for.

Fundraising Event Ideas

We hope these creative ways for soliciting donations will give you some unique fundraising ideas to get started. DoJiggy also provides tools for peer-to-peer fundraisers and more creative fundraising event ideas.

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About Lisa Bennett

Lisa is the Sales Director at DoJiggy. She joined DoJiggy in 2006 and loves her job. Prior to working with DoJiggy, she worked at several non-profits and managed special event fundraising.
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1 thought on “10 Creative Ways for Soliciting Donations

  1. Very exciting! I’m trying to fundraiser for the children’s ministry at my church. Will news papers or small local news letters and papers put a donations add for me?

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