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.
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).
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.
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.