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Unique Fundraising Ideas That Work!

Jul 8, 2008
In order to come up with unique fundraising ideas involves knowing a few things before you begin. You will need to assess what sort of fundraiser will draw a lot of people in, what resources you have at your disposal and what the people you have to help possess in terms of skills.

You need to know what your resources are when you hold a fundraising idea. Resources include property or places you can hold an event, items you might have an abundance of that you can sell, and more. If you don't have any resources it doesn't mean you cannot hold an event. It just means you are thinking hard enough. Many fundraising events don't require resources if they are low or no budget fundraisers.

The skills of willing volunteers must also be taken into account. Anyone who will benefit from your fundraiser is likely to be willing to volunteer for your event. If you know people with skills; baking for instance, than a bake sale may be a good fundraiser for you. If you have some creative types in your group, then perhaps a craft sale will work well as a fundraiser for you. If there are parents, consider having children create artwork and crafts for the fundraiser. Knowing your group and their talent can help you to come up with some excellent, unique fundraising ideas.

The community in which you live must also be taken into account. What sort of fundraiser will really draw people in to your fundraising event? Think about the issues your community cares about and work around this to create a fundraiser with broad appeal for your community.

The part of town in which you hold your event also matters - a fundraiser in the poorest part of town will probably not raise nearly as much money as one held in an affluent neighborhood.

There are local businesses and private organizations which are likely to be willing to help in some capacity with your fundraising efforts. For instance, if you are raising money for your book club or local library, why not reach out to your area book stores? They may be willing to donate books for a fundraising book sale. Whatever your organization, look for businesses in your area who have interests similar to your own and ask them if they would be willing to assist in your fundraising.

Grocery stores are also a good bet - again, they generally carry books as well and also will often be willing to allow you to place a table somewhere on their property to hold a bale sale. Any public place which will allow you to hold an event and has a good amount of foot traffic will work well for your fundraiser.

When you come up with unique fundraising ideas you need to consider a lot of things. You should find out what all of the skills your group has. You should list all of your resources and determine if you have something to work with. You also must consider the community and if the people will be willing to help support your cause.
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