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Novel Fundraising Ideas That Work!

Jul 8, 2008
There is no shortage of ways to come up with a great fundraising idea. These methods include talking to charities and non profit organizations, searching online and of course, the members of your own group can be a valuable source of information.

Talking to your fellow members in your own organization is probably the best way to start when looking for novel fundraising ideas. You can call everyone together for a group meeting and put all of your heads together to come up with some great fundraising ideas. Members of your group may have talents or services which they can offer as part of a fundraising effort, or perhaps know someone who does. This is also a good way to find a property or other location to hold your fundraiser. A group meeting is by far the best forum in which to discuss planning a fundraiser and finding fundraising ideas - when everyone in the group is included in this decision making process, they will all have a sense of ownership in the final product. Once an idea has been agreed upon by the group, assignments can be parceled out and everyone in the group can get working to make a successful event.

Looking on the internet is another great way to find fundraising ideas. Many fundraising websites exist on the web, containing a lot of great ideas for your group. There are plenty of fundraising ideas which you can do on no money whatsoever! This is ideal for groups who are a little low on funding.

Some people have money to buy products and make creative things for an arts and crafts fair but if you don't have any money then the Internet would be your best resource for finding fundraisers that won't cost you anything.

Asking other charities is an excellent method of finding fundraising ideas for your group. Many charities choose to hold sporting events such as golf tournaments to raise money. These can bring in a lot of money; and organizations that have held successful fundraisers are often willing to share what they have learned from their experience.

Your own local newspaper may also be a good source of fundraising ideas. If there are organizations in your area holding fundraisers, think about how they went about their own fundraiser - it may be a viable option for your group as well. It's OK to use the same sort of fundraiser as another group - these events are not copyrighted.

Golf tournaments are among the most successful fundraising ideas. You will of course need a golf course which is willing to let you use their facilities to hold the event, as well as offering special pricing for attendees, with most or all of the proceeds going towards your group. The golfers will compete for a small prize such as a trophy and pay an admission fee to enter the tournament. These fundraisers can do very well indeed for your group, but will require extensive planning to work out well.

The next time you are coming up short on fundraising ideas for your group, talk to other charities, search the web and get together for a brainstorming session to find some great ideas for your next fundraiser.
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Terry Terhune, the author, writes often on topics such as Novel Fundraising . If you want more great articles and videos, take a few seconds to visit Fundraising FYI
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