|Going for creative gold: Creative, unusual fundraisers that make bankWhen fundraising is a part of your everyday job description, it can be difficult to continually conjure up fundraisers that deliver on both creativity and frugality. That’s why we’ve decided to go to work for you.We combed the web for the newest, most out-of-the-box ideas that have proven successful for a variety of nonprofit organizations. We’ve even included the links to each idea so you’re given a starting point for your own research if you’re interested. Here are our favorites – feel free to use them as inspiration!|
Attention-grabbing quarter rally
Depending on the size of the venue, you will need a good number of volunteers staffing the quarter walk to answer questions, distribute information and ensure quarters and other donations stay put. Consider outfitting all helpers with logo’d, bright-colored Hanes® T-shirts and Name Badges so they stand out. This fundraiser is a great way to involve community members you may not otherwise reach, while simultaneously creating quite the sight and buzz!
“Dare” to give
During the “I dare you…” challenge, spread the word across campus by giving each voter/donator who gives $1 or more a stand-out Bendeez Pen or Goofy Guy Pen. It’ll be sure to attract attention during class or work and draw even more people to your efforts. You could also adapt this for a community-wide promotion.
A man’s best friend
For all those who participate, be sure to reward their donation by sending volunteers to each company to take digital photos of owners with their pets. At the end of the day, print out all the photos, insert them into imprinted Pet Photo Frames, and deliver them as a “thank you” to all participants. If you’re running short on time or volunteers, simply give out Portable Pet Dishes or Reflector ID Tags to show your gratitude!
“Go green” to get green
If your area has a similar program, whether it is cardboard, plastic, glass or another recyclable material, follow TJ’s footsteps. Put the names of participating companies on a “sponsors” page on your website for added publicity and reward them with a small, applicable gift like a Recycle Symbol-shaped Stress Reliever or a Recycled Cardboard Jotter.
When times are tough, sometimes stretching the creativity envelope can be your best bet in attracting donors to give to your cause. Hopefully, these ideas will inspire the next great fund-raising effort for your nonprofit organization!
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