Fundraising Ideas

Our last post highlighted how to put the “fun” in fundraising. If you’re in the midst of planning for summer camps and retreats, you’ve probably already run into deposit deadlines and planned for budgeting needs. For those looking for ways to supplement the money needed to carry out your event (either by helping attendees pay discounted fees or helping offset your own costs), here are a few fundraising ideas you can implement.

I reached out to friends across the world for fundraising ideas that are working for their ministries, schools, nonprofits, and other organizations. Here are some of their proven and successful ideas:

  • Our church does a Food Auction each year. People make dishes that are ready to be warmed/cooked. Our pastor serves as the auctioneer. – Kira, Maine
  • We sell t-shirts to help offset costs. Who doesn’t love a new tee?! – Tobey, Wales
  • We have several local restaurants that will work with us to do plate sales. We sell tickets to church members and members of the community. The restaurant makes the food, and we help package it in to-go plates. Ticket-holders pull up to the curb, drive-thru-style, present their tickets, and we give them their plates. This is by far our most lucrative fundraiser! – Amber, Texas
  • This spring our youth and children are doing a dinner theater where we charge for tickets. – Kara, Arkansas
  • ‪We do a sweetheart banquet in February. We don’t sell tickets. It’s donation only. – Ashley, Tennessee
  • ‪I have worked with local restaurants to make coupon books where each location can determine their coupons (free drink with entrée, half priced appetizer with entrée, etc.). The only cost to do this is the cost to print, and you can sell the books at whatever price you choose. The better the coupons, the more you can charge. – Bo, Tennessee
  • We make the most money for our local band selling coupon books. An annual 5k is also a great way to make money, especially if you can get prizes donated. – Shelly, North Carolina
  • We work with local restaurants that donate a portion of their proceeds one night to our organization. – Sandy, Illinois
  • Our organization sells wreaths at Christmas. We also host a fundraising dinner and a clay shoot. – Amy, North Carolina

‪These are just a few ideas from people who have walked in your shoes. Feel free to take these ideas and make them your own. See how your organization can come together to raise money in new and innovative ways!