101 Ways to Fundraise

101 Fundraising Ideas
101 Fundraising Ideas

Fundraise for Your Favorite Charity

Fundraising is hard. With fundraising minimums set high for many charities, the task can seem overwhelming. I have raised over $10,000 over four seasons for Team in Training. In addition, I have volunteered for countless school fundraising events. I have worked hard and learned a few things along the way and compiled this creative and fun list of fundraising ideas. You are guaranteed to find one that will make your fundraising endeavor a success!

Get the Word Out

People Need to Know How to Donate

  1. Letters: Send out letters via snail mail. Since e-mails get lost among the junk, make sure everyone on your mailing list gets something tangible from you. Use something that stands out and is personal so that people know it is from you.
  2. E-mail: Use e-mail to get the word out, just don't make that your only way of contacting people. E-mail is still great for reminders and for reaching people you may not have a physical address for.
  3. Internet: Use your Facebook, Twitter, blogs, or whatever to get the word out. I had hundreds of dollars come in from posting reminders and a fundraising bar on my Facebook page. Individual charities sometimes have widgets you can load to your page to show your fundraising progress and a direct link to your donation page.
  4. Tell your local Chamber of Commerce: Local Chambers are a great centralized location for getting in touch with area businesses. Ask if you can be part of their newsletter or get info about the businesses in your area.
  5. Place an ad: Craigslist, local online event sites, and meet-up sites are great places to post. I know several individuals who received donations by placing a wanted ad in a local newspaper. My place of business even had a website where one could sell items, post fundraisers, and get recommendations. This works best if there is a legitimate site where individuals can direct their funds directly to the charity.
  6. Newsletters: If you know someone that blogs or writes stories for the neighborhood newsletter, ask them to feature your story. The local Chambers and businesses also send out newsletters: ask them to write up a story for you.

Recycling Fundraisers: Getting Green
Recycling Fundraisers: Getting Green

Recycling Fundraisers

Many household items can be reused or recycled for cash. In addition to holding communal garage sales to raise money for a collective cause, there are many other ways you can arrange for people to make non-monetary donations.

  1. Phones: Research places that recycle phones for cash. There are a number of them out there. Find the one that works well for you and comes recommended.
  2. Printer Cartridges: There are numerous places that pay for used printer cartridges. Some limit the types of printer cartridges they will take. One of my favorites is Empties4Cash but they only take certain inkjet cartridges. Staples will give you up to $3 in store credit for up to 10 printer cartridges a month.
  3. Cans/Bottles: If you live in a place where you can redeem cans and bottles, this can be a good way to collect extra money. Let your friends and neighbors know what you are doing and become the neighborhood collection spot.

Selling Items to Raise Money for Charity

  1. Host a Yankee Candle sale through their fundraising program and you earn 40% for your charity. This one is good for local sales.
  2. Coasters for a Cause: Six Flags Great Escape in upstate NY allows organizations who sell discounted tickets to keep $5 of the proceeds for select dates. Check with your local amusement parks for similar offers.
  3. Join the Amazon Associates Program and earn cash for purchases. Or you can make a wish list of items needed and individuals can shop and have the items shipped to you. There is also an honors box you can use to receive cash donations.
  4. Fasttrack Fundraising makes finding the perfect fundraiser easier. This company offers a large variety of options, from selling products to discount cards to lollipops.
  5. Pampered Chef: This one will cost you to get started, but has been a successful way to make money for charities, especially when you are hosting.
  6. Entertainment books provide a large number of valuable coupons to the consumer. This fundraiser can be sold to local and long-distance family and friends. Enjoy the City is another coupon book that tends to be smaller and more localized but the coupons in this book tend to give deeper discounts.
  7. Give an Awareness Item in Exchange for a Donation: This link sells items such as ribbons, bracelets, pins, etc. so you can offer an item in exchange for a minimum donation. The company I work for often gives us a pin for a $5 donation to a cause. The pins cost less than $1 on this site and allow the donor to show their pride in their donation.
  8. Little Caesars Pizza Kit offers group pizza kits for fundraising.
  9. Local Resources: Check around at local businesses or craft groups, since many offer a percentage back to you for your referral.
  10. Jeans Day: Ask your employer if they will host a jeans or casual work day where people get to dress casually in exchange for a donation to your cause.
  11. Bake Sale: Host a bake sale and ask friends or family to help by contributing their favorite goodies. Hold it in conjunction with another event such as a neighborhood garage sale, sporting event, etc.
  12. Garage Sale: Host a garage sale and get rid of the stuff lying around your house.
  13. Create and sell items from Zazzle.
  14. Candy Sale: Ask to set up a table at a local store and sell candy.
  15. Discount Coupons: Talk to local department stores to see if they will provide one-day coupons for you to sell. The store receives your advertisement, and for a small fee, your friends and family get an awesome discount.
  16. If you are fundraising long-term, then consider becoming a stylist for one of the many home sales companies such as Stella and Dot, Silpada, or Premier Jewelry.
  17. Crafts: If you have a group of crafty friends, host a party to make bracelets, pins, bags, frames, or anything your crafty heart desires. Consider making the projects easy and inexpensive to maximize the number of volunteers and limit the cost.
  18. Hugs for Sale! Go to your local mall and give a hug for a donation! Everyone will have a great time for a great cause. For those that are not to keen on a physical hug, give them the option to get a Hershey's candy hug instead.
  19. Pancake Breakfast: Check at the local fire department, community center, or church and ask if you can use their facilities to host a pancake fundraiser. Check into local pancake restaurants as many allow individuals to host a breakfast for charity. Host it on a Sunday when people are looking for a place to eat before or after church.
  20. Big Box Shops: Ask your local Walmart, mall, or grocery store if you can sell items for your cause. Favorites are candy, girl scout cookies, and bake sales.
  21. Host a gold party, one where the guests bring their old pieces of gold to sell and the host charity receives a percentage.
  22. Sell popcorn through the Popcorn Palace.
  23. Phenomenal Fudge: An awesome fudge company out of Vermont. When you sell their fudge, you get 40% of the profits.
  24. Movie theaters like Regal allow you to buy movie tickets in bulk at a 35-40% discount and re-sell them.
  25. Become a Scentsy Consultant for a charity.
  26. See's Candy has several different fundraiser options.
  27. Host your own BBQ for a fundraiser. Many catering companies like Brooks BBQ will help non-profits put together a BBQ to raise money.
  28. Sherwood Forest Farms: Sell wreaths and garlands for the holidays. This company has on-line tools, too.
  29. Have your own Silly Bands designed to sell for your charitable organization. Need ideas? Go to their website to look at the options.
  30. Joe Corbi's has a fundraising program where you can sell pizza kits, cookies, and chocolate.
  31. Fundraise with Net Nanny, a top rated, inexpensive, and easy-to-use computer monitoring tool designed to help you monitor your children's visits to websites. Net Nanny has a fundraiser option for groups. This is a fantastic school fundraiser.

Cheap, Easy, and Fun Fundraising Ideas
Cheap, Easy, and Fun Fundraising Ideas

Other Easy, Cheap, and Fun Fundraising Ideas

Teeth Whitening: A company called Solar Bright has a fundraising program that allows participants to keep 60% of the profits of their teeth whitening sales for up to one year.

Worlds Finest Chocolate can be a lucrative fundraiser if you have the money to invest up front. The fundraisers offer chocolate bars and products for as low as $1. Items can be personalized, doubling as advertisement for your charity. Proceeds can net 45-50%.

Lollipop Tree: Set up a lollipop tree that requires a large donation, such as $25. Every lollipop has a number that corresponds to a prize such as gift certificates to local stores or events.

Drawings and Raffles for Charity

  1. 50/50 Raffle: Your charity or group keeps half of the proceeds and the winner of the drawing receives the other half. Use this in addition to another event you have to increase revenue. Good places to host 50/50s are at restaurant events, ball games, gift wrapping stations, or other charity events.
  2. Drawing for Gift Cards: Ask local businesses for gift card donations, then use the gift cards in a drawing for those who donate money to your cause.
  3. Product Drawing: Host an in-home direct sale party and then use free items to raffle off for further revenue.

Fundraising Ideas: Change for Change
Fundraising Ideas: Change for Change

Collect Change for Charity

  1. Collect Coins: Instead of using your spare change when you pay cash, take that change and place it in a bucket.
  2. Restaurants: Check around at pay-at-the-counter restaurants and ask if you can place a spare change jar in their store.
  3. Your Job: Put a spare change jar at your desk at work.
  4. Spare Change Drive: Hand out bags or small containers for friends, students, and co-workers to collect spare change for your cause.
  5. Pick Up a Penny: I read a great article about a man who picked up change on the road when he was out on his daily runs. Over the decades he had run, he had picked up thousands of dollars in change.

"Will Work for Donations"

Wrap Gifts for Donations: Many bookstores, malls, and other retail establishments allow you to wrap gifts for donations during holidays. Some even provide the paper and all the tools you need in exchange for your time volunteering. Check with your local book store or mall and ask if they have a program.

Offer to Pass Out Flyers for Donations: Many small local businesses are in need of marketing help. Check out food places you frequent, particularly ones owned by local owners, and ask if you can hang door hangers or pass out flyers in exchange for a donation to your charity.

Review Business on Insider Pages: Insider Pages is a web portal for businesses. You must reside in certain areas of the country, but by writing reviews, you can earn a significant amount of money for your organization.

Host a Fundraising Party

  1. Host a tailgate party for a football, baseball, or any other sporting event. Invite your friends and charge a fee.
  2. As a mom, I am always looking for fun activities for my children. Host a children's party complete with crafts, treats, and goodies. This is great for holiday events such as Valentine's Day, Easter, Christmas, or other holidays. Charge a per-child fee and make sure everyone has a ball!
  3. Do you have a show you just love watching that all your friends are crazy about? Host a party for the season premier or finale. Charge a cover charge in return for a great night and snacks. Have everyone dress as their favorite character or play trivia games during commercial breaks.
  4. Host a Mardi Gras. Order beads, a king cake from New Orleans, masks, and coins, and have an all-out good time. With that much fun, no one will mind paying a cover charge!
  5. Hosting a fun halloween party complete with costumes, prizes, drinks, and food is a fun time and another great way to raise money!
  6. Girls Night Out: Get your friends out for a night, host it at your house, charge a cover, and have fun and drinks!
  7. Bowl-a-Thon: Check with your local bowling ally, since many of them host bowl-a-thons and lock-ins to raise money while having fun bowling.
  8. Host a Bingo! Fundraiser.
  9. Vegas Night Fundraiser: While many states may not let you gamble for money, winners can cash in their chips for drawing tickets. Tailor your format to fit local laws.
  10. Host a wine tasting event complete with appetizers and various local or unique wines. Add a silent and live auction to maximize profits.
  11. Rollerskating Night: Bring back old memories and create new ones with a fundraiser that will please the whole family. Organize it at a time of year when indoor activities are fun such as a winter break or during snow season.

Fundraising Ideas: Involving Everyone
Fundraising Ideas: Involving Everyone

Finding Corporate Sponsors for Your Fundraiser

  1. Company Matches: Many corporations will match employee donations up to a certain dollar amount. Ask friends that donate money if their company has a company match policy.
  2. Grants: Some corporations offer grants to employees who volunteer a certain number of hours to a charity. Check with your company for such a policy.
  3. Product Donations: Ask companies you frequent often if they are willing to donate any items for a raffle, drawing, or auction.
  4. Banners: Sell banners to display as advertising at your event. This is great for baseball/t-ball teams, indoor or outdoor soccer leagues, or other sporting or group events that host a large number of people.

Raising Funds for Education

If you are representing a school, here a a few ways you can earn money for your school:

  1. Box Tops for Education: Collect box top logos that are on hundreds of grocery store products. Each one is worth ten cents. There are fun tools online like activity sheets that you can print and hand out to students. Have a drive and reward students who bring in a certain number.
  2. Campbell's Labels for Education: Collect labels to earn points for your school that you can then redeem for merchandise.
  3. Grocery Rewards: Check with your local supermarket for grocery rewards that are paid to your school in supplies or other forms of rewards. This is a great way to 'double dip' with grocery label programs like Box Tops and Labels for Education rewards.
  4. Malls: Ask your mall if they provide receipt rewards programs. Our local mall allows you to drop off receipts for the stores in its mall that are then credited toward a total dollar amount. The top three schools win money for their school.
  5. Scholastic book sales are a great way to spread the love of reading while earning free books for your class or school library. Teachers can set up their own account. The books are great and very inexpensive.
  6. Kohl's Cares for Kids offers discount gift cards schools can sell for a profit.
  7. A Barnes and Noble Book Fair can be a very successful way to raise funds for your school. Have class-recommended reading lists on hand and set up a teacher wish list table to boost profits. Schedule storytellers to read at specific hours. Barnes and Noble is a wonderful host and gives schools the ability to incorporate a lot of creativity in this fun event.

Fundraising Ideas:  Change for Schools
Fundraising Ideas: Change for Schools

Organize Sports Events for Charity

Organizing a sporting event is very time-consuming. Make sure you have lots of help and some experienced volunteers to help you.

  1. Golf Tournament: This is not for the faint-of-heart. Organizing a tournament is very time-consuming and can take a large number of individuals, but it can also be very profitable. Sell foursomes, get hole sponsors, put ads in the flyers, have hole-in-one contests, get donations, sell social tickets, and invite a few good vendors to allow the ladies to shop. Do not forget the goody bags, door prizes, food, and fun.
  2. Organize a 5k: Make sure you have a good marketing plan, pick a place such as a park with trails to make the course easier to officiate, have races for the kids, and offer options for both walkers and runners. Do not forget goody bags, t-shirts, food, and plenty of water stations!

Charity Auctions

There are so many fabulous ways to host an auction these days. Here are just a few ideas:

  1. Silent Auction: See 101 Silent Auction Basket Ideas.
  2. Chinese Auction: These are great when the prizes are smaller in nature. Sell tickets and place entry boxes in front of each raffle item. Participants can put as many or few of the tickets in the box of the item of their choice. A winner is drawn at the end of the auction. You can raise more money for a single, smaller item because individuals are placing their tickets for a chance to win the item and the entry fee is minimal.
  3. General Auction: Get the numbered paddles out! General auctions are great for parties where there are a lot of attendants, great bidding items, and a terrific MC. They can bring in big money fast.
  4. Bidding for Good is a way to host an online auction. If you have some fabulous items to auction off but want to maximize the number of bidders, then this is a great way to do it. This is also perfect for schools since grandparents and remote family members can also join in the fun and raise money for a great cause!

Fundraising: Getting Really Creative
Fundraising: Getting Really Creative

Raising Money: Get Really Creative

Get really creative and offer up activities that are out-of-the-ordinary. Participants may be more likely to pay for something different and unique.

  1. Book a Train: If you are a larger, more experienced operation, book a train ride. Themes like "The Polar Express," "Fourth of July," or "Murder Mystery" could be a good draw.
  2. Jello Wrestling: The college-aged son of a woman I used to run with did a jello pool wrestling match for his mom's fundraiser. He raised several thousand dollars charging $5 a turn.
  3. Spa Day: Many spas allow for group spa days. Organize one with a choice of a few spa treatments for a set dollar amount. Usually the spas will offer a discount for a group. Charge a set amount and bring a few appetizers and a bottle of wine.
  4. Host a Fashion Show with local high-end clothing stores, jewelers, and restaurants. Feature dinner, drinks, and a sneak peek at the latest fashions.
  5. Drive-In Movie Night: Some venues allow for private events and fundraisers. This is a perfect event for a close group or school where everyone can have a fun night out together and enjoy a movie.
  6. Facebook "Likes" Donations: Ask as local business if you can help them increase their Facebook following. In exchange for bringing more "likes" to their page, you receive a donation to your charity in return.


Telethons have long been around but are often reserved for nonprofits with very large resources. But there are lots of other a-thons you can hold that require less time and resources.

Rock-a-Thon: Bands or rocking chairs, you name it!

Ski-a-Thon: Twenty-four hours, a lighted ski-slope, and some rock star skiers willing to battle the slopes to raise funds!

Walk-a-Thon: Easy, fun fundraising that can incorporate the entire family.

Bowl-a-Thon: Disco lights, a bowling ball, pizza, and unlimited bowling fun.

Sing-a-Thon: All you need is a karaoke machine, friends, and a fun venue.

Prayer-a-Thon: Individuals can make a donation and place a prayer request for a loved one. Your volunteers light a candle and pray. You can make this even more personal by providing a prayer card or a personal note in return.

Sport-a-Thon: Name your sport and turn it into a 24 hour fundraising event!


Probably one of the most fun and creative fundraisers: "Flock" someone's yard with flamingoes for a donation. Donors can pick a friend's house to "flamingo" for a specified dollar donation.

The person will come out and find a flamingo in front of their house, with this note:

Don't despair! You have been flocked. This is a fundraiser by ___________ for a cause from ____________. A friend of yours has paid to put these darling birds on your yard. This flocking is done in good spirits and not meant to be mean. We would love your support for our fundraising efforts, all in good fun!

For the removal of the flock: only a $20 donation.

For the removal and choosing of the next migration location: only a $40 donation.

For the removal, choosing of the next migration location, and purchasing flocking insurance (so you aren't flocked again!): only a $60 donation.

Again, we thank you for your humor and support.

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SandyMertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

I see 59 ways. Nice work.

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OhMe 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

Great lens of Fund-raising ideas. Lensrolling to Free Advertisement for Fundraising Events, Spring Brunch, and Step Up To The Plate.

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myraggededge 6 years ago

Great ideas here! Can't wait to see the rest!

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Missmerfaery444 6 years ago

Great lens, congrats on the superstar! Have lensrolled and featured on my How to Adopt a Horse lens. Look forward to reading the rest of the 101!

Danali 6 years ago

Great lens! I love the range of fundraisers you included. There really is something for everyone. Lensrolled to my Kiva and Giving to Charity for Free lenses. I'll check back often to see what other ideas you come up with

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emmaklarkins 6 years ago

Great list of ideas! Lensrolling to my Raffle Fundraising lenses!

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ILoveLegosToo 6 years ago from Naperville, IL

Lots of great suggestions here. Lensrolling to my Restaurant Fundraisers and Not for Profit Fundraising lenses.

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AdultAcneSystem 5 years ago

There are so many great ideas, I'm having a hard time choosing which one I would like, I leaning towards a birthday party for my little one.

Thank you for your time and energy in building this lens!

AmbrosiaPopsicle 5 years ago

Fantastic ideas in here, creative and powerful. :)

AmbrosiaPopsicle 5 years ago

What a fantastic lens filled with creative and powerful ideas. :)

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Kiwisoutback 5 years ago from Massachusetts

These are all great ideas, you've compiled a great list. Squid Angel blessed.

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teamlane 5 years ago

A most excellent lens Heidi!

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outsource123 5 years ago

Great lense guys!

TWOnline2 5 years ago

i'm a sucker for popcorn. i'll buy that.

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ScottE LM 5 years ago

These are wonderful tips. I am bookmarking now to help with our school silent auction fundraiser this year.

lynnericci 5 years ago

What a great treasure trove of ideas! Thanks for posting!

WorldVisionary 5 years ago

This is fantastic information! i am in charge of fundraising a new project and this lens is very helpful! Blessed by a Squid Angel

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auntjennie 5 years ago from Canada

My sister is fundraising for the Canadian Diabetes foundation and is always looking for new fundrasing options. This is great. Thanks:)

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Jack2205 5 years ago

Excellent information. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

anonymous 5 years ago

Thank you for the ideas. I'm trying to raise money for an asthma walk and your ideas will be helpful.

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choosehappy 5 years ago from US

Great fundraising tips.

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greetingcardsinfo 5 years ago

I really like this lens as we all can do out bit to help the less fortunate in the world well done good lens

MacroGuru 5 years ago

I've done break dancing competitions before as a fundraiser. It was up in Idaho and we had a famous jump-roper group come perform and they were willing to do it for free. There's a lot of clubs and organizations that are more than willing to help and donate their time and talents.Article rewriter software. Thanks for the ideas! Good luck to all!

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DawnMathisenakaC 5 years ago

Great ideas and creative lens! Every organization could use some of these ideas. Thanks for sharing them and you are Angel Blessed. See you around Squidoo!

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itsmuzza2011 5 years ago

great lens some cool stuff on it thanks

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Countryluthier 5 years ago

Thanks for the whack on the side of the noggin. Our church can use a number of these that have been underutilized before. I can even see combinations of some, such as entertainment sales at the flea market baazar. Great lens, even better this time around!

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sidther lm 5 years ago

I love this lens! I think I will host a block party with an auction and add it to my facebook page to raise money for Japan. I will definitely be using your other ideas too! Thanks.-Featured in my charity lens for Japan.

anonymous 5 years ago

Very useful information here. Thanks for sharing. Many of us while having sympathy for those in need are not able to take concrete steps to help them because of financial limitations. Your lens proves that such obstacles are only imaginary. If one really wants to help there are many effective ways to raise funds as you have listed above.

anonymous 5 years ago

Thanks for all the great ideas I am the grant writer, fund-raiser and gym mom for Primo Boxing Club Inc. (Say Yes to Kids) and the economy is killing us.

Rward 5 years ago

Very nice lens! One fundraiser that I can suggest is giving away a discount prescription card. It's a very very nice long term passive residual fundraiser for organizations of all types. Discount Rx Services provides the cards for the organization and all the organization has to do is simply give them away. they have all the details and can be reached at 800-322-0668...thought I'd pass this on.

Obscure_Treasures 5 years ago

Great stuffs in your lens! Thanks for sharing the ideas.

Gilagc 5 years ago

Give an Awareness Item in Exchange for a Donation is an excellent idea. We provide handmade bracelets so you can reward your donors with a special and unique bracelet because no two are alike. By doing this you can support your cause and ours.

anonymous 5 years ago

Wow - this is an awesome resource for any charity or individual needing to do a fundraiser. Well worth an April Fools Angel Tour Blessing! Thank you so much for creating and sharing it!

anonymous 5 years ago

I love it!!!

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youthministry 5 years ago from Birmingham, Al.

Lots of great ideas! Good job.

dinosawrroxxxo 5 years ago

I'm trying to find even more effective ways to raise money for the American Cancer Society. I loved the 99 restaurant idea and I'm going to see if it works. Thank you!

HomepageHeroes 5 years ago

A lot of good information here. Thank you for the ideas.

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anonymous 5 years ago

Thanks for the awesome lens. I really liked it. Keep it up mate.

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BSieracki 5 years ago from Corbin, KY

have to try some

JCEverett 5 years ago

I really liked the jello match idea...sounds sticky but fun.

Elaine552 5 years ago

Great info! Thanks, It's just what I needed!

anonymous 5 years ago

A lot of people use awareness sweatbands for breast cancer to raise funds for charity. I think the new 1 inch silicone wristbands also work awesome!

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iandrzej lm 5 years ago

Awesome ideas, I must say that your lens is really very informative for those NGO owners who are seeking aid and fund for their projects and planning. Many thanks.

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aliciamaggie54 5 years ago

Wow! These are great ideas. I like the ideas for funds for education.

MsBelle 5 years ago

So many great ideas! Thank you!

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dani3l lm 5 years ago

cool lens, i like the ideas.

anonymous 5 years ago

Host a Restaurant Fundraiser is cool. there are free tools like to help you find more! Great post!

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ERosser 5 years ago

Awesome article. I'm in slap dab in the middle of a fundraising project myself and I think I can use some of your info. Thanks!

anonymous 5 years ago

Great ideas. Thank you for sharing them with us.

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PennyHowe 5 years ago

Great lens with lots of super ideas. You have put lots of work into it. Thanks. I am wondering if you would consider adding "Selling Mulligans" at a golf tournament. I have made some awesome unique 'Mulligan Golf Cards' with ideas on how to capitalize on them. Maybe we could reciprocal link? Wishing you a great day. Thanks

anonymous 5 years ago

A very beneficial informative lens

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bestgiftz 5 years ago

Thanks for the ideas. I am always trying to think of ideas for my local Christian school.

Kompressionsstrumpf 5 years ago

Thank you for all those good and practical ideas!

hellowhussain 5 years ago

thanks for sharing

very nice

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BuddyShearer 5 years ago

Just what I needed to see to plan for next summer's projects.

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Franksterk 5 years ago from California

wow. Just what I need for my FIV Cat Rescue. It seems we are in competition with so many other charities and trying to find new, non-competing ways is crucial. Thank you for having so many ideas for me. Blessed. Bear hugs, Frankster

anonymous 5 years ago

Great post and info another couple great and easy ideas are explained at this site

anonymous 5 years ago

Great post! I have found sites like really helpful to set up free fundraisers at local restaurants. It's a good way to get a few hundred with out a lot of planning.

mgaines 5 years ago

Great ideas, blessings to you and thanks!

fanmail 5 years ago

Great ways to fundraise. Interesting one was the Chinese auction.

AsaGislason 5 years ago

Great list of ideas, something for everyone!

NidhiRajat 5 years ago

its amazing to know ...

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IvoryPearl 5 years ago

This was a great list of fundraising ideas.

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bhthanks 5 years ago

great ideas

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intermarks 5 years ago

Great! I can never imagine there are so many way to raise fund. This lens is really useful for people who raising fund for anything.

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niicki 5 years ago

Great ideas - and just as I set off on my own fundraising adventures!

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seeker2011 lm 5 years ago

some good ideas here, nice lense

NidhiRajat 5 years ago

great lens and amazing contents

anonymous 5 years ago

Thanks for the legwork! Great ideas!

AshSheff 5 years ago

Thanks for posting this! I'm fundraising now and this was a huge help!! : )

VillainD 5 years ago

thank u so much your lens was a great help:)

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niicki 5 years ago

Have I mentioned that I love this lens? I sent out letters for some fundraising I'm doing right now, and while the response is slow, at least it was a response! :D

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MariaMontgomery 5 years ago from Central Florida, USA

Some really great ideas. Thank you. I will be trying some of them soon.

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lucy439br 5 years ago

Really good help!

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TapIn2U 5 years ago

Great fundraising ideas! We did recycling before and it was a lot of fun. We raised a good amount of money for an equally good cause. You have some more great ideas here. I'm making a list. Thanks. Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

BillSimmons 5 years ago

Great ideas! Well written lens.

Luvnit 5 years ago

Some great Fund Raiser ideas, I know because I have used some myself ;-)

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scoobygang 5 years ago

Great information! I didn't see this one, but Celebrating Home also does fundraisers.

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SheilaSchnauzies 5 years ago from Omaha, NE

This is a fabulous lens full of amazing ideas! I know I will be using some of them to raise money for my Miniature Schnauzer rescue! Great job!

anonymous 4 years ago

thanks for the 94:)

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tenger lm 4 years ago

great ideas. Where to start? thanks.

KidsOverKancer 4 years ago

Thanks for all these amazing ideas! I will definitely start using them in my organization, I just don't know where to start! Haha!

Check out my organization! It's about Pediatric Cancer Awareness. Take a look and let me know what you think! Next year is definitely our fundraising year, and these ideas are gunna make it so much easier. :)

RedGarnet 4 years ago

You have really helped me with fundraising ideas for my little league cheerleaders! Thank you!!

anonymous 4 years ago

@RedGarnet: Hello, I was looking at this site and saw your profie. I wanted to share with you an awesome fundraising idea that has to do with Sear's Portrait Studio. Please send me an email at if intrested for more information.

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mercin12 4 years ago

Ambitious list. Many good ideas. Thanks!

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favored 4 years ago from USA

This has given me lots of new ideas. Thanks.

anonymous 4 years ago

Thanks for the ideas. You are great..

anonymous 4 years ago

very good. this website is very good to use to get ideas for fundraising although not necesarly what i am looking for sorry

anonymous 4 years ago

Or you could use

anonymous 4 years ago

Thank you so much, this has given me a lot of new ideas and is helping to make a dream i have come true.

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WaynesWorld LM 4 years ago

Loved your list, sounds like many of those first suggestions would be good for any business not just fundraisers, although when you think about it Fundraisers are in the business of raising funds. I loved that you put old fashioned snail mail contact at the very beginning. I am a distributor for Like a few of your fundraisers there is an initial startup cost but after that it is a yearly 59 dollar fee for your website, etc. They have a $9.80 per month subscription that gives the client/customer 10 cards and allows the distributor to earn 30%. The funds could add up quick if your group is sizable. OH and most important, take 5 minutes and go to the above url and see how easy it is to send a card, send a free card or two on me. Send them to someone you love. Show your appreciation..

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jadehorseshoe 4 years ago

An encyclopedia on one page. Excellent.

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awestricken1 4 years ago from Tacoma, Wa

Great Job !

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PoeticChristian 4 years ago

This is an awesome lens! God Bless you for the many ideas on how to raise funds for my organization. I am definitely adding this lens to my favorites.

InternetInfoGuy 4 years ago

Without charitable giving the world would be in total ruins! It is the generosity of others that keeps the world a great place!

Great Lense... Keep up the great work!

10incbellevue 4 years ago

Great! We do several fundraising events every quarter at 10 Bellevue. Thanks for the tips. We recently collected food door-to-door for local food pantry. I'm sure we can use all of this info in our next project. Thanks!

Hysnex 4 years ago

Thanks for the info! I actually found unique ideas that can work and my organization will have fun doing and make money. If you have other ideas that work for a very small group wanting to host a fundraiser, please let me know.

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jejoju 4 years ago

hi hello

great lens great info thank you for sharing. I saved this lens to read later.

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rockdale 4 years ago

Fundraising with Christmas Wreaths is a unique and a perfect program for the holiday's. It is a simple fundraiser and very flexible. The orders can be sold locally and drop shipped to anywhere in the Contiguous United States. You can checkout more at Christmas Wreaths.

PecjakJN 4 years ago

nice lens

cwmktgserv 4 years ago

lots of great ideas

anonymous 4 years ago

Very good and fun ideas here. Thanks for taking the time to prepare such an extensive list!

I think another under utilized area for fundraising is online shopping. People are shopping online in record numbers and charities should seriously look at tapping into this multi billion dollar industry. ClickShopGivehelps charities generate income form online shoppers for FREE!!

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MGuberti 4 years ago

Wow, those are so many important and great ways to fundraise.

brynimagire 4 years ago

Interesting books ! Great lens !

anonymous 4 years ago

Super iedeas definitely got my brain fired up! Thanks for all the great ideas!

SandraSteve 4 years ago

Excellent post- a lot of very good tips which will definitely be referred back to as we start to develop our company blog and for my own personal blog too. Think you hit the nail on the head too by saying 'never give up' - it is a long process but evidently it pays off in the end!

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elviswilliams 4 years ago

Amazing work! Its really very great information and also article is very creative and few days ago i make a blog for adsense but not much have traffic in my blog and today i read your article and something satisfied from it but not much.

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lesliesinclair 4 years ago

This is like a treasure chest of ideas to pick from, to heighten fundraising skills.

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lesliesinclair 4 years ago

You never know when one of your novel ideas will pay off for some organization. Kudos!

sondang213 4 years ago

brilliant ideas ! thanks for so inspiring :-)

jakaroomba 4 years ago

I am glad I joined squidoo. this is really useful and thanks for such a lovely collection of ideas

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wcjohnston 4 years ago

Thanks for the ideas

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Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

Thank you for your good ideas. I will be back to look again!

anonymous 4 years ago

Loved your ideas!!!

anonymous 4 years ago

Great information thank you so much this was very helpful.

tnabooks 4 years ago

Love the diversification of ideas. Thank you for this lens - it's very helpful.

anonymous 4 years ago

Awesome web did a great job...gave me immense help

anilsaini 4 years ago

nice lens

NRaugh 4 years ago

Grat ideas! Thank you!

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wheresthekarma 4 years ago

I have this lens featured on my Fundraising Blog, thank you! Its a lot of help to those who need it!

w-mohd-w-ismail 4 years ago

Good tips... I can try some

anonymous 4 years ago

Thanks for the worthy tips on fundraising. Great ideas.

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Onemargaret LM 4 years ago

Great ideas!

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Close2Art LM 4 years ago

Fantastic information for all to know, thanks for putting this out there, Blessed*

anonymous 4 years ago

Great ideas! I'm trying some of them out for the 2013 Avon walk

Realitychick 4 years ago

This is an inspiring list! Thanks so much for taking the time to put this together.

Best of luck in your future fundraising efforts!

tagecho 4 years ago

Yeah inspired me.

anonymous 4 years ago

This is really helpful! Thanks!

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suzy-t 4 years ago

Very helpful lens. Schools are always looking for new ideas to raise money for the kids. Will be sharing this with my friends.

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Digiworks-Spain 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing this helpful information!

oakstreet 4 years ago

Fund raising is always a headache for many organization but I think your len surely provide lots of useful information. It very give me more insight on how to do fund raising.Great len and I like it.

msseiboi 4 years ago

Full of innovative ideas...great and amazing lens

rosignoll 4 years ago

I recently found out about Voucherry and signed up to see whatâs all about. First, I had to complete the sign up form and choose my favorite cause. Now, at each purchase Iâm making on Voucherry or from their partner stores, my favorite cause is getting a donation. I invited my family and friends too, because they support the same cause and for each of their purchase, a donation is made too. Seems that these days is very simple to do good.

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poorwendy lm 4 years ago

Great lens. I'm volunteering at a local charity who's looking to raise funds every year. This lens gave me some ideas.

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DaveFundraiser 4 years ago

Thanks for this extensive list. Some very good ideas there that I would never have thought of.

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Gypzeerose 4 years ago

Great, certainly you are doing good! Blessed.

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WriterJanis2 4 years ago

So many great ideas that this needs a blessing.

anonymous 4 years ago

I wish there were some helpful hints on how to get the most from trying to sell items outside your local grocery. I took my 200 bears to benefit leukemia $6 a piece to my local grocery and sold 2...

anonymous 4 years ago

Absolutely LOVE the flocking idea! I definitely want to try this out in the future!

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thegrowlinggour 4 years ago

Great ideas

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activatedminist 4 years ago

Wow! What a great list of fundraising resources and ideas. Wonderful!

Sojourn 4 years ago

My father is always looking for ways to help his charitable organization raise funds. They've done a few of the ones on this list but I bet he'll find lots more on here he could try. Nicely done!

BarrettCoffen 4 years ago

Great tips to be had here, nice job! :)

anonymous 4 years ago

Wonderful ideas :) Numerous ones, I've never thought of before. Currently preparing to launch our npo, The HoneyBann Fund, to raise awareness and to provide aid to those living with Liver diseases! Thanks again for sharing!

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EbooksFreeWeekl1 4 years ago

Great lens with great original ideas thanks! :)

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timelessearth 4 years ago

Great list of ideas! Some very good ideas there that I would never have thought of.

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simpletouchclea 4 years ago

I love each idea and especially love the "Flamingo a Yard." I laughed and had to share this idea with my team. Great lens, thank you.

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Nspired2 4 years ago

What a GREAT LENS! I was looking around for a lens to add to "favorites" on my new's about inspiration--do you mind if I use yours?

HouseBuyersOfAmerica 4 years ago

Wonderful ideas you have shared thanks!

anonymous 4 years ago

Great ideas, wonderful.

jimmyboy88 4 years ago

nice innovative ideas! me like it

philipcott 4 years ago

Thanks for this lense

anonymous 4 years ago

Great ideas! Thanks!

anonymous 4 years ago

great lens!

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ecodoxcanada 4 years ago

Nice, beautiful, if I can ever get back to my work Iâm going

to link you to my sites. Muawww, and I love all of you. Oh and "great lens"?

yogendrachavda 4 years ago

thank you so much for sharing.. i liked the 1st 50.. but also other 51 are remarkable. :)

Hannah Writes 4 years ago

I am on the fundraising committee for three different organizations. This is a fantastic list of ideas!

anonymous 4 years ago

Hehehe..... i like the flamingo one... just might do it!

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Kevin Matson 4 years ago

Wow, fundraising is definitely hard, but you've given so many useful tips. Thanks.

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Investinself 4 years ago

So many ways to raise funds, now just need to find a good cause :-)

DoctorToffu 3 years ago

I loved the Flamingo one! haha. Though charging for removal seems wrong to me. Interesting List, I may try a few for my cause. Do you have any more advise on spreading the word? I find that specially frustrating. Even social media seems to amount to nothing (e.g. only 10 people sharing/liking a page from 300+ "friends").

Treaphort 3 years ago

this is awesome! haha so many creative ways to raise funds for a cause..

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tom-macgregor 3 years ago

Thanks for this list of ideas. We work in Rwanda with local artisans here but just registered as a charity in the US and so were looking for more ways to get our supporters in the States involved. We already do offer the craft sale fundraising packs and the home show style program but some of the other ideas will make a brilliant additions to what we are doing. So thanks again.

anonymous 3 years ago

A group and I have to fundraise for the renovation of the Science Lab at our school. I found some superb ideas! Thanks a lot!

anonymous 3 years ago

These ideas are really superb....many thanks for sharing your knowledge....i hope i try to implement this in my business concept and make it media like Facebook & twitter has become an entertainment than has become difficult for start ups to make a mark.....i am sure with these guerrilla marketing strategies of yours we might make charity more entertaining for people to know more about aim......god bless....regards

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bevpbon 3 years ago

This is an amazing lens and one that I will bookmark and refer to for future reference. Thank you :)

anonymous 3 years ago

Awesome ideas! Best website I've seen so far, thank you!

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Freestuffer LM 3 years ago

Interesting lens!

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Freestuffer LM 3 years ago

Cool lens! Thanks for posting

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kushalashok lm 3 years ago

Nice ideas

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thegrayrabbit 3 years ago

Out of 101 there are several that I had never thought of. This is a very creativity sparking lens. Thank You

mistaben 3 years ago

Great job!

anonymous 3 years ago

A terrific lens. I just looked it up again, and this time I bookmarked it! I'm sure I'll be back!

AlexanderMontanez 3 years ago

What a great lens topic that's why i like it . I will be back because i want to share this nice funny lens to my all friends.

anonymous 3 years ago

Thanks for sharing! It gave us a couple of ideas.

anonymous 3 years ago

Wow this is good information. Thanks.

nifwlseirff 3 years ago

Flamingo-ing?! A gem amongst a great list of fundraising ideas - thanks!

anonymous 3 years ago

Have been fundraising (trying to at least). this article has given me some wonderful ideas.

anonymous 3 years ago

Great lens. Nice looking with a TON of insightful and interesting ideas all brought together! Thanks!

anonymous 3 years ago

I really love all these ideas! I'm hoping I have time to do all the ones I was really interested in!

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webhostingrevie 3 years ago

very informative indeed!

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darkflowers 3 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

I really loved reading your Lens, so many great ideas, wow!

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mariacarbonara 3 years ago

Lots of great ideas and info. Great lens!

riccstar 3 years ago

Very neat ideas....thanks!

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AcornOakForest 3 years ago from Western Wisconsin

That's quite a list! Several were new to me. Thanks!

Accounting-firm 3 years ago

Great Job. Happy new Year

jasico 3 years ago

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ankitpaliwal 3 years ago

Really Appreciable Post HATSOFF!!

anonymous 3 years ago

Didn't help my out that much. Be realistic!!!!!

anonymous 3 years ago

Great reference for my first big fundraising challenge! Thanks!

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mrdata 3 years ago

Very helpful lens! Thanks for sharing with us all your valuable ideas! Best wishes for 2013

anonymous 3 years ago

Thank you for all the wonderful ideas!!!

anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Dude this is realistic, i am young and i can do this stuff

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CornellMarCom LM 3 years ago

Man...a lot of great ideas....Thanks.

anonymous 3 years ago

Great ideas...will use for Habitat.

anonymous 3 years ago

Great lens! Thanks for sharing.

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PaigSr 3 years ago from State of Confussion

I have visited this site a few times for some ideas and just realized that I never left a comment. My fault sorry. So this time I just wanted to say thanks for some ideas and since I can Blessings to your site. It deserves it.

anonymous 3 years ago

What great ideas! A fun and informative lens. Thanks

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cakeandpie 3 years ago

I think these are some great ideas, especially for those who are new to fundraising such as myself!

anonymous 3 years ago

Create custom silicon bands to show off your cause. Invite others to purchase bands and a portion of each sales goes to your charity. It's an easy and fun way to get others to support your cause and show it off! check it out at formyreason . com

anonymous 3 years ago

Really Good ideas like everybod said.

anonymous 3 years ago

But I will recommend the Membergrip ebook on how to raise fund. I read it and I though it was really complete I really want to recommend it. The name of the ebook is The 40 Greatest Club Fundraising Ideas.

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anonymous 3 years ago

Great blog! I love the ideas

anonymous 3 years ago

I have never thought about the flamingo a yard thing! It's a great idea!

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gracelowau 3 years ago

Very practical ideas on fund raising. Good stuff.

anonymous 3 years ago

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anonymous 3 years ago

Sell things absolutely everyone needs - paper towels and toilet paper - and sell them at a great price. Check out for more information.

anonymous 3 years ago

amazing ideas! really helpful. :) thank you

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Fit And Fab 3 years ago

Some wonderful ideas for fundraising here to assist people who have the time and inclination to do so. Squidoo is certainly a great place to promote your cause. :-)

anonymous 3 years ago

good ideas, thanks for sharing

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GrimRascal 3 years ago from Overlord's Castle

What a wonderful set of fundraising ideas.

boostacause 3 years ago

Great article. Organizations and non-profits also use to raise money. It's free to causes and their members. also assists causes with marketing at no charge.

RaksTheBlogger 3 years ago

Awesome lens

anonymous 3 years ago

This was extremely helpful! Thank you!

anonymous 3 years ago

iv been looking for ideas to raise funds for a charity run. This site has given me lots to think about, Thanks a lot!

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inkovic lm 3 years ago

Outside of even the charity aspect of the lens, it's a great piece on fundraising in general.

anonymous 3 years ago

This was very helpful to me. I am planning on starting an animal shelter in Smithtown.

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erbeaz 3 years ago

Great information and well put together!

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jemacb 3 years ago

Nice and Informative lens.

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bancdebinary1 3 years ago

We really like #51 - it shows that by being bold and with a tad of positive "hutzpa" you can get things done

jpmny999 3 years ago

Thank you for all the great ideas!

anonymous 3 years ago

Really really helped! Loved the one about Jello!

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justpjteb 3 years ago

A great lens on fundraising with many great ideas and suggestions! Thanks for the ideas!

ClaraSimmonds 3 years ago

I like your lens!it's very helped

DivaDebut 3 years ago

I have seen some of the multi-level marketing programs offer insulting low percentages for charity. I would only suggest that if they were willing to donate a high percentage and if you were able to get a big group of people involved. Otherwise you are just putting money in their pocket.

anonymous 3 years ago

Thanks - great ideas to give confidence

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diegocomercio 3 years ago

Hi heidishome, very good tips you give us here and they are a lot more appreciatted when they come from someone that really does what she teaches. Thanks for the tips.


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ErikaV LM 3 years ago

Great guide on fundraising, thanks for putting all this effort into it! :-)

anonymous 3 years ago

We work with Christmas Forest selling Christmas wreaths. Great company-great product.

loans-for-bad-credit 3 years ago

Great post, I will pin it!!

anonymous 3 years ago

Great ideas, I've pinned it to my Pinterest account. Great lens!

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