Do you have a community project that needs funding? If so, you’re in luck. There are many great fundraising ideas out there that can help your project get off the ground and we’re going to discuss five of our favorites. We hope that these ideas will help you raise the money that you need to make your project a reality!
Get Matched Donations from Local Businesses
Raising money is one thing, but raising money and getting free publicity is another. One great way to do this is to find local businesses that are willing to match donations made to your project. This is a great way to get people talking about your project and it can help you raise a lot of money quickly.
For example, let’s say that you’re raising money to build a new playground in your community. You could reach out to local businesses and ask if they would be willing to match donations made to your project. This would not only help you raise the money that you need, but it would also get people talking about the project. Even if three businesses will match 20% of donations, this will increase $10,000 to $16,000 instantly. Often, the extra given by businesses will more than cover consultant fees for nonprofits and take your fundraiser to the next level.
Share Your Fundraiser EVERYWHERE
Next, you need to make sure that you are sharing your fundraiser everywhere. This means social media, email lists, flyers, and word of mouth. The more people who know about your fundraiser, the more likely you are to reach your goal. You could even create a hashtag for your project and use it whenever you post about the project online.
Host Plenty of Offline Events
It’s not all about the internet (although it is important) – you should also host plenty of offline events. This could be anything from a bake sale to a car wash. Get creative and have fun with it. The more people you can get involved, the better; maybe you can host a quiz or a fun run. Whatever the event, ensure that it educates participants as to why the cause is important rather than constantly asking for money.
Get Local Students Involved
One great way to get people in the community involved is to get local students on board. They can help with everything from fundraising to awareness-raising. You could even set up a competition between different schools to see who can raise the most money; this is an effective way to get young people engaged and excited about giving back.
Create Sponsored Group Events
As we suggested with the fun run, you can get businesses or groups together to sponsor an event; this could be anything from a bake sale to a car wash. When choosing this route, choose a weekend that doesn’t have any other major events, share the news with locals, and choose an event that people will enjoy. For example, more people will get involved in a walk-a-thon compared to a charity marathon.
If you need help, don’t be afraid to ask a consultant for fundraisers because they have all the top techniques and skills required!