If you are attached to a non-profit either by position or heart, you have probably struggled with ideas for fundraising. We have all seen the same ole same ole style of selling someone else’s wares, or taking donations. However, if we really want to access more cash, we need to put some pizazz in our fundraising goals. That’s why we are providing you with fundraising ideas for every season.
Before you get to planning, make sure you get a monthly calendar. Since you can print those out for free at Calendar Zoom, you should be well on your way to making money for your favorite charity or other 501c3 organization. Besides, having a calendar in hand will help you keep track of which event is next. You will always want to keep your eye on the prize and that includes knowing how to garner the most investments from your supporters.
Get Ready for a Great Fundraising Year
Some years are slower than others. Certainly the state of the economy can take its toll on fundraising endeavors. However, if you can convince your potential donors that you have the best fundraising opportunities around, you will raise more money than you expect. People are always looking for places to give money too, even if they are not doing it for the tax write off benefits. So, get ready for a great fundraising year by employing these seasonal fundraising ideas:
- December- Try a breakfast with Santa. Make cocoa and cookies. Offer photo ops.
- January- This is the best time to try out a calendar fundraiser, get some local artists to donate images. Learn more.
- February- Host a Super Bowl Party with a cover charge. And don’t forget some sort of floral Valentine’s Day fundraising.
- March- Make connections with a local pub or bar to celebrate St. Patty’s while fundraising at the same time. Set up “pots ‘o’ gold” where guests can place their donations.
- April- Get donations a month or so in advance, of the “spring cleaning” items people will be getting rid of. Then have a shopping event. One person’s trash is another’s treasure and the money will belong to your organization.
- May- Host a Cinco de Mayo party with a cover charge. Provide chips and salsa, hang a piñata, and provide a mariachi band. You can always mark up the costs on Mexican beer and tamales too. Read more.
- June- Have a Father’s Day chili cook-off. May the best cooking dad win. People pay for tasting rights.
- July- Set up a lemonade stand for the 4th of July celebrations in your town. Get more ideas here.
- August- Try a back-to-school decorating party that lets kids make cool cookies. Charge a $1 a cookie.
- September- Go for a beginning of the year bake sale. Get friends and local businesses to donate the goods.
- October- Create your own charity focused pumpkin patch. Contact a local grower to see if you can work with him/her.
- November- Use Black Friday to your advantage by setting up a beverage stands for all those thirsty shoppers. Talk to the mall administrators about setting it up at one of their entrances.
Compose your calendar accordingly. Now you have fundraising ideas for every season and every month of the year. You are sure to make more money than before if you will follow the calendar as instructed.