When people talk about fundraising, we often think of a group of people getting together and raising money for an organization. However, what about the times when it’s just you trying to raise money for a worthy cause that is dear to your heart? Following are 10 simple fundraising ideas that you can implement:

  1. Virtually network. Use social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, to reach out and ask for donations from your virtual community of friends and colleagues. Ask others to repost your information, to maximize the power of number one on our list of simple fundraising ideas. To boost your results, create a free fundraising web page with an online fundraising platform like GoFundMe, which will allow you to easily collect donations from your Facebook friends and email contacts.
  2. Door-to-door. It may sound old fashioned, but there is a reason why big organizations still use door-to-door fundraising as their primary method. Be sure to bring material about the cause you’re fundraising for.
  3. Corporate sponsorship. Contact local businesses and ask them to sponsor your cause in exchange for a marketing opportunity, such as having a company logo proudly displayed on a t-shirt you’ll wear at a big event.
  4. Matching donations. Even if your own employer isn’t able to sponsor you, many companies offer a matching donation program for their employees in which they will match a certain percentage of funds raised for a charitable cause.
  5. Hold a garage sale. Clear out the basement and closets of all your unneeded items and host a garage sale, with profits going to support your cause. When advertising your garage sale, be sure to explain that this is a garage sale for charity to further encourage people to come.
  6. Host a bake sale. Everyone likes home-baked goodies, which is why a bake sale is one of our simple fundraising ideas! Host your bake sale at a high traffic area, such as your church, outside a business, or at your charity garage sale.
  7. Recycling. Set up a can recycling bin at local businesses. Place a sign on the bin letting people know that not only are they helping the environment, but they’re helping a worthy cause too!
  8. Put an article in your local paper. Write an article for your local newspaper talking about the cause, event or organization you are fundraising for, and ask for donations. Your local bank can help you set up a charitable account.
  9. Local service clubs. Just because you’re an individual raising money, doesn’t mean you can’t ask groups for help, which is why this one made our list of simple fundraising ideas. Service organizations such as the Lions Club or Knights of Columbus may be able to assist you by hosting events for you!
  10. Host a party. Contact your favorite home sales party person, such as a Pampered Chef or Mary Kay representative, and ask if they’d be willing to donate their profits from your party to your fundraising efforts. In exchange, they’ll receive new potential party leads and repeat customers from your family and friends who attend.
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