Unique Fundraisers

Looking for some unique fundraising ideas?

Over the years, I’ve come across quite a few good ideas for unique fundraisers. You can find a lot of them being discussed in our forum and learn how to raise maximum funds with any of our fundraising event ideas.

Here’s a short list of unique fundraiser ideas:

  • Pig Rasslin
  • Cow Plop Bingo
  • Machine Gun Shoot
  • National Poetry Slam
  • Breast Impressions
  • Parrots Of The Caribbean
  • Climbing Mount Everest
  • Church Toilet Paper Sale
  • Outhouse Fundraiser
  • Hopefully, these ideas will get your creative juices flowing so you can come up with your own unique fundraising idea!

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    A’s For Africa School Fundraiser

    Read a news story about a cute idea for a school fundraiser.

    In this one, students get pledges from sponsors to donate a certain amount for each A grade they get on their report card. The middle school students are using the concept of good grades to raise money to help students in Africa.

    A’s For Africa sounds like a great fundraising idea because it motivates the children to do well in school in order to help others. And of course, that approach encourages even more supporters to pledge significant financial incentives.

    School fundraising doesn’t get much better than that!

    Fundraising Scams Becoming More Prevalent

    It seems like every day there’s a new story about scammers taking people’s money by pretending to be helping a charitable group or worthy cause. This morning I read a disturbing article about a new scam using the death of a California Highway Patrol officer to steal money.

    It got me wondering just how big a negative effect these scams have on regular fundraisers by giving all fundraising appeals a black eye.

    Next time you mail a donation request letter, better include proof of your nonprofit credentials on the envelope. Otherwise, you’ll make it no further than the wastebasket!

    School Fundraising

    I get a lot of questions about school fundraising – what works best, which fundraiser should we do, how can we do better with our next one, etc.

    Well, there isn’t any one answer that applies to all situations, but there are some generalities that do apply.

    • Parents need to be motivated
    • You can’t fundraise all the time
    • You have to make the most out of each opportunity

    So, what does that mean you should do?

    As I mentioned in a previous post, I always recommend no more than three fundraisers a year with two of them being event oriented.

    You motivate your school’s parents by clearly explaining the need for funds, what the money raised will be used for, and why each parent should pitch in and help to improve the school.

    In return for pitching in on your one big fundraising product sale, you won’t need to fundraise all the time.

    You make the most of your opportunities by adding in additional fundraising activities to your events such as silent auctions, raffles, live auctions, etc.

    You also get the most out of fundraising product sale by also offering an alternate product with a high perceived value and a large profit margin such as a two-for-one pizza card. That way, if a customer doesn’t want to buy something from your catalog (or even if they do), you’ve got a great offering to snag some extra profit.

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    School Fundraising Success

    Just posted a new article on school fundraising success.

    You have to decide which approach you want to take:

    1 – Sell products
    2 – Organize an event
    3 – Sell raffle tickets

    For elementary schools, I always recommend that you do at least two events a year and one product fundraiser.

    Do some sort of athletic-based event in the fall, a product fundraiser in Oct-Nov timeframe, and a school carnival in the spring.

    Click here to read my tips for elementary school fundraising success.