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Unique and exciting fundraisers are the key to success! But many people struggle to come up with the best fundraising ideas. Luckily, we have a list of 65 best fundraising ideas for any size group. Choose from the list below and start fundraising today!

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65 Best Fundraising Ideas

Choosing the perfect fundraiser is difficult, but thinking of ideas can be even harder! If you are new to fundraising, or are looking for a fresh way to motivate your community to fundraise, you may be looking for a list of the best fundraising ideas!

You’ve come to the right place. With more than 20 years of experience in fundraising, we can help you find 65of the best fundraising ideas for groups of any size, budget or location. Since the “best” can be different for different organisations, we have collected 65 easy fundraising ideas that will help you get started and make your fundraising efforts a success!

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1. Gourmet Cookie Dough Fundraisers

Everybody loves dough-licious gourmet cookies – especially when they have contributed to a great cause! A gourmet cookie dough fundraiser is perfect for any sized group or time of year. Whether you are running a kindergarten, a community group, a sports team or a school, Gourmet Cookie Dough Fundraisers are ideal for you.

All you have to do is to sell as many orders as possible, distribute your tubs of cookie dough, and enjoy the profit! Members will receive an order form with everything they need to know to sell their cookies online. When your fundraiser is complete, you will receive all of your orders and distribute them. The profit from every tub is deposited into your account every two weeks. Plus, with every member eligible for automated incentive prizes, a gourmet cookie dough fundraiser is a win-win!

 

Advantages:

A cookie dough fundraiser like Billy G’s Gourmet Cookie Dough Fundraiser comes with lots of advantages! Not only are they easy to run and absolutely risk free, they are very popular among groups of any age or size.

      • Easy to run
      • No money required up front!
      • Risk free
      • Very popular (and delicious!)
      • Most people can afford to purchase a tub
      • Quick to sell and make profit, raising $3.50 on every tub sold
      • FREE Online Store – no cash handling!
      • FREE automated prizes for every participant that sells a tub!
      • Comes with all promotional materials and one-on-one support.

 

Cookie dough fundraisers are one of the best fundraising ideas!

Cookie dough fundraisers are one of the best fundraising ideas!

 

Disadvantages:

Unfortunately, cookie dough fundraisers aren’t available to all groups due to location. If you want to know if a cookie dough fundraiser is available to you, contact our friendly team today.

 

Best For…

A cookie dough fundraiser is one of the best fundraising ideas for childcares, schools, dance groups, sports teams – basically anyone who loves dough-licious cookies. Ask about a cookie dough fundraiser today!

 

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2. School Fete
Everyone has wonderful memories of going to a fundraising fete! Fetes or fairs are one of the best fundraising ideas that will draw a lot of people’s attention and interest to your event. They often make a profit if managed and advertised well, but are not always easy.

Amusement rides are a must have for any celebration and they can be a great way to provide a good revenue stream for any type of organisation. Not only that, choosing to rent amusements for your fundraising event is one of the best ways to make your event an unforgettable experience.

 

Not sure if a fete or fair is right for you? Discover our recent article on Fetes vs. Fun Runs, and decide whether your group would benefit from a fete, or if another fundraising idea might be better suited.

 

Fetes vs Fun Runs? Which is best?

 

Fetes are a fun but time consuming fundraising idea.

Fetes are a fun but time consuming fundraising idea.

 

Advantages:
      • Increase family and friendship bonds
      • A good way to bring friends and family to a fun atmosphere
      • Everyone will have a great time while raising money for your organisation
      • Keep children entertained for hours
      • Lots of opportunities for community involvement, through volunteering, attendance and donations.

 

Disadvantages:
      • May need to organise many different rides
      • Needs ample time for planning and preparation
      • Safety needs to be monitored at all times
      • Requires lots of volunteers, both during planning, set up and on the day!

 

Best For…

Fetes require lots of organisation, a big upfront budget, and a large community that can support you in attendance! Fetes are a fundraising idea best suited to sporting clubs, schools and larger community groups.

 

3. Walk-a-thon or Fun Runs

A walk-a-thon or Fun Run is the perfect, community-engaging way to fundraise! Organising a “walk or run for a cause” is perfect because you mix exercise and raising money in a fun way. Even child care centres can particpate as an obstacle-a-thon.

In the leadup to the event, participants collect sponsorships using their sponsorship booklet and FREE online fundraising page! Then, you host your Fun Run or Walk-A-Thon event, having students race around the school or club oval. Worried students might not fundraise? There is nothing to fear with our risk free fundraising programs and incentive prizes! Every participant who raises a minimum of $10 is entitled to awesome incentive prizes!

 

Advantages:
      • Promotes physical exercise
      • Risk free
      • No money up front
      • Increases the sense of community spirit
      • Can be a great community builder
      • Simple to organise
      • Highly profitable

 

A fun run or walk-a-thon is a great fundraising idea for all groups and organisations!

A fun run or walk-a-thon is a great fundraising idea for all groups and organisations!

 

Disadvantages:
      • This fundraising idea may sound boring
      • May need to draw up a compelling reason to promote involvement
      • Will have to purchase incentive prizes

 

Best for…

A fun run or walkathon fundraiser is one of the best fundraising ideas for childcares, schools, dance groups, sports teams – basically anyone who loves to get active and support their organisation. Ask about a Fun Run or walk-a-thon fundraiser today!

 

There are companies such as Australian Fundraising that supply a full package of fun run fundraisers that make up to 60% guaranteed profit and supply all the fundraising materials you need to succeed. Groups and organisations are smashing their fundraising goals with My Profile Page, an online fundraising platform that allows parents/children to raise funds for their school or group. With lots of different types of Fun Runs available, why not see if your favourite fundraising idea is right here!

 

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4. Spell-A-Thon or Speed Sums event

An old school Spell-A-Thon or Speed Sums event is a great way to students improving their literacy and/or numeracy skills while also supporting their school, group or organisation. One of the longest standing fundraising ideas, Spell-A-Thons and Speed Sums event can be a high-profit fundraiser due to the minimal costs involved.

Present each student with a word or sum to recite. If the student gets the answer correct, they stay in the competition. If they answer incorrectly, they are eliminated. The final student standing in crowned your groups ultimate Spell-A-Thon or Speed Sum Champion! If you like, you can also offer incentive prizes to students to help them aim for higher fundraising goals!

 

A spelling bee or speed sums event can be a great fundraising idea!

Spelling bees and speed sums events are cheap and popular fundraising ideas.

 

Advantages:
      • Low cost to run
      • Highly profitable
      • Helps develop participants spelling or maths skills
      • Donations can be made per successful word spelt/sum solved, or as a given amount

 

Disadvantages:
      • Can be time consuming to find age-appropriate words that allow all students to participate
      • Requires lots of volunteers or teacher support
      • Some students may not find a Spell-A-Thon as “fun” as other fundraisers

 

Best For…

Spell-A-Thons are an easy fundraising idea for groups that centre around education. Kindergartens, schools and tutoring clubs enjoy Spell-A-Thons or Maths Competitions the most.

 

Make it easy! You can bypass the process of preparing for this fundraising event if you opt for Australian Fundraising. With a full package of Spell-a-thon fundraisers, you can make up to 60% guaranteed profit. We will supply all the fundraising materials and incentive prizes, even helping with your lists and overall fundraising management. Ask us how you can host a Spell-A-Thon today!

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4. Colour Explosion Event
Have the brightest day at school! A Colour Explosion School Run 4 Fun is an exciting and colourful way to raise funds. Students and members. ofall types of groups love the bright, exciting colour fun run!

Adapted from the ancient Holi Festival in India, Colour Explosion fun runs have taken Australia by storm because they are visual, fun, and not limited to dedicated athletes. As participants run around your track, spray them with our biodegradable, starch based colour owoder! For an added bonus, spray your participants with water to make the colours really pop!

 

Colour Explosion School Fun Run

Colour School Fun Run is a brilliant fundraising idea for schools and groups!

 

A Colour Explosion School Run 4 Fun is one of the easiest fundraisers, because it comes with everything you need to succeed! When you hold your Colour Explosion fun run with Australian Fundraising, you receive sponsorship booklets, promotional posters and materials, incentive prizes, an online fundraising platform and so much more. of course, you also receive genuine Holi Colour powder, sunglasses and rainbow headbands for every participant!

 

Advantages:
      • So much fun for students/members, teachers and parents
      • Highly profitable
      • Exciting and vibrant fundraising concept
      • Builds community involvement

 

Disadvantages:
      • Requires lots of volunteers, especially on the day! You will need supervision, colour blasters, water blasters and an MC for the day
      • Requires an event day, which may be challenging to fit in a busy school calendar.
Best For…
      • Primary schools, high schools, sporting clubs, child care centres and community groups.

 

Australian Fundraising offer a complete Colour Explosion Fundraiser including non-toxic colour powder pre-packed in spray bottles, UV400 sunglasses, Thank You Wristbands, biggest range of incentive prizes and marketing material to turn your event into an explosion of colour.

 

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5. Raffles
Raffles are always popular, with the right prize on offer. They can be run at any time throughout the year and $2 or $3 raffle tickets are very well received.

 

Advantages:
      • Highly successful with the right prize on offer
      • Easy for participants to get involved and sell tickets
      • Lots of donors can participate
      • Can be an additional fundraising activity at an event, such as a trivia night or school fete

 

Disadvantages:
      • Upfront costs
      • Requires lots of paperwork and manual organisation – ticket management (which may include printing!), cash handling, prize draw etc.
      • Low return on each ticket
      • You risk losing money if you don’t sell enough tickets to cover the cost of the prize on offer

 

Best for…

Raffles are well received by any community! But, they work best when for organisations that see their members on a regular basis, like schools, sporting teams, hobby groups and dance schools. Ensure that your participants have access to a wide community of potential ticket buyers!

7. Wine Tasting and Winery Tours
One for the adults, wine tasting and tours are a great way to bring in money! Raise money for your organisation while exploring local wineries, and spoil yourself for a vast range of wine choices during wine sampling and tasting. This event is ideal for the winter months.

 

Wine tasting is one of our 65 best fundraising ideas.

Wine tasting is one of our 65 best fundraising ideas.

 

Advantages:
      • This type of fundraiser is fun to run
      • You learn how wine is produced
      • Your audience is given a chance to try wine samples before buying

 

Disadvantages:
      • Everyone may not want to join in
      • Encourages alcohol consumption, which may be sensitive for some members of your community
      • Variable profit margin
      • Requires proximity to a vineyard, or someone who is knowledgeable about wine and can run your event
      • Not child friendly

 

Best for…

A wine tasting event or winery tour is best suited to groups that have adults in their community. As it is not a child friendly activity, wine tasting events or winery tours are best suited to hobby groups, extra-curricular groups (like sporting teams and dance clubs), and scouting groups. Primary schools may also like this activity if they have an engaged parent community.

 

8. Christmas Concerts
Christmas concerts are often a yearly tradition for school groups and are also a perfect time to earn extra spending money. Christmas concerts can become one of the best fundraising ideas if you put the time and effort into making it a brilliant fundraising event by selling tickets, programs, and holding a canteen or snacks stand. You may even offer pre-concert entertainment like amusement rides, children’s art gallery or a petting zoo.

 

A Christmas Concert is one of the best fundraising ideas.

You can host a Christmas Concert as one of your annual fundraisers.

 

Advantages:
      • Lots of flexibility – you can make it as simple or elaborate as you like!
      • Encourages students to become comfortable performing
      • Brings the community into your school or group – especially family members and friends
      • Very memorable for students and parents
      • Most students and families will participate

 

Disadvantages:
      • Income depends on ticket sales
      • May require an upfront cost for costumes, amusement rides and canteen supplies
      • Requires lots of organisation and practice time for students
      • Requires a location for your concert
      • Requires out of school time commitment for students and parents to perform

 

Best for…

Christmas concerts are best for groups that meet regularly and have time to practice a routine. Christmas concerts are one of the best fundraising ideas for schools and dance groups.

 

9. Bike-A-Thon or Ride-A-Thon
Raising money through a bike-a-thon is very similar to a walk-a-thon except that the children are riding bikes. The twist: it mixes fun, fitness and fundraising.

 

Advantages:
      • Easy to put together
      • This fundraiser is quick, simple and secure
      • Promotes physical exercise and team work

 

A bike-a-thon can be a great fundraising idea for older fundraisers.

A bike-a-thon can be a great fundraising idea for older fundraisers.

 

Disadvantages:
      • Safety should be considered at all times
      • You might have difficulty in getting a city permit, depending on where you’d like to ride
      • May require “event insurance”
      • Preparation must be done in advance as the event involves closing off some roads and informing students and parents of the route
      • May exclude some families who do not own or cannot afford bikes and helmets

 

Best for…

A bike-a-thon is best suited to older participants due to safety. Bike-a-thons are one of the best fundraising ideas for sporting groups, high schools and local community groups.

 

Make it easy! You can help speed up the process of preparing for this fundraising event if you opt for Australian Fundraising. With a full package of Bike-A-Thon fundraisers, you can make up to 60% guaranteed profit. We will supply all the fundraising materials and incentive prizes, even helping with your route and overall fundraising management. Ask us how you can host a Bike-A-Thon today!

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10. Battle of the Bands
Listening to your favorite school band is best done in a mosh pit. Whether you have passion for music or you just want to support a musical group for a good cause, Battle of the Bands is the best way to go. You can make money through an entry free, ticket sales, event activities and sales (like glow sticks or a canteen). Now, raise your fist and yell!

 

Advantages:
      • Fun and memorable event for everyone involved
      • Allows the musically-inclined people to showcase their talent
      • Helps amateur bands gain exposure whilst playing in front of an audience

 

Battle of the bands is a fun fundraising idea.

A Battle of the Bands is one of our 65 best fundraising ideas.

 

Disadvantages:
      • Safety should be considered at all times
      • The competition needs money for prizes and sound equipment
      • A band competition needs dedication, patience and a lot of hard work
      • Requires your school community to have numerous bands willing to compete
      • Lots of organisation, from ticket sales, equipment, practice and more.

 

Best for…

Anyone can host a Battle of the Bands, but it is definitely best for age groups that are able to work together and perform confidently in front of a group. Battle of the Bands is one of the best fundraising ideas for upper primary schools, high schools, and the local community overall.

 

11. Chef Cook Off
Whether you are a true-blue foodie or you just want to learn a thing or two from cooking experts, chef cook off will surely be appealing to you. Invite chefs and have them cook their favorite dishes. Sell tickets to people who love cooking and eating.

 

Advantages:
      • Easy to set up
      • Fun activity
      • Allows the audience to learn the skill of cooking
      • Gives them a chance to taste a wide variety of food
      • Captures people’s interest

 

Disadvantages:
      • This is one fundraiser idea that needs strong organisational skills
      • Requires connections and commitment from numerous chefs
      • May require upfront costs
      • Requires a location with one or more kitchen facilities and an area for your guests

 

Best for…
      • Sporting groups, community groups, schools

 

12. Beat the Goal Keeper
If you want to satisfy your communities competitive nature, this fundraiser guarantees satisfaction. Set up your goals with goal-keepers. Participants pay a fee to “shoot for the goal” and beat the goal keeper. This activity can be adjusted to be a “Free Throw Competition” or “Kick a 50m goal” for other sports.

 

Advantages:
      • Easy to put together
      • Allows players to enjoy the spirit of sportsmanship

 

Beat the Goal Keeper is one of the best fundraising ideas for sporting clubs.

Beat the Goal Keeper is one of the best fundraising ideas for sporting clubs.

 

Disadvantages:
      • Safety should be considered at all times
      • Requires volunteer goal keepers
      • Low profit

 

Best For…

Of course, beat the goalie is the best fundraising idea for sporting groups, especially soccer, basketball, and football clubs. However, schools may also find this to be a popular and fun fundraising idea.

 

13. Black Tie Event
Formal events can often draw the rich and famous in your community, as well as parents and friends who love to dress up.

 

Advantages:
      • This event can attract the wealthy people around your area giving you a greater chance to raise money
      • Fun event that gives parents an opportunity to let their hair down, kid-free!
      • It is not all the time that people get to dress up so they will look forward to this event
      • Can be combined with other fundraising ideas, such as a raffle, charity auction, or sale of beverages

 

Disadvantages:
      • Expensive to organise, and you may run at a loss if you don’t sell enough tickets
      • Requires lots of organisation and advertising
      • Requires many volunteers to plan and execute the evening
      • A black tie event is not child-friendly
      • Requires a venue with access to a kitchen, alcohol license (optional) and staff or volunteers

 

A gala ball is an expensive but wonderful fundraising idea.

Black Tie Events can be one of the most exciting fundraising ideas.

 

Groups:

A black tie event is one of the best fundraising ideas for groups with a large community and reach. This type of fundraiser also requires lots of organisation and volunteers, and is therefore best suited to groups with paid staff. Groups that may enjoy a black-tie fundraiser are larger sports clubs and hobby groups, charities and high schools.

 

14. Art or Craft Exhibitions
Exhibits are not only intended to provide a visual treat, but also to help entrepreneurs to promote their products. When you kick exhibits up a notch, it becomes a highly profitable fundraiser thatattracts interested participants and help your community.

 

Advantages:
      • A good opportunity for new starters to be discovered
      • A good opportunity for senior students to exhibit their talent
      • Offers different ways to raise money

 

Disadvantages:
      • Needs very good organisation skills
      • May require ample preparation to get a good number of participants

 

Groups:
      • Primary schools, high schools, sporting groups, community groups

 

15. A Dog Walk Fundraiser
Who says fundraising is only for humans? Even your furry friends can join through a dog walk fundraiser. Ask people in your community to walk their dog in exchange for donations. Your random kindness will surely be appreciated.

Advantages:

      • Fun idea
      • Promotes the love of animals

Disadvantages:

      • Needs to be promoted properly to get supporters

Groups:

      • Primary schools, sporting groups, community groups
16. Scrabble Tournament
Are you a wordsmith? Scrabble tournament may just be a perfect fundraiser for you. Willing participants will pay a registration fee to be counted in the event and whoever wins gets a trophy or prize. The catch? The registration fee will go directly to your beneficiaries.

Advantages:

      • Lots of fun
      • Learn new vocabulary
      • Easy to organise

Disadvantages:

      • Needs to be marketed properly to promote involvement

Groups:

      • High schools and primary schools, sporting groups, community groups
17. Barbeque Fundraiser
Barbeques are a famous Australian tradition. Celebrating with good food and great people is a wonderful way to support your group and raise additional funds. You can add music, a football or cricket game to make it a whole day event. Alternatively, you can sell steaks, sausages, hotdogs, chips and soda to raise funds.

Advantages:

      • Fun and exciting
      • A great opportunity for people to catch up with friends and relax
      • Easy to organise

Disadvantages:

      • May require permits if held in a different venue
      • Needs a lot of work and planning to hold a successful barbeque event

Groups:

      • Sporting groups, community groups, primary schools
18. Tree Planting
You can do the environment a huge favor while also raising money if you organise tree planting for your next fundraising event. Taking donations and planting or adopting a tree is one of the most eco-friendly fundraisers. You may charge for each new tree and the donor plants it themselves; or people may adopt an existing tree and donate money for its upkeep.

Advantages:

      • Fun and exciting
      • Promotes environmental awareness
      • Helps save the planet

Disadvantages:

      • Not feasible for some groups e.g. groups located in the city centre

Groups:

      • Primary schools, high schools, sporting groups, community groups
19. Charity Golf Tournament
Organise a fundraiser at a golf course or driving range by hosting a charity golf tournament so golf enthusiasts can participate and make a donation through their admission fee. You can also ask for sponsors to pay for particular holes e.g. the XYZ 9th hole. Remember to have drinks and snacks available for purchase after the game.

Advantages:

      • Fun and innovative idea to raise funds
      • A large percentage of population enjoys golfing
      • This idea offers several ways to make profit
      • An amusing activity that both parents and children will enjoy

Disadvantages:

      • The event needs to be organised on a weekend
      • Needs to be properly marketed

Groups:

      • Sporting groups, high schools and primary schools, child care, community groups
20. Movie and Popcorn Nights
Organise a fundraiser by getting the whole family involved. Movie and popcorn nights are a great way to let families enjoy themselves and raise money for your group. You can also arrange other activities like kite flying, fun sports (like throwing darts at balloons or sack races) and even craft areas to raise money.

Advantages:

      • This idea offers several ways to make money
      • Families are given quality time to have fun together
      • An awesome activity that both parents and children will enjoy

Disadvantages:

      • Safety should also be considered in game selection
      • Children may become bored and restless if the correct movie isn’t chosen
      • Needs to be properly marketed

Groups:

      • Sporting groups, high schools, primary schools, child care, community groups
21. Car Wash
A car wash is a quick and very popular way to raise funds. All you have to do is to set up your car wash station in a busy location so every car owner will have the chance to give their some tender love and care. Children can participate in washing cars while parents assist. This is a win-win situation as the car owner gets a nice clean car and your group raises funds for your special project.

Advantages:

      • Quick and easy way to make money
      • You don’t need a lot of money to start this fundraiser. All you need is a bucket, soap, sponge and water

Disadvantages:

      • Needs volunteers to do the car wash
      • Needs to advertise at the time so people know what the money will be used for
      • Need to ensure waste water doesn’t run off into pipes running to waterways

Groups:

      • Sporting groups, high schools, community groups, primary schools
22. Lemonade Stand
Setting up a lemonade stand is a great way for children to raise funds for their group. When you spread the word that your kids are raising money for a good cause, many people will get involved and buy a glass of cold lemonade from them.

Advantages:

      • A good way to teach children to help
      • You don’t need a lot of money to start up
      • Easy and quick way to raise funds

Disadvantages:

      • Needs to be promoted properly to get the word out
      • Need to find a good location to sell your beverage to many people
      • Lemonade has to be produced in a hygienic manner

Groups:

      • Sporting groups, primary schools, child care centres
23. Garden Sale
A garden sale is a profitable way to raise funds to support your group. Organise volunteers to price the garden products including plants, herbs, vegetables, flowers, garden tools and accessories.

Advantages:

      • A good way to support the health of your group – selling healthy vegetables
      • Easy to set up and run

Disadvantages:

      • Needs many volunteers
      • May be time consuming if you are going to grow the items from seed

 Groups:

      • Sporting groups, primary schools, community groups
24. Bingo
Bingo is a popular fundraising idea. You can charge a pre-set admission fee or sell individual bingo books for those who’d like to join the fun.

Advantages:

      • Fun way to raise funds
      • A profitable way to raise revenue
      • A popular game

Disadvantages:

      • You need to know about your state’s licensing regulations
      • You need to plan your bingo program ahead of time so you can maximise your sales

Groups:

      • Primary schools, sporting groups, high schools, community groups
25. Boating Trip or Cruise
This is one of the most exciting ways to raise money to support your group. A cruise takes you to interesting destinations which attract many people. Your group will be the one to decide how long the cruise will last.

Advantages:

      • Your audience will be able to experience the joy of boating
      • A profitable way to raise a considerable amount of money
      • Increases the chance of getting more supporters

 Disadvantages:

      • Needs expensive investment
      • Need to be able to organise many different things, especially if the cruise is all inclusive

Groups:

      • Sporting groups, community groups, primary schools
26. Book Sale
Books lying around the house can still be put to better use by hosting a book sale. This is an interesting fundraising idea for people with a penchant for reading.

Advantages:

      • Encourage people to develop the habit of reading
      • Used books are utilised rather than being thrown away or left to collect dust
      • No large outlay of capital is needed to begin the event

Disadvantages:

      • Needs to be marketed properly to draw more people

Groups:

      • Primary schools, sporting groups, community groups
27. Pull a Bus
You can gather a team and raise money through a bus pull. If you have lots of teams, make it a race to make it more fun and exciting. You can collect admission fees for those who would like to join in.

Advantages:

      • Fun and exciting way to raise money
      • Easy to arrange and organise

Disadvantages:

      • Safety should be considered during the contest

Groups:

      • Sporting groups, community groups, high schools
28. Selling Calendars
Selling calendars is one of the most rewarding fundraising ideas. Let your clients choose from one of your stylish calendar designs or you can also give them an option to create their own design. To promote your school or club, you can put your logo or name on each page.

Advantages:

      • Creative way to raise funds to support your group
      • Selling your calendars keeps your name visible throughout the year

Disadvantages:

      • You need to market your product properly
      • This can only be done towards the end of every year

Groups:

      • Sporting groups, community groups, primary schools
29. Charity Ball
Raise money to support your group in a sophisticated way. It is a fact that people love to attend parties. So with this type of fundraiser idea, you can organise a themed ball and raise money through tickets, raffles and games.

Advantages:

      • This is an event that gives value for money
      • Offers your organisation a chance to raise a large amount of money in one fundraiser
      • Gives your attendees a memorable occasion they won’t forget

Disadvantages:

      • Needs good organisational skills, commitment and passion
      • Needs to be marketed properly to ensure many people attend

Groups:

      • Primary schools, sporting groups, community groups, high schools
30. Concerts
Keep supporters entertained while raising money at the same time by holding a concerts in your school ground. Even with a small group to organise the event, you can ensure success if you invite as many participants as possible.

Advantages:

      • A super-entertaining and fun event

Disadvantages:

      • Needs a lot of hard work and organisational skills

Groups:

      • Primary schools, sporting groups, community groups, high schools
31. Crossword Contest
Create your own crossword so that people pay for each and every clue they’d like to solve.

 Advantages:

      • This is very easy to set up
      • Fun game

Groups:

      • Sporting groups, community groups, high schools, primary schools
32. Dance/Disco
Dancing has an element of entertainment and can be a form of physical activity. It can also be a great way to raise money when organised properly.

Advantages:

      • A good way for dancers to show their talents
      • Fun way to help your group

Disadvantages:

      • This event can be expensive

Groups:

      • Sporting groups, community groups, high schools, primary schools
33. Dog Show
You can also raise money from dog shows by charging fees to gain access to the show.

Advantages:

      • Promotes animal responsibility and awareness
      • Easy to organise
      • Fun way to raise funds

 Disadvantages:

      • Needs great marketing skills
      • Safety concerns need to be thought of at all times

Groups:

      • Primary schools, sporting groups, community groups
34. Face Painting
Children and adults can show their creativity by hosting a face painting event.

Advantages:

      • Allows attendees to have fun and show off their talent and creativity at the same time

Disadvantages:

      • Make sure that you research every aspect of this fundraiser as different paints etc, may cause allergic reactions

Groups:

      • Sporting groups, community groups, child care, primary schools
35. Fashion Show
Fashion shows are a hit around the world. Organising a fashion show fundraiser means you will often raise a considerable amount of money for your organisation. Look for sponsors for your catwalks, your models’ outfits and charge admission fees for your audience. Morning tea or lunch is an additional way to raise money.

 Advantages:

      • Fun and fabulous event
      • High profitable

Disadvantages:

      • Needs a lot of organisational work
      • Very expensive affair
      • Needs to be properly promoted

Groups:

      • Sporting groups, community groups, high schools, primary schools
36. Football or Sports Tournament
Football that puts you on the edge of your seat for every goal made. Schedule a football tournament or another sports game and charge admission fees for spectators and players. During and after the tournament, have stalls where you sell beverages, snacks and memorabilia for spectators.

Advantages:

      • A fun and healthy way to raise money
      • Easy to organise
      • Gives you more ways to earn money

Disadvantages:

      • Make sure that safety and rules are observed throughout the game
      • Needs good marketing skills

Groups:

      • Sporting groups, community groups, high schools, primary schools
37. Temporary Tattoos
Temporary tattoos have been around since about 1998 and are popular with both children and adults as they don’t leave any permanent mark on the skin. Supporters who want to get temporarily inked can take advantage of this fundraising idea.

Advantages:

      • You can use temporary tattoos to raise awareness of your school or sport club
      • Allow attendees to customise their tattoos
      • Quick and very easy way to raise money
      • Can be cleaned and removed easily

Disadvantages:

      • Some people may be allergic to ink or other materials used in temporary tattoos

Groups:

      • Sporting groups, community groups, high schools, child care, primary schools
38. Beach Party
Your supporters can have a little R & R whilst also helping your organisation raise money for a good cause. Since you will be holding the fundraising event on the beach, sell something that will be a huge hit for beach goers. You can offer diving or surfing classes to increase your fundraising profit.

Advantages:

      • This type of fundraiser can be enjoyed by both children and adults
      • Fun way to raise money
      • Offers several ways to make money

 Disadvantages:

      • Make sure that the venue is safe for the children

Groups:

      • Sporting groups, community groups, high schools, child care, primary schools
39. Garage Sale
Ask parents to donate things around the house that they no longer use but are still useful.

People may not have money to donate your school or group, but many people have items that may be sold to help your group.

Advantages:

      • Allows people to tidy their home and at the same time support your group
      • Easy to organise

Disadvantages:

      • Needs a massive advertising campaign about your event to ensure both donors and buyers offer their support
      • People may donate something which is no longer useful

Groups:

      • Sporting groups, community groups, high schools, child care, primary schools
40. Greeting Cards
Personalised greeting cards can be a great fundraising idea as people who are stumped for gift ideas will surely support it.

 Advantages:

      • Simple
      • High earning potential
      • Personalised service

Disadvantages:

      • May need a lot of planning and promotion to ensure a successful fundraiser

Groups:

      • Sporting groups, community groups, high schools, child care, primary schools
41. Flower Arranging Seminar
Flowers are a popular gift to give on special occasions. Set up your stall and sell your fresh, dried or silk flower arrangement to raise money for your group.

Advantages:

      • Flowers are the most common gift people give on special occasions
      • Fun and exciting way to bring in extra money for your group

Disadvantages:

      • Needs to be properly marketed
      • May need a large amount of capital to set up

Groups:

      • Sporting groups, community groups, primary schools
42. Karaoke
Organise a night of singing and fun with a karaoke fundraiser. You can charge admission fees and boost your earning potential by selling beverages and snacks throughout the event.

 Advantages:

      • Offers several ways to make money
      • Allows friends and families to get together and have some fun

Disadvantages:

      • Needs to be properly marketed

Groups:

      • Sporting groups, community groups, primary schools
43. Paintball
Paintball is a wonderful fundraiser idea if you are looking for fun and adventure.

Advantages:

      • Allows your attendees to have fun and experience adventure
      • A good opportunity for friends to catch up

Disadvantages:

      • May cause serious injury if body protection and safety are not observed

Groups:

      • Sporting groups, community groups, high schools, primary schools
44. Puppet Shows
Make your fundraiser interesting by having a fun-filled puppet show. Collect entrance fees and sell food and drinks to attendees.

Advantages:

      • Puppet shows have been around for a long time and are gaining in popularity
      •  Fun way to raise funds

Disadvantages:

      • Needs to be promoted properly

Groups:

      • Sporting groups, community groups, child care, primary schools
45. A Trivia Night
Organise a gathering where you test your attendees knowledge about pop, trivia or sports. Raise extra money for your group by selling food and drinks.

Advantages:

      • Fun and easy way to raise funds
      • Good opportunity for your attendees to learn new information

Disadvantages:

      • May need money for prizes
      • Needs marketing to encourage participation

Groups:

      • Sporting groups, community groups, high schools, child care, primary schools
46. Refreshments
Selling coffee, tea, soft drinks, chips and snacks at most fundraiser events is also a great way to raise funds. This can be done at sporting events, school fairs and much more.

 Advantages:

      • Boost your fundraising potential
      • Easy to organise

Disadvantages:

      • Need volunteers to sell the items

Groups:

      • Sporting groups, community groups, high schools, child care, primary schools
47. Stage a Play
Entertain people and at the same time raise funds by staging a play. Sell entrance tickets as well as snacks and drinks to increase your earning potential.

Advantage:

      • Fun and entertaining way to raise funds
      • Offers several ways to raise funds

Disadvantages:

      • Your fundraiser needs to be marketed properly
      • Needs capital investment upfront for costumes and set

Groups:

      • Sporting groups, community groups, high schools
48. Bring and Buy Sale
Holding an auction as a fundraiser allows people to bid on pre-loved or pre-owned items while also lending a helping hand to the fundraising campaign’s beneficiary. This is the kind of fundraiser that promotes a sense of compassion as people volunteer to bring their old items to sell while the proceeds go directly to your school or club. There is one caveat though: no haggling!

Advantages:

      • Easy to organise as you can auction practically anything

Disadvantages:

      • Buyers may find things they don’t need or want
      • Guest appearances are essential to increase the number of participants

 Groups:

Ideal for sporting clubs and community groups

49. Chocolates
The fastest way to donors’ heart is through their stomach. This is why chocolates are highly profitable if managed well.

Advantage:

      • Everyone likes chocolates
      • Easily distributed

Disadvantages:

      • Need very good administration to keep track of profit
      • Will lose $70 per carry pack if members do not return monies
      • Can take a very long time to complete the fundraiser

Groups:

      • Sporting groups, community groups, high schools, child care, primary schools
50. Children’s Artwork
Organise children’s artwork to enhance kid’s creativity. Their artwork can be printed on plates, tea towels, pillows.

Advantage:

      • Popular with parents, grandparents
      • Good range of products

Disadvantages:

      • Need to engage a company to produce the items
      • Good administration needed

Groups:

      • Child care, primary schools
51. Dance Night
If you have a dance faculty at your school, showcasing your schools talent can be a fantastic way to fundraise for your school or group. A popular fundraising idea for high schools or dance schools, a performance evening allows the local community to support their young performers, and encourages dancers to become more comfortable performing on stage!

You can fundraise through this event by selling tickets, programs, and refreshments on the night. You may like to boost your profits and partner other smaller fundraising ideas such as an art exhibition or raffle also.

 

One of the best fundraising ideas for dance schools is a dance night.

High schools and dance schools may both love the idea of a dance night fundraiser.

 

Advantage:
      • Invites the local community into your school or dance club
      • Can be easy to sell tickets to family, friends and local community members
      • Adds a promotional opportunity for your school or dance club
      • Gives young performers an opportunity to show off their talent!

 

Disadvantages:
      • Long turn around time, as students need time to learn and practice their dance routines
      • Requires a large space for an audience
      • Requires numerous staff or volunteers to set up or pack down, operate lights, collect tickets and usher guests to their seats.

 

Groups:

A dance night one of the best fundraising ideas for dance groups, high schools, or primary schools with a dedicated dance department.

 

52. Grandparents Day

Welcoming grandparents or older influential people into your school can be a lovely and enriching experience for both students and their guests. By selling tickets for your grandparents day tour, you can raise much needed funds for your school or group.

Grandparents Day may include a morning tea, a tour of the school, and a short time in the classroom or library with students. Let students be the hosts and show off their school!

 

Advantages
  • Grandparents Days are a memorable experience for both students and their influential people, giving them an opportunity to spend quality time together
  • Lots of flexibility in how simple or complex you would like to make your day
  • You set the attendance price, making your day highly profitable

 

Grandparents Days are popular fundraising ideas.

Inviting grandparents or students’ influential people can be a popular and memorable fundraiser.

 

Disadvantages
  • Requires quite a bit of safety and accessibility, ensure all older people can move around your school safely
  • May exclude some students who do not have grandparents or influential people to attend the day

 

Best For…

Grandparents Day fundraisers are best suited to primary schools or kindergartens.

 

53. Golf Putting Competition

A Gold Putting Competition is one of the most popular fundraising ideas because people of any age can participate! Simply set up a target or hole, and charge people for each attempt at getting it closest to (or in!) the target or hole. Offer a prize for the winner and watch your participants throw their cash to enter your golf putting compeititon!

 

Advantages
  • Except from your prize, it is a very low cost fundraising idea
  • Easy to organise and run
  • High profit
  • Can be run as an activity at other fundraising events, such as school fete
  • Participants of all ages can participate
  • Multiple entries allowed, meaning people can pay many entry fees!

 

One of the best fundraising ideas is a golf putting competition.

Participants of any age can participate in a golf putting competition fundraiser!

 

Disadvantages
  • May be difficult to have people attend if it is the only activity
  • People need to supply their own golf equipment
  • Cash handling required
  • Purchase of a prize required – sometimes of substantial value

 

Best For…

This fundraiser is great for any group! It is one of the best fundraising ideas for sports clubs, kindergartens, primary schools, high schools, and more.

 

54. Paint-and-Sip

Paint and Sip classes have become very popular, especially as fundraisers! Encouraging your guests to explore their creative side without the pressure of making a perfect masterpiece has proven to be a great way to raise money for your school or group.

Either run the Paint and Sip class yourself, or hire a professional to host it for you. Either way, have your guests BYO alcohol, and discover your inner Picasso!

 

Paint and Sip events are a great fundraising idea!

Paint and Sip events are a fun and relaxing fundraising idea.

 

Advantages
  • Very popular at the moment
  • Can set a relatively high price point for entry compared to other fundraising ideas
  • Can be partnered with other fundraising ideas such as auctions, raffles, wine sales, food vans and more!
  • Flexible attendee size

 

Disadvantages
  • Requires an up front cost, regardless of whether you hire a professional or organise it yourself
  • Requires an area big enough to host enough attendees to make a profit
  • May not make a high profit depending on attendance, material costs and hire fees
  • Requires lots of organisation
  • Restricted to a set number of attendees

 

Best For…

Groups with an engaged parent base. A Paint and Sip fundraiser is best suited to kindergartens, primary schools, high schools, and sporting clubs.

 

The Bottom Line

Myriad of fundraising ideas are available for you and your group to choose from. The best fundraiser should help raise money for your school, club or group with as little effort, planning and organisation as possible. So choose wisely, plan thoroughly and have fun at your next fundraising event!

 

May 31, 2020

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