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Creative Charity Fundraising Party Ideas

Creative charity fundraising ideas can help you go on a mission trip, run a marathon for cancer research, feed the hungry, or improve your community and the lives of others. Often fundraising and party ideas go hand-in-hand, because people who support a cause often like to either see who else in their community is passionate about the same cause, or gather and celebrate with those of like mind. Partying and fundraising may also go hand-in-hand for another reason: alcohol (I'm serious; don't laugh).

Most of us have charities that are near and dear to our hearts. Giving to charity is fundamental to who we are as a society and who we aspire to be.

Whether you’re raising money for charity for the first time, or you’re a veteran, there are always challenges to meeting your fundraising goals. The first challenge, and the greatest in my opinion, is realizing that everyone may not share your passion for the worthy cause you’re promoting. Some people will care and will help, but many have their own causes.

I say this because realizing this key fact can actually help you accomplish your goals; it also highlights the need for creative fundraising ideas.

Don’t be disappointed if you hear “no” when requesting that someone give to your charity. At the same time, there are people who want to say yes, and it’s your job find them.

Whether you’re raising money for a church project, cancer research, school, or community project, these charity fundraising ideas will help you meet your personal fundraising goals. The charity fundraising ideas listed here are primarily for individuals with fundraising goals, but professional fundraisers may find ideas to inspire them as well.

Charity Fundraising Ideas: Setting Goals

Start by charting your personal fundraising goal. Don't just leave things open ended: party and donations. Figure out how much money you want to raise and don't stop at just planning a party; plan other ways people can donate even before the party has begun, after the party is over, or even if they couldn't make the party.

You may choose to track your goals and accomplishments using a calendar or a handmade poster. Charting your goal will help you visualize what you’ve done and what’s left to do. It’s also very motivating. You can also use kickstarter as your online place for people to contribute.

Say you want to raise $1000 to go on a medical mission trip. Create a timeline to accomplish your goal on your fundraising poster or calendar. You should have the amount you want to raise and a completion date for the goal, and benchmarks for each month.

If the completion date is five months away, you’ll need to raise $200 per month to meet your $1000 goal. Each time more money is added to your fund, chart it. Plan a different fundraising idea each month to help you accomplish your goals.

You’ll need more than just friends and acquaintances to meet your fundraising goal, that’s where creative fundraising ideas come in.

1. Do you have a birthday coming or a holiday? I recently went to a 13-year-old boy’s birthday party. He requested that instead of gifts, donations be made to his favorite charity. WOW! That’s a great idea. He raised a lot of money for his charity and gift givers were more than happy to give.

2. Have a benefit yard sale party. I love this idea because everybody wins! Ask people in your neighborhood to donate items to your yard sale. Start collecting items a week or two before the event. Advertise in the yard sale section of your newspaper and on craigslist. I’ve personally used this fundraising technique and have raised hundreds of dollars in one morning.

3. Take it to the Internet. If your charity has a website that dedicates pages to individual fundraising partners, take advantage of it. If your charity doesn’t offer this, then suggest it to their fundraising department.

The Internet is a powerful tool for letting the world know about your charity. With a fundraising web page, you can link to from your Facebook page, you’ll make it easy for people who want to give.

4. Take advantage of your talents. Do you have a special talent you could share with the world and raise money for you charity at the same time? If your talent is cooking handmade pasta from scratch, host a pasta making party. For say $25, guests can attend, learn to make pasta and have a meal to boot. You could do this for candy or chocolate making, scrap booking, or whatever talent you want to share.

5. Have a benefit home concert. This isn’t nearly as hard as it sounds. If you know a talented guitar player, pianist, or group of musicians, ask if they might play a small gig for your charity. (You could even host a talent show). If you have room in your home, host your informal concert there. If not, ask a local coffee house, or your church if they might be willing to host the concert. Ask for a minimum donation from guests. Guest will enjoy a night of entertainment and serve a good cause at the same time.

I have personally hosted a home concert. A talented college student needed to play in front of an audience to prepare for her senior piano recital. I invited all my neighbors. My guests LOVED the performance; even those who don’t typically listen to classical music said they really enjoyed doing something different for a change. This has to be one of my favorite fundraising ideas.

6. Make a change by collecting change. If you know a local shop owner who is willing to place a tip jar near their register, this fundraising idea can really add up. Make an attractive display for your charity tip jar so that people who want to give their spare change have the opportunity. You may take this opporunity to advertise your upcoming fundraising party.

Do you have charity fundraising ideas to add to my list? If so, the world would love to know about them! Please share your ideas below.

 

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7. Host a "Trash to Cash" party. This could involve a pre-party for crafting items and then a party for selling things for your charity. Necklaces crafted from "trash" are an option. Recently I commented on a friend's beautiful original necklace. To my surprise she told me it'd come from a "upcycle" store. This new trend is encouraging. Recycling has its drawbacks. It takes water to wash many items, and labor. Upcycling often takes advantage of items that might not find a reasonable reuse.

Kristi's Hand Painted Vinyl Floor Cover

As another example, you could turn vinyl floor remnants into beautiful works of art. Obtain unwanted vinyl remnants from a flooring company. The above example, and instructions, are from decorator Kristi's page here.

In your crafting party, participants will paint the back side of the vinyl with a theme or just a splash of color to create a beautiful floor cloth. Use acrylic paint and allow it to dry. Then spray with polyurethane.

Floor cloths are very popular and can be sold and the group can keep the money or donate to a non profit organization. Of course, your party ideas can focus on other items otherwise meant for the landfill to create art.

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