An organisation can only do so much on funds from its own members. While some groups do ask each member to pay a small yearly amount to help fund some activities, these funds are rarely enough to do everything the group wants to do. That means you’re going to have to do some kind of fundraiser. There are many different types of fundraisers you can do, but some of them are much more successful than others.
A Bake Sale
This is one of the most traditional types of fundraisers and it’s one often done in schools. However, any group can do a bake sale to help raise money for their activities. All you have to do is have each of your members bake an item or two and then set up a table. Many stores will allow you to have a bake sale if it’s for a good cause. If one of your members has a relationship with a store owner, you may find it very easy to set up your bake sale.
One thing to remember when having a bake sale is that not everyone can eat a lot of sugar. You may want to have some low-sugar options for those who want to support your organisation or cause but can’t have sugar. Another downside to a bake sale is that it’s a one-time activity that often doesn’t bring in a huge amount of money.
Another good fundraising option is to have custom printed t-shirts made that have your organisation’s name on them or feature a piece of art associated with your cause. These shirts can have anything you want on them, although the more complex and more colourful, the more they normally cost. In the past, you would have had to have a certain number of each size printed first, which means you would often have to pay upfront for the shirts.
Today, that’s not the case. You can work with an online fundraising company to create your own unique online store. When someone purchases a shirt, he or she decides what size he or she wants and other options. This way, there’s no upfront cost to you and everyone gets the shirt that he or she wants. By providing these options, t-shirt fundraisers can quickly add up. Since the ordering is done online, you can share the link with many people, making it easy to meet your fundraising goals.
Instead of selling products, you can sell raffle tickets for a drawing. This does mean you have to have a large prize or prizes to raffle off, of course, which means spending money upfront that you may not make back. Raffle tickets do have the draw of gambling, which some people love. If the prize is large enough, it will draw people in. Some may even see it more as a donation than a purchase.
However, you do run the risk of failing to make back your money unless you’re able to get the prize donated. Some people are also more likely to buy a product because they’re actually getting something rather than taking a risk.