Or maybe you have. Here are three creative and intuitive ideas to help your organization raise funds:
- Eat out together. Team up with local restaurants to see if they would be willing to give you a percentage of sales for every person you bring to their location on a certain night. Send out fliers to everyone one of your supporters and have them pass it out to their friends, and have them bring it to the restaurant the night of the fundraiser. For example, Chili’s has a “give back night” where they donate 10% for every check that comes in with the nonprofit’s flier (that they actually provide). Although the program is Chili’s, any organization with an appropriate Tax ID can receive these benefits.
- Babysitting events. Parents have a hard time finding time for themselves after they have children. Have your team set aside a night, say a Friday evening, where you have a temporary “day care” and target parents. Send the message that not only will they be supporting a local charity, but they will be doing themselves a favor to have time for themselves. A fair warning, you might want to team up with a lawyer to produce waivers for the parents to sign, to reduce your liability.
- Tailgate buffets. Why not take advantage of the sporting events in your area? Set up a hot dog stand with some drinks around a major sporting event (where tailgating is allowed), and since it’s not possible in most areas for you to charge the consumer, ask for a donation instead. Not only does this relieve you of needing to get a business license and pay taxes, but you might actually end up gaining more than you anticipated. Remember Panera’s charity cafes? It was a huge success, primarily because 60% of the donors actually gave more than the suggested fundraising amount.
Do you have any creative ideas for fundraising?