4 Fun Fundraising Ideas for Nonprofit Events

If you have a nonprofit company or work for one, you’re always looking for creative ways to raise money to help support your mission and goals. You can only send out so many donation request forms in the mail before your recipients start throwing them away. Great fundraising relies on fun, effective, well-planned nonprofit events at an effective venue. And they are easier to put together than you might think!

You don’t need to rely on the same, boring ways to raise money for your nonprofit. Here are 4 ideas that are guaranteed to get you some attention, and hopefully, raise a ton of money for your cause!


1. Auctions

Auctions can be so much fun for everyone involved. Seek out any small businesses around, whether brick-and-mortar or online and see if they’d like to donate to your cause. Great ideas include coffee shop gift cards, restaurant gift certificates, bottles of wine or liquor, or a basket of pet supplies from a local pet shop. You can even see if local food vendors would like to donate food for the event.

Approach new businesses, too. Chances are, they’ll be excited to get their name and products out there. And who doesn’t want to risk just $10 for a chance to win a prize worth $20, $100, or even more? Charity auctions are a great way to benefit both your business and many others without putting in as much effort as other events. Make sure to choose the right event venue!


2. Golf Tournament

Take your fundraising opportunity outside! This is an excellent way to get to know your clientele. But, a golf tournament requires much more effort than other events.

Since you might not have an indoor venue the whole time, you’ll have to try to predict the weather and hope for the best. And, you’ll need a trustworthy committee to hopefully attract both sponsors and participants. A successful event like this one will require promotion and lots of it! If you have an all-star marketing team and dedicated committee members, you’ll be able to pull this off.

At the end of it all, you can talk about your nonprofit company during the awards ceremony at a nearby indoor venue.

3. Trivia Tournament

This is an excellent idea to attract people in their 20s and 30s. You can charge for admission, and you can also charge for an audience if you’d like. As far as prizes go, consider seeking out product donations from small or local businesses.

You can host a trivia tournament anywhere! Consider renting out an event venue for a professional feel. This lets others know that you’re serious about your nonprofit, despite having a fun event.


4. Yard Sale

Out of all the nonprofit events you could put on, this is an excellent way to network as well as raise some money. If there are any high-priced or luxury products available, you could keep those aside and auction them off at the end of the sale.

Get your staff together for this one. With the right amount of reach, you could have thousands of items up for grabs at a yard sale, with all of the proceeds going to your cause.


Choosing the Right Venue for Your Nonprofit Event

The venue you choose can make or break the effectiveness of your nonprofit events. To find the most success during your events, choose a venue that understands your event’s purpose, and your nonprofit’s mission.