Creative Nonprofit Fundraising Ideas


Have you ever needed money for your nonprofit organization or group and didn’t quite know how to earn it? There are simple methods of achieving the smallest and largest amounts of needed funds for equipment, uniforms, trips and more. These fundraising ideas are easy, fun and inexpensive. With creativity, proper advertising and teamwork, any nonprofit group can succeed in raising funds with these creative ideas.


Hosting a dance-a-thon is a great way to make money while involving the community in an event that will certainly have everyone talking for months. To host a dance-a-thon, an organization must first find dancers that are willing to try to dance for 24 hours without stopping. Dancers must then find sponsors to pledge a certain amount of money for each hour they dance. Some sponsors may choose to donate a set amount instead.

A school gym, community center or church meeting hall makes a good venue to accommodate a dance-a-thon. A DJ can be hired if budgeting allows, but to save money, a simple boom box and CDs or an mp3 player could be used instead. Snacks and water should be provided to the dancers during the dance-a-thon to keep their energy going. Check with local businesses to obtain donations of items to be used as rewards for the winning dancer. Get the dancers ready, pledges in and music started, and you are sure to have a great time and make a lot of money for your organization.

Drive-In Movie

A drive-in movie is a creative and inexpensive way to earn money for your nonprofit organization. All that is needed is a large side of a building on which to project a movie and a large area for parking. Many businesses will be willing to donate the outer walls of their building if the fundraiser doesn’t compromise their business in any way (block traffic, cause parking issues and so on).

A projector is needed to project the movie onto the building. Charge an entry fee into the movie either individually or per carload. Snacks such as popcorn, sodas and candy can be sold to keep the movie watchers content throughout the movie and earn a little extra money.


Using flamingos as a fundraiser is sure to get your neighborhood talking and raise a lot of money for your nonprofit organization. Pink yard flamingos, tacky and outlandish, get placed in a person's front yard along with a note on their door with a phone number and instructions to get them removed from their yard. Explain on the note that they can be removed for a small donation and they can even choose where the flamingos get relocated to. Neighbors will play pranks on each other, and you will make the needed funds for your organization.

Car Wash

Car washes have always been a simple and classic way of raising the needed funds for groups of all sizes. Grab a few people, some soap, buckets and sponges and get your nonprofit organization scrubbing. Charge a small fee for washing, waxing, window detailing and so forth, and watch the money rack up. Pair car washes with other small fundraisers like bake sales or raffles for more fun and money-raising opportunities.

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