When working in a small group, it's important to come up with fundraising activities that you can all participate in together. The best way to gain trust and respect between your peers is by doing something as a group for a cause. Fundraising is also crucial to small organizations because they typically receive little help from other organizations to begin with. Starting from the ground up is a great way to build strength and establish yourself among your competitors as well. Fundraising can be time consuming, but it pays off both figuratively and literally in the end.
Hold a Bake Sale
Having a bake sale is one of the easiest fundraising tactics you can use to jump-start your small group. Everyone can participate, and with the right advertising prior to the event, you can make a decent amount of money. Come up with a menu and prices for your items before you begin advertising the sale. Decide who is going to bake each item, and then price them accordingly (cookies may be less money than pie). Create signs for the bake sale together as a team, and designate someone to do the online social networking--sending out emails to friends and family, Tweeting, creating a Facebook event. With enough exposure, you can successfully come up with a large enough profit to make a difference for your group.
Have a Car Wash
Car washes aren't just held by high school sports teams, contrary to popular belief. If you hold a car wash with your small group, you'll get enough exposure to cancel out the physical labor of the event. Car washes, even if you only charge $5, are popular because your fee is most likely going to be cheaper than what any gas station can offer. If you advertise and plan the event accordingly, it can be very successful. Try holding a car wash in early spring for the best results because many people will still be attempting to get the winter salt and sand off of their cars. Post signs around town, detailing when and where the event is going to occur. Pick a popular public spot to hold the car wash so people know where to find you. With enough of your group members participating, you can get plenty of washes done at once and bring home a good amount of money.
Host a Game Night
A game night is a popular fundraising activity that allows people of all ages to participate, which may mean a better turn-out and profit for your small group. VFWs are cheap to rent, and other public venues around your town may even allow you to host a fundraiser (the high school, public forum) at their spaces for free. Pick a game that everyone can easily participate in, such as Bingo or a card game. Raffle off prizes and charge a light entry fee to pay for the costs of hosting the event. In the end, you should still make a marginal profit for your group. Advertise the event at the public schools in your town with flyers, and at PTO meetings--make it clear that this is also a family event. The game night will get you plenty of exposure and get the word out about your organization.