According to experts, non-profit organizations need to create a unique and fun-filled atmosphere at all their fundraising events in order to keep succeeding. People aren’t going to go for the same old trends so they should add some creativity and excitement to their events so that people get attracted to them over and over again.

The best way to get the attention of the people is to host events that they are most interested in. In order to make your fundraising event successful, you have to come up with the most effective fundraising ideas.

1.         5K Run or Bike Race

One of the best ways to raise money for your cause is to hold an event in which everyone can participate. A bike race of a 5K Run is the perfect way to get your community engaged in your cause. Plus you can easily raise a lot of money with it without having to spend any. Instead of just holding a single race, create an online platform where you ask individuals to hold their own races in their communities for your cause. You can help them with the management, initial funding, and some tips to raise more money for your cause.

2.         Bake-off

If you live in the suburbs then you can easily get people to compete for a bake-off because there are so many women and men out there that have their special family recipes which are simply divine. You can hold a baking/cooking contest where participants get a chance to show off their baking skills whereas the donors get to pick out the winners. Event participant can have his own stall where he can keep his home cooked food items and you can categorize all the items so that it becomes easier for the voters to vote for the best pastry or the best lasagna. Create a social media page for your event and promote it to widen your horizon and enhances your chances of raising more than you imagined.

3.         Silent Auction

Auctions are a great way to raise money for non-profit organizations. The best thing about silent auctions is that it goes on smoothly plus you don’t need to engage with the audience. In order to host your silent auction to raise money for your cause, appoint a team of individuals for collecting items. You can also run a social media campaign to ask people to gift their belongings to the organization for auctions and you will be surprised to find out how much stuff you can collect. Try to get creative with the items that you collect and focus on the on-going trends to figure out what items would sell the most such as outing gear is quite popular nowadays.

4.         Charity Auctions

Charity Auction or Benefit Auctions are the best way to raise a lot of money in just a few hours. But in order to be successful, you need to make sure that you start planning your auctions months before the actual date because you are going to need a lot of help and planning to host an auction that gets you the results that you want. Start collecting valuable items and reach out to your potential donors. Don’t just limit your search to a particular community or city when the internet allows you to reach millions within seconds.

5.    CrowdFunding

CrowdFunding is another way to raise a lot of money within days for your cause. Sometimes it only takes hours to reach your goal. The thing about crowdfunding is that it allows almost everyone to participate in it. Individuals can donate any amount of money without having to worry about the minimum requirement and you will be surprised to find out how even $5 from each individual can get you to your goal. Plus the best thing about it is that it is inexpensive and it depends on social sharing. These campaigns have a habit of going viral so you can easily collect from people around the globe to help your cause.

6.         Eating Contests

Eating contest is a great fundraising idea. The thing about eating contests is that they are quite easy to hold. You just need to get some food and the public will automatically be attracted to you. Instead of just limiting yourself to a single food item, you can expand your horizons and make room for all types of eating contests so that everyone can participate.

Each participant should give an entry fee to compete in the contest and you can also put a small fee at the venue for the public to witness the contest. In order to decrease the initial cost, try to get in touch with the local bakeries and food places so that they can donate food for your fundraiser.

7.         Movie Night

Non-profit organizations can raise quite a lot of money by hosting movie nights. Get in touch with the concerned regulatory body and ask permission for hosting a movie night in the local park so that the entire community can join in and donate for the greater good of humanity. You can get in touch with the local cinema as well to get the popular movies and ask them to help you set up the event as well since they are the experts.

In order to spice things up, all the employees of the organization can host their own mini-movie nights at their place where they ask their networks to join in and donate for the cause. Remember even the smallest donations matter so instead of limiting yourself to one idea try to explore various others as well to get more and more donations for your cause.

8.         Fashion Show

A fashion show is one of the trendiest ways to get people to donate and become a part of your donating family. Setting up a fashion show is going to take a lot of effort and time but it isn’t going to cost you much. You can partner up with your local venues and sell event tickets at the busiest spots in your area. If you want to go huge then you can also sell tickets online to reach more individuals.

Ask your local clothing shops, struggling designers and even the huge luxury brands to donate items for your fundraising event. You can also collaborate with them. They get to advertise their clothing lines whereas you get to raise money from the tickets. You can ask high school girls or local models to volunteer and help you with your cause.

9.         Benefit Gala and Live Auction

Benefit Galas are a great way to engage with wealthier crowds. Since such galas are already filled with entertainment and fun thus you can easily squeeze in a live auction for your cause in it. Although hosting such event will initially cost you a lot but the end results are always better because you get to gather all the highest bidders in the same room. Do your research and try to get items that match the taste of your audience to secure higher bids.

10.      Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Events

Peer-to-peer fundraising is one of the most successful ways of raising a lot of money in a short span of time. A single individual can only do so much on his own but if he joins hands with other then he can impact the whole world. Not only does peer-to-peer fundraising help with the cause but it also help you build your donor network.

Instead of working alone, you can work with other fundraisers who are willing to help you with your cause. Each fundraiser can run his own campaign and ask his family and friends to donate for your cause. You will have to help them with planning and running their campaigns so that they don’t feel under pressure. Try to welcome every supporter/donor with open arms to your organization and end your fundraising campaign with an event such as a party or a color run to celebrate the effort and the success of the teamwork.


There are endless fundraising ideas that can keep your audience and donors engaged. So instead of limiting yourself to just a few, keep a lookout for other great ideas as well. Our list of ideas will help you brainstorm your event so choose the one that suits your organization or cause the most to make the most out of your fundraising events because an engaged audience means more donations.


Heather Trice, Co-founder and Master of The Ring is an asset to the Foundation Auctioneers. Her inner energy and sharp dedication to the business drives her to excellence. She is the go to person at Foundation Auctioneers thus you can for sure rely on her to use her charismatic influence to lighten up any event. She’s a team player, a true professional and has a heart of gold.
Heather Trice final - Effective Fundraising Ideas To Raise Money For Your Cause