Non Profit Fundraisers - Learn How to Raise the Most Money

Charity fundraisers come in many shapes and sizes.

But they all have one thing in common.

Raising money is crucial to each organization. In fact non profit fundraising is critical. In many cases it's the only source for operating capital.

Non Profit Fundraising and charity fundraising in general are some of the most passionate areas of the fundraising industry. Usually the people who take the time to participate in these events care very deeply about the cause they are raising money to support or they would not be involved to the degree they are.

Let's explore some common best practices for non profit fundraisers that are applicable to any charity.

Point #1: Creating a Budget to Determine Fundraising Needs

Create a Budget

Long before you consider fundraising your organization needs to know how much money it needs to earn.

Does your non profit or charity have a budget?

Here's what your budget should include:

1. Income. Itemize every source of cash you have.

2. Detail all of your anticipated expenses. How are you going to spend money? How much money do you need to cover your anticipated costs?

3. When do you require the cash?

Once you know what your needs are you should put together a cash flow statement. That starts with how much money you have onhand. Then you record cash requirements in chronological order. When will you need money and how much will you need.

If you know you are expecting cash inflows you post those accordingly.

Once you have the above information you can create a dependable budget and determine your actual fundraising needs.

Point #2: Make a Fundraising Schedule

Fundraising Schedule

Assuming you've completed the budgeting process outlined about you now know how much money you need to raise and you should also know when you will need the money.

It's almost time to determine how you will raise the money. But first you need to set up a schedule based on your cash flow requirements of when your fundraisers need to take place.

When setting up your fundraising calendar remember to account for enough time to start and complete your fundraiser. Take into consideration when you will actually have the cash proceeds. That will help you schedule your fundraising actitivities in the approproate time slots.

Point #3: Choosing the Right Non Profit Fundraisers

Fundraising Choices

Honestly there are lots of different tried and proven charity fundraisers to choose from. In fact if you scroll lower on this page you will see that we have identified quite a few different types of non profits and created pages specifically for their needs. On those pages you will find greater detail and suggestions for the best non profit fundraisers.

But you might want to consider thinking outside the box a little and gather together your members, co workers and people who benefit from your work and brainstorm a little. You might be surprised at some of the ideas you might hear. Of course you'll hear lots of suggestions that you can immediately discard. But even if your group doesn't come up with any revolutionary new ideas they might come up with suggestions on how to tweak and existing fundraiser to help it prodice greater results.

The great thing about creating a budget and schedule is you now have concrete facts to discuss at your brainstorming session.

More Information

Depending on the organization, though, choosing the right Non Profit Fundraising idea is not always easy. We have put together a list of specific groups that require charitable fund raising as a means of support.

We invite you to locate the cause you want to raise money for. Click on the link to that group and review our suggestions. If you do not find a charity fund raising idea you like we invite you to browse the menu on the left side of this page or call a member of our skilled staff toll free (866) 874-8383 so they can review all of our easy fundraising ideas.

Easy ways to raise money by non profit group type

Non Profit Fundraising

Consider looking for the type of non profit or charity you are raising money for below. We've created pages that offers products and suggestions by non profit group types to make your search as easy as possible.

Adoption Fundraising:

There may be nothing more personal than an adoption fundraiser. When people are fundraising for adoption they are raising money to build a family. This section will address some of the easiest ways for individuals and those lucky enough to have support groups to take advantage of adoption fundraiser ideas.

Animal Fundraising:

People love animals and will support their cause in many ways. Animal shelter fundraiser events are becoming more and more common. In this section you will find fundraising ideas animals can really benefit from.

Anti Abortion Fundraising:

Some call it anti abortion fund raising and others call it pro life fundraising. This is a cause that dramatically divides many people. But those who choose to raise money for this cause do so passionately. In this section you will find some ideas to make your fundraiser efforts as simple as possible.

Association Fundraising:

We offer a wonderful selection of Association Fundraising ideas that can be used by any type of association including both non profits and for profit associations. Our Association Fundraisers offer high profits and no upfront cost options.

Boy Scout Fundraising Ideas:

Girl Scouts sell cookies. But there is no national Boy Scout fund raising program. They need to fend for themselves. This section will cover an array of Boy Scout and Cub Scout fundraising ideas. You will find Boy Scout fundraisers that work well for small groups and you will find others that are perfect for larger scout groups.

Breast Cancer Fundraisers:

Breast Cancer fundraising is well publicized and well organized on the larger scale levels. However those at the grass roots level need more help in choosing a breast cancer fund raiser that they can run. This section is geared toward the teams and individuals wanting to raise money to fight breast cancer.

Cancer Fundraising:

We offer a wide selection of different cancer fundraising ideas. Many options cost nothing to start and are essentially risk free. Choose the best cancer fundraiser for your needs.

Charity Fundraising:

Charity Fundraising is important to both individuals and charitable organizations that depend on donations to exist. We can help you raise money for charity through a wide selection of charity fundraisers including many that cost nothing to start.

Cub Scout Fundraising:

Need to raise money for your Cub Scout den? We have a wide selection of Cub Scout Fundraising Ideas offering high profits. We offer many no upfront cost Cub Scout fundraising ideas too.

Humane Society Fundraising:

Humane Society fund raisers are some of the more common of the animal causes holding fundraisers. This section will address some of the better options fundraising ideas Humane Society supporters might consider.

Meals on Wheels Fundraiser:

Not too many fundraising companies promote Meals on Wheels fundraising ideas. We hear from many people wanting to support this vital program that helps so many and is in desperate need of money. This section will address many different Meals on Wheels fundraisers.

Military Fundraiser:

Military fundraisers are held for a couple of reasons. Usually they are held to support families of the military or to send supplies to those in the military. In this section you will find suggestions for military fund raisers geared predominately towards smaller to mid sized groups.

Non Profit Fundraising:

Non profit fundraising covers the entire universe of cause-related fundraising. If you have not found a section on this page that discusses your specific non profit fundraising ideas then this is the section you will want to visit. You will find multiple nonprofit fundraising options and other ideas.

Organ Transplant Fundraiser:

There are companies that specifically help those in need of an organ transplant fundraiser. But quite often those services do not pay the entire cost. You can try organ donation fundraiser bracelets or some of the easy organ fundraising ideas that you will find in this section.

Political Fundraising:

Political fundraising is different than other cause related fundraisers in many respects. Election campaign fundraisers are well known. In this section, however, you will find more of a selection of political fund raiser ideas for the grass roots level.

Relay for Life Fundraising Ideas:

Of all the charitable fundraising efforts we hear from more people looking for Relay for Life fundraiserideas than any other. In this section you will find Relay for Life fundraisers that are great for individuals, small teams and even company wide fundraising efforts.

Youth Fundraiser:

This section will address club and youth fundraising ideas including some suggestions you might want to consider. Youth fundraising covers a lot of different groups. That is why this section includes a diverse group of suggested youth group fund raiser ideas use a basis to begin the search for your perfect youth fundraiser.

Our Top Charity Fundraisers:
Restaurant Fundraiser Cards
Restaurant Fundraiser Cards gift cards good at more than 18,000 locations.
Dinner and Movie Card
Dinner and Movie Card
Great national discount card offers discounts for a full year.
Home Delivery Cookie Dough Tubs
Home Delivery Cookie Dough Tubs
Now you can sell cookie dough anywhere in the country.
Money Scratch Cards
Money Scratch Cards
Each member of your group raises $100 in donations.
Magic Melts Fundraiser
Magic Melts Scented Wax
Our newest no upfront cost fundraising idea.
Pretzel Rods Fundraiser
Pretzel Rods Fundraiser
Pretzel Rods are a great product for charity groups.
Lollipop Fundraiser
Yummy Lix Fundraising Lollipops
One of the easiest to sell fundraising products.
What Our Customers Say:
Earth Candles
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Flower Bulb Fundraising
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We just finished our flower bulb fundraiser and did real good. I think this might have been our best fundraiser ever.

Journey of Faith Candles
Review Posted by: Patricia - (March 21 2012)

we did the fund raising to donate the proceeds to American cancer society. It was a great success. They acted promptly and weere very professional. The orders arrived quickly. My only regrets is that we did not order more because people are still requesting them. They are best scented candles that I've smelled in a loooong time.

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