If you are organizing an individual fundraising activity, perhaps to benefit a specific person in need or to help someone in your family, making the most profit possible is obviously your top concern. You also want to feel comfortable with what you are doing and for people to be responsive to you. So how do you go about choosing an individual fundraising idea that will bring the money, while keeping your stress levels low?

There are many paths to the same destination. Honestly, pretty much any individual fundraising activity can spell out success if you organize it with the right things in mind, such as how much money you need, how you plan to tackle that goal, and how many people you think you can get to help you. For example, if it is just you and your family trying to get this idea off the ground, it probably isn't the best idea to select a fundraiser with large minimum order requirements or shipping charges that will significantly cut into the money you will make.

Also, you need to keep in mind whom you are targeting and what sorts of things those people would like to buy. If your individual fundraiser is going to benefit a school child, then it makes sense to try to get the other students involved, and in that case a direct sale product like fundraising candy bars can work really well, especially if you can get permission for the kids to sell chocolate on school grounds. There aren't many kids out there who wouldn't go for a chocolate bar after lunch or after school, and with the price set at $1 a bar, this is a individual fundraising activity that's affordable as well as effective.

If you expect to be doing your fundraiser out in the community, perhaps something like a catalogue fundraiser would be more appropriate. You might consider something like a cookie dough fundraiser. It just takes a little bit of common sense to figure out which product or activity would be best for you and will raise the most money. Browse through our individual fundraising pages and see what might suit your needs.