25 Quick Fundraising Ideas for Nonprofits and Charity

Why do we need quick fundraising ideas? Oftentimes we need them to get the ball rolling for a longer-term campaign, get through a mid campaign hump or for an emergency situation. The ideas need to be engaging enough to get people involved quickly. Here a list of 25 quick fundraising ideas to rally people to raise money for charity.

Breakfast in Bed Helping Others
  1. Channel your inner master chef - a nod to cooking reality TV, round up supporters and foodies for a friendly culinary competition. Contestants create their best dishes with specific ingredients and pay people to taste and cast their votes.
  2. Nearly new sale - collect your teams gently worn, barely use close and host a weekend sale or auction, take pictures of the items before hand and post them on social networks to generate buzz ahead of time.
  3. Breakfast in bed - asked local businesses to donate breakfast foods and have supporters place orders and deliver the goods.
  4. Scavenger hunt - organize a scavenger hunt and send everyone around town. Charge a registration fee and offer extra tips and hints for different donation amounts.
  5. Donate for talent - put on a talent show with an entry fee and supporters can donate to cast votes for winning numbers of different categories.
  6. Tie-dye party - tie-dye and sell T-shirts that promote your cause and host to get together with the materials for people to make their own tie-dye shirts and charge an entrance fee.
  7. Give it up - even the smallest donation can make a difference so asked fundraisers to give up a daily beverage or meal and donate the money to a worthwhile cause instead.
  8. Bike relay - turn a traditional bike race into a relay style race with prizes for the teams the place.
  9. Film fundraising - host a film festival and participants enter their own unique productions. Turned into a contest where attendees give five dollars in order to cast their votes for their favorite films.
  10. Hairless fundraisers - participants pledged to shave their heads to raise money.
  11. Trash art auction with the help of local artists create some masterpieces out of recyclables or other waste products and auction off the pieces.
  12. Quiz bowl - host a quiz game night and charge an entrance fee and see you can raise the most money.
  13. Run the race - host a costume race were people dress up.
  14. Roller race - switch up the usual 5K run walk with a roller-skating marathon.
  15. Dance marathon - hosted dance marathon and supporters can request songs for five dollars.
  16. Dodge ball tournament - ask each team to fund raise a certain amount to participate.
  17. House party invite supporters and their friends to a charitable house party around a certain theme.
  18. Gaming for good - gamers raise money by participating in a video gaming marathon. You can live stream it to reach a larger audience and viewers can donate.
  19. Battle of the bands - gather local bands to put on a charity concert. Performers and attendees pay registration fee.
  20. Athletic tournament - use a sports tournament to raise money whether its baseball, flag football or bowling.
  21. Craft sales - gather your talented friends to help create and sell your crafts.
  22. Good old pub-crawl - charge a fee for people to participate and earn sponsorships for each bar they make it to.
  23. Local Olympics - put together an Olympic style-sporting event for locals and ask each participant to front raise a minimum amount to receive a collective goal.
  24. Recipe books - people can share their do-it-yourself projects and crowd source recipes from different supporters to compile a solid hard copy charity cookbook.
  25. Art show - local artisan supporters pay a nominal registration fee and attendees can pay a registration fee to browse the collection. You can even auction off pieces for charity.