AUCTIONS – Collect sports memorabilia, spa packages, gift baskets and other items to hold a silent or other type of auction; or post them on eBay.
BABYSIT – Collect donations from parents to babysit their children.
BAKE SALE – Hold a bake sale at your home, office or any place with heavy foot traffic.
BINGO NIGHT – Find a local banquet room and charge a fee for a chance to play bingo for prizes. Sell candy and refreshments to boost your funds.
BIRTHDAY PARTY/HOUSE PARTY – Simply host a party at your home with food, drinks and games and ask guests to make a donation or charge a fee.
BOOK SALE – Ask all your friends, relatives, and teachers to donate their old books. Advertise your book sale by means of posters and flyers. Set up a table and sell books. If there are leftovers, you can always give them to a needy library, shelter, or school.
CALENDAR – Assemble a calendar with photos and facts about a specific topic of interest to sell in your community.
CANDY SALE – Sell candy bars at your school, your office or door-to- door and donate the proceeds.
CARE PACKAGES – Put together care packages of candy, food and other items. Sell them to parents who wish to send them to their kids at college or military personnel.
CARNIVAL – Hold a carnival in your backyard or at a local park that features a ring toss, face painting, musical chairs, an obstacle course and other exciting carnival games.
CAR WASH – Charge a flat rate for each car and ask drivers to make an additional donation.
CASUAL DAY – Ask your place of business to allow employees to dress casually for a day in exchange for a donation.
CHILI COOK-OFF – Organize a chili cook-off in your community or place of business. Award prizes for “hottest chili,” “best chili,” or “most unusual.”
CRAFT FAIR – Set up shop at a local craft fair or flea market and sell your crafts or artwork. An excellent way to raise funds and awareness!
COIN COLLECTION – Place coin collection containers in your school, church or local businesses for a designated period of time. Award the individual or organization that collects the most money.
CONCERT – Reserve a local amphitheater or stage venue and ask musicians to put on a benefit concert.
COOKBOOK – Collect recipes from your friends and family, then organize them into a cookbook to sell at your school, church or place of business.
DINNER OR GALA – Host a dinner in your home or at a public facility. You can serve anything from spaghetti to steak. Consider holding an auction or raffle as well.
DOG WALK – Collect pledges for distances walked with your pet or host a walk at a park with a flat entry fee.
EASTER EGG HUNT – Hide eggs at a local park or in your backyard and collect donations from families wishing to participate.
FOOD FAST – Get together with a group of friends, gather pledges, and fast for a full 24 hours. Or, fast from a certain food or other item and take the money you would have spent and donate it.
GARAGE SALE – Clean out your attic or basement and donate your proceeds. Ask your neighbors to donate their unwanted items as well.
GROUP ANNOUNCEMENT – Make an announcement at a group meeting. Tell your personal story and share the impact that missions had on you.
GIFT RECYCLING – Host a post-holiday party in your home in which invited guests bring a gift they cannot use in addition to a donation. All the recycled gifts are then bid on in a silent auction format.
GOLF OUTING – Reserve a local golf course for the day and invite individuals and foursomes to compete in a golf tournament. Secure sponsorships for each hole and award prizes.
GOOD GRADES – Ask your parents and neighbors to make a donation for every “A” you earn on your report card.
GOFUNDME – Open a Go-Fund-Me page and ask friends, family, and those in your social network for donations. (www.gofundme.com)
HOME AND GARDEN PARTY – Partner with Tupperware, Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef, or another similar company. Invite friends into your home for product/service displays and donate your profits.
ICE CREAM SOCIAL – Ask a local grocery to donate the ice cream and hold your social at school or work. You can charge by the bowl.
JUST ASK – Simply ask your friends, family and strangers to give donations.
KARAOKE NIGHT – Rent a karaoke machine and reserve a cafeteria. Serve food and drinks and ask the audience to donate in honor of their favorite singers.
LEMONADE STAND – Set up an old-fashioned lemonade stand and donate your proceeds.
LETTER WRITING – Simply write a letter or send an email to everyone in your address book about your personal story of faith; then ask them for donations.
MOVIE NIGHT – Host a movie night at a public facility with a large projection screen. Charge movie-goers for admission, popcorn and refreshments.
PERCENTAGE OF SALES – Ask a local restaurant or retailer to donate a portion of their sales over a designated time period.
PORTRAITS – Do you have an artist or two in the bunch? Sell your services to take family photos and portraits.
POOPER SCOOPERS – Sure, no one wants to do it, but they’ll pay for it! That’s why you can charge a premium.
PERFORM A FREE SERVICE FOR DONATIONS – Rake leaves, shovel snow, take care of a pet. When offering your service, ask the person who benefited from your actions for a donation.
RAFFLES – Hold a 50/50 drawing in which half of the money goes to the winner and the other half to missions. This is the perfect accompaniment to any event.
RUN A MARATHON – Enter a local marathon and collect general donations or pledges for every mile you run.
SACRIFICE – Give up coffee or candy or fast food for a week and donate the savings.
SCAVENGER HUNT – Organize a scavenger hunt and charge an entrance fee for teams. Be sure to award the winning team and consider making the event a pizza party as well.
SPORTS DAY – Pick your favorite sport and organize an all-day tournament with an entry fee. Award the winning team or individual.
STUFFED ANIMAL SAFARI – Have companies donate stuffed animals and arrange them in your home or a park to create a mini safari. Send children on a photo safari and allow them to buy their favorite animal at the end of the event.
TAGGING – Participate with others in “shaking the bucket” for missions!
TEA PARTY – Mail an invitation and tea bag to your friends and family. Ask them to make a donation for your “virtual” tea party and drink the tea in the comfort of their own home at a specific time.
TAXES – Get some help getting the most out of your tax return and donate it.
VIDEO GAME CONTEST – Pick your favorite video game and charge a fee to entrants. This works well as a board game contest as well.
WALK – Reserve a location and register people for an awareness walk. Encourage teams and individuals to solicit donations/sponsorships for their participation.
BUILD-YOUR-OWN FUNDRAISER – The ideas above are a mere sample of what a little imagination can do. Put your own touch on one of these ideas or create an entirely new fundraiser all on your own. The important thing is that you put the FUN in FUNdraising.