Looking for Great Fundraising Ideas?
Tired of the silent auction? You should be — they have LOUSY return on investment.
Try these best fundraising ideas at your event or gala this year, and you’ll be happier with returns:
- hold a live raffle every 30 minutes — your most obnoxious friend will make it F-U-N
- set up a marketplace of Haitian goods
- have a table to sign up guests to visit Haiti with your team to see your work in action; this creates long-term donors who become emotionally and physically connected
First, make sure holding a nonprofit raffle is doable in your state. Here is a great article that details specifics. Silent auctions have certain legal requirements too.
Purchase a roll of raffle tickets under $5 bucks at Walmart; sell tickets during the cocktail portion of your evening — pairs of middle school children with bright shiny faces are perfect ticket sales reps (hold a contest — most tickets sold earns that pair a special treat).
Identify items; solicit donation or purchase (you’ll make money even if you purchase wholesale). Display items & allow people to purchase tickets from the table (for example, one for $20, 3 for $50)
Good list of items to raffle — start raffling smaller items, work towards a crescendo over the evening:
Next, decide when / how you’ll raffle. Raffle 3 items back to back every 30-minutes during the later half of the cocktail hour? Raffle all items during dessert?
Marketplace of Haitian Goods:
There’s no amount of check cashing that’s going to change Haiti long-term. Haitians need jobs, access to markets, to sell crops and other goods (but mostly crops).
Your table of Haitian goods will inform consumers the importance buying habits: change your cup, change a nation. Great items for your Haitian marketplace:
Set up a table to sign up guests to visit Haiti with your team to see your work in action; this creates long-term supporters who become emotionally and physically connected.
Have a video and or photos of your work along with take-home literature.
Then work hard with those new recruits to develop with your Haitian partners ways to begin or continue self-sustaining measures.