Raising money for a cause isn’t as difficult as one might think. All it takes is a lot of planning and managing a killer event that everyone would be psyched to attend. Depending on your cause, you’d be surprised how much money you can make. Here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling and the funds you need coming in.
Equity crowdfunding is exactly what the word implies: getting funding by using the crowd accessible to you. However, there are many different types of crowdfunding you could use according to what you have to offer. The first option is using crowdfunding to invest in a real-estate project which is open for anyone to become a shareholder and getting returns on your investments.
To understand how this type of crowdfunding works, you can read the Fundrise Review and get an idea on how any individual can invest in real estate with as little capital as possible and still receive the shared profits as the appreciation of the investment goes up.
Another popular type of equity crowdfunding is to make a video on one of the many crowdfunding platforms, explaining the cause or project you’re raising money for and ask your friends, family members or anyone who shares your vision for donations. You can even provide a symbolic product for them to buy at a higher cost, just so that they feel they’re getting something in return for their funds.
Depending on the size of the fundraising event and the amount of money you need to raise, a bake sale can be an excellent, fun donation-based crowdfunding type for everyone involved. It is no secret, that baking is a lot cheaper than the baked items being sold.
That’s why preparing a bake sale can result in large funds being collected. The best thing about it, is that everyone can take part, whether it is kids, neighbors or family, there’s no one who won’t enjoy the process of baking.
And honestly, anything with chocolate in it is worth every single penny. This fundraising technique works wonders for school and community events and is quite easy to set up. All you need is to assign people to bake, set a date, bring a table or a stand to your venue and spread the word.
If you’re watching your calories and a bake sale isn’t your cup of tea, then here’s a healthier, fitter option. Planning a charity run is the kind of event that many people don’t mind taking part in. You can charge for registration and have a multiple of 5k runs, 10km runs and even 1km runs to include families, too.
There can be event t-shirts to be bought, caps, wristbands or any other props you think your community would be interested in purchasing. All this can raise quite the fortune when marketing for the event is done right.
There’s no age that wouldn’t enjoy a good game. It’s definitely a fun way to get the funds you need by charging entrance fees or a fixed charge for each game to be played, just like you’d do at the arcades, for instance.
You can have different stations with board games for kids, board games for adults, trivia game station, hangman, charades or even a video game station for gamers. Add a soft drink stall and any kind of fast food station or some chips at an extra cost, and you’ve got yourself a night where everyone will have the time of their lives while donating to your cause.
Another game option can be a bowling tournament where each individual pays an entrance fee as well as a charge to use the equipment and take part in the tournament. If you’d like to spice things up a bit, you could either raise the charge or bring on a sponsor who could offer the winning person a hefty prize as an incentive.
If you’ve ever watched Step up, then you know how much fun a dance-off can be. This is a chance to not only highlight hidden talents in your community and give them a chance to shine, but it’s a great opportunity for teams or individuals to have fun at creating a piece of artwork.
Dance battles can bring in amateur dancers, professional dancers as well as high school gangs who want to have a bit of fun expressing themselves on stage. Add a bit of a challenge to it, by having the final dance-off to be performed on a random track that the dancers will only find out on the spot. It is best when an incentive (usually monetary) is added as a prize, so team up with a dance school and give them a chance to recruit candidates at the same time.
Let’s face it, we all have a load of crap lying around that we just don’t need. Items that we’ve been hoarding for years just in case we might need it at some point. But it’s time to admit, we will no longer use that analog camera or the treadmill for that matter!
Setting up a garage sale is a great way to get rid of all the items you no longer need, freeing a whole lot of space and making money at the same time. The best thing about it is that it can really be done out of your garage or garden and everyone around you can participate. The proceeds can be enormous considering you’re selling a bunch of stuff you no longer need.
Theatrical Performance Or Art Show
Depending on the talent you have available, a range of artistic performances can be done. If you have the talent and the skills to put together an art show or exhibition, you can charge entrance fees for that event and even sell your artwork with the proceeds going towards the cause.
You can even have a theme where kids make the artworks themselves, or if the cause is for sick children, they can have a blast making the artwork and help them feel they managed to raise the money themselves as well as feel appreciated. If that isn’t quite feasible, then a play is always a hit. Volunteers can sign up to perform a play and when opening night comes, anyone looking for entertainment will come to see them play for a fee.
It’s Your Call!
There are many options when it comes to fundraising, some of which you can organize and execute on your own, while others are a grander scale and will need the help of your community or school members. Just keep in mind, that once you have a plan, all you need is to put it in motion, make sure everyone has a blast and you’ll get all the funds you’re trying to raise.
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