Fundraising Ideas for Nonprofits: What You Didn’t Know You Could Do!

If you’ve been working in the nonprofit sector for awhile, you’ve probably already read a hundred articles about ideas for successful fundraising. You know the usual suspects: golf outings, bake sales, car washes, and walkathons are all excellent ideas for raising funds. Throughout this blog post, we will take you through some lesser-known fundraising activities that can give your nonprofit an edge over other organizations. These activities may not be on your radar, but they are great ideas to add into your toolbox. Simply put, these tips won’t just help your organization raise funds but also get your target audience talking about you and what you stand for! You can learn more here:

Don’t forget about traditional fundraising activities

If you’re struggling to think of new fundraising ideas, it’s worth remembering that the tried-and-tested methods are great but you must remember to have multiple sources. The key thing is to diversify your fundraising activities. Bake sales and car washes may not bring in a lot of money compared to other fundraising activities, but every little bit can help. And if you can organize lots of different fundraising activities, you’ll be able to make sure that you have a steady stream of income coming in.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to fundraising activities. The trick is to identify your target audience and the issues they care about and then come up with fundraising activities that they will find engaging. For example, if you are looking to fundraise for an environmental organization, you could organize a clean-up campaign in a nearby park. If you are fundraising for a mental health organization, then you could organize a picnic in a nearby park where people can come together and talk about their struggles.

Corporate partnerships

This is an excellent fundraising idea for charities and nonprofits. It’s also easier than most people think. You just need to find a company that shares your values, and is willing to partner with you. You can start by looking for companies that have already been supporting you, and see what you can do to move the relationship to the next level. The benefits for both parties are obvious. The partner company gets to show the public that they care about the issue your nonprofit is working on, and you get financial support from them. If you don’t want to get a cash donation, you can also ask the company to provide the items that you need for your programs. It is a great idea to create a list of items that your organization needs.  It could be as simple as office supplies or items that can benefit your program participants.

Live Streaming Events

Live streaming events is a great idea for fundraising, as well as for promoting your nonprofit. There are lots of different events you can livestream, including conferences, lectures, and panel discussions. You can also livestream interviews with experts in your field, and use the event to raise money. When it comes to livestreaming, you have two main options: you can either stream to a public platform, or you can stream to a private platform and charge a fee to watch. If you are looking to raise money, you could livestream to a public platform like Facebook or YouTube.

Product Driven Events

Product Driven Events are events that feature products made by people in poverty-stricken areas. The idea is that you bring together craftsmen, who make products like bags, bracelets, and clothing, and members of the public who want to buy products. Money from the sales is then used to help these craftsmen improve their skills and find better jobs. This idea is great for nonprofits that work with people in poverty-stricken areas. Product Driven Events are also a win-win situation for the people in poverty-stricken areas. They earn a steady income, and you are able to fund your organization’s programs with the money raised. If you can’t find a company that makes products made by people in poverty-stricken areas, you can start your own business!

Virtual Events

Virtual events are another type of event that you can use to raise funds. The idea here is to host a live event online. You can do this using Facebook Live or Periscope, or even YouTube Live. With virtual events, you are not limited by location. You can host events at any time and for any reason. There are lots of different types of virtual events. You can host Q&As with experts in your field, or you can invite people to share their experiences with a certain issue. If you have a special guest, you can even host a virtual event where people can ask questions. You can charge for tickets to these events and use the money to fund your organization.


As you can see from this article, there are many different fundraising ideas that you can employ. The trick is to come up with fundraising activities that are fun, engaging, and that your target audience cares about. If you can do that, you are sure to find success with whatever fundraising activities you choose. Now that you know what’s out there, let’s get started with our first fundraising idea – corporate partnerships!