Unique Nonprofit Fundraisers

Need a few ideas to spice up your fundraising? Here are three unique ideas for events that your nonprofit can set up to raise money:

Social Media Contest

Social media is essential for any business today, and nonprofits are no exception. In fact, around 92% of NPOs report that they have a Facebook page.

Take advantage of your audience by running a fun social media contest. Create a post for your donors to share to their followers with a link to a specific donation page. Have donors pledge to donate a set amount for each "Like" their post gets. If you want, you could even offer a small reward for the individual who gets the most Likes!

Not only is this a way to raise money, it's always a great way to expand your reach to a relevant audience. Leveraging your supporters to expand your organization's reach is some of the cheapest, yet arguably most effective, social media marketing available.

Cooking Contest

Shows like Iron Chef or Chopped on Food Network aren't just for the small screen, they also make for great fundraisers! Go beyond chili cook-offs or backyard barbecues with an engaging activity that will be a hit (pun intended?) with everyone. Pick a handful of secret ingredients, and challenge the chefs to create the best possible meal they can using all of them.

You can raise money by selling tickets to the event & inviting vendors to set up booths at a negotiated cost.

Don't have a full exhibition kitchen like on the shows? Even better! Get creative by challenging the chefs to "microwave & toaster oven only" meals. Who wouldn't love some gourmet microwave popcorn with melted marshmallow and bacon?

Local Business "Crawl"

Similar to a pub crawl, coordinate a day of going around to various local businesses, be they clothes shops or restaurants. Each business will create specials just for your group, of which a portion of the revenue will go back to your organization. You can also create a scavenger hunt to encourage participation. This is a great way to engage with your local community while including the entire family!