Effective fundraising ideas include selling baked goods or the unwanted items of community members, holding a race that includes individual sponsorship, or organizing a carnival that sells food or tickets to play different games. Another option is to create a project through an online crowdfunding website such as GoFundMe.com or CrowdRise.com, as of 2016.
Traditional fundraising events such as a bake sale or rummage sale are often effective in local communities, and they have low costs to start. Bake sales can take place at existing community events, such as a high school sports game or church meeting, and include goods made by community members. A rummage sale involves members of the community or the fundraising organization bringing items such as clothing, books, sporting equipment or electronics to a set location to sell.
Organizing a specific event to raise money can also be effective, although it requires more work and often more initial money. For example, a carnival or fair needs to have attractions, food booths and prizes to give out, as well as people to work the event. Money comes from charging admission, selling food or selling tickets to play games.
Online crowdfunding typically has no initial startup costs, although it does require making an account on a site and producing a video or written description about the project. This allows you to explain why you are raising funds and share it with people across the Internet to collect money.