Community fundraising is all about getting members of the community to donate towards a worthy cause. These fundraisings are always successful if the community is involved in early stages, and the purpose being championed is one that most members of the community can relate with. In essence, what this means is that it might take longer to convince a community to fundraise towards something that has not affected them either directly or indirectly. Some of the ideas that you can use when doing community fundraising are:
Host an Auction Event
Auctions operate on the concept of the best bidder winning. You can bring together different items and auction them. There are many types of sales. You can have a silent auction where people silently bid as they interact with one another. There is a live auction where there is a moderator who calls the item, and people start placing their bids. You can also do an online auction where the items for sale are put on an online platform, and people bid on them.
Have Branded Merchandise
It is common to sell branded merchandise that reinforces the spirit of the cause you are fundraising for. For instance, if you are holding a fundraiser to help in equipping the children’s cancer ward in the community, you can sell Tshirts that have a logo of the hospital you plan to fund or one with an endearing message on why their donation matters and the difference it will make.
Organise For a Competition
Competitions are a fun and interactive way of fundraising. You can have people who are interested in the competition pay a registration fee, or you can partner with some companies to sponsor the competition and all the proceeds that are collected should be channelled to the cause that is being championed. The games can be sports-based, but you can also try out other fun activities that members of the community can enjoy such as having a cooking or baking competition, or even something as basic as a knitting competition.
Try Peer to Peer Fundraising
This is where you directly involve the community by giving them a card that they can use to solicit for funds. With the card, they can approach their peers, explain to them why the fundraiser is essential, and have them donate immediately or place a pledge that they will fulfil within a specific time. Even though this method is not as standard in the digital era where crowdfunding has taken over, it still works, especially in small communities.