Six Fundraising Opportunities for Small Nonprofits

Sometimes fundraising for a small library’s foundation or friends group can seem overwhelming. Wild Apricot has put together a list of ideas specifically for smaller nonprofit organizations. In his guest post, Adam Weinger, President of Double the Donation, writes:

A challenge I’ve come across with small nonprofits is finding a fundraising idea that will make a big impact, but will also be inexpensive. From my experience, there are six types of fundraisers that successfully meet both these criteria.

The full article is well worth the read for all the details, but here’s a quick summary of the magical six:

  1. Raffles: Simple and inexpensive. If you do a 50/50 raffle, you don’t even risk the cost of purchasing a prize.
  2. T-shirts: Not only do they raise money, they promote your cause when people wear them out in the community.
  3. Crowdfunding: An online option. Pick a platform and spread the word through social media.
  4. Matching gifts: Who can resist a two for one deal? Double your fundraising with minimal effort. If you’re still raising funds for the Wyoming Library Endowment Challenge, be sure to promote it.
  5. Walkathons: Easy to plan and a high rate of return.
  6. Peer-to-Peer Fundraising: Engage your existing donors to solicit funds on your behalf.

Learn more on the Wild Apricot Blog.

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