Fundraising Ideas For Nonprofits - How To Fundraise For Nonprofit Groups

Fundraising ideas for nonprofits covering how to increase donations, get more volunteers, major donor efforts, newsletters, grant writing, and donation request letters.

Discover how to fundraise for nonprofit groups through fundraising events, silent auctions, fundraising letters and donation appeals.

Learn how to attract the largest possible audience to your charity event, why you should use four different types of auctions, and how to raise the most money with less work.

Learn easy ways to boost donations with your next appeal letter by using storytelling and attention getting headlines. Find out why you always need to provide a prepaid return envelope and offer multiple ways to donate online.

Easy Fundraising Ideas For Nonprofits

You should always include a prominent "Donate Now" button in the upper right corner of your website and all your social media pages. Your "Donate Now" button should provide the easiest possible way to donate funds with the least possible effort.

Offer simple donation amounts along with an option for recurring monthly donations. Be sure to require an email address so you can thank them for their donation and send them a monthly progress newsletter.

Check out the articles below for more nonprofit fundraising ideas.

Make Your Donation Letter A Quick Read

A great donation letter is one that can be read quickly, one that’s easily skimmed for highlights and packs a powerful call to action. Let’s face facts here. Hardly anyone is going to read every word of your fundraising letter. In fact, you’re doing great just getting them to open it.So, don’t waste the opportunity […]

Applying For Federal Grants

Applying for Federal grants can be confusing and time-consuming for both businesses and non-profit organizations. The best way to go about it is to be prepared with all the required information such as obtaining a DUNS number, registering with the System for Award Managment (SAM.gov), and getting all your documents in order.Grant application expert Sheila […]

Give Donors What They Want

The secret to getting donations for your non-profit is to give donors what they want. People give to causes to make a difference in others lives. And what donors really want to know is how their donation will help people.Fundraising letter expert Alan Sharpe describes how to effectively communicate with your donors by telling stories […]

Service Auction Fundraiser

Another easy way to raise funds is with a service auction or skills auction. Essentially you are raising money by offering the skills and services of your supporters to the highest bidder. These are skills or services that people are already paying for, so its easy to get bidders interested in these types of auction […]

Better Fundraising Letters Tell Stories

The best fundraising letters tell stories that pull the reader in and describe how lives have been changed for the better. Storytelling will help you raise more funds, but there is a format you should follow. Your donation letter should describe what someone’s life was like before something bad happened to them, what their life […]

Email Fundraising Tips

If you are looking to raise funds by email, check out these email fundraising tips from Sandip Sekhon of GoGetFunding.com. When you are trying to get donations through email, the most important thing is getting people on your list to actually open your email.Otherwise, you’re just spinning your wheels because it’s all about the open […]

U.S. Worst Charities List 2013

A list of the worst charities to donate to in 2013 compiled by CNN, the Tampa Bay Times, and the Center for Investigative Reporting. The worst U.S. charities list is based on factors such as the percentage of funds raised that was paid to telemarketing firms, how much was paid in executive salaries, and how […]

Fundraising Online – GiveAsYouLive.com

Another great way for non-profit fundraising online is the website GiveAsYouLive.com which lets charities raise money when their supporters shop online. Voted the Best Giving Platform for 2013 by the Institute of Fundraising, this UK-based site enables users to find the best online price for an item with their comparison shopping engine and then automatically […]

Save The Rainforest – Follow The Frog

This very funny video about how to Save The Rainforest shows you everything you won’t actually do to save the rainforest. Why? Because that way would just be an epic FAIL. Instead, the nonprofit Rainforest Alliance makes it simple for you to save the rainforest if you just Follow The Frog.The key takeaway for nonprofit […]

Nonprofits Bad Reputation

Here is a lengthy article about statistics showing that some not for profit organizations are developing a bad reputation in polls by David Clayton, PhD, Vice President, Nonprofit and Social Issues Research Group, Harris Interactive.While a Third of Adults Think the Nonprofit Sector in the United States is Headed in the Wrong Direction, a Vast […]

Email Fundraising

Here is a good article from Alan Sharpe about using email fundraising to encourage online donations.Sending an email with no links to follow is like mailing a direct mail appeal without enclosing a reply device or return envelope. Costly.Email fundraising only works when you inspire donors to go online. Online is where you get their […]

Donor Newsletters

Tips for donor newsletters from Alan Sharpe. I have a client whose direct mail fundraising program is in trouble. I think you can profit from his predicament. I know he is going to.The development officers at his non-profit organization are doing plenty of things right. They attract new supporters by mailing donor acquisition packages a […]

Donor Management Tips

Most nonprofits could benefit from a few donor management tips. We all know that people give money to people, not to organizations. That is why it is so important for nonprofits to target their potential large donors and figure out ways to draw them into the community that is the organization.When a large donor feels […]

Foolproof Donor Fundraising

This article describes several ways to improve your donor relationship management by identifying with your donors. Tommy Yan explains the nine reasons why people donate money to nonprofit organizations and why you should consider those in your fundraising appeals.9 Ways To Identify With More DonorsI pulled up to the curb and met three pairs of […]

Nonprofit Fundraisers

Read this informative article by Jacob Ackart, an experienced participant in Nonprofit Fundraisers:In a time when public and private philanthropic funds are shrinking, non-profits are scrambling to come up with bigger and better fundraisers to get their share of a smaller pie. In this difficult development atmosphere, non-profits must get the most out of the […]

Nonprofit eBay Fundraiser

Another unique way for nonprofit groups to raise funds is by selling items on eBay. The world’s largest auction marketplace has some special guidelines for nonprofits to follow. Here is the low-down on starting your Nonprofit eBay Fundraiser.Nonprofit eBay Fundraiser AuctionThe program is called eBay Giving Works. There are two different fundraising approaches for nonprofits […]

Non-Profit Website Design

While it’s true that your non-profit website is the information center for your organization, and the way you let the world know about your programs and efforts, you may be missing out on one of the most powerful fundraising opportunities available.The Key To Fundraising Through Your WebsiteDesign and content – is that all there is […]

Non-profit Organizations Fundraising Advice

Are you looking for some inside information on fundraising for non-profit organizations? Here’s an up-to-date report from fundraising experts who should know.Basic Rules for Your FundraisingConsidered as an ethical activity, your fundraising activity should preferably adhere to basic rules of personal integrity, public probity and accountability. After all you’re the cream society, who is on […]

Non-Profit Fund Raising Tips

Non-profit fund raising is all about multiple streams of income, so how do you make more money for your organization?Simple. When you put together your annual plan, you need to include as many ways to raise money as possible.So, you’re probably thinking: “That’s easy for you to say, but how exactly do I go about […]

2006 Fundraising Ideas

Need a new way to pump up this year’s fundraisers at your nonprofit? These six fundraising ideas will definitely maximize your results.Auction off premium event seatingGrab Google Grants for publicityLeverage eBay for donationsSwell your revenue stream with creditMultiply donations with upfront requestsExplode your results by going OTTHeard about the Minneapolis church that auctioned off their […]