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.

8 Reasons All Non-Profits Need A Web Site

A nonprofit organization can take advantage of the Internet for at least eight purposes:publicitypublic educationfundraisingvolunteer recruitmentservice deliveryadvocacyresearchcommunicationLet us look at brief examples of each of these uses in turn.Publicity – Good sites gain attention. Attention or awareness is exactly what all non-profits need… it accelerates fund-raising efforts, and enhances all the following essential needs.Public Education […]

Fundraising Management Strategies

Fundraising Management – In the nonprofit world, when it comes to “memberships,” we seem to be of two minds. On the one hand are memberships that convey benefits in exchange for a fee, and on the other, those that recognize donors for gifts made.Fund Raising with Fee-Based MembershipsIn fee-based memberships, a patron of The Metropolis […]

Nine Basic Truths Of Nonprofit Fundraising

Fund raising is a combination of common sense, hard work, preparation, courtesy, commitment, enthusiasm, understanding, and a belief in what you are asking others to support. Fund raising is not magic; it is taking action and earning Tony Poderis Author of “It’s a Great Day To Fund-Raise!”Myths about fund-raising:The process is a mysteryYou need […]

Nonprofit Website SEO Tips

Here is a helpful article by SEO Copywriter/Consultant, Scott Salwolke, who has spent 20 years assisting charities and non-profit agencies about Nonprofit Website SEO.Few organizations would benefit more from search engine marketing than charities. And yet most agencies still seem content with simply having a website. They don’t seem to realize the potential a successfully […]

Nonprofit Fundraising Myths

Helpful tips from Tony Poderis, a leading fundraising expert and author, about the truths and myths of Nonprofit Fundraising:When it comes to fund-raising, there are truths and myths. The truths illuminate the path to success. The myths speak with the dark voice of “conventional wisdom” of what can’t be done and won’t work.Throughout my career […]

Nonprofit Fundraising Relationships

This article on maintaining nonprofit fundraising relationships by Michelle Pearson, a long time fundraising professional in the nonprofit sector, predates most social media, but many of it’s points remain relevant.The golden key to effective fundraising is an organizations ability to manage relationships. While some may consider this an oversimplified explanation of a complex non-profit business […]

Nonprofit Fundraising Mistakes

I’m a board member of a local nonprofit and we are about to launch our annual campaign. Like other nonprofits in our community, we are facing a very competitive funding environment. There are more agencies seeking more money from more sophisticated donors.It’s enough to make you run for cover.How To Avoid Three Common MistakesThe reality […]

Donor Fundraising Articles

Here are our donor fundraising related articles grouped by category of donor management, donor recognition, or donation letters.Donor ManagementDonor Management Tips – Ten donor management tips you can use to develop your donor base – Why fundraising is equivalent to friend raising and what it means to your approach.Fundraising Management – Tips on maximizing capital […]

Donor Recognition

Donor recognition is a key aspect in successful nonprofit fundraising, particularly in capital campaigns. Here are some ways that donor recognition can help your group meet or exceed its fundraising goals.How to use donor recognition in a capital campaign – Capital campaigns using donor recognition are easy to conduct. In this type of capital campaign, […]

Non-Profit Fundraising Advice

Here are some resources for non-profit fund raising activities, online fundraising tips, and website design advice. Non-profits face a bigger challenge raising necessary funds every year and these are some of our best articles.Non-Profit ResourcesNonprofit eBay Fundraiser – Putting together a nonprofit eBay fundraiser – How eBay’s Giving Works program can help your nonprofit group […]

Internet Fundraising Tips

This article by Tony Poderis, a fundraising consultant, pre-dates most social media like Facebook, but it still has some relevant points about what to consider when thinking about Internet Fund-Raising. Whether you include social media in your internet fundraising efforts or not –  and you definitely should – now charitable fundraisers are truly global in […]

Charity Fundraising Ideas

Oftentimes, a non-profit group will ask for donations via a direct solicitation. There are literally dozens of books about this type of charity fundraising, so I’ve limited this article to an overview of different solicitation approaches and notes on common mistakes to avoid.Think about doing something different than you’ve done in the past. Consider offering […]

Fundraising Software – How Can That Help Me?

Fundraising software lets you connect with donors in a way that is unlike any communication you’ve ever had before. You can diversify your fund raising efforts with software and manage all of your day-to-day activities.There are many companies that sell fundraising software suitable for your organization. Much of the software is capable of helping you […]

The ABCs of Fundraising

There are many little details that go into making sure your fundraising event is a successful event. The key is to have all your fundraising details laid out in front of you before you even start.Below are some tips to help you get started on the right foot for your fundraiser:What is the purpose of […]

Training Volunteers For Charity Works and Fund Raising

Once in a while you will receive volunteers who want to work with you. So how do you induct or even train them?When you have volunteers who are willing to help you with your fundraising, you will need to explain to them what you expect from them and your current working group.Some volunteers have little […]

Major Gift Plan For Fundraising

Here is a guest article by Bob Martin, Assistant vice Chancellor for Development at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on developing your Major Gift Plan campaign. This is some great advice that applies to many donor planning and management tasks.Utilizing a Prospect Management SystemSummary analysis of the major gifts plan:1) The major gifts program […]

Accept Credit Card Donations

A lot of groups want to accept credit card donations or fundraising auction payments online, but don’t know how to do it. There are three main ways to accept payments online: use PayPal, use a nonprofit credit card processing service, or get your own merchant account.PayPalPayPal is by far the easiest way to handle credit […]

Five Reasons for Fundraising Failures

5 Reasons for Fundraising Failures – Most nonprofits today live and die by their ability to successfully raise funds. The more funds they are able to raise the more good they are able to accomplish.A successful fundraiser has the potential to do much more than just generate funds for an organization. It can energize staff […]

Fundraising Letters

Here are some sample fundraising letters that you can copy. See what works for other non-profit groups. Includes links to other sources for tips on which donation request letter format and solicitation queries work for them.How To Write A Fundraising Letter – Instructions for how to write a fundraising letter – Advice and tips on […]

Fundraising Software

Summary: Here are ten listings of the most popular donor software programs. Includes descriptions of the top ten nonprofit donor software packages plus links to their websites for more information.Donor Management SoftwareDonor Perfect Fundraising Software – Donor Perfect is the perfect tool to help grow your organization’s fundraising success. Building on over 18 years serving […]