Six Surefire Fundraising Ideas for Small Groups

Six Surefire Fundraising Ideas for Small Groups

No matter the size of your nonprofit, group, or organization, you can be successful at raising money to support your cause. Even the smallest group can make a huge difference with a fundraiser, as long as you have enthusiasm and good planning.

Bake Sale

Ah yes, the tried-and-true bake sale. It might seem old school, but the fact is, it works.  People love homemade baked goods, especially when their purchases support a good cause. Have members of your group or nonprofit sign up to make different things. This helps ensure variety. Spread the word about the bake sale through social media and networking.

Car Wash

Car washes work particularly well in the spring or summer for school teams or other youth-centric groups. You’ll also have to invest some money in car-washing supplies, though participants may be able to bring their own car sponges, buckets, soap, and other tools. This one doesn’t require marketing beforehand, as placing signs on that point toward the car wash location the day will usually suffice. In your signage, be sure to indicate what the car wash funds will support.

Yard Sale

Think about how large a yard sale can be for a single home. Now consider how much money you could raise by pooling together yard sale items for 10 to 15 homes. Free tools like Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist can help you spread the word.

Golf Tournament

While charity golf tournaments are often large-scale fundraisers, they can be just as effective for small groups. To increase your event’s profile, get a few local community leaders involved who don’t mind putting their golf game up for scrutiny. If the golf course you’re teaming up with has a limit on how many golfers they can host, that’s just fine. Create a cap on how many participants can play in your tournament to motivate folks to sign up early. And for something a little different, consider a minigolf tournament!

Peer-to-Peer Fundraising

This type of donation tactic simply means friends asking friends to donate. You can also sell products like cookies, magazines, pizza, gift cards, and other items to community members.

Fundraising Dinner

Hold this type of event at a local restaurant or bar. Ask them to donate a percentage of profits to your cause. In return, you and your group members will drum up lots of customers for the night.


Any of these six ideas will work great for your small group or nonprofit! Just make sure to plan ahead so that everything goes off without a hitch.

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