Free and Easy Fundraising Ideas

Set your fundraiser apart with unique fundraising ideas. Here’s your guide to proven ideas that breaks down how to grab the attention of donors, inspire donations, and boost social shares in your community.

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Fundraising ideas by cause

  • Medical

    Raise funds to cover out-of-pocket costs for medical expenses like surgeries, medications, and even lost wages due to time off from work. Raise funds for family or friends facing illness or medical debt.

    • Medical Crowdfunding Guide
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    • In Vitro Fertilization Fundraising
  • Funeral and memorial

    Reduce the financial burden of a loved one’s funeral by fundraising for a memorial service or raise money to honor their legacy with a scholarship fund.

    • How to Start a Memorial Fund
    • How Do You Pay for a Funeral with No Money
    • How to Start a Scholarship Fund to Honor a Loved One
    • Funeral Savings Guide: Everything You Need to Think About
  • Pets and animals

    Raise funds for your pet’s veterinary care, treatments, or surgery. Animal lovers can also fundraise for animal shelters or support the preservation of endangered species.

    • Pet Fundraising Guide
    • Fundraising Ideas for Animal Charities
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    • How to Raise Money for Your Pet’s Surgery
  • Emergencies and disasters

    Help rebuild communities that have been hit with a sudden emergency or disaster. Quickly set up a fundraiser in the wake of a hurricane, fire, flood, or earthquake to support your family, friends, and/or your community.

    • Fundraising Ideas for Disaster Relief
    • Crowdfunding for Natural Disasters
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    • Six Steps for Running a Successful Disaster Relief Fund
    • How to Help Hurricane Victims Recover
    • Powerful Yet Easy Ideas to Help Flood Victims Recover
    • How to Help Earthquake Victims Rebuild
  • Kids and family

    Raise funds for children of all ages. Help pay for summer camps, sports camps, Eagle Scout projects, science fairs, and more.

    • Fundraising Ideas for Kids and Teens
    • Fundraising Ideas for Summer Camp
    • How to Raise Money for a Family in Need
    • Adoption Fundraising Ideas
  • Education and schools

    Change someone’s life: raise funds for school supplies, field trips, school improvement projects, programs, or facilities upgrades. Start or supplement a college fund. Connect your student group with a charitable organization or raise funds for a classroom.

    • Fundraising Ideas for College
    • Fundraising Ideas for Schools
    • High School Band Fundraising
    • Fundraising Ideas for Small Groups
  • Nonprofits and charities

    Whether you’re fundraising for your nonprofit or want to support the work of your favorite charity, create a GoFundMe fundraiser to support the causes you’re passionate about. Raise funds to help the sick or disadvantaged; provide scholarships and training to those in need. Create positive change on a local and global scale.

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    • Fundraising Ideas for Charity Events
    • How to Raise Money for Environmental Charities
    • Fundraising Ideas for Nonprofit Organizations
    • Best Ways to Raise Money for Charity
    • Ways to Give to a Charity: Nine Easy Ideas to Make an Impact
    • Charity Crowdfunding Guide: How To Support Your Favorite Cause
  • Churches and faith

    Raise funds for education, training, mission trips, and other church programs and community activities.

    • Fundraising Ideas for Mission Trips
    • How to Raise Money for a Mission Trip to Africa
    • Church Fundraising Ideas
  • Neighbors and community

    Provide financial assistance to friends and neighbors struggling in the aftermath of a natural disaster or other hardship. Help fund projects that benefit your community.

    • Fundraising Ideas for Community Projects
    • How to Help Your Community Through Crowdfunding
  • Sports

    Support amateur athletes by raising funds for equipment, facilities, league expenses, team activities, tournaments, travel, and more. Run a fundraising tournament to support your team or another good cause.

    • Sports Fundraising Ideas
    • Sports Team Fundraising Ideas for the Win
  • More fundraising ideas

    There’s no shortage of creative fundraising ideas to help you raise meaningful donations. A unique, well-executed idea can be the key to fundraising success.

Fundraising essentials

Set up your fundraiser

Add your fundraising goal, photos, videos, and a detailed fundraiser story.

Boost awareness and build your community

Share your fundraiser with our built-in links to your Facebook, Twitter, and email accounts.

Keep it fresh with fundraiser updates

Write several updates, add new photos, and send thank you notes to your donors.

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Fundraising strategy ideas

  • Set up your fundraiser

    This is your chance to tell a unique story. Make it stand out by choosing a memorable and descriptive name; add high-quality photos, and offer a heartfelt description of your financial needs.

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  • Connect with images and video

    Visuals are powerful. Fundraisers with compelling visuals raise more money than those without. Add high-quality photos and videos to your fundraiser page to help potential donors connect with—and share—your cause with the world.

    1. How Images Can Lead to Fundraising Success
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  • Raise awareness and build community

    Build a strong fundraising community to drive traffic to your fundraiser. Check out our proven ideas for building support for your cause.

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  • Reach out to media

    Getting your fundraiser featured in the news is a surefire way to get your story out into the world. And, it isn’t as hard as you might think. Check out these great ideas for shining a spotlight on your fundraiser.

    1.  How to Get Local Media to Cover Your Fundraiser
  • Use social media

    Social media is one of your most important fundraising tools. Use your social networks to spread awareness among family, friends, and even strangers— reach as many potential donors as you can.

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