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50 Ways to Fundraise

  1. Corporate Matching: Make your company work for you. Ask them to match donations made by other employees.

  2. Friend-Match: Ask your friend who is making a donation to look into their company's matching gift program.

  3. Theme Dinner: Hold a themed dinner event for 10 of your friends. Donation: $50 a head. Spend no more than $20 a head on the food and you will have $300 in pledges. Better yet, get the food donated if possible and simply ask for donations at the door.

  4. Garage Sale: One person's trash can be someone else's treasure. Get all of your friends to donate items for a super garage sale and have people "buy" things with pledges. Advertise it in a local newspaper. Keep plenty of pledge forms on hand!

  5. Lemonade Stand: Have the kids set up a lemonade stand in front of the garage sale. This low-cost project lets them feel like they are helping you reach your fundraising goal.

  6. Mow-a-Thon: Get your kids involved and declare a weekend where they will mow your neighbor's lawns for $20 (or whatever amount you want to set).

  7. Car Wash: Hold a car wash either in your neighborhood or at work. Ask some local business to contribute items you will need for the car wash and get your friends involved.

  8. Fundraising In your Office: Your work place is a great venue to find support.

  9. Meet the Press: Ask your company to include an article about The Salvation Army and your fundraiser in their corporate newsletter.

  10. Tribute Pledges: Ask people to make a pledge in honor or memory of someone.

  11. Voice Mail: Change your voice mail message to include your participation in The Salvation Army fundraiser and how people can help.

  12. Silent Auction: Ask local businesses to donate items, (i.e. -$10 worth of dry cleaning, book of car washes, free sandwich & drink, a week of to give enough time for a little friendly competition.

  13. Waiters: Ask the servers at your favorite restaurant if they will donate one day’s tips to The Salvation Army.

  14. Fundraising at a Restaurant: Ask a local restaurant to host a breakfast, lunch or dinner where you will be able to accept donations.

  15. Corporate Sponsor: Ask a local company if they would make a large corporate donation.

  16. Midnight Madness: Ask a local movie theatre to donate high-demand tickets, like a midnight premier, and then auction them off.

  17. Gifts of Goodness: In lieu of a gift for your birthday/wedding/housewarming celebration, ask friends and family to make a pledge to The Salvation Army.

  18. Delegate: Give 10 friends 10 donation forms and ask them to get pledges for you. It will be a chain reaction!

  19. Creative Friends: Ask a creative friend if they would donate a piece of art or jewelry that you could use as a drawing prize or auction item.

  20. Email signature: After your name and contact information in your email signature, add “Raising Funds for The Salvation Army.” You will be surprised by how many people will ask you for more information.

  21. Travel Time: Ask a travel agency for a plane ticket or travel package to auction off.

  22. Ask Around: We visit offices all the time that may be happy to make a pledge! Remember to ask your doctor, dentist, lawyer, veterinarian, therapist or even your yoga instructor!

  23. Radio Station: Call your favorite radio station and ask them to make an announcement about your fundraiser on-air and maybe even interview you! People can then make their donations directly on The Salvation Army website.

  24. Gym: Ask your gym if you or they can teach an aerobics or spin class with all profits going to benefit for The Salvation Army.

  25. Hair Salon: Ask your hair stylist or the entire salon if they would donate $2 of each hair cut over a weekend to The Salvation Army.

  26. Holidays: Don’t forget about all those holiday parties! Adopt a kettle and ask guests to make a donation.

  27. Dear Neighbor: Write a note about your fundraiser to all of your neighbors on your block or in your apartment building. Make sure to keep them updated on your progress!

  28. Free Rent: Ask your apartment complex if they would donate one month of your rent to sponsor you.

  29. Errand Boy: Offer to be a personal assistant for your friends or coworkers. Volunteer for a whole day in exchange for a $250 donation!

  30. Garden Tour: Hold a garden tour in your neighborhood or local historical homes. Make sure to promote your event in the local newspaper and remind participants that the cost of the tour will be tax-deductible!

  31. Your Town Newspaper: Have your hometown newspaper run an article spotlighting your fundraiser.

  32. Take Care: Offer to baby-sit, house-sit, pet-sit or any other chore you would normally do for free, but this time ask for a donation to The Salvation Army.

  33. Rock On: Ask a talented friend to sing or play an instrument at your fundraising event. If you have several musical friends, think about hosting a benefit concert!

  34. Sweet Treats: Host a cookie exchange at your home or a bake sale at the office. People are happy to make a donation in exchange for a sweet treat.

  35. Personal Vending Machine: Take a trip to Sam’s or Costco and stock up on snacks and drinks. Let your coworkers know to come to you instead of heading down the hall to a machine since all of your proceeds will benefit The Salvation Army!

  36. Bulletin Boards: Post your ask letter on bulletin boards at the gym, community center, coffee shop, etc. The possibilities are endless.

  37. Recycle: Collect used cell phones and empty ink cartridges and recycle them for quick donation money.

  38. Bon Appetit: If you’re a great chef, offer to cook dinner for your friends in exchange for cash donations. Asking people to dress-up will make it even more fun!

  39. Pizza Night: Ask your local pizza place to donate pizza and then invite your friends! They can make donations at the door and enjoy all they can eat.

  40. Movie Night: Show a new release movie at your house and invite friends to join you for a small cover charge. Popcorn included!

  41. Temporary Tattoos: Give a fun temporary tattoo to your friends in exchange for a small donation.

  42. Kids Doing the Most Good: Get your kids to obtain donations for having fun like doing cartwheels, skipping around the track, swimming laps in the pool or even yo-yoing!

  43. Block Party: Have your neighbors over for a cookout and ask them to make a donation at the door. This is a great chance to build community and support a great cause!

  44. Share Your Passion: Tell your story. The more you talk about your fundraising efforts and Doing the Most Good, the more people will share in that excitement and want to make a donation!

  45. Social Media: Share your fundraising effort on social media! Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest are great ways to spread your message. And make sure to link back to The Salvation Army website so they can make a donation!

  46. Use Your Talents: If you are a photographer, make-up artist or hair dresser, you can donate your services in return for a donation to The Salvation Army!

  47. Matchmaker: Ask each guest to bring a member of the opposite sex that they are NOT interested in. Your single friends will love your for it, and you’ll have twice as many donors at your party!

  48. Spare Change: Have your whole family collect their spare change in a large jar. When the jar is full, you will have a donation for The Salvation Army made possible by each member of your family.

  49. Ice Cream Social: Ask a local ice cream or frozen yogurt place to donate a portion of one day’s profits to The Salvation Army. Make sure you and all your friends stop by!

  50. Ask: It’s that simple! Ask everyone you know. Ask everyone you see. Ask everyone you talk to! Ask, ask, ask, ask, ask!