7 fundraising ideas to quickly raise $1,000

A thousand dollars may not seem like a lot of money to some nonprofits, but for small organizations it can be a large sum of money. Here are 7 great ideas to quickly raise $1,000.

1. Do an “Easy Thousand.” Ask 10 Board members, volunteers, or donors to each ask 10 people for $10 each. You can change this to $15,625 by changing the numbers to 25 people by asking 25 people each for $25. This can also get you a ton of new donors!

2. Host a party at home. Ask Board members, volunteers and donors to have dinner at your home and invite their friends. Ask a staff member to give a short presentation about your organization followed by a testimonial from the evening’s host. Then give guests the opportunity to give a gift. Be sure to get names and addresses so you can properly thank guests and include them on your list.

3. Host a big garage sale. Ask Board members, volunteers, and friends to donate their unwanted items and host a huge garage sale. Post it ahead of time so the community knows what you’re up to and that you’re trying to raise $1,000. Donate leftovers to a local thrift store.

4. Make a “No Event” (Example: “No Ball at all”). Create a dummy event and send invitations asking people to buy “tickets” for this event that is not taking place. It’s a great topic for an email and usually works well.

5. Solicit donations from your organization in honor of your birthday. Most of us have more than we need anyway, so ask your friends and family to make a gift in honor of your special day. Facebook has a way to easily ask online friends to give a gift, and you can set a goal to let others know how much you’re trying to raise.

6. Launch a viral email campaign. Write a short, compelling email and send it to everyone you have email addresses for. Be sure to say that you are trying to raise $1,000. Include a link to your online “Donate Now” button. Then ask the reader to forward the email to others who might be interested.

7. Update an existing donor. Check your current donor list and find someone who has donated $500 in the last year or so. Take them on a tour of your facility and ask them to make a gift of $1,000.

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