Nonprofit fundraising ideas can be hard to find and difficult to manage. Coaches, managers, pastors and administrators are typically get put in charge of fundraising for non profit organizations. As the fundraising leader, it isn’t the best part of their job, but it has become more and more important as youth organizations, churches and schools are budgeting less and less to support their programs.

Fundraising has become big-business over the past decade and you want to be careful what type of fundraiser you choose. Most fundraisers require you to sell something like a product or service. Some non profit fundraisers ask people to sponsor others in a race or marathon. With all of these options, you will find yourself asking which ones are best…

As a youth coach, teacher, parent and Christian, I am grateful for the opportunity to meet and work with many coaches, managers and school administrators. With all of these quality connections, I see and learn what fundraisers are successful and which are not.


To be successful, nonprofit fundraising ideas needs to have a few components:

  1. “Real Value” to the supporter – This is listed #1 because if you give your supporters something with real value, they will be absolutely glad to help your organization out. Over-priced wrapping paper or popcorn are not real-value fundraisers. The supporter could get that same product at the store and save a bunch of money.
  2. Simplicity – Some fundraisers are not simple. Make your non profit fundraising idea easy for your supporters.
  3. Real-value to your organization – Since the goal of your nonprofit fundraising ideas is to raise funds, the fundraiser needs to raise significant funds in a short amount of time.

Basically, you need to use common sense when you are fundraising for non profit organizations. Give everyone something of value and you will be surprised how much money you can raise!


I am sure you will have all kinds of fundraiser options, but just be sure they will work for your organization. Even though it might be a pain in the butt, do some research on how others are raising funds for their organization. Does it work? Is it simple? Does it have real-value for the supporter and your organization?

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Coach Brent