Make a profit using free labor and materials!
Actually, that isn't far from the truth. Most fundraising activities use volunteer work combined with material donations.
These are a good way to get people who normally wouldn't be interested in your cause to part with their money: You get something and they get something. It also gives people a target to donate for, so they might chip in a little extra if they know they'll get a bag or a t-shirt.
There are companies that specialize in providing materials for resale by charity, ranging from candy bars to flowers. These come with everything you need to raise money right out of the box, from fliers to order forms. Bake sales used to be a good way to raise money, but some areas are cracking down because they may not be following the local health codes.
If you want to have a raffle, ask local businesses to donate items in exchange for being mentioned in advertising materials.
Need more people than your organization can provide? There are always college students looking to get some community service: talk to your local institution of higher learning and find out what you need to do to qualify under their programs. They may let you advertise for volunteers on campus.
Keep your volunteers happy: some snacks and prizes will do a lot to boost morale. Make them feel like they're respected and needed.
If someone wants to write off their donation for taxes, they will need your organization's tax ID number. This is the same number you use to file taxes. This is only valid if your organization is classified 501(c)(3) by the federal government. You aren't legally required to provide a receipt, but donors will need to show one to qualify for the tax credit.
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