To help kickstart your fundraising...
Ask Friends and Family
Send out letters via snail mail. Use something that stands out and is personal so that people know it is from you.
Use e-mail to get the word out, just don’t make that your only way of contacting people. E-mail is still great for reminders and/or reaching people you may not have a physical address for.
Use your Facebook, Twitter, or blogs to get the word out. Create an Insta video telling your followers why you’re raising money or personally message all of your Facebook friends and ask for $1. Be sure to include a link with your donor drive.
Ask family and friends to donate to your cause instead of Christmas/birthday presents.
Things to Sell
Sell homemade crafts either locally to friends and family or even on Etsy!
Host a bake sale and ask friends or family to help by contributing their favorite goodies. Hold it in conjunction with another event such as a neighborhood garage sale, sporting event, etc.
Sell your old clothes to Plato’s Closet (or something similar) and donate the money.
Half of the proceeds go to your fundraising goals and the winner of the drawing receives the other half. Good places to host 50/50s are at restaurant events, ball games, charity events, etc.
Sell late night food (pizza, candy, etc) in the dorms at night.
Things to Do
DD for a night
Offer to be a personal chauffeur for a night…for a donation of course!
Find people to donate a certain amount of money to see you do something embarrassing (post an embarrassing picture on social media, shaving/ cutting/coloring your hair, etc.)
Many stores and other retail establishments allow you to wrap gifts for donations during holidays.
Run a 5k or a half marathon and find people to pledge each mile you run.
Rake leaves, shovel snow, take care of a pet, etc. When offering your service, ask the person for a donation toward your cause.
Promote this as a great way for parents to have some alone time!
Instead of using your spare change when you pay cash, take change and place it in a bucket. Save up throughout the year and donate it!