Need some inspiration?Â New fundraising ideas from other successful fundraisers?Â Here’s a list of great fundraising success stories and case studies.Â These range from huge formal balls to small house parties and one-on-one donation requests.
I challenge you to find at least one strategy from these stories that can make a big impact for your group, and put it into action.
1. April Fools Extravaganza, hosted by the nonprofit Clowns Without Borders. Great idea for a “minor holiday” celebration and costume party
2. Childrenâ€™s Hospital Benefit a Great Success lessons learned from first-time event planner Helen Johnson
4. Phantom Gourmet Cooks-Up Cause Marketing Success Boston Medical partners with existing community event for mutual benefit using pin-ups (AKA point of sale cards) at 342 retail stores, resulting in over $114,000 raised.
5. A Chocolate Lovers Brunch provided a fun event with aÂ delicious menu to raise funds for VON Hamilton Foundation
6. Chicago’s Top Galas million dollar black tie affairs still alive and well in 2009
7. Music to Their Earsâ€”How a Symphonyâ€™s Campaign Reached Crescendo from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
8 . Calvin College in Grand Rapids Michigan exceeded its $150 million fundraising goal.Â The article explores how they accomplished this.Â The college is the winner of a 2009 fundraising award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
9. Charity: Water third annual ball celebrates 2008, a year of new partnerships and fundraising.
11. A case study featuring Doctors Without Borders USA/Medecins Sans Frontieres explores the strategy used to convert one-time, emergency donors into repeat givers
12. Wine Tasting Party â€“ Like a Fine Wine, Fundraising Should be Savored Lisa Krueger describes this home based event that helped her raise funds
13. A Tea Party Fundraiser is another creative event that can be hosted in a home
14. A fund raising success story: Adopt-a-Computer from the Essex Public Library in Tappahannock, VA
15. Annual Pool Tournament Fundraiser a Success one pool table, thousands of dollars raised
16. A Fundraising Success Story: Lessons Learned from efforts to grow the annual fund drive for a preschool, which was up to $100,000 annually within six years
17. A traditional Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser raises funds for a young child with cancer
19. BPW Trivia Night a Success report of the first annual trivia night (it’s been so successful, there have been three since then!) A great small event for a group of friends
20. A Collaboration/Fund Raising Case Study of KaBOOM!, a national non-profit that empowers communities to build playgrounds.
21. How to Set Up a Successful Online Fundraising Page – Two Case Studies: Nonprofit Organization and Individual, from About.com