Giving Compass' Take:

• Giving Tuesday is next month and Grace Kennedy, writing for GreatNonprofits, offers twenty-five creative fundraising ideas that organizations can use to make a difference. 

• Are other types of online fundraising, such as crowdfunding, gaining more popularity on Giving Tuesday? 

• Read tips on how to make your first Giving Tuesday a success. 

Giving Tuesday is November 27, and now is the perfect time to think up some fun and creative ways to make it work for your nonprofit. When it comes to fundraising, thinking outside the box can pay off big-time. For an example, look no further than Cookies for Cancer.

When founder Gretchen Witt’s son Liam was diagnosed with cancer at age two, she decided to bake 96,000 cookies with the goal of raising $100,000 for pediatric cancer research. She ended up raising more than $400,000, and that was the beginning of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

Which idea will you run away with to make a difference for your cause? Check some out fundraising ideas below and see what works for your team.

  • Supply Drive: Request and collect supplies that make sense for your organization. Make sure you set a goal and show your progress so donors can feel like they are making a difference.
  • Matching Challenge: Matching challenges can be super effective for two reasons: First, the deadline creates a sense of urgency, so people who may normally think, “I’ll do it later” will be more likely to take action now. Second, a matching challenge offers a clear incentive to give: donors know they can double their impact during a matching challenge.
  • Volunteer Event: Does your organization simply need more manpower? To tackle that common nonprofit issue of having too many tasks and not enough staff members to do them, plug into the Giving Tuesday momentum to beef up your volunteer team.

Read the full article about fundraising by Grace Kennedy at GreatNonprofits