5 Inexpensive Fundraiser Ideas

It’s fundraiser season. All across the country, parents are sitting in circles trying to come up with inexpensive fundraiser ideas that will actually work. Because fundraisers are all about earning money, it’s important not to spend a fortune putting them on, but sometimes it feels like it costs a small fortune to put on a fundraiser people will actually attend. If you’re tired of the usual bake sales and car washes, check out this list of 5 inexpensive fundraiser ideas that are sure to be a hit in your community.

Talent Show

If there’s one thing people will show up for, it’s seeing their kids in a performance. Talent shows are great because once you get your talent lined up, your advertising is practically done for you: the stars of your show are sure to invite friends and relatives to see them on stage. Talent shows are also great because all you need to host them is a location and a microphone. You don’t even need to rent chairs as long as you advertise it as a picnic talent show! Check out Microphone Geeks to look at microphone reviews and pick out an inexpensive microphone for your local talent show: It’s the only expense you’ll have.


Knitting is a bit of a lost art, which is what makes a knit-a-thon such a cool idea. Set a time that you’ll be doing the knit-a-thon during—usually 24 hours. Anyone who knows how to knit and wants to participate can ask for straight donations or for pledges per skein of yarn from people in their local community. Then they can come and knit, knit, knit! All you need for this fundraiser is somewhere for people to gather while they do their knitting and some skeins of yarn. Buy skeins of yarn in bulk to get a better price for them. You can even have people dedicate their creations to a local charity, which makes the knit-a-thon idea a great double-duty event.

Garage Sale

One man’s trash becomes another’s treasure with a fundraising garage sale, which has the added benefit of allowing people to declutter their homes. All you need is a location with some tables for this fundraiser. People can bring items and donate them to the yard sale, and others can come and peruse the tables and make their best offers on items. At the end of the day, anything you have left can be donated to charity or brought to the dump, which makes for an easy clean-up as well.

Pie Auction

Bake some pies, then host an auction to sell them each to the highest bidder. If you live in a community that wants to offer support, this can be a great way to allow them to do so and to go home with something at the end of the day without having to spend a lot of time or money preparing for the event.

Silent Auction

Talk to local businesses to see if any would be willing to donate items, gift certificates, or coupons to a silent auction for a fundraiser. People can come and bid on the donated items, with all proceeds going to your event. Often, businesses are willing to donate to events like this because they get brand recognition within the community, which is good for their business as well as good for you: A true win-win.

Fundraising doesn’t have to be a chore, and you don’t have to settle for the same tired ideas year after year after year. Feel free to get a little creative and put together a fundraiser that will make money while not throwing your budget into the red.

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