Starting a Fundraising Business

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Do you have a knack at talking to people? Do you have good oral and written skills? Are you great with inter-personal relationships and public relations? Do you have a desire to help others and promote worthy and noble causes?

If you do then may be starting a fundraising business is for you. Here are a few tips in starting your own fundraising business.

There are a lot of organizations and associations out there that have worthy causes and depend solely on fundraising for funding. I’m sure you have heard of numerous charitable organizations that aim to fight a deadly disease or protect the environment or reduce poverty and oppression. There are also many community activities that rely on the financial help of others to survive such as school games or church activities. Whether it is rebuilding a shelter or fighting hunger, fundraising has been an indispensable part in furthering these organization’s causes. If you are interested in helping these causes by starting your own fundraising business then here are a few things to consider to help you get started.

Skills Needed in Starting a Fundraising Business

It is vital for any professional fundraiser to have good people skills. He must be able to communicate well with others and be able to lead teams and work well in groups. He must be able to talk to potential clients in a professional yet personal manner. A good writing skill is also a plus. He must be organized and methodical in contacting people, planning fundraising events and keeping track of the money being raised. Organizations that rely mostly on fundraising look for a fundraiser that is not only competent but also has an unwavering integrity and honesty. They must be able to trust you to raise enough money to keep their organization afloat and further their causes.

As a professional fundraiser, you must have previous fundraising experience. This is very important as your future clients depend solely on you to get them their funding. To be able to get enough experience you can first volunteer in the fundraising programs of some charitable institution or may be even spearhead a fundraising activity yourself. A professional fundraiser does not need a lot of equipment to start. Just a computer with internet access, a telephone, printer and fax machine would be enough. The real work is in contacting people to first take you as their professional fundraiser and then look for people that are willing to donate some money.

Marketing a fundraising business

To be able to market your skills as a fundraiser you would need to send out letters, e-mails, phone calls or may be even visit, the charitable associations and organizations in your area. You can also start your own website and create a portfolio of your past fundraising activities and the total money you were able to raise. You can also contact schools and parents associations and offer your fundraising services to them.

29 Comments

  • 1. alfred webb said on 8/12/2008
    looking opportunity to work from home.
  • 2. Zainab Ali said on 10/16/2009 3:28:42 PM
    I am looking for an opportunity to work from home on the side..I work for a non-profit organization and would like to do more to bring in funds.
  • 3. Barbara said on 3/15/2010 8:47:13 AM
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  • 4. Kanyca Frazier said on 7/12/2010 9:01:35 AM
    I have a company and i want to fund raise for it, Kays Inc St Louis, Mo, USA
  • 5. Linda Myers said on 7/12/2010 12:09:50 PM
    Do you want a fundraiser that costs nobody anything- not event your supporters/participants- but instead pays everyone!!! I help raise funds for any worthy cause WITHOUT SELLING or asking for NO DONATIONS! We are a gold broker who is focused on helping the community. What we do is set up events (usually in homes of volunteers or members) and pay cash to people who bring their unwanted or broken gold and silver. THE BEST PART- we pay top dollar in CASH to the those who bring their gold/silver to the event with no pressure offers. We pay the host of the event (people who volunteer their homes for the event) 10% of what we buy AND we pay the fundraising cause 15-20% of the gold bought!!! And 7% on any event booked from the fundraiser. CONTACT ME TODAY Linda@24KBrokers.com
  • 6. Rick Johnstone said on 8/3/2010 1:35:39 PM
    This is great fundraiser with something everyone needs and enjoys, not just contributing whether you want to or not, getting something of value in return...contact me today, any and all states, sales reps needed as well. Rickjsg@live.com
  • 7. david john said on 8/7/2010 12:45:34 PM
    hi, i would like to raise fund for helping old people by starting a nursing home for elderly. would you please advice me from where i could raise fund. ireland
  • 8. April Williams said on 8/31/2010 11:07:59 AM
    Concord, NH USA. I would like to raise funds to start a dog rescue and raise enough funds to donate to other rescues
  • 9. Verna said on 9/4/2010 4:22:48 AM
    Hi, I live in NC, USA and I am thinking about starting a Fundraising Business from home, but don't know how to start. Don't want to be as if I am trying to rip off any one, so please if you have any ideas about how I need to go about doing this, please let me know . Thank you.
  • 10. Beth Taylor said on 9/26/2010 5:18:35 PM
    I live in Atlanta, I am trying to start a fundraising business, for a major cause that is needed in the community. I needs some tips on products that I can get started up with, please help?
  • 11. Guillermina Fuentes said on 9/26/2010 9:16:13 PM
    Hi, I need help/orientation in how to start a business in fundraising for my community Hispanic/Latino with the idea of benefiting businesses and their communities, increasing employment/donate to causes/and help families in precarious need. I already have a plan, the only thing I dont know its where to start looking for the legal aspects, what / where do I have to go to see more clarity in my dream. my plan is based in scratch off tickets 500 tickets , ten dollars each, visual prizes range from the $20-50 and the winner get to choose his/her prize. then out of the 4,000 left, there is the money for the communities/community chosen; breast cancer/ housing/ food coupons/ scholarships etc..... a good 1000 will be my salary, its this right? I need orientation. can you please help me, the most important thing is the legal aspects of it. thanks again, Mina
  • 12. Tianna finch said on 10/23/2010 10:49:21 PM
    I have a fundraiser that you keep 100% profit and it lies around beverages. If interested email me and i will give you further details.
  • 13. Miranda Howard said on 12/4/2010 10:19:42 PM
    Scentsy, Independent Consultant, Indiana. We can do a fundraiser anywhere in the United States. For a large to a small group. Whatever your wanting to raise money for I can help. If you are wanting a new different type of fundraiser check out Scentsy.com Not just your ordinary boring fundraiser. Also, if you are looking for an extra income Scentsy may be for you! I joined Scentsy 8 months ago and it has grown so much that I have become a director!
  • 14. albina mackey said on 5/26/2011 2:38:23 AM
    I need help to raised funds for a business workshop w/gallery. for my crafts molding plaster so on to help other who is retired or disable people in need a part time job to earn money to help and support each other
  • 15. Minnie solomon said on 7/15/2011 4:43:53 AM
    Hi, I am Minnie solomon from India. I have a Own Registered Charitable Organization. I need funds for our organization projects. Will you please guide me/ any body co work with my fundraising for our charitable trust? Minnie Solomon.
  • 16. Deborah Owens said on 11/27/2011 7:45:40 PM
    Hi, I am looking to start fundraising activities that will lure the public to come out and participate. I am thinking about doing four big galas a year, either walk a thons, / run a thons/ dance offs, fashion shows, maybe something where people sell their crafts and certain proceeds go to different organizations. I want to help out many causes a year not just one. I have connections for Deeays to provide music, different ideas. Am affiliate with different businesses and churches that will back me up. I just need to get an idea of how and where to get started.
  • 17. Tatiyana Hockett said on 3/19/2012 7:04:23 PM
    I am 14 years of age. And I would like to start a fundraising campaign for the sick children of St. Judes, and to get stray animals off the street and into a good home. I was thinking for, for starters, maybe a community cook-out, or a bake sale; maybe even a car wash. I would just like advice on how to approach my goals. I am very ambitious, and anxious to get started. Please contact me at tatiyana_hockett13@yahoo.com with your ideas. Thanks!!
  • 18. Mark Bradley said on 7/9/2012 5:04:34 PM
    Am located in AZ and want to help folks start fundraising for schools they care about. Will work with anyone nationwide. Contact me if you're involved directly with a school or an organization that is dedicated to supporting schools in the USA. This is not an offer of employment but it could be a good second household income.
  • 19. LT said on 8/15/2012 5:55:01 PM
    I am also looking for the legal aspects for starting a fundraiser business. Any help is welcome. Thank you!
  • 20. Kee said on 8/22/2012 12:14:55 PM
    A successful fundraiser involves the same aspects of any successful business. It is most lucrative when you have a proven system. If you are looking for an amazing vehicle with proven results to fund your organizations, contact me at jkeitalm@yahoo.com. Put "Fundraising" in the subject line. Serious Inquiries Only Please.
  • 21. SWS said on 9/2/2012 1:18:18 AM
    I am looking for fundraisers to market my business to generate funds for non-profit, HOA, sporting teams, schools and universities. My business does not really involve selling anything but will create instant and residual income to the organizations and to you. Please email me for the specifics. Thanks.
  • 22. THE CHURCH OF ENLIGHTENMENT said on 4/1/2013 1:03:19 PM
    We are looking to team up with a company to promote a NATION wide fundraiser. We are looking for a discount card. Thanks ZRTCEO@GMAIL.COM
  • 23. venkateswaran said on 5/16/2013 8:33:31 AM
    We are running Mahadevan Foundation to extend financial assistance to the under privileged during marriage & educational expenses. We want funds to help more. Located at MADURAI, Tamilnadu State, INDIA
  • 24. lee said on 12/26/2013 12:38:56 PM
    hi if anyone looking to set up fundraising business for their community or want to be part of a fundraising business please email me I got 8 business I want to set with fundraising business in London and out of London
  • 25. Joe stanley said on 4/5/2016 3:07:15 PM
    Hi this is Joe and I reside at south India. I am working for a trust as chief fundraising officer. I need some funds to be raised for the events and my id is joegroupsofcompany@gmail.com.Please help me to make children happy
  • 26. lee said on 6/11/2016 12:34:52 PM
    Hi, My name is lee. I am a fundraiser and I help groups or people who need to raise funds for their business or projects please email me
  • 27. ALC said on 9/2/2016 5:01:36 PM
    Looking for trendy fast forward fundraising items, contact me at alcdesigns8@gmail.com for more details
  • 28. Mark said on 11/14/2016 12:45:09 PM
    Trying to start fundraising business lots of marketing and sales experience. Mainly need a little direction. Very motivated ready to start recruiting , please help i want to make a difference not just a job !!!
  • 29. robin said on 1/29/2017 12:18:39 PM
    Interesting article. Starting my ngo with new programme to help fundraising for ngos in africa.
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