Teenagers who participate in activities through school or other outlets will undoubtedly find themselves participating in group fundraisers. For those teenagers who are attempting large projects on their own, fundraising can be considerably harder. Individual fundraising requires spreading efforts around to more than one means of generating donations. Whether the donations fund a week of summer music camp or a month doing charity work in another country, finding people willing to help you raise funds can be challenging.
Many local businesses and corporations look for places to donate money and teenager's charitable activities make an option that is appealing. Their donations are normally tax deductible. Draft a letter explaining what group or organization you are raising funds for, making sure to include your monetary goal and how the money will be used. Your letter should include relevant information about your cause and should include contact information for school administrators, teachers, youth pastors or coaches that the person in charge of donations can speak with. Include at least two ways for the person in charge of donations to contact you. Deliver your letter in person to local businesses and mail letters to large corporations well in advance of your fundraising deadline. Thank businesses that donate by sending them photos of what the funds were applied to. If you raised funds to go on a mission trip, take photos and compile a small album to send along with a thank you letter to the businesses.
Local office buildings are a prime place to take individually packaged baked goods to sell for a fundraiser after your school day. Also speak with your school principal about holding a bake sale in the cafeteria during lunch time. Contact local grocery stores for baking ingredient donations or purchase them yourself or with the help of a parent. Bake cookies, pies, breads and brownies the day before your bake sale. Wrap each item so it can be eaten immediately; this will entice customers to pick up more than one. Each item you sell in your bake sale should include a thank-you tag or sticker that states why you are fundraising. You may find that your customers are willing to donate extra money if you do not set prices on your goods and ask for donations instead.
Many people will gladly donate money in return for having chores completed around their property. Post "Rent-a-Teen" fliers at community gathering spots including local barber shops, churches and parks. Advertise your willingness to work for donations toward your fundraising need. Also speak with your school counselor or youth pastor as they may be able to suggest other places around town for your rent-a-teen fliers. You may find that an hour of lawn mowing will be rewarded handsomely if you ask for donations versus setting an hourly rate for your work. Remember to keep track of where you have placed fliers so you can remove them when your fundraising effort draws to a close. Always be careful when accepting work from the general public and inform your parents where you will be working.