Ideas for Dollar Donations and Fundraisers

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Fundraising for organizations is rewarding work that can bring opportunities for creative thinking, targeted goals and teamwork. In tight economic times, people might be less able to make large donations. Finding ways for people to donate smaller amounts, down to a dollar, gives them a way to keep giving even when their pocketbooks are strained.

Coin Collection

In today's world of debit and credit cards, many people only use cash when absolutely necessary and have coins sitting in drawers in their homes or tucked into consoles in their cars. As a result, you can find a cash cow for your fundraiser by asking people to collect all their spare change. If you have the time and creativity, create a coin holder. Anything from seal-able plastic bags to old medicine bottles can be transformed in to mini piggy banks.

Cell Phone Giving

Younger donors are often willing to give to charity but feel like they don’t have enough cash to make a difference. You can raise money in small amounts from younger donors through cell phone giving. Many cell phone providers will work with non-profit organizations to process donations free of charge to the cell phone user or the charity. Your donor will simply have to send a text message to a given number, the donation will be given to your organization and the charge appears on the giver's next phone bill. Consult with cell phone carriers on the lowest donation they will process for you.

Dollar Washes

In warm weather, organize a group to wash cars for $1 per auto. Use a local parking lot of a business willing to allow your group to use the space. Charge an extra $1 to wash the interior of the cars as well.

For an indoor dollar wash, offer a "pet wash" for $1 per dog or cat. You might find a local pet shop that will donate the shampoo to your organization.

Second-Hand Wardrobes

People are often willing to make donations if it does not cost them anything. Collect old or used clothing from donors. You might find many of the items are new and have never been worn. After you have a large enough sample of clothes, host a one-day sale of all the used items at reasonable prices, perhaps no more than $5. Put together complete outfits from the used clothing you collected, and have models show off the ensembles before the sale.