After the ash settles where a fire engulfed a home, you can smell the smoky air for days. This lasting reminder of a tragic loss signals an urgent need for help and recovery, especially for those who already struggle financially to make ends meet.
A home fire is only one type of disaster that can incinerate a family’s finances. Other devastating events are an unanticipated job loss, a damaging hurricane or tornado, and an unexpected death in the family. These events imperil families in different ways, requiring emergency financial assistance and the comfort of others to get back on their feet again. Sudden medical bills and expensive home repairs and rebuilding, for example, coupled with monthly household expenses, can strain or overwhelm a family budget. As a community, however, you and your network of neighbors can rally together to help and make a real difference.
There are endless ways to support a family in need. Lighten their load by carpooling, bring home-cooked meals, and walk their dog. To fundraise and get fast results, start a crowdfunding campaign on their behalf. The greatest gift to a family in need is assuring them that they are not alone in confronting hardship. Create an online fundraiser to demonstrate community-wide support and provide financial assistance quickly for a struggling family.
Here is a list of small fundraising ideas to work with your crowdfunding campaign for a family in need.
1. Matching Gifts
Several organizations subscribe to corporate-giving efforts. In fact, an article from The New York Times reveals that over 65 percent of companies have a gift-matching program. Urge potential donors to double-check if their company offers a gift-matching program. That way, when they do donate to your campaign, their company will double the amount that they give.
2. Community Area Clean Up
The sad reality is that our public parks, lakes, and beaches often become littered with trash. Why not raise funds for a family in need and clean up your community by organizing a day of trash collecting as an offline fundraising event. This small fundraising idea is perfect for people of any age. Ask each participant to secure sponsors for their cleaning efforts. They should ask for a specific amount of donations per pound of trash collected, for example $15 per pound. And bringing cans and bottles to a recycling center will supplement funds to the campaign.
3. Odd-Job Auction
Enlist your neighbors to come up with odd-job suggestions that they would be willing to do and donate their time to do them. Tasks could include yard work, photography sessions, assisting with computer issues, and emptying rain gutters. Then gather all your community members to auction off these odd-jobs. Start with a minimum donation amount for each odd job, then watch as the donation price is driven up as neighbors compete for the best ones.
4. Snack Sale
Organize a concession stand at a popular local sporting event and place yourself in an area with high traffic. On our list of low-cost, small fundraising ideas, this suggestion requires an upfront expense. You can buy snacks in bulk at discounted prices from wholesale stores and sell them for a fair price. Welcome any supplemental donations people might offer. Ask a few community members to volunteer their time to work the stand. Make signs for your campaign to explain where all of the funds will be going: to a family in need.
5. Grocery Store Bagging
This small fundraising idea requires no upfront cost. Gather a group of community members who are willing to give their time to work at a local grocery store as a bagger and collect donations. First reach out to the store itself to ask if they would allow you to bag their groceries while asking patrons to contribute a donation to your campaign. Then pick a day that is usually busy for the best results. Next, start advertising via email, social media, or signs on your local bulletin board. Make a donation box for each bagger and encourage the baggers to talk to the customers about your crowdfunding campaign. Even if someone don’t offer a donation, they can still share your amazing cause with their friends and social media.
Raise Money for a Family in Need with Online Fundraising
Help a family in need get back on their feet with community fundraising. Check out our tips on crowdfunding for a family in need to develop your fundraising strategy. Use these small fundraising ideas to aid a family’s healing after an emergency or disaster. Watch for our next blog in the series, Big Fundraising Ideas to Help Families in Need: Part Two, for larger-scale ideas on how to raise money for a family in need. Here are some online fundraising tips to help set you up for success. Launch your free fundraiser today with YouCaring.