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5 Team Fundraisers that Show Your True Colors

5 Team Fundraisers that Show Your True Colors

Fundraising for sports teams
Check out these easy team fundraisers for sports!

At USA Fundraising, we often talk about dressing for success – wearing your group’s uniform, colors or clothing featuring a group logo when fundraising.  This bit of advice is especially true for sports teams.

But it doesn’t have to stop at a uniform.  You can also dress up your fundraising products in your team’s colors and logo!

Here are a few of our favorite team fundraisers that can be customized for your team:


This low cost fundraiser is easy to sell and often referred to as a “spirit” item because it promotes team spirit.  You can get them in a variety of colors and color combinations, and have your team name printed or embossed on the bands.

Check out Wristbands-Depot >>

Flip Flops

Another “spirit” item, flip flops are a favorite at high schools and colleges all across the country.  You can have them customized with your team colors, name and logo, and sell them at a low cost around your team’s school or community for some very nice profits.

Check out ePromos custom flip flops >>


The Online Magazine Fundraiser

A picture says a thousand words, and this online fundraiser lets you create a fundraising webpage complete with a team colors, your team’s story and a team photo!

It’s a free, family-friendly fundraiser run entirely online.  That means, no door-to-door, no collecting and counting cash, and no product to store or deliver.

Check out the Online Magazine Fundraiser >>


Scratchcards are low cost, easy to handle and can really rake in the dollars at up to 90% profit.  They can also be customized with a team logo and message, and are available in a variety of sports designs including baseball, football, soccer, softball and many, many more..

Check out Scratchcards >>

All You Magazine Fundraiser

All You Magazine Fundraiser

All You magazine has exploded in popularity thanks to the combination of an economic crisis, coupon websites, and shows like Extreme Couponing. All You magazine can only be bought at Walmart or online.

** Click here to start your own online fundraiser at eFundraisingOnline with All You and over 600 other magazines.**

Groups and savings websites all over the country have caught on to the fact that eFundraising offers the best prices on over 600 magazines, including All You magazine at just $20 for 15 issues. That’s just $1.33 for every issue of All You, stocked with coupons and easy tips on saving money – at Walmart, the magazine sells for $2.50. And it gets better: a 24 issue subscription costs $30 or just $1.25 per issue.

Whether raising money for disaster relief, sports teams, or schools, the popularity of All You magazine has groups flocking to eFundraising to start their own online fundraiser. Even though there are over 600 magazines on the online fundraising store, we are seeing dozens of groups posting about their All You fundraiser, because the coupons and deals are so useful.

Along with All You, there are over 600 other magazines at discounted prices. Everything is there – People, Time, The Economist, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, Better Homes and Gardens, Southern Living, Parenting, Redbook, InStyle … pretty much any magazine you can think of.

The online magazine fundraiser can be started by any group that needs to raise money for a cause.

Don’t miss out on the popularity of extreme couponing – start your free online fundraiser with All You magazine and more.

Learn How Special Olympics Delaware raised $85,000 on the Internet

Learn How Special Olympics Delaware raised $85,000 on the Internet

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The fine folks at FirstGiving presents webinars to help you learn how to use Facebook, MySpace, and online fundraising sites to make new relationships, strengthen old ones, and raise more money!


Everyone and their dog is on Facebook. Or MySpace. Maybe your organization is already using sites like Facebook for fundraising, or maybe you have wondered, how can I harness the power of Facebook, other than poking and throwing sheep at my contacts?

Did you ever think you could raise $85,000 by using sites that many of us think of as addictive time-killers (“Crackbook” ring a bell?) combined with online fundraising tools? Well, Special Olympics Delaware did just that, by combining an online fundraising page at FirstGiving with social media (those aforementioned addictive sites), and they and our friends at FirstGiving are giving a webinar on how you can do it too!

FirstGiving is a site where you can set up a free page for your group to collect donations and let keep everyone up to date with your fundraiser. It’s one of our favorite online fundraising sites, along with eFundraising, where you also set up a fundraising page and supporters buy magazines online to profit your group. Yes, there are many ways to raise money online.

New! E-Cards with your Online Fundraiser

New! E-Cards with your Online Fundraiser

One of our favorite fundraisers now lets you send e-cards, just in time for holiday fundraising!

One of our favorite fundraisers now lets you send e-cards, and we couldn’t be more excited!

The Online Magazine Fundraiser is one of our favorite fundraisers here at USA Fundraising because:

·         It’s free

·         It’s easy – all you do is email your group members, who then email their friends, family, and other supporters

·         Supporters actually save on their favorite new or renewal subscriptions

·         Your group gets 40% of all sales from your online magazine store

And now we like it even more because the folks at MagFundraising just added an exciting new e-cards feature.  So, when you or your supporters purchase magazines as gifts for others, you can include an e-card that will be automatically sent to that special someone you’re buying for.

And just in time for the holidays too!

It’s just one more reason to start an Online Magazine Fundraiser for your group.  Get your free online fundraiser here >

Q&A: Quick Fundraisers for Medical Expenses

Q&A: Quick Fundraisers for Medical Expenses

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Here’s a question we got from one of our readers who needed a quick fundraiser for medical expenses.


I am emailing you because I need to run a fundraisier. My father is having surgery soon. I need something pretty quick like. If you could help me that would be wonderful.


Dear Reader,
We are really sorry to hear about your father. We hope you can raise your funds really soon.
Here are some ideas:
You can set up a magazine fundraiser, it’s really simple and fast. You just have to enter email addresses of your friends and family. They are in turn invited to a magazine store where they can purchase or renew their favorite magazine subscriptions at up to 85% off newsstand prices. You then in turn get 40% profit by check, delivered right to your door!
If you want to do a quick product fundraiser such as candy bars, beef jerky, lollipops, scratchcards or other you can call a fundraising consultant at 1-866-891-0053.

Find more tools for personal fundraising in our list of Online Fundraising Tools.

Small Group and Independent Fundraising Ideas

Small Group and Independent Fundraising Ideas

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Small groups and individuals participating in charity events like marathons often find fundraising a challenge.  Here are some great fundraiser ideas that will make raising money for your small group fun and easy.

Is everyone excited for summer?  It’s almost here, and that means fun in the sun, lazy days at the beach, summer carnivals, and no more coats and boots!  For those of you in the sunny south, a boot is a heavily insulated item of footwear that plays a critical role in preventing frostbite during the chilly winter months ; )

Summer days also mean lots of fundraising!  Some of the biggest summer fundraising events are “thons”, like marathons and walkathons, to support charitable causes like Relay for Life in support of cancer research.  Often, you fundraise on your own, or in very small groups for these types of events, so to get everyone prepared for a fabulous summer season of fundraising, here are our best ideas for independent and small group fundraising!

1. Be a walking advertisement in the work place.  At the office, wear a t-shirt, make buttons, or even tape a sign to your shirt saying something like, “Sponsor me in the Wakefield Marathon!”  Keep a collection jar on your desk for coworkers to drop in their change, and send a company-wide email or memo.  Just make sure it’s ok with your employer beforehand.

2. Have a yard sale.  A good old-fashioned yard sale is a great fundraising idea!  Gather things around the house that you no longer need, but are still in good condition, and ask friends, family and neighbors to donate items to sell.  Put up posters around town and on major streets where people will see them.  Clearly mark the address in large, easy to read lettering, and emphasize that it’s a “Yard Sale for Charity”.

3. Go online.  There are many online fundraising programs that are easy for one person to manage, and are available at no cost.  If you’re fundraising on your own, or with just a small group of people, nothing beats an online fundraiser when it comes to reach and efficiency.  You could just send emails to everyone you know asking for support, but the great thing about an actual program is that people can donate, or make a charitable purchase directly online.


4. Host a dinner party.  Large non-profit organizations often host dinner parties as fundraisers, and they are usually very successful, with everyone having a great time supporting a good cause.  You can do the same thing on a smaller scale by hosting a dinner party in your home and selling tickets for a small price to friends and family.  The event is really about the donation, of course, but everyone will have lots of fun at your ‘fundraising gala’!  Dinner can be something simple and inexpensive like spaghetti, or you could even host the event as a potluck!

Spaghetti dinners are also great fundraisers for large groups.  Read more in this recent article:

· Successful Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

The most important thing when fundraising on your own or with a small group is to have fun, and seek out support when you need it.  Friends, family and coworkers may not always be able to support you financially, but would be more than willing to help you come up with fun fundraising ideas, and then put those ideas into action.  Use your resources, use your creativity, and have a good time doing good things : )

Healthier School Fundraising Ideas

Healthier School Fundraising Ideas

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Are you searching for healthier fundraising solutions for your school or school group? recently published an article by Jennifer Lawton of Super Fundraiser that discusses the question of whether or not it is appropriate for schools to ban food fundraisers in the face of growing national health concerns.

If your school or school group is facing such bans, and needs to find fundraising solutions that offer healthier food choices, or non-food fundraisers, here are a few of our favorites:

Non-Food School Fundraising Ideas

The Online Magazine Fundraiser

Not only is this a healthier choice for schools, it’s also one of the easiest to run fundraisers around, with a really high return!  Best of all, it’s also completely free, totally secure, can be customized for your school, and can be run as long as you want for year round school fundraising.

Learn more about this fundraiser >>

Crazy Hat Day

Or crazy shirt, shoes, sunglasses, or even jeans or casual days if your school typically has a strict dress code.  It’s really fun if you can come up with a theme for every Friday.  Students pay a small amount to be able to participate (usually $2 – $5).

Spirit Apparel and Accessories

Spread school spirit and raise funds at the same time!  Clothing and other items like bumper stickers, travel mugs, Frisbees, etc. are a great school fundraising idea when they’re printed with your school’s logo and colors.  Many students, parents and alumni would love to have these keepsakes, and your school can raise a lot of money too.

Check out this supplier of custom printed items >>

Magnetic Picture Frames

How many parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles do you know who keep cherished pictures of their children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews on their refrigerator doors?  Now how many of them would want a special magnetic frame to really showcase their pride and joy?  Magnetic picture frames are a unique product that finds a great niche in school fundraisers.

Check out this source for magnetic picture frame fundraisers >>

Healthier Food Ideas for School Fundraising

Wholegrain Cookie Dough

Cookies are a delicious treat, especially fresh out of the oven!  Cookie dough made with wholegrains is ideal for healthier school fundraising because the profits are great, the cookies are delicious, and with wholegrains you’re teaching students about making healthier snacking choices.

More about fundraising cookie dough with wholegrains >>

Beef Snacks & Jerky

In moderation, tasty beef snacks and jerky are a great snack!  They’re high in protein, which gives them a nutritional factor that parents and teachers can appreciate.  And they’re really yummy!

Check out the Jack Link’s beef snack fundraiser >>

Bottled Water

Especially at sporting events, bottled water is a great way to fundraise for your school, and it’s a healthy drink choice too!  For an extra special touch, you can get bottled water with custom printed labels featuring your school name, logo and colors.

Check out this source for bottled water with custom labels >>

Citrus Fruit

Citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits are healthy and delicious, and great for school fundraising!  Many schools have had great success with citrus fruit fundraisers, and the best part is that you’re also encouraging students to make healthier choices.

Check out this source for citrus fruit fundraisers >>

Top 5 Free Fundraising Resources

Top 5 Free Fundraising Resources

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Looking for free fundraising resources that can help you raise more, get organized and better understand the fundraising industry?  Here are our top 5 free fundraising resources to help you do just that!

Free Online Fundraising Store

There are a variety of free online fundraising programs out there, but this one offers one of the highest profit margins at a guaranteed 40% of all sales.  It’s free, and used by many high profile nonprofits like the Humane Society, WWF and others.  It’s easy to use, and excellent customer service is available (also at no cost) if you need it. Products include magazines, cookie dough, fundraising cards, jewelry, flowers, and new products are always being added.

Learn more about creating a free online fundraising store >>

FastFundraising Online Store made our top 5 because of its free shipping policy.  All online orders (except for chocolate products) come with free shipping, so the price you see is the price you pay.  With no shipping fees on popular fundraising products like Jack Links, lollipops, and ScratchCards, you can cut your overhead costs and increase your profit potential.

Shop >>

Fundsnet Services

Fundsnet Services is one of the web’s top resources for nonprofit grants and grant writing tips.  You can search for grant resources by organization type, and even find some helpful fundraising resources, all at no cost.

Search for grants >>

Product Fundraising Guide

Choosing a fundraising program is easy when all your information is laid out for you in one place.  eFundraising’s free fundraising guide provides you with detailed program overviews, bright graphics so you can see and understand the products, easy-to-understand profit charts, helpful tips and ideas and even special coupon offers.

Request your free guide >>


Getting your organization online and making use of all the incredible technical innovations out there is made easier by TechSoup.  Take advantage of their community message board, and resources to help you find low cost and free technical solutions for your nonprofit.  If you’re new to the tech world, check out their Learning Center.

Check out TechSoup >>

Magazine Fundraising for Schools

Magazine Fundraising for Schools

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Magazine fundraising is becoming increasingly popular as a school fundraiser. Find out why schools, parents and children all love this fundraiser!

Did you know that we live in a country where we have 22 magazines that talk just about shoes? Yup, we have quite a variety of magazines in America, and this is a big part of why magazine fundraising is becoming more and more popular these days, and especially in schools.  Why the increase in popularity as a school fundraiser you might ask?

Well, seeing that the average household subscribes to 4 magazines a year, when it comes time to renewing their favorite magazine, they often jump at the opportunity to renew through a school fundraiser. And why not!  They get their magazine at a discount, and at the same time they help out a child with their fundraiser, and contribute to that child’s education.  Magazine fundraising works not only because magazines are so popular, but because there is such a variety of magazines out there, that you are pretty sure there will be at least one magazine that interests everyone and is offered at a better price through fundraising than if you were to buy it from a newsstand.

Magazine fundraisers are also easy.  You don’t have to ask for any pledges, donations or sponsorships, or worry about carrying and storing inventory.  It’s also a great way for parents to get involved because it’s much easier to bring an order form to the office than a box of candy bars, and chances are they have several coworkers who currently subscribe to a magazine and would be happy to renew it at the discounted prices many fundraisers offer.  There are also no deliveries to worry about because the magazines come directly from the publishers once the order is processed – the post office delivers everything for you!  Additionally, for schools that are looking for a healthier, non-food alternative to chocolate and sweets, magazine fundraising is a great choice.

For an even easier option, you can actually run a magazine fundraiser online, which means you don’t have to worry about children going door-to-door, or stress about order forms.  The school principal, or fundraiser organizer can easily use the online program to email all the parents letting them know about the fundraiser.  Then, the parents can use the same program to email all their friends and family across the United States asking them to purchase their favorite magazines at the school’s online magazine shop while helping their child reach their fundraising goals.

The list of benefits just goes on and on…what’s even more rewarding is that once someone orders a magazine subscription through your school; they are more likely to continue to renew their subscriptions with you every year, so by starting now, you’re creating an annual source of income for your school or school group.  In fact, more than 98% of the school and youth organizations will renew their magazines the following year.

You must be reading this and saying..”well, there has to be at least one draw back!”  There really isn’t, it’s that simple. Your school gets a list of all the subscriptions for sale  – usually around 650 different magazines – and then you get a percentage of your total sales as your profit.  In the case of the online magazine fundraiser, you get a profit of 40% sent to you by mail every month.  The online program also provides easy reporting features that track all profit and sales for you.

Oh sorry..there might be just one thing… you have to be a bit patient.  Once a magazine order is placed through a fundraiser, it takes around 6 to 8 weeks before the first issue is received.  This is the time it takes for everything to be processed.  But what are a few weeks of waiting when you can save up to 85% off the newsstand prices?

It’s no wonder that there are over 20 000 groups that do annual magazine fundraisers…why not start one for yourself, right now?

Top 5 Holiday Fundraisers

Top 5 Holiday Fundraisers

It’s that time of year again!  Schools, churches, sports teams, charities and a variety of non-profit organizations are putting together their holiday fundraising campaigns.  In fact, some have even started rolling them out!
To get you in the holiday fundraising spirit, here are USA Fundraising’s top 5 fundraisers for the holidays.


Of all the seasons, this is the one where chocolates and candy bars are really going to bring in the dough.

Why?  They make great stocking stuffers; are the perfect treat for kids, neighbours, even coworkers; and giving yourself a little indulgent treat is the perfect way to start celebrating the holidays.

Even better, at just a dollar or two per bar, it’s an affordable treat for everyone.

Check out these chocolate fundraising products >

Donation Jars

Donation jars do well during the holidays because people tend to be in a giving spirit.  More importantly, donation jars allow people to simply donate some spare change, which almost anyone can afford.  And, with donations, the money you raise is pure profit.

Read about donation fundraisers >



Magazines, especially when sold online, are a great holiday fundraiser because magazines are the perfect gift for just about anyone.

Your supporters will love the opportunity to get a jump start on their holiday shopping, but more importantly, they’ll really appreciate the low cost, and the wide selection.

Magazines are one of the easiest gifts to give to friends and family no matter what part of the country they live in.

Check out the Online Magazine Fundraiser – It’s Free! > 

Bake Sales

People love offering their holiday guests a variety of freshly baked goodies when they drop by.  That’s why the holidays are when bake sales shine.

A great idea is to combine your bake sale with a  frozen cookie dough sale.  People can buy ready made treats, and place orders for frozen cookie dough so that they can whip up freshly baked cookies anytime, with almost no effort.

Read about bake sale fundraisers >

Check out these cookie dough fundraisers >



A unique type of donation fundraiser, Scratchcard fundraising is a fun way to collect small donation amounts that add up to big profits.

Scratchcards feature free coupon sheets as thank-you gifts for supporters, so they get a special gift of appreciation for their donations, and the opportunity to save some money.


What’s more, you can get special holiday themed Scratchcards, or customizable Scratchcards printed with your group photo!

Get more information on Scratchcards > 


Do you have a fun holiday fundraising idea that you would like to share with the USA Fundraising community?

For more product fundraisers for holiday time, or any time, get a free fundraising product guide mailed right to your door.