Fundraising Tips to Help Pay for Your Service Trip

When people talk about fundraising, we often think of a group of people getting together and raising money for an organization.  However, there are times when it’s just you trying to raise money for a worthy cause that is dear to your heart.   In this case, you value serving others and are ready to invest to be part of a Student Service Team from Madison College.   The following are 10 simple fundraising ideas that you can implement by yourself, or with other Service Team members…


1.       Virtually Network

Use social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, to reach out and ask for donations from your virtual community of friends, family, instructors, co-workers and colleagues. Ask others to re-post your information, to maximize the power of your message.  To boost your results, create a free fundraising web page, with an online fundraising platform like GoFundMe, which will allow you to easily collect donations from your Facebook friends and email contacts.


2.       Door-to-Door

It may sound old-fashioned, but there is a reason why, big organizations still use door-to-door fundraising as their primary method.  Be sure to provide informational material about the cause for which you’re fundraising.  Your Madison College OneCard shows others that you are “who” you say you are.


3.       Corporate Sponsorship

Contact local businesses and ask them to sponsor your cause in exchange for a marketing opportunity, such as having a company logo proudly displayed on a shirt you’ll wear while you are volunteering and / or while you are on-campus.


4.       Matching Donations

Many employers offer a matching donation program for their employees, in which they will match a certain percentage of funds raised for a charitable cause.  Just ask!  Sometimes, an employer who never before has been part of such a program, does so, because you are valued as an employee and they want to be a part of your growth and success.


5.       Hold a Garage Sale

Clear out the basement and closets of all your unneeded items and host a garage sale, with profits going to support your cause.  When advertising your garage sale, be sure to explain that this is a garage sale for charity, to further encourage people to come.  If you don’t have a lot of things of your own to sell, consider talking with relatives with over-flowing closets, garages and basements.  In exchange for you helping them to clean-up and clear-out, you may keep the profits from garage sale or re-sale items.


6.       Host a Bake Sale

Everyone likes home-baked goodies, which is why a bake sale is one of the simplest fundraising ideas!  Host your bake sale at a high traffic area, such as your church, outside a business (with their permission), at an event (with permission) or at your charity garage sale.


7.       Recycling

Set-up an aluminum-can recycling bin at local businesses (with permission).  Place a sign on the bin, letting people know that, not only are they helping the environment, but they’re helping a worthy cause too!  It’s the “ripple-effect!”  They help you and you help many other people as a member of a Madison College Service Team in Arkansas, Florida, New Orleans, New York City, Washington, DC, etc.


8.       Put an Article in Your Local NewPaper

Write an article for your local newspaper, talking about the cause for which you are fundraising and ask for donations. Your local bank can help you set-up a charitable account, if necessary.


9.       Local Service Clubs

Just because you’re an individual raising money, doesn’t mean you can’t ask groups for help.  Service organizations such as, the Lions Club or Knights of Columbus, may be able to assist you, by hosting events for you!


10.   Host a Party

Contact your favorite home sales party person, such as a Pampered Chef or Mary Kay representative, and ask if they’d be willing to donate their profits from your party to your fundraising efforts. In exchange, they’ll receive new potential party leads and repeat customers from your family and friends who attend.  If you, your friends and family members aren’t the “sales-party-types,” consider hosting a party where each guest pays a determined amount, has a nice evening and you have profits above and beyond what you spend for food, beverages, entertainment, etc.  Invited guests need to know “up-front” that you are raising money to help fund your service trip.


Do you have fundraising ideas to ADD TO THIS LIST?  Please email them to  Thank you for sharing your fundraising knowledge and successes!