If you'd like to help out a charity close to your heart but can't afford to make a donation, host a fundraiser night to raise money for charities like the Salvation Army, Oxfam and the Red Cross. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Sell your junk
This is something that benefits you and your charity. Start by spring cleaning your house and clearing out all the clutter. Anything you don't want or need can then be sold, and the proceeds donated. A garage sale is the cheapest option; all you need is a yard. If you don't have a yard, try EBay.
Girls in bikinis are always a crowd pleaser, which is why a car wash can be an excellent money spinner. You will need access to a hose or a tap, so it's best to set up at someone's house – even better if that someone lives on a main road or an area that receives a lot of traffic. You will also need buckets, sponges and car cleaning solutions.
Throw a Party
Promote your charity and raise some funds with a charity gala. You will have to plan and budget carefully to ensure that you don't spend more than you earn, but it can still be done.
Give your party a theme (you might want to link it back to the charity, so for a breast cancer fundraiser the theme could be pink) and organise some fun activities to keep your guests happy, like dancing, gambling, raffles and lucky door prizes. To keep costs down, you can ask your friends to help out.
You can either charge an admission price and provide the activities for free, or you can offer free entry and charge for the activities and raffle tickets.
The Reverse Raffle
This is a fun activity that works with large groups of people, such as a party or work function. Instead of selling raffle tickets, every guest receives one free ticket. If the attendee's ticket is drawn, their 'prize' is to perform an embarrassing act, such as singing the national anthem or imitating a monkey. However, the winner may forfeit his or her prize by making a pre-assigned donation.
Write a Book
If you've got some writing or drawing talent, creating a children's book is a unique way of fundraising. Take the time to plan your book – come up with an engaging plot and likeable characters – and then get writing. It might take you a few drafts to get it right.
Once you've finished, give your story to friends and family to read ask them for feedback. When you're convinced that it's perfect, you can publish it using a service like Rabbit Photo or a self publishing company like Bookpal, depending on your budget. Then, get selling! Markets, schools, workplaces and hospitals are good places to sell your book.