Here’s how to get started:

  • Gather your friends, family, and colleagues who are interested in helping the Dedham Food Pantry
  • Create a fundraiser to help raise funds and awareness.
  • Reach out to your networks to secure support for your fundraising campaign. Please email us if you have any questions.

*As people responsible for fundraising for non-profit organizations, we often get “analysis paralysis,” the inability to decide on a course of action.  We spend so much time reviewing great new fundraising strategies, attending conferences, reading development books, and seeking advice from colleagues that we have trouble launching a new fundraising initiative.

Here are some ideas to fundraise:

1.  Hold a fundraising event.

2.  Send a fundraising letter to your donor file.

3.  Host a walk-a-thon, dance-a-thon, or other participatory fundraising event.

4.  Write some grants.

5.  Send a fundraising e-mail to your list.

6.  Approach your top supporters to ask for individual gifts.

7.  Start a viral fundraising campaign.

8.  Launch a board giving campaign.

9.  Recruit volunteers to raise money on your behalf.

10.  Host a cookbook fundraiser or a candy bar fundraiser.

11.  Find donors to run hosted events.

12.  Seek out a major donor to fund the project.

13.  Use scratch cards.

14.  Hold a silent auction.

15.  Choose an unusual fundraising idea.

16.  Choose a “quick” fundraising idea.

17.  Find in-kind donations to meet your need, rather than asking for checks.

By no means is this an exhaustive list.  These 17 ideas should, however, provide a great starting point for deciding on your organization’s strategy for raising a quick $10,000, $25,000, or whatever you need to help you accomplish your mission.