How to Fundraise for a Non Profit

Fundraising is meant to be fun and bring people together, and the options can be endless on different fundraising ideas for nonprofits.

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Non-profit organizations, no matter how big or small, can benefit from fundraising. According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, in the U.S. alone there are more than 1.5 million registered nonprofit organizations. For many of these organizations, there is a constant need to develop fundraising strategies and raise money to continue doing charitable work in their communities.  

Non-Seasonal Ideas

Fundraisers happen throughout the year and while there are many opportunities to make the events seasonal and time-relevant, fundraisers can take place any time. Here are a few non-profit fundraiser ideas to host throughout the year:

  1. Restaurant fundraiser: A really great way to gather people together over food while raising money is through a restaurant fundraiser! Partner with a restaurant in your community and during the specified fundraiser hours, your organization will receive a certain percentage of fundraiser profits. Chipotle’s fundraiser program gives back 25% of event sales (subject to achievement of a minimum level of total event sales), and the fundraisers are easy to set up online. To apply for a fundraiser with Chipotle, click here.
  2. 5K walk/run: Charity runs are easy to promote and have broad appeal. Depending on the weather, they can also be hosted year-round.
  3. Silent auction/raffle: This is another great option that can happen at any time of the year. Ask around to local businesses and other contacts to see if they are willing to donate items or experiences to your event. These can take place in person or online, which allows for flexibility when planning. Chipotle has a donation application in which you can apply for an auction/raffle item. To learn more and apply, click here.
  4. Bake sale: These are a hit for younger participants and families. Ask all of the bakers in your organization to whip up their specialty and find a location where you can set up a booth. This is a great complement to another fundraising event as it doesn’t take up much space.

Seasonal Ideas

Depending on the time of year, there are many opportunities to host seasonal fundraisers that will raise money while engaging supporters and helping them celebrate. Some seasonal fundraising ideas for nonprofit organizations include:

  1. Haunted House: This is a great fundraising idea for the month of October leading up to Halloween. If your organization has the time and space to set this up, it can be a great family activity.
  2. Carnival: In the summer months, a carnival can drive a lot of participation and buzz. Be prepared for a heavy amount of planning and preparation, but equal amounts of fun.
  3. Holiday gift wrapping: This is a popular fundraiser option for nonprofits in the winter months. Some people do not have the time (or skills!) to wrap presents, so holiday gift wrapping can be a helpful service.

Fundraising is meant to be fun and bring people together, and the options can be endless on different fundraising ideas for nonprofits. The most important thing to keep in mind when hosting your next event is talking to your supporters and finding the best option for your organization.

Chipotle Fundraising Through Online Ordering

Chipotle fundraiser nights are great for all ages and organizations and can help your organization reach its fundraising goals. With a new digital fundraiser feature, supporters have the option to either order in store or can now order online by using the Chipotle app or through Once a supporter completes their meal, all they need to do is input your fundraiser’s unique promo code before submitting, and 25% of their order will be counted towards your fundraiser. Just make sure they order online for pickup at the participating restaurant during the time frame of your fundraiser.

Promoting Your Fundraiser

Whether your organization chooses to get together and raise money over food, games, or both, one of the most important fundraiser tips is to promote the event. A successful fundraiser is one that is promoted ahead of time and gains a large participation. Promoting your fundraiser can include passing out flyers with information, sharing it on social media, or emailing all of your contacts with event details. The more promotion your event receives, the more money your organization is likely to raise. Even if people can’t attend your event, they may want to donate money because it’s a cause that they care about.  If you do a fundraiser through Chipotle, keep in mind the guidelines set to ensure that your fundraiser is not misrepresented and does not negatively impact the experience of other guests.

If you’re ready to apply for your next Chipotle fundraiser, click here to select your closest restaurant location and fundraiser date. Happy fundraising!