Special fundraising events are the lifeblood of many not-for-profit groups, though they can take a lot of time and energy to be truly profitable.

Some examples of the types of special events that make for popular not-for-profit fundraisers include: car-boot sales; fetes and festivals; trivia nights; fashion parades; talent contests; art shows; balls, dances and discos

A membership program (or, if you’re a school, university or TAFE, an alumni program) can provide a handy source of regular, predictable and renewable funds for your organisation. Friends-of schemes serve much the same purpose.

Of course, membership schemes are first and foremost about fostering a sense of belonging among your supporters – you need people’s enthusiasm more than you need their money. But the fundraising potential is also important.

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