5 Crowdfunding Ideas That Are Hot This Summer

By Krystal Gandola 

Idea #1: Fund a Gap Year for a High School Graduate

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British students have been doing this for years. Basically, a gap year is when a student takes a year off after high school to gain experience in the real world. This could mean traveling the world, completing an internship at (fill in your dream company), building a house for a needy family, or starting that archaeological excavation you always dreamed of doing in your backyard.

Who ever knew helping that special teenager in your life could be this fun?

To learn more about the gap year phenomenon in America, listen to NPR’s rockin podcast on the topic. For some Fundly inspiration, browse our successful Trip and Adventure fundraisers going on right now.

Idea #2: Help a Budding Novelist Write the Next Great American Novel


You know those perfect summer days? The ones spent lounging by your favorite beach, pool, or park and reading that book you have been wanting to read for months? Sigh.

It is an undeniable fact that people love good books, be it summer or winter. How awesome would it be if you could be an integral part of the creation of the ultimately cool book: the next “great” American novel?

Help that starving novelist eat more than mac and cheese while they contemplate the grand human experience. Fund an American writer and support the creative arts!

Idea #3: Score the 2018 World Cup Trophy for the U.S. by Supporting a Youth Soccer League

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Soccer fever is at an all time high in the great US-of-A. More Americans tuned in to watch the 2014 World Cup than any other in history! And it’s no surprise, after Tim Howard’s record saves for the Yanks.

With more than 20 million American kids participating in youth soccer, it is only a matter of time before the next Mia Hamm, Lionel Messi, or David Beckham comes along.

Help find the next great American contender by supporting a local youth soccer league. Donations can go to offset the costs of sports equipment, traveling expenses, or team uniforms. Go team, go! Check out the awesome sports fundraisers going on now.

Idea #4: Hire an Ice Cream Truck for the Day and Give Out Free Cones

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July is National Ice Cream Month. Why not celebrate by raising funds to give ice cream to kids in your local community? You could even park outside a local homeless shelter and hand out ice cream to kids going through tough times.

Don’t forget to share the love with the adults in your life, who could use a cone or two (or three).  Hire a truck for your company fundraiser, neighborhood party, or your local church group.

Check out this Florida guy, who raised over $1,000 and gave out free ice cream on his birthday.

Idea #5: Forgo the Traditional Wedding Registry and Fundraise for your Future instead

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Engaged couples around the world have been hand-picking Waterford crystal glasses, oil drizzle dispensers, and monogrammed towel sets for centuries. If fine china sets aren’t your thing, we have a solution! These days, couples are opting to raise money for travel adventures, their favorite charity, or their future home.

Start your own wedding fund, and see what others have done before you.

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June #FundlyGivesBack Winner


#FundlyGivesBack Winner: 

The search is over! We loved seeing all of your tweets, shares and mentions for #FundlyGivesBack. It’s one of our favorite days because we get to see the Fundly community rally around your campaigns.

We wish all of you could be our June #FundlyGivesBack winner, however, only one of you can win the $100 prize. We’re proud to announce that the winner crushed it on Twitter and Facebook. This person was got support from their friends and family to use the #FundlyGivesBack hashtag! Not to mention they raised over $1000 on #FundlyGivesBack day!

Check out everyone that used the #FundlyGivesBack hashtag. Without further adieu, the winner of #FundlyGivesBack is:

May #FundlyGivesBack Winner


#FundlyGivesBack Winner: 

The search is over! We loved seeing all of your tweets, shares and mentions for #FundlyGivesBack. It’s one of our favorite days because we get to see the Fundly community rally around your campaigns.

We wish all of you could be our May #FundlyGivesBack winner, however, only one of you can win the $100 prize. We’re proud to announce that the winner crushed it on Twitter. This person was in our face and getting their friends to use the #FundlyGivesBack hashtag and tweet @Fundly!

Check out everyone that used the #FundlyGivesBack hashtag. Without further adieu, the winner of #FundlyGivesBack is:

Our Top 10 Fundraising Ideas For May

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Idea #1: Gift Your College Graduate A Trip They’ll Remember Forever

Raise money to fund a cross-country road trip, a trip overseas to another country, or for a mission trip for them before they start their career.

Idea #2: Make A Special Effort To Show Dad You Appreciate Him

Start a campaign to fund a bigger than usual Father’s Day gift for him – a barbecue, an all-included car-care kit, or even his dream vacation!

Idea #3: Bring Fresh Flowers To The Elderly In Honor Of Spring

Fundraise to bring bouquets to your local retirement, assisted living, or nursing home. Brighten up their day with fresh flowers that will announce spring’s arrival!

Idea #4: Get Your College Student On The Right Track After Graduation

They’ve graduated, and summer will pass before you know it. Start raising money for your college freshman to kickstart them to a debt-free life after college.

Idea #5: Experience The Benefits Of Cycling For Your Commute

Fund the purchase of bicycles and supplies for you and your coworkers. Save the planet, stay fit and healthy, and save money by cycling to work instead of driving.

Idea #6: Help Support Our Troops This Memorial Day

Start a campaign in remembrance of our fallen American heroes for Memorial Day. Donate the funds to help our troops who are away from their families and homes this summer.

Idea #7: Give The Gift Of A Spring Picnic To Someone Who Needs It Most

Raise money to assemble picnic baskets for the many needy and homeless people in your city.

Idea #8: Who Doesn’t Want A Lei Made Of Cash?

Gather some cash to handcraft leis for the graduates in your life, whether they’re stepping out of high school or heading off into life out of college, give them a jumpstart on their financial needs.

Idea #9: Treat Your Friends To Great Baseball Game Seats

Fund a game day to go see your favorite baseball team! Invite as many friends as you can transport and grab great seats, enjoy some stadium food and cheer on the underdog!

Idea #10: Sharing Is Caring, Especially With Books

Raise money to stock a neighborhood mini library. Purchase books, a central container and location to store them in, and enjoy sharing your favorite reads with your neighborhood!


Have a great fundraising idea? Start raising money and make it happen!

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Our Top 10 Fundraising Ideas For April

Our top 10 fundraising ideas for april

By Veronica Olah

Idea #1: Raise Awareness For Autism Awareness Month

April is National Autism Awareness Month. Show your support and help raise awareness and money for autism research, prevention, treatments, etc. When everyone comes together to support a cause, it goes even further. Want to support autism awareness right now? Donate a tweet here: https://fundly.com/autism-tweets.

Idea #2: Start An Office Tradition 

Who doesn’t love a little team bonding? Collect money  from your co-workers to start a new office tradition. The money can go towards drinks, food, a venue, etc. Take the initiative, everyone – including your boss – will think you’re brilliant!

Idea #3: Plan A Summer Trip 

With Spring break over summer is on the horizon! Itching to get out of town this summer? Raise money to go on a summer trip, with your family, friends, team or local group. Explore this wonderful world we live in…just don’t forget to send us pictures!

Idea #4: Get Some Help With Funding For Your Wedding 

Wedding season is almost here! We know paying for a wedding gets expensive – heck, many couples don’t go on a honeymoon because it just doesn’t fit the bill. Why not collect funds so you can have your dream wedding because you deserve it!

Idea #5: Host A DIY Party With Your Girlfriends 

Hosting a DIY party is such a fun and creative way to hang with your friends while doing something crafty. Crowdfund the supplies by asking your girlfriends to chip in money. Tip: Pinterest is always a good source to find your craft.

Idea #6: Make Someone Happy. Because Pharrell Said So

Why not do a random act of kindness for someone special? . Collect money to fund a makeover and shopping spree for someone you love that is starting a new career, has made a big change in their lives, or simply wants a fresh start.

Idea #7: Share Your Love For The Planet

Are you passionate about saving the Earth? We’ll it’s time to put that love to good use! Keep the spirit of Earth day alive by collecting funds for volunteer efforts, community gardens, wildlife preservation or simply organize a day in the park with family and friends.

Idea #8: Surprise Someone For Graduation 

Do you have a friend or family member who’s graduating high school or college? Travel can be expensive. Raise money to surprise them for graduation – who doesn’t like surprises?!

Idea #9: Get Your Mother The Most Meaningful Mother’s Day Gift

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching – trust us it will be here before you know it! What do you get for the mother that has everything? In lieu of gifts, start a campaign to raise money for her favorite nonprofit or charity.

Idea #10: Go To Your Favorite Music Festival

Spring and summertime mean one thing for music lovers: music festivals! However, festivals aren’t cheap (i.e. Coachella, Stagecoach, etc). Between travel expenses, tickets, food and drinks you’re out of pocket a few hundred bucks! Collect funds from your family and friends to get to that festival!

Have a great fundraising idea? Tweet @Fundly to help our community do great things this spring.

Or start a campaign of your own right now!

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Missed our March Top 10 Fundraising ideas? We’ve got em here. 



 Veronica Olah is Community Manager at Fundly.

Guest Blog: The New Jeff Campaign

By Jeff Newell

Jeff is raising money to attend the 2014 Your Weight Matters Convention so he can learn to overcome his obesity and develop a knowledge to help others.

Check Out This Campaign

April #FundlyGivesBack Winner


#FundlyGivesBack Winner: 

The hunt is over! We loved seeing all of your tweets, shares and mentions for #FundlyGivesBack. It’s one of our favorite days because we get to see the Fundly community rise to the top and rally around your campaigns.

We wish all of you could be our April #FundlyGivesBack winner, however, only one of you can win the $100 prize. We’re proud to announce that the winner crushed it on Instagram and Twitter. This person was thanking their donors over social media and had supporters sharing her campaign for #FundlyGivesBack like it was going out of style. :)

Check out everyone that used the #FundlyGivesBack hashtag. Without further adieu, the winner of #FundlyGivesBack is:

Winner: Christ The King Elementary School Fundraiser 

Congrats to Nancy, you blew us away on social media.

March #FundlyGivesBack Winner


#FundlyGivesBack Winner: 

You really sprung ahead (wink wink) this month with your tweets, shares and likes for #FundlyGivesBack! You should be proud because this month’s #FundlyGivesBack was better than ever, which makes it even harder to pick a winner but we can only award one $150 prize. The campaign that stood out the most absolutely crushed it on Twitter. They were always updating, tweeting,  mentioning their campaign and used the #FundlyGivesBack hashtag like it was going out of style for Spring :)

Check out everyone that used the #FundlyGivesBack hashtag. Without further adieu, the winner of #FundlyGivesBack is:

Winner: Helping Netta Crush Cancer 

Congrats to Shauna, you and your mother have an incredible support team!

Guest Blog: Help Me Save Lives In Ghana Africa

By Tyra Ward

Tyra is going to Africa in June to volunteer as a nurse. She’s been working as an ER nurse at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center for 3 years now. In Africa, she’ll be volunteering with IVHQ to treat patients with malaria, AIDs and patients who are malnourished.

Check Out This Campaign

Inspired by Tyra’s story? Start raising money, we’d love to hear your story!

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Want us to feature your campaign? Submit your own guest blog!

How To Get Supporters To Your Crowdfunding Campaign


Many people think that once they start a crowdfunding campaign, all their financial woes will disappear. If only it were that easy! One of the biggest challenges in running a successful crowdfunding campaign is knowing how to market it. Though you don’t have to be a marketer, you do have to expand your vision and feel comfortable reaching out to your family and friends, social network and community circles.

Before getting supporters, it’s important that your campaign looks nice and portrays what you’re wanting to raise money for. At Fundly, we encourage all campaigns to include at least one image or video, a description of why you’re fundraising and add a few giving levels as incentives. We’ve broken down a few of our best tips to help you get supporters.

Step 1: Recruit Your Inner Circle Of Family and Friends

When initially starting a campaign it’s important to recruit your core supporters first, this includes yourself, family and friends. This “inner circle” will be the the root of your crowdfunding campaign so make sure to make them feel connected and passionate about why you’re raising money. When you’re communicating and sharing your campaign be descriptive and excited, this will help them want to back you 100%.

How To Reach Your Inner Circle:
Email is a great way to share your campaign with family and friends. Make them feel special by personalizing each one, this may take more time but will pay off in the long run. And if you want some traction immediately, try sending them a text with your campaign URL.

Step 2: Spread Out To Your Social Circle

Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+ are super helpful towards marketing your campaign. A good place to start is to focus on the social media platform that you use most frequently and where you have the most number of followers.

Once your “inner circle” has supported you it’s important for them to market your campaign on their social networks as well. People are interested in what others are doing on social media and generally if someone donated or supported a cause, they want to share it with their network – think of it as a chain reaction!

Actionable tips:

  • Use hashtags. Let’s say you’re raising money for autism awareness. Make sure to use hashtags such as #autism #autismspeaks #autismawareness
  • Make sure to post pictures. We’ve noticed that when people post pictures on Twitter, your tweet becomes more popular and noticeable.
  • Give a shout out on social media to “thank” your supporters or donors – publicly making them feel special will give them a reason to share your post or retweet. It’s the little things that matter!

Step 3: Tap Your Community Circles

Once you’ve gained the support from you and your “inner core’s” network, it’s time to get the creative juices flowing. Tapping into community circles are important because it allows you to reach a broader audience that have similar interests. An easy way to start is by asking yourself what types of communities does your campaign fall into?

Questions To Help You Find Your Communities:

  • What is your campaign raising money for? If you’re a college basketball team raising money for nationals, you would look into sports, basketball, the college where you play and alumni communities.
  • Is there a local chapter you can connect with?
    • For example, if you’re raising funds for your local San Francisco church, you could look into local SF communities, other church parishioners, church member forums, etc.
    • Another example would be If you’re raising money for a community project, you could look into Junior Leagues in your area, local volunteers programs, community leaders, town/city hall, community forums, etc.

Example: Bringing Your Circles Together

Let’s say you’re a fashion and lifestyle blogger and need to raise $5,000 for blog expenses.

Step 1: After you create a campaign page, you send a personal email to your family and friends (aka: “inner circle”) telling them about your fundraiser and why it’s important for you to raise the funds.

Step 2: Next, you tap your extended network, which is your social network. With your fashion blog, you might have a stronger following on Twitter and Instagram so you would post there first so more followers will see it.

Tip: Make sure your content is different everytime you post, people don’t like reading the same material over and over. Make them want to support your cause.

Step 3: Other than using hashtags in your tweets, Facebook and Instagram posts, you could try to reach out to fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogging communities, as well as relevant clothing and product brands, to see if they’ll help share your campaign and support your cause.

We love hearing about your campaign and the kinds of communities you love. Share the communities you’ve had success with in the comments below.


 Veronica Olah is Community Manager at Fundly.

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