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Fundraising Ideas that Unleash the Fan Inside

If you’re searching for exciting and unique non-profit fundraising ideas, what could be a better source for inspiration than the celebrities we all know and love? A nonprofit organization in Bay City, Michigan looked to Madonna, one of the most famous singers alive, to inspire their charity event:

The first-ever "Material World" fundraiser, organized by the Do-Care Family Enrichment Center, [took] place Saturday, May 31, with festivities planned throughout Bay City, the birth place of Madonna.

The citywide event benefits Do-Care's Material Assistance Program, which works to provide families facing financial hardship new and lightly used essentials, such as towels, silverware, pots and pans, blankets, sheets, pillowcases and comforters. Do-Care also works to connect families with professional services to help them reach self-sufficiency.

The “Material World” fundraiser included several Madonna-themed activities to attract fans of the pop icon while raising money to support Do-Care programs. Read more about Do-Care’s creative charity event at  

Even if you don’t love Madonna’s music, it’s hard to deny her ability to attract attention. Actors, musicians, and other celebrities can command respect and interest, not only from their loyal supporters but also from the general public, especially if they are well-loved. Considering the impact of these personalities, you are guaranteed to generate buzz and at least a few donations, which, in some cases, could even go up to several hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

If you can get your hands on a signed celebrity photograph or item donated from someone famous, that’s even better. At eBay Giving Works, we’ve raised millions of dollars from celebrity auctions. When Pharrell Williams partnered with us to auction off his hat from the 2014 Grammys, we raised over $44,000 for his charity, From One Hand to AnOTHER. And Lady Gaga sold the outfits she wore during a cover shoot with Harper’s Bazaar to benefit her Born This Way Foundation, with a single bodysuit going for more than $15,000.

Obviously these celebrity items aren’t easy to come by, but don’t let that stop you from organizing your own celebrity-themed fundraiser. You can still hold a Lady Gaga dance-a-thon and raise some much needed funds for your cause of choice while having a blast.

So if you’re searching for effective nonprofit fundraising ideas, why not follow Do-Care’s example and starting your own celebrity-inspired charity event!

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