25 Fundraising Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2023]

25 Fundraising Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2023]

Interested in starting a fundraising business in 2023?

We put together 23 of the best fundraising businesses you can start in today.

For each business idea, we’ll show you real-world examples of other fundraising businesses to help you see what it really takes.

Here's the full list:

1. Start a blog ($60K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$200 — $160,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,687
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Chhavi Agarwal from New Delhi, Delhi, India started Mrs Daaku Studio over 4 years ago, a blog.

  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: New Delhi, Delhi, India

Case Study

I am a licensed attorney in India and right after my master’s in law, I started working with a leading company as a lawyer. I worked there for about two years before I quit my job to become more location independent.

Choose a niche in whatever you start. It is critical for streamlining your efforts and make money.

My job paid me well but I worked 12 hours a day, I was exhausted by the end of each day, spent my weekends sleeping and I almost quit the things I liked to do - for example, sketching, yoga, traveling, etc.

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2. Start a fundraising consulting business ($1.8M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$150,000 — $166,666,666/month
Average Initial Investment
$300,075
Skills

Daryl Hatton from Vancouver, BC, Canada started ConnectionPoint over 14 years ago, a fundraising consulting business.

  • Revenue: $150,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 20
  • Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada

Case Study

Over my career, I’ve started and run multiple companies. Before ConnectionPoint, together with a business partner, I created a company and a product in the document automation space called ReFORM. We merged that company into Optio Software of Atlanta, GA in the early ’90s. As CTO and part of the leadership team for Optio, we took it to a NASDAQ IPO in December 1999. In that year, according to Business Week, we were the 78th fastest growing small business in the US and one of the hottest IPOs of the year.

Post-Y2K, the company struggled as our customers slowed their investments in upgrading their ERP systems. We dug in deeply, pulled the company back from the brink, and reinforced our value proposition by reinventing the product line. This enabled us to sell at a decent multiple to our largest competitor in 2008.

After the transition, I decided to take the opportunity to leave. At the time, Facebook and other social networks were emerging as disrupters of the way we communicate. I was coaching my son’s lacrosse team and was struggling to get my players to attend practice. I emailed them and no-one would show up. I was also experimenting with social media and decided to test inviting them to practice using Facebook. To my surprise, most of them showed up.

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3. Start a niche investment platform ($4.2M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
Average Initial Investment
$3,000
Skills

Justin Cooke from North York, Ontario, Canada started Empire Flippers over 10 years ago, a niche investment platform.

  • Revenue: $349,983/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 53
  • Location: North York, Ontario, Canada

Case Study

We originally started out as an outsourcing company in the Philippines that helped businesses in the USA with various administrative tasks, but when we lost one of our main clients we had to find a way to fill our team’s hours.

If you are committed to systems and process, then failure holds no meaning because it’s simply you learning the systems and processes better.

So, we heard about this whole niche site thing and had our staff start creating micro niche sites monetized with Adsense. If you’re not familiar with the term, niche sites are usually just small sites that are talking about a specific thing. Usually, they’re heavily informational based (Ex: How do you stop snoring?) but can also include product reviews. Most of them are monetized either through Google Adsense or Amazon’s affiliate program, or a mixture of both. We blogged about the whole journey and soon started selling the sites we made.

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4. Start an online learning platform ($480K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$24,000 — $475,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$79,000
Skills

Balázs Vendler from Pécs, Magyarország started Games for Business about 7 years ago, a online learning platform.

  • Revenue: $40,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 15
  • Location: Pécs, Magyarország

Case Study

I have a biology teacher degree, but I started my first business already while at university. My company was a digital marketing agency that delivered creative solutions for 10 years and started the first gamification-based projects in 2006.

In a market that expressed huge interest in gamification, but had lots of questions and uncertainties, with our credibility we managed to convince clients rather quickly, while many competitors had rather vague propositions to offer.

By 2012, the agency overcame the economic crisis, which was an extremely stressful period. I was completely burned out of my job as the company manager and owner, and I was thinking about what kind of professional work I would like to do in which I could find my motivation again. I was looking at the projects of the marketing agency and realized that it was the gamification-based solutions that really interested me.

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5. Start a social media marketing service ($600K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$3,000 — $6,358,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$16,725
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

David Schlais from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA started Vital Traffic Labs about 6 years ago, a social media marketing service.

  • Revenue: $50,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Case Study

My personal background is in B2B enterprise sales, and at my previous employer, things were going great for the first 2.5 years that I was an employee there. I moved up quickly, was promoted twice, and actually had the opportunity to build out a team. Unfortunately, one day that all changed and I realized that I was deeply unhappy, and after years of trying and failing to start businesses online I thought that maybe it was time for one more go.

Your pot of gold and freedom is out there somewhere, but you will never find it until you start looking for it.

The company I was working for announced that it was being acquired, so I decided to give my old friend Derek a call. Initially, I pitched him on starting a recruitment agency together (both of us had started our careers at an executive search office together). He said that he would think about it, and actually came to me with the idea for an SMMA (Social Media Marketing Agency).

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6. Start a crowdfunding platform ($4.8M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $400,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$1,000,000
Skills

Howard Marks from Los Angeles, California, USA started Kosmos Innovation Centre about 10 years ago, a crowdfunding platform.

  • Revenue: $400,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 22
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

Case Study

After the second video game company I founded, Acclaim Games, was acquired by Walt Disney (Playdom was the original buyer), I wanted to take a break from the entrepreneurial side of the business and become an investor. I set a personal goal for myself to invest in 60 companies, and since I was living in LA, I decided to invest in startups in LA too.

Where do you start with that goal? How do you find entrepreneurs to support? As I started this journey, I realized that an accelerator model was quite effective for my purposes, and so StartEngine, the accelerator, was born.

We offered companies $20,000 for a 10% stake in the company and 90 days of mentorship. Given we were one of the first accelerators in LA, we had a lot of interest. Ultimately, we accepted around 5% of applicants and had 60 companies participate in the StartEngine accelerator in total.

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7. Start a campaign promoting business

Examples of a successful campaign promoting business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a campaign promoting business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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8. Start a trick-or-treating event hosting business

Examples of a successful trick-or-treating event hosting business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a trick-or-treating event hosting business:

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9. Start a gold exchange-traded funds business

Examples of a successful gold exchange-traded funds business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a gold exchange-traded funds business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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10. Start a non-profit fundraiser

Average Initial Investment
$15,000
Skills

Examples of a successful non-profit fundraiser:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a non-profit fundraiser:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a non-profit fundraiser ➜

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11. Start a peer to peer lending business

Examples of a successful peer to peer lending business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a peer to peer lending business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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12. Start a live contest hosting business ($360K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$30,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful live contest hosting business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a live contest hosting business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a live contest hosting business ➜

Case Study

Hi, I’m Jerry Low, and I’ve been in the Affiliate Marketing and SEO consultancy business since 2004. I own and operate several websites with a small team, including WebHostingSecretRevealed, HostScore, and HideandSeek. Together, they attract over 700,000 visitors each month.

One of our sites gets close to 4 million sessions and 6 million pageviews in 1H 2021

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13. Start a temporary help agency

Examples of a successful temporary help agency:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a temporary help agency:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a temporary help agency ➜

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14. Start a side-project business

How Much Can You Make?
$1,200 — $1,010,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful side-project business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a side-project business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a side-project business ➜

Case Study

My name is Gregory Elfrink and I’m the director of marketing with Empire Flippers. We’re a three-time winner of the INC 5,000 award for being one of the fastest growing companies in America and we help people buy and sell online businesses.

We have brokered over $50 million worth of deals, and since we’re a big believer in transparency we also created a scoreboard that details most of our stats - from the hundreds of thousands of website visitors we get to our pool of potential buyers that grow by the hundreds every month.

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15. Start a donation business

Examples of a successful donation business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a donation business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a donation business ➜

16. Start a contest marketing business

Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Examples of a successful contest marketing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a contest marketing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a contest marketing business ➜

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17. Start a charity auction service business

Examples of a successful charity auction service business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a charity auction service business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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18. Start a mutual fund investing business

Examples of a successful mutual fund investing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a mutual fund investing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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19. Start a cause awareness raising podcast business

Examples of a successful cause awareness raising podcast business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a cause awareness raising podcast business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a cause awareness raising podcast business ➜

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20. Start a real estate auctions business

Examples of a successful real estate auctions business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a real estate auctions business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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21. Start a car flipping business

Examples of a successful car flipping business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a car flipping business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a car flipping business ➜

22. Start a paid online surveys business

Examples of a successful paid online surveys business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a paid online surveys business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a paid online surveys business ➜

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23. Start an apartment rental business

Average Initial Investment
$109,000
Skills

Examples of a successful apartment rental business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a apartment rental business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an apartment rental business ➜

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