Fundraising Strategies & Creative Ideas To Raise Money

Fundraising course: raise money from grants, loans, investors, crowdfunding & creative fundraising strategies & ideas
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  • Lectures 25
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 3/2014 English

Course Description

LATEST: Course Updated On September, 2016

  • How To Raise Money With Bitcoin (revolutionary new currency)!
  • 3 websites that helps you raise money for your business
  • Extra resources for finding and getting grants
  • New section with very unusual ways to get money for your business
  • Most lectures updated to have improved audio and video quality


Learn exactly how to raise money for your project! This course presents over 10 unique and actionable ways to raise money, and how to go about raising money using each particular strategy. If you are in the process of raising money for your business, or are wondering how and where to start with your fundraising efforts, this course will shed light on what is possible. You will learn many actionable and very practical ways to raise money.

Who this fundraising course is for:

  • People who have a business idea and need funding to get started
  • People with active businesses who need funding to grow and improve their product
  • If you have always dreamt of starting a business, but didn't know how to raise money for your business, this is the course for you. Now you can finally raise money, and start your business.

Personal touch and support

In addition to the lectures, you get my help and advice! Students are able to start public discussions and message me with private questions. I answer 99% of questions within 24 hours. I love helping students who take my courses, and I look forward to helping you.

Not sure if the strategies in this fundraising course will help you raise money?

If I was in your shoes, I would wonder the same thing. To be honest with you, not all strategies presented in this course will work for you. That is why this course gives you a very wide range of strategies to raise money. While not all fundraising strategies presented in this course will work for you, some of the strategies in this course should definitely help you raise money.

You may end up raising more or less than $100,000. That will be up to how hard you work at it, and how well you will apply the strategies in this course, and how well you execute the strategies.

If you combine a number of the strategies presented in this course you should be able to reach the sum of $100,000 and in many cases even more.

Give it a try. There isn't much to lose. The course is backed by a 30-day money back guarantee from Udemy. So if you don't feel that this course helped you, you can just get a refund.

Why it is important that you take this course

There are some courses that push you towards investors, or loans or crowdfunding. But they are all narrow because they just focus on one strategy. After taking this course, you will have a very broad view of all the possible ways to raise money. You will be like a general overseeing the full battlefield instead of a soldier just blindly following what people say you should do.

You will be able to choose the path that is right for your unique situation and business. And that will help you to become a stronger business person, raise the money you need, and grow your business.

I understand how you feel

I am a small business owner just like you and I help many business owners almost every day. Trust me, I understand how difficult, confusing and stressful it might be for you to start a business with no money and no support. I made this course to empower you to make confident and correct decisions, and take your business in the right direction.

First part of this fundraising course:

General fundraising fundamentals to help you understand how much money you need to raise, and help you feel comfortable with ins and outs of raising money.

Second part of this fundraising course:

Raising money from institutions by getting

  • Loans
  • Donations
  • Investments
  • Grants

Third part of this fundraising course:

In this part of the course I go over many out of the box, creative and resourceful ways to raise money.

NEW! Fourth part of this fundraising course:

The fourth part of the course has tips on how to raise money for mobile apps.

Who should take this fundraising course:

You should take the course if you need to raise money for your business. If you are hoping to get an investment, loans, grants, or maybe raising donations via crowdfunding, this is the course for you because it covers a wide variety of ways that you can raise money. Not all businesses will find each of the strategies effective, but surely, with such a wide variety of fundraising strategies, the course has something for just about any business or organization.

How this fundraising course was born

Here is the story of how the material for the course was made. I originally created the Problemio mobile apps which are some of the top apps for entrepreneurs who are planning to start a business. Those apps now have over 1,000,000 downloads across iOS, Android and Kindle. A great majority of the entrepreneurs who used the apps needed to raise money. To help them, I had to research all the different ways to raise money that they could use. And this course is the summation of all those ways to raise money, and my continuing efforts to keep finding new ways to help entrepreneurs raise money.

This fundraising course will take around 2 hours to complete. It is almost entirely video, which is the preferred Udemy course content type, and the best for you because you will get through the material very fast, and you can begin applying the fundraising ideas in this course today!

I sincerely hope you find this fundraising course helpful and insightful. I wish you best of luck with your business, hope to see you on the inside of the course!

What kinds of businesses you can raise money for using this fundraising course?

With the strategies in this course, you can raise money for a diner, coffee shop, barbershop, nightclub, local event, business selling t-shirts, most kinds of stores ranging from boutiques to grocery stores to jewlery shops, animal care or grooming, lawn care or landscaping businesses, moving businesses, gym, frozen yogurt or ice cream shop, a deli, liquor store or a sandwich shop, a a beauty salon or a hair salon, a spa, a daycare business, a hardware store, commercial cleaning or residential cleaning, car wash, general contractor business, dog walking or pet sitting, martial arts studio, or a dance studio.

Here is a list of potential online businesses you can start fundraising for this course: blogging, affiliate marketing, elearning, create a channel on YouTube, become an author and sell books on Amazon and the Kindle, or become a freelancer or a local concierge. 

You can also raise money for a charity or a non-profit using the ideas and strategies in this fundraising training.

Why this fundraising course and not others?

This fundraising course is unique because it acknowledges that fundraising is not easy, and that whatever your unique situation is, one strategy might not be enough. I kept adding new fundraising ideas to this course until it got 10 standard fundraising ideas, and even a few pretty crazy fundraising ideas. So even if a few of the fundraising ideas in this course might not work for you, a few others probably will, and you will be able to raise the money you need to start your business or a non-profit or other kind of project.



This fundraising course comes with an unconditional, Udemy backed, 30 day money-back guarantee so you can try the course risk free. This is not just a guarantee, it's my personal promise to you that you will succeed ... just like my thousands of other Udemy students.

What are the requirements?

  • You are thinking of starting a business
  • You are in the process of starting a business
  • You are trying to raise money for your business

What am I going to get from this course?

  • You will have a solid understanding of where you can raise money, and how to go about doing that.
  • You will be more likely to raise money from the right sources
  • You will waste less time trying to raise money from sources that may be ineffective
  • You will have a good understanding of nuances involved in raising money from investors, loans, grants, donations via crowdfunding, and bootstrapping your business
  • Understand how to get business loans
  • Understand where to find business grants and which to apply to
  • Understand crowdfunding and how to get donations
  • Get a number of creative ways to raise money
  • Understand how to raise money by putting on events or workshops
  • NEW: You will even understand how to raise money with Bitcoin!
  • Get personal help and advice from the instructor by asking him private questions or posting discussions in the course

Who is the target audience?

  • Entrepreneurs and small business owners, people looking to start a business

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Fundraising course welcome & how much money you need to raise
How to get immediate benefits from 1st lecture & course welcome and introduction

Welcome to this fundraising training. Do you know exactly how much money you need to raise? If you try to raise money and approach an investor, they will ask you how much money you are looking to raise. And you must know how to calculate that amount, and how to answer that question intelligently.

Section 2: Fundraising fundamentals

Most businesses don't end up raising money, and for that reason they must do something called bootstrapping. Bootstrapping is simply a way to start and grow your business by finding ways to do that without needing much money or any money. This is what most businesses must do when they start.

Section 3: Raising money from traditional sources

In this part of the fundraising course I give you ideas for how to raise money by getting loans, the difference between raising money from personal loans and business loans, and what options entrepreneurs typically have. It isn't easy to get a loan to start a business, but in some cases it makes sense and it is possible to get a small business loan.


Do you want to get a business grant? Many people ask about whether they can get a grant to start their business. It is more difficult to get a grant for businesses which have not started, but if you have started, there are a few grants available for small businesses. Check out this lecture to understand how to fund your business or project with a grant, or whether grants are not a good option for you. Grants are one of the common fundraising ideas, but they are not easy to get.


Extra resources and websites for getting grants for your business.


How to raise money by getting investors. There are many kinds of different investors. The different kinds of investors are angel investors, start-up incubators, seed investors, professional venture capitalists (VC) and investors who invest in specific kinds of businesses like maybe restaurants or real estate, or local businesses, or high growth start-up companies.


There are two ways to get donations for your business. There is the old fashioned way to get donations by reaching out do rich donors or philanthropists like many nonprofits do. And there is also a new way to get donations for your business called crowdfunding. You can raise donations for your business with crowdfunding by trying to raise money on KickStarter, IndieGoGo, or GoFundMe. It is now possible to get donations from the crowd online. It isn't easy to do crowdfunding, but it is possible.

Section 4: Creative ways to raise money

One of the best ways to fund your business is by doing it through the revenue of your own company. Instead of waiting for money to come from a different course, why not just earn the money from your own customers. It is, in fact, what I did with my business, and what I recommend doing to other entrepreneurs. Long-term, you will have to get the money to grow your business from your customers anyway so you might as well start to focus on making money from your customers sooner than later.


One way to raise money for a product which has not already been made is to raise money from your future customers by approaching people who would be good potential customers, and offering them a lifetime discount for the product after the product is created.


Events are a great way to get clients, extra revenue, build extra awareness, and build loyal fans. Basically, events are a great marketing strategy for most kinds of businesses. Events can range from small meetups that drum up community to educational workshops to large conferences. It all depends on the kind of business you have, your event promotion abilities, and your ultimate business goals.


You can always fund your business by getting extra work, either on a part time basis or on some contract for a few months. It is actually what I often did when I was starting as an entrepreneur. It guaranteed me money for my efforts instead of having to waste time approaching investors or applying for grants which have the risk of being a complete waste of time if they don't pan out. So in some sense, getting a part time job or a contract job is a risk-free way to raise money for your business.


In this part of our fundraising course I explain an unusual fundraising idea which also works as lead generation to get actual customers for your business. In general, I prefer working on getting customers as early as possible in the lifecycle of your business. You will need to get customers eventually anyway, might as well learn how to raise money from your own revenue instead of waiting for a handout.


In this part of the fundraising course I explain how to raise money for your business or non profit by making money online, and I discuss various ways people make money online that they then put into their business.

BONUS STRATEGY: Passive income to help fund your business

In this part of the fundraising course, I talk about very unusual ways to raise money, and some pretty crazy fundraising ideas that you might consider a little bit too unusual or crazy. But if you are a true entrepreneur, you will do anything to raise money and have your business succeed. If that describes you, then maybe these fundraising ideas are not that unusual.


If you really need the money, here is a fundraising idea for you: join various medical tests or programs. You will get the money to start your business. Many medical tests or programs don't have to necessarily be potentially harmful. They might be measuring the effects of eating more vegetables - as an example. But who knows, maybe the crazy dangerous medical tests pay better. It is all up to you, and how badly you want to raise money.


This is another one of those weird fundraising ideas. If you can sell hair or some other body parts to science or medicine, you can get paid, and put that money towards funding your business.


You can also sell things in order to raise money for your business. Why not? You probably have a lot of junk lying around your home anyway.

Section 6: Websites that help you raise money

AngelList is a great website where you can find tech investors of all shapes and sizes. There are many venture capitalists, seed investors, and other types of professional investors who like to invest in technologies and other industries,

02:01 is another website where you can find investors and raise money. Give it a try.


If you have a tech start-up, here is a list of tech start-up incubators to which you can apply to get a small investors, advisors, and support. 

Section 7: Sharing my own thoughts and experiences

In this part of the fundraising training, I share my own experience of raising money. I actually talk about the merits of bootstrapping my business, and how I built my business without raising money. It is, of course, difficult to start a business without raising money, but I put a lot of hard work into it, and ended up being successful without having an investment or a donation or anything else. I worked, saved money, then used that money to give my business a runway, hustled, and ended up making it happen for myself. I advise that you try this too.


Here are a few thoughts on raising money for mobile apps.

Section 8: Further resources
Bonus lecture: next steps, resources and discounts on more products

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Instructor Biography

Alex Genadinik, Love helping you succeed: 75,000 students & 100 courses

3-time best selling Amazon author, creator of top entrepreneur mobile apps, and host of a popular business and marketing channel on YouTube.

I am the creator of the Problemio business apps which are some of the top mobile apps for planning and starting a business with 1,000,000+ downloads across iOS, Android and Kindle.

I am also an author of three business books (marketing to reach 1,000,000 people, on starting a business, and on the mobile app business).

I am also a business coach. On my apps and in my private coaching practice I have helped over 1,000 entrepreneurs. That means I can probably help you quite a bit as well.

My areas of expertise are mobile apps, software engineering, marketing (SEO and social), and entrepreneurship.

I created over 100 courses on Udemy with 75,000+ students by whom I am humbled and who I try to help any way I can!

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