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5 HOA Fundraising Ideas to Boost Revenue

5 HOA Fundraising Ideas to Boost Revenue

Maybe your HOA needs to build up its reserves, pay for maintenance costs, or raise money for a new amenity—no matter the case, homeowners would prefer anything to increasing their monthly HOA dues.

Fundraising for your HOA can help reach a financial goal while having fun and providing an outlet for neighbors to foster community. 

The possibilities for fundraising campaigns are endless, and they may rely on the dynamics of your neighborhood. These five fundraisers have seen proven success, and they’re easy to pull off with the right tools. 

Chili Cookoffs, Potlucks, and Other Culinary Events

No matter where you live, community is synonymous with food. Especially in the fall and spring seasons when the weather is nice, you’re sure to draw a crowd. 

Competitive events like chili cook offs let your HOA charge chili chefs to register for the competition and charge attendees to taste the chili. 

These events are extremely versatile. Depending on their budget, some HOAs go all out and bring in a band and other outside vendors, with whom they split the proceeds. 

If you want to keep it in the neighborhood, simply throw a potluck. Attendees bring a dish and pay a small fee, or attend with no dish and pay a slightly higher fee. 

Rent Out Your Amenities

Your clubhouse, pool, tennis courts, and other amenities can make you a significant amount of cash. Hosting courses and camps is another way to bring cash into your HOA, rather than getting it from your members. 

Reach out to your homeowners and let them know this effort is underway. They can use their individual networks to source many of these opportunities. 

Poker, Bingo, and Bunco Nights

Some of your HOA members probably belong to a bunco or poker group already — if not several. Card playing nights are low-key and low-maintenance, and they can bring a high volume of income into your HOA. 

Gambling laws differ from state to state, so check the laws in your area, and make sure you register attendees to your card games. Spread the word on your HOA’s website or newsletter, too.

Host a Festival or Happy Hour 

Neighborhood street festivals are gaining popularity as local painters, potters, craftsmen, and eateries set up booths along the street to sell their wares. Many townships hold “First Friday” events, where every first Friday of the month, vendors sell food and wine while residents mingle and decompress. 

Your city or town is rife with small sub-groups of people with common interests, holding events and meetings. Each one is an opportunity to allow your HOA to engage with the broader community all while making progress toward your financial goals

Sell Ad Space in Your Newsletter

HOA residents are likely to have substantial disposable income—after all, HOAs are more common where houses are more expensive. On top of HOA dues, homes in an HOA tend to be about 4% more expensive than similar homes not in an HOA.

CPAs, attorneys, banks, and other similar businesses know this, and they’re willing to pay for advertising to land your homeowners as new customers. Your HOA materials are the perfect forum to connect with potential clients, and it offers a stream of passive income for your HOA.

The key here is finding advertisers who are relevant to your homeowners’ needs. Keep your ears open to what they’re talking about in the clubhouse or at the pool, and seek out services that speak to their concerns. 


These are just a few of many stellar ideas that your HOA could easily pick up and run with. However you decide to raise funds for your HOA, keep in mind that recurring events offer continued value, while one-off events, like a 5k may not. 

Of course, recurring events require recurring effort, but poker nights, amenity rentals, and newsletter advertising are low-hanging fruit that will put money in your account week after week with minimal work on your part.  

And don’t forget that the best fundraisers bring outside money into your HOA. Between dues and volunteering with the HOA, your homeowners are giving the HOA a lot as it is. Fundraisers that encourage outside participation can take a load off your HOA members, so all they have to do is have fun. 


Author: Riley Manning

Riley Manning has a background in journalism and advertising. As Director of Operations for Content Workshop, he helps produce innovative content for businesses on the move.  

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