A fundraiser usually takes place at a social function, such as a dinner party, or any other large gathering where people can get together and have a fun time. At fundraisers, a large donation is made towards the cause of the fundraiser and this usually serves as the admission fee. There is no set payment for fundraisers, the atendee pays on the basis of what the fundraiser means to him or her.
Fundraising is the primary way that non-profit organizations obtain the money for their operations. These operations can involve a very broad array of concerns such as religious or philanthropic groups such as research organizations, public broadcasters, and political campaigns. When special events are arranged to raise funds, they are often known as fund drives, pledge drives, or, sometimes when television is involved, telethons.
Fundraising is a great way for these non profit organizations to gain the funds that they need to back the cause that they're supporting. They are also quite helpful in raising money to send an individual, or a group of individuals who could otherwise not raise the money on their own, on a trip or missions experience.