fund·​raise | \ ˈfənd-ˌrāz How to pronounce fundraise (audio) \
variants: or fund-raise
fundraised or fund-raised; fundraising\ ˈfənd-​ˌrā-​ziŋ How to pronounce fundraising (audio) \ or fund-raising; fundraises or fund-raises

Definition of fundraise

1 intransitive : to engage in the organized activity of raising funds to support a cause, campaign, etc. He donated megabucks to all the trendy charities, and she served on the boards of everything. Perfect combination. He was generous and she was smart and well-organized. She could also fund-raise with the best of them.— Sue Grafton
2 transitive : to obtain (money) through fundraising activities About $9000 has been fundraised to cover the costs of flights with the Joss Group contributing $500 after Mrs. Michael appealed for help from Border businesses.— Anthony Bunn

First Known Use of fundraise

1956, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Fundraise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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