Life is not a dress rehearsal. Stop practicing what you're going to do and just go do it. --Marilyn Grey

Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot. --D. H. Lawrence

They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. --Carl W. Buechne

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. --Winston Churchill

A passive and ignorant citizenry will never create a sustainable world. --Andrew Gaines

Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door. --Kyle Chandler

Determine your setting


Online Fundraising

You can fundraise online through tools like Kickstarter, Indigogo, Piggybackr or there’s a fundraising tool through Facebook’s Cause page.

Fundraising online only works if you already have a strong network of followers. In order to gain traction, you will need to spend a lot of time sharing, commenting and posting to as many new networks as possible that you can dream up.

Comparison of different online fundraising tools: For Kickstarter, you HAVE to meet your fundraising goal or your will not receive any of the money. Make sure you are realistic when setting your fundraising mark or you can use Indigogo which will allow you to keep any money raised. Piggybackr is a kid-friendly business, so if you are new to online fundraising this is a safe, youth oriented option.

Note: All of the above options are better if you are trying to fund your own project. If you are supporting an already existing charity, it is much easier to have your audience donate through their already established fundraising tools online (either through their website or Cause page).  

In-person Fundraising 

Rule of thumb: As your event becomes more intimate, more of your audience will donate.
Large, open invitation event ideas include: galas, parties, movie screenings, auctions, golf, run or other sporting events and dances. You goal is to educate and reach out to as many people as possible.

One option is to partner with a local business (restaurant, ice rink, bowling alley, laser tag place, ice cream parlor) and have them donate a portion of the proceeds of an event or day to your cause.

Another option is to sell customized merchandise (wristbands, t-shirts, water bottles) to support your cause. Create an entire sales team of your friends and supporters to reach as many potential buyers as possible.

Small private event ideas include: house parties, and hosted meals. These invite-only events can be hosted by people in your network who invite their friends and colleagues. This allows you to expand your audience and gives the host an opportunity to support by “donating” their hospitality instead of their money.