Fund Raising

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2014-08-16 12:29:23 -0500
Started 2014-08-06 06:53:29 -0500

This is not really diabetes related, but it could be if applied that way.

I have a very dear friend whose adult daughter has a rare form of cancer. She has put her life (and work) on hold and relocated to New York to get her through all of this. Of course, New York is not cheap and just getting to and from the hospital for treatments can cost as much as $100 a day. Much less her medical bills, even with insurance, are mounting. They have been up there since the start of the year.

Her daughter is a trooper and always positive. She's quite an amazing young lady. Even the doctors are amazed at her vitality in such dire times.

Anyway, I am trying to help some of her friends do a fund raiser and I was wondering if any of you have any experience in doing things like that? We have a room in an upscale organic market donated for our use, but we don't really know where to begin. The most fund raising I have ever done is car washes and bake sales.

We have considered a cocktail party, or dinner. But we don't know where to start to get people to show up. Media…all those things are a mystery to me. I would love your input.

28 replies

GabbyPA 2014-08-16 12:29:23 -0500 Report

Ok, first step has been taken. If any of you are on face book and would like to share her link I would be so thankful. This is her personal story.
There is a place you can click to just post it to all kinds of social media. Just getting it out there is half the battle.
Thank you to any of you who help out. I really mean it.

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2014-08-13 14:05:20 -0500 Report

I have been involved with several fund raisers one being for the cancer society. We organized several events and like you have done car washes and bake sales. One large event we held was at a high school track field where we did "walks" also we had a large group of volunteers and got as many people involved as possible. There are some very talented volunteers out there. We set up various stands like you find at a local festival. We had a stand of volunteer face painters who also provided face and body art, we had a stand where the volunteers brought a grill and grilled hot dogs and hamburgers. We had an area where we had volunteers who provided fitness routines. We had a stand of arts and crafts. We had a stand where some creative people wrote poems and sang songs for people. We organized various fun games and competitions where we charged a fee to participate Every stand made up a poster of prices per service which all went into the pot of donations to the cause. We had someone who offered pony rides. It takes many organized willing participants to organize a large event and get involved. Also we had set up with a couple of specific restaurants where we volunteers offered our service to work for free as servers and or cooks and what they would have paid us per hour they donated that money to our charity. Total from doing all of this we raised $23,000. One of the restaurants who helped us with this where we worked was McDonalds and another was a local restaurant which was not a chain. Several of us worked there for a total of 4 hours each one evening per restaurant. The more you get involved in organizing these events the better you get at it. Good Luck.

nzingha 2014-08-08 22:48:21 -0500 Report

My business was major events and fund raisers but I am all burnt out from the stress of putting on these major events that attract thousands of people. I have told myself in the interest of my health…enough. But the new trend now is crowd funding. check out
you tell your story to the world and make a plea for the amount of money you need and people from all over the world will give their contribution. People are particularly sympathetic to health issues. If you make it appealing, show pics of her…do a really touching campaign, you will get the support. Go and have a look at some of the projects they have funded. Good luck

GabbyPA 2014-08-09 06:12:03 -0500 Report

That is perfect! Thank you. We also have something going with I think it will be up in the next few days.

2014-08-07 22:13:46 -0500 Report

Insurance. Go to your friends state blue cross blue shield website and
look at the special enrollment section, and
Also you can get a quote. Also regular rules are still in effect
so you could also be able to get cobra.

2014-08-07 09:40:46 -0500 Report

The health insurance is now a non issue. Look at the hhs website. There are several instances when you can
Get coverage outside
the open sign up.
this is for insurance
Both thru the exchange AND private. But get
The wheels turning
On that now.
Many things can be
Done with the room. From a casino night, fashion show, wine/cheese party, a dance
Many things. It depends
On the size of room, how man people you have to help and how much you have to work with.
Around here poker runs, meal, homemade
Ice cream bake sale, raffle. And sponsorship (,buying t-shirts, wrist band) and regular and dilettante action worked. Even did a box supper auction one like they did in the old days followed by a pie and cake auction then a dance.

You can also Google online fund faising. There are several websites that you can put your profile on and people can donate, but read fine print, some keep 50% some only 5%. I think pay it forward might be one but not sure, check it out.

Gambling 2014-08-06 20:37:56 -0500 Report

Gabby, how big is the room ? you said maybe a dinner party ? how bout a "poker" nite do a set fee for poker game and donation ( usually people give more for that ) with the poker game "fee" return that as prizes. supply some healthy snacks and healthy drinks .. or maybe just a donation and get some bragging rites prizes for top 3 - 5 winners ? most likely a few of the "mom and pop" stores would donate items

GabbyPA 2014-08-07 05:45:31 -0500 Report

That could be very entertaining. I have no idea how it works. I will have to ask my card playing friend if he has done any. Thank you.

2014-08-06 20:23:25 -0500 Report

Hello. First contact the cancer society to see if there are any programs.
Next speak with the cancer center social worker about available
Programs. As for traveling for treatment, many centers provide
Transportation, due
To profit margin on the
Treatment. Also look at the patients advocate webpage, there are groups that help pay for certain cancers. There is a co-pay foundation
Or alliance website also.
With the insurance that
Should no longer be a problem. If they overbill insurance I would consider shopping around.

The social worker at the cancer SHOULD be more proactive.
They work with this every day, and most
Lilly whatever your friend is going thru, they have seen, felt with and found solutions. For.

Good luck

GabbyPA 2014-08-07 05:51:25 -0500 Report

They are staying in a sponsored room at a place called the Hope Lodge and they have received many things like free hair cuts and so on. But the transportation is a real killer. I will see if there is anything to help that way. I will also look at the other suggestions you have here. Those will be great places to start to maybe find them ongoing relief.
They are getting treatment through a regular hospital in New York City that has a staff that specializes in her cancer type. They have been able to get 6 people into's very rare and usually strikes middle aged men. Not young women.

Their big concern is that they may be loosing their insurance as soon as September. That would be catastrophic for them.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-08-06 10:16:08 -0500 Report

If you have an upscale room the place to start would be a cocktail party or a gala with proceeds to benefit the child. You also can add a Silent Auction. However, when it comes to doing this you will need a 501(c)3 non profit status so people can use the fee for the affair as a tax deduction and to get any donations for the auction.

You have to have a means to offset the cost of the event. I worked for a non profit and we had a major gala every year to raise money. This took a year to plan because of the dignitaries and room fees, catering, decorations, media coverage and other essentials. This could cost several thousand dollars and after everything is paid for you could come out in the red.

The best thing for them to do is to talk to someone with a lot of experience doing this kind of thing. Media coverage isn't free and if you don't know anyone who can do marketing on a volunteer basis, that is another added fee to the budget. With your lack of experience, you would not be the best resource other than to help them find resources.

My community is getting ready for a major fund raiser. Our Executive Director wrote a grant for a 3 day event and got 30,000. dollars to pay for 3 days of events we are having a wine and cheese party with entertainment, and a two day Jazz Festivale. We have a woman who is very active who has a degree in Marketing who is handling our Media coverage. We have a business owner who is doing all of the announcements, tickets etc at cost. The biggest part of the budget is for catering and venues. We also have sponsors and have been planning this for a year. I would say to set up a Facebook and Twitter page to promote the event. Go on a local news channel to discuss the event and fliers to promote. Find some entertainment and go with a cocktail party with finger foods. That would be the fastest and the easiest to do in a short time frame. However, people might still want to use the ticket price as a tax deduction so you man need to have a non profit assist you.

GabbyPA 2014-08-06 13:58:02 -0500 Report

She is an adult, so it's not as "heart warming" or easy as if she were a little one. But she's still very, very special.
Coming out in the red is not an option. Nor is a year to plan. We need to get it done at least by the time people are in the season of giving mood.
I think the Facebook and Twitter are good things. People get motivated by those sites. I will see if any of the people wanting to help have a non-profit we can use. Thank you.

last of the red hot grandmas
last of the red hot grandmas 2014-08-06 09:50:55 -0500 Report

Your friends are lucky to have a friend like you. My daughter was diagnosed with a very serious cancer when she was 10. Our church sponsored a blood drive. The processing of blood products can cost the patient hundreds of thousands of dollars. The blood drive can eliminate those costs. They also had a spaghetti dinner for us. They had Chinese auctions. You get business to donate items or gift certificates. You put them in baskets or buckets and put a little container next to each one. You sell tickets and the purchaser puts the ticket in the container next to the basket they want to try to win. then at the end of the event someone pulls the winning tickets. In addition to charging for the dinner, there was a donation container. One of the people had a little sing a long with the kids and moms. I don't know how practical any of these ideas will be for your group. Just think about fun. Anyone who attends is there because they want to help so don't feel funny about trying to do things to make money. I wish you all the very best of luck. You will all be remembered in my prayers.

GabbyPA 2014-08-06 13:54:10 -0500 Report

I like the Chinese auction thing. That could be a great idea. There are many services and talents in our pool of people. Thank you.

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2014-08-14 12:11:45 -0500 Report

Yes, the silent auctions are a good idea esp if you can get organizations to donate some nice gifts. One of the things we did was put in gift certificates which were donated from various restaurants. Contact as many restaurants as you can for these donations and you will be surprised at how many will come through for this charity. I remember starting this myself and I went into IHOP and they donated over a hundred gift certificates for free meals. Don't leave any stone unturned, Gabby.

GabbyPA 2014-08-14 19:25:30 -0500 Report

That is so true. I have my first meeting this weekend with some of the folks who will be trying to get things going.

Rose67 2014-08-06 08:53:34 -0500 Report

The ones I have been to have different methods. One was a BBQ outdoors. You charged a fixed amount for each person, so you could do a diinner.
Another had donations of items that people could bid on like an silent auction. It was on paper beside each item. Friends bring food items for a lunch or simple dinner. Advertise it on radio and paper.
I will be going to one for a dear friend in 2 weeks who has had breast cancer. I donated the rocking chair my husband built. I think they are doing a sloppy joe or chili feed lunch. New York probably needs a fancier lunch than small town USA. It depends on the kind of people involved and how much help you get to help out.

MamaSpook 2014-08-06 18:46:49 -0500 Report

I would tend to stay away from animal products or processed food as it CAUSES cancer. I put together a benefit dance for a little girl once that had brain cancer I used to have a band and knew some of the other local band members. The bands donated their time and we had 50/50 drawings and raffles along with 3 different bands playing about an hour each. We also had a donation bucket as well. That was years ago and don't really remember how much they collected for her but it was fun and everybody there had a good time!

artqween 2014-08-06 08:32:32 -0500 Report

Can u ask our club Team to help create a fundraiser?
fundraiser dot com… good luck

TLTanner 2014-08-06 15:26:47 -0500 Report

There are several online options. One is a T-Shirt company and the other is strictly for monetary donations. Unfortunately, I can't remember their names off the top of my head. If I find them before you do, Gabby, I will post them. It's just an option.

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