Fundraising is one way you or your company can become an important link in AFA’s care chain. In addition to participating in an event sponsored by AFA, or an event undertaken by a community fundraiser, you can also use your own creativity or the creativity of your colleagues and organize your own or corporate event. We welcome your initiative and commitment to our cause!
It all starts with a fundraising idea: do you or your colleagues like to run or bake, or do you want to create an event that's totally out of the box? Do you want the fundraiser to pay tribute to a loved one, mark a milestone or simply support the cause in general? Once you've come up with your event, follow the steps below to create your own fundraising page, rally your friends, family, colleagues and community behind you to raise money for AFA--and have fun. You won't be able to beat the do-good feeling!
Our Web-based system makes it easy for you or your company to announce your event and to have people sponsor you online. Plus, you'll be able to track success toward your fundraising goal!
In order to help you reach your fundraising goals, AFA is here to assist you along the way. Here are some tips:
Educating yourself about Alzheimer’s disease shows how committed you are to the cause. Visit www.alzfdn.org for more information about Alzheimer’s disease and AFA’s various services and events. If people choose not to contribute when you first approach them, but you are able to educate them about AFA and our mission, then you’ve played a valuable part in raising awareness.
Coming up with ideas for fundraising can be hard, but actually going out and asking for donations can be even harder. Remember, you’re not asking people to donate money to you, but to a foundation that is dedicated to helping millions of people affected by this disease. You are being generous in serving as a care advocate, so don’t take it personally if someone declines your fundraising request. The more people you ask, the more money you can raise and the more people AFA can help. Ask people to donate directly via your fundraising page.
It’s important to thank those who contribute. Making them feel appreciated may increase their desire to contribute to your fundraising efforts in the future. A sample thank you letter is available from AFA; however, feel free to make your thanks as personal as you wish.
Organizing a fundraising event in your area is a great way to make a contribution to AFA. We’ve gathered a list of potential fundraising ideas to help you get started. Remember, you are in no way bound by this list, so feel free to use your imagination to come up with more fundraising ideas.
If you or your company generously decide to host a fundraising event with proceeds to AFA, please let us know what you have in mind. Please be sure to let participants and donors know that proceeds will benefit AFA, and please make checks payable to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. Please note: AFA’s logo may not be used on any materials or in any other way without express approval of AFA. Also, please update us about your fundraising efforts so we can share fundraising ideas with others.