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About Third Party Fundraising
Thank you for your interest in helping in the fight against stomach cancer! No Stomach For Cancer relies on the willingness of many individuals, groups, and organizations that generously initiate fundraising events and activities to raise money in support of our mission to support research and unite the caring power of people worldwide affected by stomach cancer. We share many common goals; to raise awareness, to educate, to empower families and to support research in our quest of a world without stomach cancer. Together – let’s make a difference!
What is a Third Party Fundraiser?
A Third Party Fundraiser is an event which is planned, hosted and staged by someone other than No Stomach For Cancer’s staff or Board as a group. The event is intended to raise both awareness and money to reach our common goals in the fight against stomach cancer. Through the efforts of local participants, plus the resources and opportunities available to NSFC, all fundraising money raised can be put to the best possible use.
Events are a great way to get the word out about No Stomach For Cancer, to further expand the circle of support for the families we serve throughout the world, to raise awareness, and to raise money in a way that is fun and rewarding for you!
Each of us, as an individual, or as part of a group or larger organization can gather some friends, reach out to colleagues, and publicize an event in our neighborhood or community and work together to make a difference in the fight against stomach cancer, each in our own unique way.
So what type of event could you stage at the local level? We are all familiar with the various runs, walks and golf outings that many organizations sponsor. These are great events that can generate a lot of participation, publicity, and money for this important cause. If this is the sort of thing that suits you, go for it!
But a Third Party Fundraiser can be as large or as small as you are comfortable planning. Let your imagination run wild and discover all sorts of opportunities to have fun while helping this cause.
Here are some ideas to get your creativite juices flowing:
• Wine Tasting – Sometimes local restaurants or other businesses will assist in hosting a wine tasting event. Or host your own at home.
• Brunch or Dinner Fundraiser – Everyone loves to eat! It’s a win-win for both your fundraiser and a local restaurant.
• Have “a-thon” – Bowl-a-thon, Dance-a-thon, Skate-a-thon, Eat-a-thon. Turn something you love into a-thon!
• Bake Sale – Youth and other sporting activities attract civic minded people willing to buy something for a good cause.
• Jeans /Shorts Day at Work – Ask your workplace or other businesses in your community to host a Jeans/Shorts day. We’ve got materials ready to go for use at these events with a focus on awareness. Add your own creative twist. If jeans are the norm, or not permitted, how about a Cap Day, Sneaker Day, or wearing something from your favorite sports team?
• Paws for a Cause / Pet Show / Dog Wash – Dog owners love to show off their four-legged family members. An organized dog walk or event in a public venue can generate fun and cash.
• Community Clean-up Day – Enlist volunteers to clean up their neighborhoods, with pledges made for each pound of trash collected. Ask local retailers to donate garbage bags for the event in return for recognition.
• Miniature Golf Outing – Not all of us play golf. But a miniature golf tournament or outing allows people of all ages to participate.
• Picnics and Cook-outs – Fundraising does not have to be a competitive activity. It can be as fun as a Sunday afternoon picnic.
• Murder Mystery Dinner – These are becoming increasingly popular and fun. Many themes and ideas are available at retail stores, complete with dialogue and a timeline of the evening.
• 1950’s or 1960’s Party – Tight jeans, incense, Beach Boys, Beatles, 33RPM albums, Elvis and Marilyn – who wouldn’t have fun attending a costume party to relive those glory days.
• Super Bowl or NCAA Final Four Party – We all watch these, so why not socialize and raise money for a good cause!
• Kentucky Derby Party – Mint Juleps and all. Have a best hat contest for the ladies!
• Grocery Shopping Raffle – Raffle chances for groceries up to a pre-set limit. Even offer to buy them and deliver them to their door.
• Card Tournament – Poker, Euchre, Pinochle, whatever the game, the cause is the same!
• Penny Wars – Check it out! Or think of other creative ways to collect loose change .
Car wash or show, book sales, chili cook-off or recipe book sales, dessert reception, craft bazaar or quilt show, plant sales, neighborhood rummage sales, holiday gift wrapping, sporting tournament (golf, tennis, softball, fishing, disc golf), fashion show, costume or talent show…there’s something fun for everyone!
Ask for Help! As you are considering an event, think about opportunities for support for your event within your local community. Most businesses want to support charitable efforts in the community, but many people simply do not ask. Reach out to financial institutions, insurance companies and local agents, real estate agencies, health care providers, major institutions, small businesses and community leaders. Give them a call and find out whom to direct your inquiry to. They won’t help if you don’t ask!
Just think of things that you like to do, and then put your ideas into action! Share with us what worked the best for you, so we can pass it on!
It can’t get any easier than this. If organizing an event isn’t for you, simply invite friends, family and work associates to help by celebrating a current event or achievement. Here are some ideas to get you started.
In lieu of a gift, ask for donations to honor special life events, achievements, or memorials
• Birthday or anniversary
• Making the honor roll, getting straight A’s on your report card
• Graduation, PhD or other academic achievements and honors
• Job Promotions
• Significant dates in honor of or in memory of a loved one.
Physical activities provide opportunities too.
• Your first (or tenth!) marathon or triathlon
• A challenging walk, hike or bike ride
• Senior Olympics, Special Olympics
These are great opportunities to celebrate and get everyone involved! The Fundraising Tool Box in the sidebar has helpful tools for you to create an online event and have it up and running today! Then just share the link through e-mail, Facebook or other favorite social media.
What can No Stomach For Cancer do to help with your Event?
No Stomach For Cancer is very grateful for the many supporters who organize Third Party Fundraising Events and activities to support our mission. Volunteer third party management of events minimizes the cost per dollar raised for our programs. This is your event, but NSFC can offer assistance in a number of ways, including:
• Brainstorming ideas for your unique event
• Promotion of your event on our website, and a link to your event website if applicable
• A letter of authorization to validate the authenticity and intention of your event
• Resources to create online fundraising pages for your event
• Where feasible, a representative of NSFC may attend your event, if desired
• Our logo and artwork for your promotional items
• Banners and other promotional items may be considered
• Printed or downloadable informational and educational materials
• Written acknowledgements / gift receipts to donors who make checks payable to NSFC
• Recognition on our website
How do I get started with a Third Party Fundraiser that will benefit No Stomach For Cancer?
We appreciate the commitment and investment of time and financial resources required to organize a fundraising event. To insure that both No Stomach For Cancer and the Third Party organizers clearly understand the expectations and responsibilities involved with organizing an event, and so NSFC can assess whether we are able to participate in the event, we have developed Third Party Fundraising Activity Guidelines and Application to facilitate the process.
These guidelines are not meant to hinder your fundraising efforts, but rather to assure compliance with all acceptable terms of cooperation. Review the guidelines carefully before deciding that a Third Party Fundraiser is what you want to do.
If so, great! Complete the Third Party Fundraising Guidelines and Activity Application and send it on to NSFC.
NSFC will review your application and a representative of NSFC will contact you to discuss your proposed event. Once your fundraising event is approved, the planning can begin!
Let us know if we can be of help in any way as you consider hosting an event. Thank you again for your interest and your commitment to making a difference!