Planning a Fundraising Event

Okay… so… right now I am finding myself understanding how hard it is to organize a fundraising event… and there are very few places to actually get the real poop on what might be going on and how you might be able to creatively get around the roadblocks…

I’m sitting here on a July evening realizing that there are lots and lots of places to go find roses and sunshine stories of how ANYONE can create a fundraiser… and to be honest anyone can… but you have to really believe, you have to really want to do it and you have to work hard to get it going.

So… Here I will chronicle what I am going through… what I run into as far as roadblocks and successes.  What you can expect to happen really and to hopefully give you hope that you can go on.

Find a Cause

Find your own cause… Mine is epilepsy.  It USED to be going to be Rheumatoid Arthritis… but Amandya’s cause is more important to me, closer to my heart, than my own… and I think that the passion I can bring to this can make a bigger difference in the lives of other people… she matters so much more to me than my own condition.

Find your cause.  Research your cause.  See if there is somewhere you can make a difference in the current organizations.  With luck, you will find an organization that will be willing to help you make a difference.  Mine is Purple Day ( and The Anita Kauffman Foundation (  They have been there when I wanted someone to talk to me when we first were diagnosed and they have been willing to let me raise money for them.  I’m not sure why the last of that seems to be such a big deal but it is.  I would think than anyone who has a non-profit charity would be willing to let people do anything they want to raise money to help but that is not the truth.

If you don’t care, and care deeply, you will never have the power (gumpshin… stick-to-it-ive-ness… commitment) to see you through the days when no one will return your call, when people put up the roadblocks, the detour signs, the speed bumps… The care is what will keep you going and see you through…

… more to come…

… keep an eye on here for updates…


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Michelle Caplan
    Aug 17, 2010 @ 23:20:12

    We’re always here to help. Thank you for the lovely post. Let me know when you might be available for a phone call later this week and we can discuss how we can help get this event off the ground. We’ll help you make it happen!!



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