Tips for Fundraising
Thank you for raising money to support the Captain Joseph House Foundation! Donations are critical to the success of Captain Joseph House.
Captain Joseph House Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity. Contributions to the Foundation are deductible under section 170 of the IRS Code. The Foundation is qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under sections 2055, 2106 and 2522 of the IRS Code.
Not everyone is comfortable with or accustomed to asking people for money, so below are some suggested ways to raise money for the Foundation.
Writing letters/emails is one of the quickest and maybe easiest means to raise money.
Make a list of people you know – friends, family, workplace people, professionals in your community who you might see, such as dentists, doctors, lawyers, people who work out at your gym, etc. If just 10 people respond and agree to donate $50 each, you have already raised $500!
Some people don’t like to send letters or ask outright for a donation, so following are some alternative ideas for raising money, often used for runs of this nature. Once the collection is made, the runner turns it in as one lump sum. Donor forms and envelopes can be provided if someone wants them for those who donate and want a tax notice.
Throw a neighborhood party/bbq/potluck.
Display information about the Captain Joseph House Foundation and last years Run For Joe. Besides bringing a dish to share, everyone brings a set amount ($20, for example) to put in the jar.
Have a neighborhood garage sale.
Hand out flyers with information about the Foundation and everyone agrees to share 1/2 their proceeds with the Foundation. The runner who organized the garage sale collects that amount and provides it to the Foundation as a donation.
Runners can check with their employers who may have Matching Gift programs.
Usually there is a special form to fill out and runners need to obtain that from their place of work.
Organize a Run For Joe night at a local restaurant or coffee shop (or other business, if appropriate.)
Advertise that 10% of income from a particular day will be donated to the Captain Joseph House Foundation. Again, information about the Foundation should be set out on tables and distributed in flyers to increase awareness and educate people about the Foundation.
“Empty Your Pockets and Purses” for Captain Joseph House Foundation!
This can be done through work, school, job, neighborhood, family, etc. Pick a month and ask these folks to empty loose charge from pockets, purses, jackets, etc., into a jar/box at the end of the day. The container should be decorated with Run For Joe information and informational flyers should be made available. At the end of the month, pick up the change containers from the various sites participating in the project.
Car Washes are great!
These can be done through work, school, church, neighborhood friends, etc.
“Sign My Shirt Night” at a local tavern, restaurant, game at local school, etc.
After you get permission from the owner or person in charge of the site / event, wear a white cotton Run For Joe shirt (let us know if you want to do this and we would be happy to send you one!) Bring pens made for cotton tshirts and have people donate $5-$10 to sign their shirt. It can be worn at the run in June!
If a runner has a birthday, anniversary, wedding, new house, new job, retirement, etc.
Ask that your family and friends make a donation to you for this year’s Run For Joe in lieu of the usual gift!
Host a Home Party
Mary Kay, Tupperware, candles, jewelry, etc. Instead of keeping the hostess percentage to purchase items, donate that amount to the runner’s fund.