Host your own FUNdraiser to support the Diabetes Hands Foundation!

In these hard economic times, donating money to causes you believe in can be difficult. At the same time organizations still need funds to continue to provide the services you want to support. So what can you do? Here are some easy and fun ways to organize your own fundraiser in support of DHF. They require little or no money, just time and energy.

Garage Sale

Other ideas for fundraisers:

Many restaurants will donate 15-20% of their sales on a particular night to nonprofit organizations. This requires no money from you. All you have to do is get everyone you know to eat at a particular restaurant and you will raise funds to help us continue to connect people touched by diabetes and to spread diabetes awareness.

Steps to follow:
1. Contact local restaurants about having a fundraiser for Diabetes Hands Foundation. Most chains such as Chevy’s, Pasta Pomodoro, Asqew Grill, Unos, Pizza Hut, Popeye’s Chicken, Yats, Chipolte, TGIF, Baja Fresh, California Pizza Kitchen, Applebees(lunches), Outback Steakhouse(lunches)and Tomatina have a franchise wide policy to do this. However, local independent restaurants will often also host a fundraiser.
2. The restaurant will require an Accreditation Letter from Diabetes Hands Foundation. This letter explains our mission and has our tax ID number on it, as well as your name stating that you are raising funds on our behalf. Email Emily with your full name and address to get a letter sent to you:
3. The restaurant will most likely give you a flier to pass out to all of your friends and family with the date of the event and the name of the charity (in this case Diabetes Hands Foundation) that will benefit.
4. You will receive a percentage (depends on the restaurant) of all of the sales of people who turn in the flier when they order.
5. Tell the restaurant to make the check payable to Diabetes Hands Foundation, and when you receive it, send it to us:
PO Box 9421
Berkeley, CA 94709


A lot of local businesses are happy to donate products and/or gift certificates to nonprofits to help them raise funds. Once you get at least five items donated you can either host a party at a local coffee shop or bar (no need to pay money, often you can get the coffee shop or bar to give you a percentage of their sales or a dollar per drink for bringing in extra business) or you can set a date for the drawing and sell tickets for a certain amount of time.

Getting Raffle Donations:
1. Request an Accreditation Letter from DHF, which explains our mission and our programs, has our tax ID number on it, and explains that you are raising funds for our organization. Email your full name and address to Emily and she will send you the letter:
2. Go to businesses in your town: Grocery stores, cafes, restaurants, bike shops, movie theaters, wine shops. Chains that donate to nonprofits include: Bev Mo, Starbucks, Peet’s Coffee, Trader Joe’s, and Safeway. Present the manager with the Accreditation Letter and explain how the Diabetes Hands Foundation has made a difference in your life. Ask if they would be willing to donate items or gift certificates to a raffle.
3. Use social media-facebook, twitter, and tudiabetes. Let people know you are raising funds for DHF and ask if they have anything they would like to donate to a raffle.

Once you have your items there are different ways you can go about holding the raffle:

Party Raffle:
1. Contact a local café or bar. Someplace where people can order food or drinks without having to sit down and order. Ask them if you could host a party there to raise funds for DHF. They may want to see the Accreditation Letter also.
2. Some bars will let you pick one beer and one mixed drink and give you $1 for each one sold. You can ask independent cafes if they would do something similar, such as give you $1 for each mocha sold (Starbucks and Peet’s Coffee are unlikely to do this.) But don’t worry about this, the most important thing is to have a place to host the party, and not have to pay for the place.
3. Invite all your friends and family, as well as everyone in the community. Use facebook, evite, and twitter. Make fliers to hang up in local businesses with the date, time, and place of the raffle. Include information onDHF and the raffle prizes.
4. The day of the event get to the place an hour early. Set up information about DHF (email Emily to get TuDiabetes cards and DHF brochures). Create a large sign that says what the raffle is for and what the prizes are.
5. Sell tickets as people arrive. Don’t be shy, if you have permission from the place to have a raffle, ask everyone in there if they would like to buy a ticket. You never know who has been touched by diabetes, and whether or not they buy a raffle ticket, you may make some new connections.
6. Set a certain time for the end of the raffle and at that time pick the tickets out of a bag or box and announce the winners. It is easiest if you make this the type of raffle where you have to be present to win. Then you can just call the numbers and don’t have to get people’s information.
7. Please convert the cash to checks or money orders, or you can donate the amount online.

Monthly Raffle:
If you have been able to get really expensive items donated such as plane tickets, iPods, weekend getaways, you will probably be able to raise more funds by selling raffle tickets throughout an entire month.
1. For this you will need to collect people’s names and contact information when they buy a raffle ticket.
2. Set a date for when the drawing will be held. This should be about three weeks to a month from when you start selling the tickets.
3. Create a flier with information on DHF as well as a list of all the prizes and the cost of the raffle tickets. The cost of the raffle tickets usually depends on how much the prizes are worth.
4. Promote your raffle: Use twitter and facebook, sell to your friends and family, gym buddies, and coworkers.
5. You can either have just have the drawing on the day from your own house and contact the winners, or you can host a party, as described above and sell some more tickets that way before you draw the winners.

Borders Books

Borders Books has a fundraising opportunity…10% of funds go to the Society for every flier an individual brings in that accompanies a purchase. See store manager for details.

Host A “Vendor” Party

Host a “vendor” Party and take fundraising monies instead of product. Most home party vendors will do a fundraiser for you…including, Tupperware, Home Interiors, Pampered Chef, Party Lite, Mary Kay, Tastefully Simple, Longaberger, The Body Shop at Home, etc. You can also invite several vendors and have an “open house”. People can come and shop for multiple items all at once while contributing to your fundraiser!

Local Sporting Events

Contact local stadiums and sporting arenas and ask about fundraising opportunities. Some will allow you to sell tickets or sell concessions during concerts or sporting events and a percentage of the sales and/or the tips will go towards your goal.

Karaoke Contest Mocking American Idol

1. Contact a bar that will let you host a fundraiser
2. Get prizes donated to the winners.
3. Get Karaoke machine and speakers delivered (easier with internet, can use YouTube)
4. Create a way to tally votes
5. Have drink specials at the bar
6. Have silent auction at the bar
7. Charge $15 cover (includes drink tickets?)
8. Charge $20 to enter karaoke contest (pre registration) or $25 to enter that night.
9. Charge $1 for every for every vote cast.
10. Have 3 judges
11. Charge $30 for a different guest judge each round.
12. Prizes for first and second place

Whole Foods

Three times a year, Whole Foods will hold “5% Days” (or Community giving Days). They will donate 5% of that day’s total sales to a local non-profit organization. Contact the Marketing Director at the nearest Whole Foods Market.


Food or bake sales in front of local supermarkets. Some markets match whatever amount is raised. Wal-Mart offers a Matching Grant Program that allows non-profit organizations to hold fundraisers (or “bucket drives”) outside of their local Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club store. The company can elect to match a portion of the funds raised up to $1,000. See your local Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club manager for more details.

Tamale Sales

Enchilada or tamale sales. A Southwest version of a bake sale. You can post on facebook that you are baking tamales or enchiladas. Get people to pre-order them. ($15 for a dozen). Then you can charge $5 if they want them delivered to their house. I made $200 in one week doing this.

If you have any questions about how to fundraise for the Diabetes Hands Foundation, please contact Emily Walton at emily AT diabeteshf DOT org.

Last updated by Emily Walton Sep 1, 2010.



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