How You Can Help Raise Monies for the APSFA
There are many different ways that you can help the APSFA raise monies needed to keep the foundation running and educating the public about Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome. We have listed some creative ideas below. If you decide to hold any of these private events and need certain documentation from us, use the contact us form and we will do what we can to help!
Donate Your Time: We are looking for people who are willing to donate their time and talents in the following areas: grant writing, local health fair and event representation in your area, letter writing to government officials in your state, letter writing to media and TV shows, distribution of our press release. Your time is valuable and we appreciate each one of our volunteers! Please contact us if you are interested in helping us in any of these areas.
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- Checked out our links page?
- Joined our online support forum?
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- Read how you can help the APSFA?
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- Submitted your patient story for our quarterly newsletter?
- Seen our segment on "Mystery Diagnosis"? You can buy it now on iTunes!
Coin Drive: Organize a coin (or penny) drive at your church, social club, or child's school. People generally have loose change in their pockets or purses. Some people even same pennies for such an occasion. Use a jar or other plastic container to collect the coins in. Get the members of the church, club, the children or even your family members involved by rolling the coins after it's all been collected.
Bowling Fundraiser: Bowling alleys commonly help people organize fundraisers to raise monies for different charities. Call the bowling alley ahead of time to work out what's a good time to have the party, how many people/lanes will be needed, the cost of the bowling (ask for a discounted group rate) and shoe rental, and how much food costs. Make flyers and invite your family, friends, work associates, and people from your church or social clubs. Charge a flat rate per person that will cover the bowling, shoes, food, and the rest will go towards the APSFA. This can be very successful if planned out properly.
Garage/Yard Sale: If you have an annual garage or yard sale, why not give a % of your profits to the APSFA this year? You could also have a donate bucket or jar on your tables with information printed from our website. People are usually willing to give their loose change. You could also have your children set up a lemonade stand in the yard and everything they raise during the garage sale could go towards the APSFA.
Private Dinners/Banquets: Many people hold private spaghetti dinners or similar at a club house or hall to raise money for a cause. This is something you could do as well. Make sure that the amount of money you "charge" will cover the cost of the hall or clubhouse. Some places will not charge you if you're holding a charitable event. Family members and friends could make and donate the food served. This is a wonderful way to get together with family and friends and raise money for a great cause at the same time!
Private Events (ex. Camping for a Cause, Running/Walking for Sponsorship..etc): There are hundreds of private events that you can hold to raise money. This is something you could get family and friends involved in as well. Set up the ground rules, make flyers and sponsor sheets, collect names/monies, and then hold the event. You could get radio stations involved in these types of events as well. They will sometimes advertise for private events or involve their listeners which would make the event bigger. They may even help sponsor the events.
Jeans Day at the Office: Many jobs where business attire is worn will allow employees to hold "Jeans Day". For a small fee the employees will be able to wear jeans to work. The monies collected generally are donated to a charity. Why not make this charity the APSFA? Ask your manager at work about holding a jeans day at your job. You'd be surprised how many people will pay a few dollars just to wear jeans to work for a day! You could also see if you could get management to agree to every Friday in one month too for a larger fee! (June would be a great month because it's APS Awareness month)
APS Day at a Local Restaurant: Approach a local restaurant (or go bigger and approach a chain!) to hold an APS Day. Restaurants will commonly do this for different charities. They will donate a % of the profits from the entire day to the charity. If you get a restaurant to agree to do this, be sure that you let your family and friends know so they can all go there on that day. You could also meet there at a certain time and all sit together!
Game Tournaments (Dice Games, BUNKO, Board Games, Card Games, etc): If you have access to a community center, school gym, or club house you could hold a tournament with people playing one game. It could be couples or groups and you could charge a fee to get into the tournament. The fee would cover the cost of snacks and drinks and then the rest could be a donation to the APSFA. You could get even a trophy for the winner (a trophy shop may donate this)!
State a Cause Célèbre: Spreading the word about the APS Foundation of America, Inc is as easy as tweaking your e-mail sign-off: Log on to www.SixDegrees.org to create a "badge" explaining why the APSFA is meaningful to you, then integrate a link to your badge into your signature. Hit send and watch the donations multiply.
Trick or Treat for APSFA: This could be done in a similar way to the UNICEF collection boxes at Halloween time. We are thinking if the kids used Chinese takeout type boxes and you could cut out and paste our logo on the sides of them and then have you child Trick or Treat for pennies and other monetary donations from people. This is a great way to get the kids involved!
Make a Daily Donation: If you can't afford to give a hefty lump sum to the APS Foundation of America, Inc, put aside a dollar a day or pocket change. At month's end, donate the total. The amount doesn't matter; it is bout making a statement that shows you are grateful for what you have.
Make a Donation in Lieu of Wedding Favors: This is a new trend that is gaining popularity amongst couples planning their weddings! Instead of trying to pick out or make favors to give away at your wedding, donate that money to the APSFA instead! We can give you a reciept and you can print cards that give information about the donation. This is especially relevant if a family member (or even the bride/groom) have APS!
Throw a fete with heart: Transform a dinner party into a mini fund-raiser by making a contribution to the APS Foundation of America, Inc in each guest's name (let them know with place card on their plate). To keep the APS Foundation of America, Inc, serve themed dishes or drinks. For example, offer red wine because the awareness color for APS is burgundy.
Inject fun into fund-raising: Make happy hour more meaningful by asking your local watering hole to host a charity night for the APS Foundation of America, Inc. Call the manger in advance to see if the bar is game, then set up shop at the door and collect your guests' donations. Raise a glass to giving!
Donate Gift Cards: The APSFA can always use gift cards to office supply stores such as Office Depot, Office Max or Staples. These would be considered an in-kind donation and would be a tax write off.
eBay Auctions: The APS Foundation of America, Inc. is on the eBay charity list. If you sell things on eBay on a regular basis, why not devote a week or month (June would be a good month!) where a % of your auction sales go to the APSFA? We could advertise your auctions on our site to get more visibility.
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