Fundraising and awareness the NYA and HDSA are a great way to get involved and get connected. It’s important to raise money and awareness, so that the NYA is able to continue to support and educate youth across the country. Spreading awareness also helps in finding a cure for Huntington’s disease. This page is dedicated to ideas of how to fundraise and raise awareness. If you have a fundraising story or ideas of your own, please send us in pictures and a brief explanation of how you raised money. We will put new stories up on the website to help educate other youth trying to figure out ways to get involved.
There are tons of traditional fundraising ideas such as knocking on doors, sending out emails, and even Facebook, but there are also a lot of alternative fun and creative ideas to help you raise even more money and get more people involved.
Ideas For Family/Youth/ Anyone:
Hearts for HD- Contact us to receive a packet of hearts. You can sell these for any amount of money you'd like. ( $1, $5, $10, $20 etc.) Sell to friends, family, co workers etc. You can ask local stores to help you sell them and they can put them up on their walls.
Pancake Breakfast. Costs are low and opportunities to offer raffle tickets and silent auction items.
Cook To Cure HD: You can do just about anything in this category. Do a bake sale, covered dish supper, catered dinner, barbeque, picnic, chef competition, have a bake off, put out a cookbook, organize a chili cook-off, etc.
Kids For A Cure: Kids can do lemonade stands, talent shows, lip sync contests, beauty pageants, karaoke competitions, and other fun activities.
Yard Sale To Cure HD: Organize a huge rummage sale by gathering donated furniture and clothing or just do your own garage sale and donate the proceeds.
Don’t forget you can create an online yard sale by selling items on websites such as ebay!
Bingo Fundraiser - A bingo fundraiser is an easy fundraising event to put together
Bracelets - Selling blue HD bracelets is a great way to support your cause and raise awareness.
Candy – Sell candy to friends, family, school, churches and other non-profit groups.
Create personal jewelry- buttons, shirts, hats etc. and sell them to people.
Car wash To Cure HD- A car wash at a high-traffic location, use multiple people and wash several cars at a time.
Sports related themes:
Skate To Cure HD: Put together an event at a roller rink or ice skating rink.
Swim To Cure HD: Swimmers get sponsors to pledge a certain amount per lap swum at a YMCA pool of other large facility.
Bike To Cure HD: Host a charity bike ride, have riders get sponsorships as a basic requirement for participation.
Golf To Cure HD: A golf tournament can raise huge amounts if done properly. You can also offer a mini-golf tournament as well.
Kick To Cure HD: A soccer tournament is another great way to raise funds.
Shoot To Cure HD - 3 on 3 competetion, free throw - people donate for every shot made
Running to Cure HD- Run a marathon or a relay and have people donate towards you to raise money.
Softball To Cure HD- Three softball fundraising ideas to raise funds for your team or league - Softball fundraisers that produce excellent results and don't cost a lot
Bowl To Cure HD: Put together a bowling tournament at a local alley.
Events with the help of a company/school/restaurant:
It’s important to remind volunteers that most resturants and companies have a certain amount of money set aside every month that is designated for charities. Partner with a Local Business: Approach business owners in your community about working together to raise money. Perhaps the deal is that you get a percentage--generally about 10 percent--of sales during a certain time period. It may be a whole day, it may be for a few hours. The business owner can use it as a tax write-off, and you can bring in money toward your goal.
Cuts For The Cure: Work with local hair salon and offer "free" haircuts in exchange for donations. Works especially well with radio station personalities involved.
Music For The Cure: Concerts are a great way to bring awareness and raise money.
Fundraiser at a local restaurant-Many places will offer deals to costumers if they donate towards the charity.
Resturarants and companies also have discounts such as half off meals and gift cards that you can ask them to donate to use for a silent auction or raffle item at one of your events.
For the busy volunteers that have limited time to throw a fundraiser:
Use the social networking website Facebook to post a link to your fundraising page and explain your story of why you're raising money for National Youth Alliance and Huntington’s Diease. You can also make it part of your status update, saying something like, "Joe is only $440 away from meeting her fundraising goal for the National Youth Alliance, please help to reach this goal by donating below" and pasting your link into the post. It will remind people to donate and give them quick access to your page.
Use sites such as first giving to collect money from donators . You can set up your own account similar to this one or use this one to provide to people. http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/nationalyouth-alliance/nya Once you have enrolled, you will be taken to your Home Page where you can customize your fundraising website. The money goes directly to the charity and you don’t have to do any extra work. You can also donate the money you raise at event directly to this page!
The amount of people that you have access to are unlimited. By using email you can reach the people that you know and even people that you don't know.