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Old 08-02-2010, 12:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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0012Butterfly 2 How do I get donations for a benefit?

A friend of mines 6 year old son has a inoperable brain tumor. There is a benefit being put together for him, and I am going to help gather donations to use for raffles. His mom has no life insurance for him, and the funding will be used to cover the cost of his funeral. I have no idea where to begin to start gathering donations.

Here is a link to the article that was in the paper about him.
Benefit planned for Lancaster boy with rare tumor | lancastereaglegazette.com | Lancaster Eagle Gazette
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Old 08-02-2010, 12:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would say posting the link on all the sites you visit is a good way, and if you want to leave jars around at local stores you might get some donations too. That is really sad
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Old 08-02-2010, 12:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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When I did this I typed up a form letter and passed it out by hand door to door to *ALL* of our local businessed. More than 400. In the letter I stated what the problem was, about the benefit, what we were seeking etc. I even went so far as to include ideas. Gift Cert. to their business, an item, or if they didn't think their particular business had something to raffle a cash donation collected from all of the employees could be put to excellent use to help the family.
I also made sure to include that I could provide a receipt for tax purposes since all donations are tax deductible.
I included a date that I would be back around and a number if they wanted me to pick up at a sooner time.
It's a lot of leg work but it's hard for people to say no to your face. Especially when you visit twice.
Good luck.
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Old 08-02-2010, 01:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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When I did this I typed up a form letter and passed it out by hand door to door to *ALL* of our local businessed. More than 400. In the letter I stated what the problem was, about the benefit, what we were seeking etc. I even went so far as to include ideas. Gift Cert. to their business, an item, or if they didn't think their particular business had something to raffle a cash donation collected from all of the employees could be put to excellent use to help the family.
I also made sure to include that I could provide a receipt for tax purposes since all donations are tax deductible.
I included a date that I would be back around and a number if they wanted me to pick up at a sooner time.
It's a lot of leg work but it's hard for people to say no to your face. Especially when you visit twice.
Good luck.
this, but...unless they are giving to a 501c3 i don't think the donations are tax deductible. maybe you can find a non-profit to help you 'filter the funds' so that they are

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Old 08-02-2010, 08:48 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yeah, I think the people I did this for were a not for profit-they were an agency or something that did non medical care for cancer patients. Provided meals, cleaned house that kind of stuff.
Good luck to you. I hate when things like this happen to kids. Well anybody really but kids especially.
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around here people go to store like walmart and explain it.. get churches involved as well. .. walmart here will donate chicken and potatoe salad and stuff for people.. then usually a church will help provide more.. have a cook out.. sell plates of food for like 5$ a plate...
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