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FUNdraising Made Easy
By Suzanne Battaglia
08.30.04

Welcome to the IMF's FUNdraising program designed to assist our members with their fundraising activities.

You know you want to do something for your community, but deciding on what to do can be confusing. The IMF can help you. We are ready to provide you with the tools, assistance and expertise you'll need to make your FUNdraiser a success. We have 12 years of experience helping members around the world raise money for research and education programs.

FUNdraising is fun (get it?) and easy to do, and you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that you made a difference. No idea is too large or too small. Everyone knows someone who has been touched by cancer—people will want to help!

Four Easy Steps to a Sucessful FUNdraiser:

  1. Set a financial goals.
  2. Decide which fundraising activity will work for you.
  3. Select a start and end date for your fundraiser.
  4. Call the IMF to help you organize and implement your plans.

Some suggested FUNdraisers:

  • Individual Activities
    • Create a letter writing campaign.
    • Solicit donations in celebration of an event, i.e., birthday, graduation, anniversary, etc.
    • Hold a garage/yard/tag sale or a brunch/luncheon/dinner and raffle a special prize.

  • Group Activities
    • Sporting Events
      Plan a bike/swim/run/walk-a-thon/tennis/golf/sporting tournament
      Organize a Day at the Races
    • Corporate Participation
      Seek matching funds/donations
    • Activities Involving Organizations (i.e., Church, Club, Little League)
      Host a bake sale/car wash/dinner/fashion show/holiday boutique/white elephant sale/craft sale
      Plan a tour of historic houses
      Host a Monte Carlo night or comedy night
    • Other
      Call the Chamber of Commerce in your community for a list of organizations who might be willing to help raise funds or donate goods or services for raffles.

From a day of beauty to a walk in the clouds, from yard sales to concerts, IMFers are creating fun days to raise money to help support the important groundbreaking work that the IMF is doing in both research and education. To see what ideas others have come up with, or to find out what's happening in your community, check out our current FUNdraisers.

Please call Suzanne at (800) 452-2873 or send an email to SBattaglia@myeloma.org. I am here to answer any questions and offer suggestions about how you might like to participate.


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