Whether it's a backyard barbeque in Dad's honor, hot dogs in the park or a play date at the swings, summer is the time to turn off the television and enjoy the easy spirit of extended daylight. It's also when we reconnect with our neighbors and friends... but it can also be a great fundraising and awareness opportunity!
Not only is it fun, but neighborhood yard sales and block party picnics are great chances for people to learn about preeclampsia and contribute to the work of the Foundation. Here's how to enjoy the sun and organize a local neighborhood block party:
- Invite each family to provide a side dish. Ask the manager of your local grocery store, hotdog stand or ice cream shop to donate food, water, or a sheet cake. With enough notice, most will be happy to get behind a community charity event.
- Line up activities like Frisbee, water balloon toss, face painting, basketball, family sack races, or inflatable bounce rental.
- Host in several adjoining back yards or at your community clubhouse.
- Spread the word with fliers, email, social media, and most importantly, in-person invites. We can help you announce your event on our website calendar and regional forum.
- Organize a 50/50 ticket raffle where half of the money raised from ticket sales is donated to the cause and the other half is given to winner.
- Get gift certificates to local businesses (floral shops, restaurants) donated as prizes. Note: When planning raffles, always be sure to check with your state laws, since some states have very specific rules about money raffles and some may require a permit.
- Approach local businesses to sponsor your event. Giving a donation in exchange for them having a table to promote their products or services (with a portion of that day's sales going to the cause) could be a win/win.
- Be aware of liability issues. Work with your municipality to make sure you have the right coverage for your event. Note: We can provide you with charity information that may be needed when applying for permits, but this would not be a PF sponsored event, therefore coverage is the responsibility of the volunteer coordinator.
And don't forget to contact Dawn Detweiler who can help you with your neighborhood fundraiser to support preeclampsia research and education!