Tuesday, April 13, 2010

House Party for the Humane Society

Here is a cool example of throwing a party to fundraise and raise awareness for a cause from The Chronicle of Philanthropy: House Parties Offer Ways for Donors to Connect With Animal Charity's Priorities

The Humane Society's "Chimp Retirement Parties" are house parties run by volunteers in order to bring attention to specific issues of humane treatment to animals. The Humane Society does this twice a year and raises about $25,000 from 1,000 people each time. They also make sure to properly equip their volunteer party-throwers (who can sign up online) with brochures, fact sheets, sign up sheets for the party, and envelopes to collect donations, although most party-attenders will donate online.

Props to the Humane Society for changing the world and throwing a party!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Fundraising Events: Summer Vacation Edition

The weather is an unseasonable but beautiful 80 degrees here in New York City, so what better day to turn our thoughts toward summer vacation? I've been thinking about summer vacation plans and my sister and I are throwing around the idea of a road trip and music festival. The big music festivals often have ties to charitible fundraising these days, of which I am a big fan. I've noticed many festivals have an environmental charity as their pet cause, which makes sense since the events are outside and sometimes involve camping. This blog post from Take Part explains the philanthropic activities Lollapalooza and contributions of its headlining artists.

Lollapalooza: Rock Out with Your Cause Out