The Power to Make a Difference
Gather friends, family and co-workers to make a difference in a child’s life and help support our mission by creating an event that benefits Arts Refreshing the Soul (A.R.T.S.) Even children find it very rewarding to help other children who are less fortunate. Your event will raise money to help fund our programs and introduce people to our work to promote arts and healing in our community.
Our goal is to make fundraising as easy as possible. So, we’ve included an FAQ guide to share ideas on how to make your event a success!
Ideas for Fundraisers
Host a Party with a Purpose
Gather your friends and family for a party like you might normally do – the only difference is that it benefits A.R.T.S.! Let your guests know that you will provide the refreshments and you only ask that they consider donating to A.R.T.S.
Host a Cocktail Reception
This is much like the Party with a Purpose, but a shorter event with a brief presentation about A.R.T.S. The event can be private/by invitation only or open to the public, and at a home or a restaurant, etc.
Host an Event at Your Place of Worship
Arrange for your faith community to invite an A.R.T.S. representative to speak at services and/or host a gathering to connect faith community members to the mission of A.R.T.S. Sponsoring classes is a powerful way for families and individuals to make a lasting impact on children’s lives.
Host a Benefit Concert
Do you know a musician or band? Ask that he/she/they give a performance to benefit A.R.T.S. In addition to selling tickets and seeking event sponsors, sell ad space in a printed program.
Host an Active Event
Do you like to exercise? Put together a fun walk, bike race, basketball tournament, triathlon, golf event, or any other active event. Besides charging an entry fee and seeking event sponsors, sell ad space along the course and/or in a printed program.
Ideas for Kids’ Fundraisers
Children often times find it very rewarding to help other children who are less fortunate. The following are ideas of fundraisers that can be both fun and successful:
- Art Show: Encourage children/students to submit works of art and host an art show to sell the art to benefit A.R.T.S. Invite parents and friends to come to the show.
- Bake Sale : Sell donated cookies, cakes, etc. at a special event, or coffee, juice, donuts, and/or bagels at a school meeting or following a church service. Groups may also sell baked items at all day sporting tournaments. (Please note: Permission may be needed ahead of time.)
- Car Wash/Dog Wash: Charge a fee or request a donation.
- Chores: Do chores, such as mowing the lawn, shoveling snow, or walking a dog, with the fees collected going to A.R.T.S.
- Cookbook Sale: Collect favorite recipes to produce and sell a cookbook.
- Craft Sale: Make/decorate gifts, cards, holiday wreaths, etc. to sell.
- Garage/Yard Sale: Do one on your own, or organize a multiple family or neighborhood sale.
- Honor Gifts: Ask for monetary donations to A.R.T.S. instead of birthday, graduation, or other special events gifts.
- Music Recital: Charge admission and/or collect good will donations.
Employee Matching Gifts
Grants an employer makes to match its employees’ charitable contributions. Matching gift programs generally include these steps:
- Individuals donate
- Donor submits matching gift requests to employer
- Nonprofits validate grant requirements sent by employer
- Corporations cut checks to A.R.T.S.
Other ways to get involved:
- Hold an Art Supply Drive
- Get work involved by hosting a “Jeans Day.” Have employees pay to wear jeans for a day and donate proceeds to A.R.T.S.
- Donate Your Proceeds. Local businesses donate 20% of their proceeds on “Small Business Saturday” or similar special business days.
- Choose us as your Benefactor. We are listed with Amazon Smile, iGive, and Travel beCause.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a fundraiser?
It is a special event that is organized and hosted by an individual or group in support of A.R.T.S. The supporter generously offers time and resources to hold the event while A.R.T.S. staff provides guidance and assistance.
What do I need to do in order to have a fundraiser?
- Consult with A.R.T.S. staff
- Plan the event, including finding the venue
- Set goals
- Establish a budget
- Provide payment for expenses and/or find event sponsors
- Invite people and introduce them to A.R.T.S.
- Raise money to provide art supplies or sponsor a class, family, or child
What will A.R.T.S. provide?
- Staff support to guide you in organizing the event
- PR assistance, including posting on our Web site and Facebook page
- A registration and/or donation form on our Web site
- A keynote speaker – most likely the Executive Director or an A.R.T.S. Board Member
- Informational materials to distribute at the event – i.e. brochures, how to sponsor a class, family, or child
- Day of event volunteers (depends on availability)
- Unfortunately, A.R.T.S. cannot do the following for you:
- Find event sponsors for your event
- Organize an online or traditional silent auction
- Pay for event expenses
What expenses should I expect?
An event will usually have expenses, such as printing and mailing invitations, purchasing refreshments, and renting a facility or audio/visual equipment. A fundraising/expense ratio of 80/20 or better is suggested. For example, if your goal is to raise $1,000, you should have no more than $200 in expenses.
Why will A.R.T.S. not pay for my event expenses?
A.R.T.S. can only budget for specific events organized by our office. We do not budget for other fundraiser expenses and are therefore unable to contribute to or pay for those. We encourage you to try to find event sponsors and in-kind donors for your fundraiser.
What is an event sponsor?
An individual or organization who makes a monetary donation to help pay for event expenses. You will first need to set a budget so that you know how much funding you need.
What is an in-kind donor?
- An individual or organization who will donate or offer a discount on the supplies and/or services you need for your event, such as performances, food and beverages, and facility rental fees.
- Finding event sponsors and in-kind donors for your event will result in even more financial support for A.R.T.S. and the children we serve!
- Contributions of money, goods, and services for fundraisers to benefit A.R.T.S. are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. A.R.T.S. will provide a written acknowledgment of any gift for tax reporting purposes.
What kind of event should I have?
That is completely up to you! Do you want to have a formal or informal event? Will you invite only people you know, or will it be open to the public? There are many examples of kinds of events listed on our website. In addition, you may contact the A.R.T.S. office to discuss your ideas.
My child is interested in raising funds for A.R.T.S. Can he/she do that?
Yes! Supporters of all ages can have successful fundraisers.
Taken from: UnitedHealth Group, DOING GOOD IS GOOD FOR YOU, 2013 Health and Volunteering Study
“It has been a privilege to volunteer and participate in the ARTS program at POC! I have always been very passionate about music, art, and language. Seeing the children and their parents smile and laugh together during the songs and activities makes the experience incredibly worthwhile. The class clearly helps children develop important skills like sharing, taking turns, and using their imagination. It is also enjoyable for me to bridge the language gap and help Spanish speaking families feel more comfortable in the class. I am very excited to be a part of ARTS as it continues to grow and touch more lives in a positive way!”
Translator at POC