THANK YOU for your interest in planning a fundraiser to benefit the work of Mind Body Solutions! Every dollar you raise makes an impact – by helping us help others who are living with trauma, loss, and disability find new ways to live and be in their bodies. Below we have provided some steps and guidelines to assist you in planning your independent fundraiser. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact MBS’ Development team:
Molly Bachman, Director of Development, firstname.lastname@example.org
Katie Kohlbeck, Development Coordinator, email@example.com
Thank you again for helping us, help others!
Teach a Donation-Based Yoga Class: Share the work of MBS with your students! If you teach at a studio, see if you can use the space to host a class. Or teach a class in your backyard! Keep it small or plan a big event! Check out this Kiss My Asana Donation Class Toolkit to help you think through the details.
Donate Your Birthday: Do you have a birthday coming up? Consider “donating” it! It’s simple. Instead of gifts, ask your friends and family to make a donation in lieu of your special day. This same concept can easily work for graduation, anniversaries, engagements and weddings, too!
Challenge Yourself: Have a BIG goal you’ve been dreaming of? Maybe training for a marathon (or 5K), going on a trek, climbing a mountain… it doesn’t have to be quite so intense either. Maybe you simply challenge yourself to give up coffee or TV for a month. Pick your challenge and ask your network to sponsor your efforts.
Garage Sale: How does a little less clutter in your house sound? Spring and Summer are great times to clear out those things around your house that are collecting dust. Host a garage sale and donate part or all of the funds to Mind Body Solutions.
Potluck Party: Here’s another simple one. Gather your crew for a night in and ask everyone to bring a dish to share and a donation of what they’d normally spend on a night out.
Book Swap: This one is for the readers! Plan a book swap and ask your book buddies to each bring a book they’re willing to part with along with a suggested donation. For the donation, they get a new book and help bring the transformative elements of a mind-body practice to people living with trauma, loss and disability.
Round-It-Up: Do you own a cafe, restaurant or retail store? Another effective and easy way to raise funds is to “round-it-up!” Ask your customers or clients if they’d like to round up to the next whole dollar on their purchase, and the difference is donated to MBS (example: Their purchase comes to $30.92 and they round up to $31. That 8 cents is donated to MBS). It’s amazing to see how quickly small change can add up!
Bottoms Up! for Mind Body Solutions: Not sure if you’ve noticed but there are lots of breweries these days. You probably even have one or two as a neighbor! Check in with one of your local breweries and ask if they’d consider donating a percent or amount of each drink sold on a designated day. (Hint: It helps to ask them to do this on one of their slower days, like a day in the middle of the week). In exchange, you’ll bring in new customers while they enjoy some additional marketing. If breweries aren’t your thing, approach your local cafe or coffee shop and see if they’d consider this idea.
Check out this list for even more fun ways to fundraise!
Have questions? Check out our Fundraiser FAQ