Host a Fundraiser

Our generous supporters often find creative ways to give to Free Arts. Every year, individuals and corporations host fundraisers and supply drives to directly support our programs and allow us to change lives.

We’ve been the beneficiaries of house parties, bowling nights, small dinners and have received incredible supply donations from groups of coworkers, friends, religious organizations, students and others who band together to help contribute items on our much needed wish list.

 

Here are some tips & best practices if you’re interested in hosting a fundraiser or supply drive to benefit Free Arts:

Hosting a Fundraiser

Whether your event is large or small, these steps will keep you and your team motivated and well-organized:

1. Establish Committee & Goals

The enthusiasm and dedication of the people who plan and organize the event increases the probability of a successful activity. Have a realistic and measurable financial goal. Hold your first meeting and start dreaming up your event. The type of event you choose should fit the size, interest, talents, goals and time availability of your group. Always identify your audience: who is most likely to attend and support the type of event you have selected?

2. Select a Date & Location

Select a time that is appropriate and convenient for those attending. Be sure to check local community calendars for conflicting events. Select a venue appropriate for your event, expected headcount, and time of year.

3. Develop a Budget

Identify sources of income and expenses. Remember to secure in-kind products and services this will help you keep your costs down, which is something everyone will appreciate.

4. Manage Funds

Your event may need to establish its own bank account to accommodate incoming revenue and expenses. This can be done by visiting a local bank and establishing a Business Account under your event’s name. We ask that all funds be forwarded to Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona within 30 days following the conclusion of your event.

5. Thank Your Supporters

Please be sure to acknowledge everyone who participated in or supported your event and let them know how much you appreciate their help.

 

Hosting a Supply Drive

Follow these steps & your supply drive will be a piece of cake.

Art Supply Drive Wish List

1. Let Us Know

Notify Free Arts that you plan to host a supply drive.

2. Select a Timeframe

Choose start and end dates for your supply drive. Supply drives often work well when coordinated with other notable dates like holidays or back to school seasons.

3. Plan the Details

Identify your participant audience (school, work, religious group) and make a plan for outreach. Print our Art Supply Wish List (link just above) to let your group know about the supply drive and who we are. Determine your drop-off location or method of collecting supplies–and let your audience know.

4. Remind, Remind, Remind

Send regular reminders to your group during the drive. And send several “last chance” emails as the drive comes to a close.

5. Deliver Supplies

Coordinate a delivery with Free Arts.

6. Thank Your Supporters

Please be sure to acknowledge everyone who participated in or supported your event and let them know how much you appreciate their help.

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