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The Global Hunger Relief Run
In the world of fundraising, activities such as running and walking have been a staple and are an easy way to get a crowd of supporters to participate. Great examples include The Walk To End Breast Cancer and The Walk To End Alzheimer’s. On June 14 in Phoenix, AZ, there wasn’t a walk, but rather a run. The Global Hunger Relief Run is an annual 5K run through downtown Phoenix. Participants meet at the Phoenix Convention Center at 6 a.m. and are bussed to Steel Indian School Park where the race begins.

Registration for the race starts at $25 and all proceeds raised from registration fees will go to feed the more than one billion people without adequate food supply around the world. One hundred percent of the registration fees will be donated to The Global Hunger Relief (GHR), and supporters are encouraged to make additional donations as well.

The Global Hunger Relief Run is arranged by a coalition of Southern Baptist organizations that include the Woman’s Missionary Union, Guidestone Financial Resources and LifeWay Christian Resources. According to their official website, projects such as the Global Hunger Relief Run combat hunger around the world by participating in disaster relief, addressing chronic hunger and working to eliminate urban food deserts.

The sponsors also provide business services, working in the fields of national and international development and medical and evangelical activities.

The registration website states that 80 percent of funds are used internationally through the work of the International Mission Board and Baptist Global Response. According to the Baptist Press News, The North American Mission Board (NAMB) distributes the other 20 percent with the supervisory help of the Baptist state conventions.

Russell Moore, President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, stated: “Our partners have put together a first-class event for those who run and for those who simply want to have fun and support the lifesaving work of Global Hunger Relief while we’re together in Phoenix.”

In 2015 alone, more than six million meals were provided through projects supported by the GHR. The 2017 Global Hunger Relief Run hopes to raise even more. To support the visibility of this event, use the hashtag #GHR5K.

Vicente Vera

Photo: Flickr

how-to-fundraise
The 8 essential elements of a successful fundraiser:

  1. Have a Hook – While it would be lovely if people spontaneously wanted to give money to a cause without incentive it is rather unlikely. People need to be drawn in and given a reason to want to show up. Have a particular element that will excite people and make them enthusiastic about attending. For example a theme party, a party centered around an activity like rock-climbing or learning to make pottery, or an auction.
  2. Perfect Your Guest List – It matters who attends. You want people who are enthusiastic and will add life to the fundraiser and make people feel engaged. You also want people who want to give. It is important to have dynamic individuals who can spark other peoples’ excitement about the cause and spur the donating!
  3. Send Irresistible Invites – Visuals are key. People respond to snazzy invitations that look like time and effort went into them. Exciting graphics can turn an RSVP from no to yes. The goal is to impress people with how awesome the fundraiser looks so that they want to rearrange their schedules to attend.
  4. Minimize Costs – Breaking the bank on the party planning takes away from how much money is raised. Better to find sponsors and businesses willing to donate. If you plan accordingly you can cobble together small donations from a number of businesses. Asking for manageable amounts of food, drink, or prizes increases the likelihood of getting a yes. Or finding someone to sponsor the event can be a great way to help a business get its name out there and cover all your costs.
  5. Host Their Pants Off – Everyone loves to feel special and appreciated. Giving each party attendee a little personalized attention can go a long way towards opening someone’s checkbook. It is also important to be calm and together – exuding confidence helps others feel good about giving and certain that their money is going to the right place. Be able to succinctly discuss the cause for the fundraiser.
  6. Get the Message Across – It is important that the fundraiser actually be fun so that guests will relax and enjoy themselves. Have someone give a very concise presentation about the cause – give them the need to know the info in a digestible way.
  7. Make the Giving Part Easy – Create a simple way for people to give after they hear about how awesome the cause is. Having tables set up by all the doors with friendly volunteers to accept donations is a pleasant way of reminding people to give. Having donation boxes set up throughout the event space also makes it easy for guests to donate at their convenience. Make it clear what forms of donation are accepted and make sure you have it clearly written who checks should be made out to near any donation spots.
  8. Follow Up With Thanks – Send thank you notes to everyone who donated. Showing appreciation makes people feel good about giving and increases the likelihood of that person becoming a regular donor. Letting people know their contribution matters also makes it likely that they will mention your cause to others. Word of mouth is a great way to promote the cause!

– Zoë Meroney

Source: iVillage,Indiegogo Blog
Photo: WordPress

30HourFamine09-1
This April 26-27 is the 30 Hour Famine weekend, and thousands of teenagers across America will go hungry to support children across the world as part of World Vision’s fundraiser. World Vision is a leading Christian ministry serving people in nearly 100 countries, and the funds from the famine go to areas of the globe that need the money the most.

QUICK FACTS:

+ about 112,000 teenagers will choose to fast for 30 hours in the pursuit of learning about hunger and making a real-life difference in the lives of hungry children around the world.

+ Just over 3,000 Famine groups will participate.

+ Millions of dollars will be raised. Remember: $1 feeds a child for a day and $30 feeds a child for a month; compounded, $360 feeds a child for a year.

As a result of this weekend alone (not the whole year), approximately:

+ 11,667 otherwise hungry children will be fed for an entire year.

+ Or, 140,000 hungry children will be fed for a month.

Not only does the famine raise money for the poor across the globe, it teaches young adults about how those people live each and every day and raises awareness of global hunger and world poverty. By participating in the famine, teenagers learn how to advocate and make a difference in the lives of others.

Katie Brockman

Source: World Vision

FreedomProject
It was in 2010 when Emmy-award winning TV producer Kimba Langas partnered up with pastor and social entrepreneur Dave Terpstra to make a difference.

Dave had moved to Mozambique with his family to help rehabilitate women who were survivors of sex trafficking. He wanted to help the women find jobs in order to ensure themselves a sustainable income, thereby lessening their vulnerability. Trafficking is all about vulnerability, he explains; people who are desperate to work and make money are taken advantage of.

“He found his answer in the bustling used clothing markets of Mozambique,” writes CNN producer Lisa Cohen.

Selling bras seems like a unique, new and interesting idea, but it wasn’t based on a random decision. Dave noticed that these women could make a profit that was higher than the minimum wage by selling second-hand clothing, and bras are well-demanded. He went on to team up with Kimba Langas to address this idea, and they created the Free the Girls charity, which collected bra donations from all over the U.S.

Langas created a Facebook page to publicize the start-up fundraiser, and the bras started pouring in. She explains that a majority of women have a large collection of bras that don’t fit well anymore or bras that are not being used anymore. However, after a few months, Langas ran into a new issue concerning the 20,000+ bras she had been sent – the shipping alone would have cost her $6,500, well outside her budget for the project.

“That’s when the story was featured on CNN, and everything changed.”

Paul Jarzombek, Director of Operations at LR International, reached out to Langas since he has a shipping company in Chicago. A domino effect of kindness then occurred as a truck driver, Rick Youngquist, offered to deliver the bras from Denver to Chicago.

Rick had recently joined an organization called Truckers Against Trafficking where truck drivers learn about how to spot and respond to signs of human trafficking on the road. Although it took three months, the bras did eventually reach Maputo, the capital of Mozambique.

According to Lisa Cohen, the success of this bra charity led the Free the Girls organization to target other places within Africa and beyond. For now, women survivors in Mozambique express their gratitude. One survivor has said, “I just want to tell the people in America, they’ve given us the strength we needed. Thank you very much.”

And that is how bras helped human trafficking survivors; anything is possible.

– Leen Abdallah

Source: CNN Freedom Project

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A garage sale (or yard sale) is one of the best way to turn your clutter into cash for cause. You don’t just get the benefits of being green and cleaning out your house, you also get to help others find useful items at an affordable price. As they say, one person’s junk is another person’s treasure.

 

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HOW TO ORGANIZE A GARAGE SALE

 

1. Mobilize & Collect. Notify your family, friends, and neighbors asking them to donate items toward your fundraiser and encourage them to drop by the sale. Most people have stuff they’d be happy to donate to the auction. It is helpful to give some suggestions on what they can donate:

  • Clothes, Shoes, Coats, Hats, Belts, Purses/Bags
  • CDs, Albums, Books, Flower Arrangements/Plants
  • Frames, Pictures, Wicker, Vases, Dishes
  • Jewelry, Toiletries, Stuffed Animals, Beach Stuff
  • Toys, Games, Sporting Equipment, Bikes, Pet Stuff
  • Electronics, Kitchen Items, Appliances
  • Furniture, Bedding, Towels, Mattress, Curtains, Rugs
  • Christmas/Holiday Merchandise

If they don’t have any items, what about suggesting they bake some cookies or brownies to sell during the garage sale. Anything that will help increase the funds!

 

2. Pick a date. Choosing a date to hold your garage sale gives you a deadline. Aim to have your items collected and ready two full days before the morning of your sale. Send a reminder email when collection due date is coming closer.

 

3. Spread the word. Promote the event on sites like Craigslist and yardsalesearch.com. Make flyers to put in your neighbors’ boxes letting them know about the fundraising sale. Creating “Garage Sale Fundraiser” posters and posting them around the neighborhood.

 

4. Make it look pretty. Get some foldable tables. If you don’t have any, ask family and friends to borrow any tables they may have. The only items that should go on the tables are breakable stuff. Try to hang clothing, drape rugs over fences, and display books where the spine is showing. Play some music while you’re at it. It should be fun and energetic!

 

5. Collection Jar. Make sure you have lots of signs saying where the money is going. Also, have a donation jar. People who don’t buy anything may just put $5 or $10 in a jar.

 

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My Yard Sale

By Flavio Malagutti

What worked?

  1. I had lots of Borgen Project advertising materials. So, while people are shopping and wandering around they could grab a pamphlet and ask questions about us.
  2. Long duration. I was there for about 6-7 hours on Saturday and I did get people coming all throughout the day.
  3. Creating a Facebook event. I had a lot of personal friends coming to the sale and bringing their friends as well.
  4. Creating craigslist posts to advertise my sale during the week and the day of the event.
  5. Taking pictures with the buyers after each sell. It lifted up the environment and made it a bit more personal and welcoming.
  6. When negotiating prices, I used to say that the original price for the item was less than what I was asking and the “extra” $5 or $10 the buyer didn’t want to pay was some expected donation to the organization. That actually helped swinging a lot of people.

 

What could have been better?

  1. Start earlier. I started my garage sale at 11am. I have a strong feeling that I would have sold more (or faster) had I started at 9am.
  2. I wasn’t really good at negotiating prices and I feel that I sold a few items for too cheap. It is a personal choice, but maybe setting up minimum prices for each item would have been a good idea. On the other hand, maybe I wouldn’t have sold those items had I not been lenient with prices when I sold them.