Student Musician Fundraising


A great way to get students to fundraise is to make the activity appealing to them. Combine a cause that excites them with a personal interest and you’ve got their attention. Add a little exposure for budding artists and this becomes a win-win situation for  arts students.

Meet Anya Parker a 16 year old musician who has come up with a great list to help market both a cause and young musicians.  I think she has fantastic  marketing ideas for anyone looking for more publicity. Here are a few of tips she shares:

1. Write a song for the cause. You can directly raise money to support fundraising by publishing the song as a single and selling downloads to your friends, at a local coffee shop — anywhere! Don’t forget to advertise the song along with what it is supporting. If people like the song, they will be intrigued and more likely to check out the cause. It’s all about spreading the word, right?

2. Speaking of spreading the word, sometimes that’s all it takes! If you don’t want to sell a song, post a link to it for free! The more you send it around, and encourage others to pass it on, you can increase awareness drastically just by getting people interested with a cool tune. Include a description or link to the cause with the song so people are inspired to click, read, and support.

3. Send newsletters including ways to support, as well as a link to a song pertaining to the cause. Even if it is not your song, you can still inspire people to help by capturing their attention through song.

4. Put on a show! Find a few local bands or solo acts willing to do a festival or a concert event and sell tickets to raise money. The artists get to show their skills and have the opportunity to increase their fan base, while playing a fun show that benefits a cause.

5. Create a song writing contest for students (or friends!) to compete in. Encourage people to write and submit a song for the cause. You can even take it a step further and set up a ‘talent show’ type concert where each song is performed and the winner is announced. You can sell tickets to support the cause. There can be a prize for the winner and the added benefit is increasing awareness for the cause through the mere interest and buzz about the contest.

I’d also throw in using social media pages like YouTube to the mix. It helps mention the fundraiser and puts a face to the name for the artist. Great grassroots fundraisers like this are catching on as people support new talent and worth causes.

What other tips could you musicians or artists add to this list? Add your comments, we’d like to see what you come  up with. Also feel free to share this with the young artist in your life. They are probably looking for way to get noticed!

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Batman is taking back Aurora Colorado

We are all aware of the intense event that happened a few weeks ago in Aurora. The only comic store owner in the area, Jeff Farnsworth has lit the bat signal and is sending out word that Aurora Rises! His Aurora Rises charity event held on August 25 and 26 will accept donations and aid for the victims and their families.

Batman and the comic book industry have been involved with helping causes in the past. Check out Batman Fights More Than Evil. He’s Now Fundraising. The comic book industry will again respond to recent events with Publishers and Artists making appearences and donating art to raise money. Online auctions will be held on August 25 and 26 for those not in the area.

The scope of the donations has expanded over the past couple of weeks to also include sculptures, posters, T-shirts and a guitar from The Zac Band. The response to this idea has been so popular that Aurora Rises events are now being planned in other cities in the nation and abroad.

If you would like to help you can donate to the Aurora shooting victims or contact us for fundraising ideas.

If you are a comic book collector or just all around geek, plan on checking this event out. It’s for a great cause and help Aurora Rise!

Lets finish this post with a fun Batman related video.

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Univeral Cheerleaders Association

We are fans of the Univeral Cheerleaders Association. They are the go to people for the cheerleading community. UCA provides programs, instruction, camps and more for the cheerleader and cheer squad.

One of the finest qualities about The Universal Cheerleaders Association is their involvement in community service. The association has a history of helping out with charity events like the St Jude Cheer for the Kids Cheer and Dance Competition, The Make A Wish Foundation, Race for the Cure and The Jerry Lewis Telethon. When we found at about all their good works, we knew we had to keep track of them!

Well today they posted this great video from their 2012 Cheer Camp. Featuring the West Point Jr High cheerleaders! The girls lip synch to Carly Rae Jespens Call Me Maybe. Check it out, it’s a lot of fun!

Well done girls, there’s great spirit here!

Don’t forget, contact us if you are looking for help with your school or cheerleading fundraising.

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How could we be a fundraising and charity blog and not talk about this?

I’m sure that our North American readers have heard about this, but if your not from around here, this is what is sweeping the news the past couple of days. You should be warned that the video is long and rough to watch at some points:

Well after the really abysmal conduct from the kids, who for some curious reason posted the video, it caught a lot more attention than they were expecting. Here in the next video Karen Klein’s story goes local then international:

A Canadian from Ontario, Max Sidorov, decides that he’s going to create a  fundraiser Kathy the bus monitor and opens up a page on indiegogo, a social media site for causes. Max has been bullied in the past and knows what Karen was going through wanted to help out.

Lets talk about a cause going viral with a capitol V! Initially Max’s goal was to start a little fundraiser for Karen, who doesn’t make much on her bus monitor salary and send her on a little vacation. So he’s picturing a couple of thousand I guess. After the deplorable video and the story get picked up by  radio and social media sites, local TV, international TV his social media fundraising campaign explodes!

Non Profits have been talking about this forever: The power of a compelling story and the means for people to contribute easily will equal a successful campaign.

As for Karen Klein, shes’s kept a level head through the whole affair and is not looking to press legal charges.  After some of the  boys have apologized and the anger from the situation has drained Karens’ quiet little vacation fundraiser has blossomed into much more! At the time of this writing the total in now $647,991.

If you would like you can contribute, check out Max’s Lets Give Karen -The bus monitor- H Klein A Vacation! fundraiser.
In the meantime, everyone is getting some love out of this, an online fundraiser for Max Sidirov has been started to thank him for his efforts in correcting this situation.

Great to see a good fundraiser and social media being put to good use.

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Summer is ramping up and there are exciting and interesting fundraising stories happening. Lets get into one that I discovered last week.

First lets meet Alex:

It’s amazing the change little Alex was able to start in just a few years. It seems that her idea is catching on because it’s growing strong .Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) is partnering with some big name stores to fight childhood cancers.  The corporations already aboard over the past couple of years are a roll call for huge name businesses. Here are just a few:



Country Time Lemonade
( kinda appropriate isn’t it! )



Old Navy



Bank of America

In addition to these corporations Toys R Us is partnering with ALSF for the second year to run a fundraising promotion called Help Fight Childhood Cancer One Cup at a Time.

“As a direct result of the funds raised over the course of our partnership with Toys R Us, ALSF has been able to finance critical scientific pediatric cancer research projects as we continue to raise awareness for this heartbreaking disease,” said Liz Scott, co-executive director of the foundation, in a statement.

Toys R Us will also utilize its Facebook page to provide updates, fun activities, and more for those interested in finding out more about the endeavor. In addition to all their other means of support Toys R Us has also put up a page on their website for online donations where you can donate any amount.

“We’re proud ot join ALSF for a second consecutive year,” said Sloane Lucas, director of corporate philanthropy for Toys R Us. “Through this campaign we look forward to helping kids and familes across the country make Alex’s dream of one day finding a cure, a reality.”

If you would like to help you can  put on you own lemonade stand or  fundraise to fight cancers in children.

Drink up…it’s for a great cause!

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Even Batman is Fundraising Everybodies favorite Dark Knight is now fighting Hunger.  DC Entertainment and Warner Brothers announced that it will create a fundraising campaign to fight hunger and drought in the Horn of Africa.

The We Can Be Heroes Campaign will generate the funds for Save the Children, International Rescue Committee and Mercy Corps with its 100 percent gift-matching campaign and specially branded merchandise.

“We are a global company, and this is a global issue,” Warner Bros., Chairman and CEO Barry Meyer said in a statement. “By marshalling our expertise in consumer and fan engagement and creating global awareness, we hope we’re able to inspire others to join us in becoming ‘heroes’ and make a difference.

Check out the video that’s been produced for the campaign:

Help Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg fight huger in the Horn of Africa by buying a shirt, mug or thermos or ipod case.

While doing some research for this post I’ve read a lot of comments about what governments should be doing and who isn’t doing what. People have even dropped comments about not supporting these campaigns in an act to force govenments to help out. While in theory there might be something to this, in the meantime cutting off the funding for this campaign is only hurting those who need it the most.

Please contribute by spreading the word about this by clicking on our social media icons.

Comments appreciated.

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Matt Damon's Fundraising for Feeding America 


 Ya know it’s been awhile since we’ve covered anything from our buddy Matt. Never one to back down from a good fundraising event Matt Damon is active promoting Hunger Action Month.

Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Taye Diggs have done PSA’s for Feeding America and this month, the charitable organization is running a campaign to raise awareness for domestic hunger relief.

 Vivki Escarra, President and CEO Feeding America: “The insidious effects of hunger expand well beyond the individual who struggles daily for his or her next nutritious meal. Hunger significantly impacts our nation’s economy, education, healthcare, and ultimately, workforce productivity. Feeding America encourages everyone to play a role throughout September in raising awareness around the issue of hunger.


 Feeding America has put together an in depth and content rich page detailing every aspect of the war against hunger. Check out the Map the MealGap page where food shortages are detailed by state. The website also has  food pantry listings. 

 Feeding America is looking to spread the word about hunger and asking for your help. They would like to hit 1 million video views by the end of Sept. This will encourage more people to donate or vounteer for this cause.  The videos can be easily shared through twitter , facebook or any other social media source. It’s a pressing need nationwide and I understand why they’re using every available means to get the message out.

For those looking to get involved to help check out these Feeding America Volunteer Opportunties

Thanks Matt and everyone involved with Feeding America.  Job well done guys!

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Non Profit Fundraising with Facebook

  Your on facebook are’nt ya? C’mon practically everyone is. Non profits are always looking for ways to expand their coverage and have created pages on FB to market themselves. Well now you can help out by doing more than just liking their page.

Cause Layouts lets you download layouts to customize your own facebook layout. The layouts lets you share your causes while giving Non Profits  the ability to market directly to facebook users.  You can also customize donation buttons to their fundraising events. They have about 100 causes that can be downloaded.  When a user chooses a template to download, the non profit receives $1.    

For the month of September Cause Layouts is partnering with Travelling Stories to help provide school fundraising for books.  Travelling Stories  non-profit organization that provides books to children who would not otherwise have access to them.

Emily Moberly, founder of Traveling Stories, added, “Because Traveling Stories is providing books, we’re empowering kids to become the best versions of themselves. We go to places that are impoverished and we don’t have all of the solutions for these youth, but we can help strengthen their minds, inspire their imaginations and give them more resources to pursue their dreams. Through the partnership with Cause Layouts, we will be able to reach new and existing supporters in a completely unique way on Facebook.”

Cause Layouts is offering double donations for the month of September to start off the school year with a bang! They will kick in an additional donation to the tune of $10,000 when you dowload Travelling Stories layout.

What do you think? It’s a simple way you can support your favorite cause while your surfing facebook.

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Social Media Fundraising ContestHere’s a cool little contest that you might want to enter. It’ll take 90 seconds of your time in front of a video camera and you could win $1000 for your time. 

Fundly, the provider of the largest social fundraising platform, is sponsoring a video contest to celebrate the release of its latest non-profit online fundraising platform. Non-profit organizations are encouraged to share their experiences with social media fundraising in a short video. All valid entrants will automatically receive two months of free social fundraising services from Fundly.

How to Enter
1) Shoot a simple video (up to 90 seconds) telling the world about your favorite non-profit and how social media tools can help boost fundraising for your cause.
2) Upload your video to YouTube and tag it with “fundlysocial”.
3) Let us know by filling out the form on

Hurry as the contest closes June 24.

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How Non Profits can use twitter   We were sent a heads up from Jessica one of our readers who had some great tips to share on how non profits can use twitter. Jessica works with bundlepackagedeals who put up different top 10 lists and just happened to give out social media tips for non profits.

  1. Promote fundraisers. Getting the word out to a broader group of people than their immediate supporters has always been a challenge for charities. They often don’t have the resources needed for big advertising campaigns. Twitter allows then to spread the word about upcoming fundraisers to their supporters and beyond with no expense at all.
  2. Finding volunteers. Twitter can be a great tool for attracting new volunteers. Its ability to communicate in short continual bursts that can, and are, re-tweeted to a wider audience, makes it a perfect for whetting the appetite of individuals that share a passion for the cause of a particular charity.
  3. Keep in touch with supporters. A Tweet a day can keep supporters actively involved with the happenings of the charities that they support. Many supporters are more likely to read those daily posts than they are a monthly newsletter. Cutting the information into bite sized pieces can make them easier to consume and digest.
  4. Networking. Twitter is also a great connecting place with other like-minded organizations. By following other organizations, a charity can learn new strategies and find organizational support as well.
  5. Share specific needs. Twitter can be great for locating specific items that are needed on a donation basis. Putting out a tweet that tells of a specific need, such as a van or a computer, can increase the possibilities of that need being met in a shorter time frame than it would be otherwise.
  6. Share success stories. Organizations can, and should, also be using their Twitter accounts to share their success stories. Needs draw in many supporters, but it’s the positive stories about what is being accomplished through the organization, that keep supporters long term.
  7. Create awareness. Tweeting links to articles and blogs can become a great means of creating awareness and educating followers about the needs a charity is working to meet.
  8. Broaden their reach. The concentric circles that can spread out from a social network post are  the essence of their success. One small tweet can be re-tweeted many times. It can also be posted and shared on facebook. Its audience numbers are very hard to estimate, but they can be amazing.
  9. Matching funds. There has been some use of Twitter to promote matching funds campaigns. In one instance, the contributor of the ‘matching funds’ simply asked people to begin following him on Twitter, and when he gained 1,000 followers, he would make the donation.
  10. Interaction with followers. Twitter also provides for two-way interaction with followers, enabling a charity to answer questions from current or potential supporters.

Have any other tips you want to add to the list? Leave a comment and lets see what we come up with.

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