Fundraising volunteer Appreciation


So we’ve wrapped up another year on this blog (that makes 5 in case your counting!). At the beginning of 2014 lets take a moment to give a shout out to those people in your school or community that helped out the past year. The people in the background that bring it all together. Without these people no school trips,  band costumes, playground equipment or help for the needy in your town.

If you can think of anyone that deserves a public shout out drop a comment on this blog and let them know you noticed their efforts. Lets make this post a list of appreciation awesomeness!

In the meantime, feel free to fill out the image and send it off to someone who has earned it.

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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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Fitness Fundraising

Lori Dempsey from Castle Rock decided that she would do what she could to help those involved in the Waldo Canyon Fire earlier this summer. So she put on her dancing shoes…….and called some friends. Her friends happened to be Zumba instructors and all three ladies put on a 2 hour fundraising salsa session! There was no cost for the class but participants were asked to bring in donations for the victims of the fire.

“Seeing that devastation on television and with us having connections down there, I really felt they are part of our community,” Dempsey said. “We felt a responsibility to do what we can to try and help them.”

By the time the message was sent through the community 75 women showed up to help and participate in some steamy latin grooving.

Zumba is an aerobic dance excercise that teaches different dance steps such as merengue, reggaetone and salsa.  It creates a party like atmosphere that the class dances away to. The whole time burning a pile of calories.

At the end of the fundriasing activity Dempsey was very satisfied with the turnout from Douglas County.

“It’s easy to be part of a community when things are going well,” Dempsey said. “But the ties are tested when the chips are down. You really see your true colors.”

If you would like to help your favourite charity cause or hometown contact us for fundraising ideas.We’re fit, fun and groovy and ready to raise money for important things in your life.

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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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Fundraising for Kenyan Orphanage

Paul McWhorter’s math class might go down in history as the coolest ever. Several of his students were looking for a service learning project and boy did they come to the right math teacher! Paul’s  daughter Elizabeth is currently working as a missionary nurse for an orphanage in Kenya. During a web chat with student juniors Austin Stapp, Blaine Mitchell, Alex McMayon, Mary Lou Martinez, Ryan Espinosa and Lane Griffin a plan was developed to help the orphanage kids.

“The children at Mattaw receive a well-balanced diet and are well-nourished,” McWhorter said recently in an email from Kenya. “However, when we rescue orphaned or abandoned children off the streets, they are often very malnourished and suffer from a number of health challenges.

“I mentioned (to the students) that vitamin supplements would be a good thing for all the children, but in particular would be beneficial for those children just rescued, and those with more serious medical conditions.”

The Eldorado Texas students have developed a Web-based project called Cards for Kenya that raises money to buy vitamins for children.

But before we get into that we have to meet another player in this. His name is Peter and he’s a budding photographer. Peter is one of the children at the orphanage and one day he became fascinated with a camera. Since then he’s been chronicling his friends and experiences at the orphanage. The idea of selling his photos came to the Eldorado students and it seems like a great exchange for everyone!

The project has raised more than $900, and with part of that they bought a three months’ supply of multivitamins. Paul McWhorter visited his daughter over the Christmas holidays and took the vitamins with him to save on shipping costs. The students will soon be sending another shipment.

Since then the high school students have received their fare share of exposure. They have done interviews for local lions clubs and radio stations and today their blog was updated with a front page article on them!

Check out their website and I think you’ll find these are cool kids fundraising for a great cause. These students show us that school fundraising isn’t just about raising money for the campus but helping those in need. Great school spirit if you ask us!

If you like Peters pictures or just want to support the cause, purchase a print on their site.

Fundraising group Cards for Kenya

Now you tell us, how is your school or charity project taking action and getting involved this year?

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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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Green Fundraising with Canadian Red Leaf Project Help plant over 100,000 trees in Canada. Just by clicking a button.

Molson Canadian ( yes those beer makers eh ) have created The Red Leaf Project to help reforestation in Canada this summer. Every time you plant a virtual tree the project plants one in real life. Sign in with your facebook account, play a little game where you pick the area, dig the hole and water the seed and the deed is done. I could really do without the video game but I guess it’s the way you have earn your free tree.

The Molson Canadian Red Leaf Project is working with Evergreen and Tree Canada to make this a summer an event to be proud of!  When the first 100 people sign up as volunteers for the real life tree planting they get free tickets to concerts througout Canada this summer. I really love how they tie in charity/green events / live music, Molson should be congratulated for this! After the free tickets for vounteers are taken there’s a link to buy tickets for the shows. The Project has been on for awhile so I’m not sure what state those free tickets are in.

Nicely done Molson!

The Red Leaf Project will plant just short of 5 million square feet of trees when this is done but it needs you to start it off by planting that virtual tree. Lets see how many you do.

Molson Canadian Red Leaf Porject


So you tell me, what charity or fundraising events have you seen that combine green ideas? Drop a comment and let us know.

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Music_Fundraiser_for_Japan  I had heard of this stuff when a friend went to buy a cd with gaming music on it but I had no idea that video game music was this popular. 8 bit music is original music  inspired by the limitations of classic game and computer hardware. I can imagine after a couple of hours playing games, these tunes become ingrained in your head.

Peter Swimm is a chip tune musician who goes by the Twitter handle of @TCTD and writes the blog True Chip Till Death. He’s gathered his gaming music community to put together a powerful fundraiser for Japan. Over 100 chip composers have donated tunes to the campaign, you can download the tracks for a donation of any amount to the cause!  The fundraiser is hosted through firstgiving and has become so successful that they’ve had to raise their donation goal to keep up.

How did you recruit all of the chip musicians to the Chip In: Japan fundraiser? What was the key to getting so many to join?

I think foremost was the reach of the organizers. I have been running the True Chip Till Death blog for over 2 years, and Pixelh8 is a well known member of the chipmusic community, so between the two of us we have a pretty large reach. Having two people who could each focus on spreading the word and coordinating the large amount of donors was also a big help.

What motivated most of the chip tune community, in particular, to join this campaign?

I think many chip musicians feel a spiritual connection to Japan and it’s people, whether its through the hardware and art we have enjoyed through their hard work, and through members of our community who live there. I think many of the musicians saw it as a chance they could help, in the face of what seemed to be a particularity dire situation.

Had the chip tune community come together previously to raise money for a cause?

The chip scene has done much to come together to crowd source projects, and create compilations to raise awareness of issues, but this is my first experience working as part of one. You can take a look at some of the kickstarter projects used to raise money for things like the Blip Festival as a guide.

Do you have a direct relationship with Japan in any way?

I have many friends in the region, and one of the contributors for our website (True Chip Till Death) lives in Tokyo, so we had specific people in our hearts and minds when we where putting this together.

Why did you choose to use FirstGiving?

I wanted a service that would directly fund the charity, so we could start collecting money and getting it to the people in need asap. I also liked your widget elements and the ability to send an email,
which we used as the delivery method for the compilation.

What has been the biggest lesson learned? Any surprises?

I initially thought we would receive maybe a dozen or two tracks, but it quickly snowballed into a veritable beginners chip music collection. I was surprised by how generous people have been not only with their music, but with their donations!

Would you do it again? And if so, why?

Absolutely. It was alot of work in a short period of time, but I hope we have done at least a little bit of good!

What do you think your fundraiser has been able to accomplish because you’ve worked in community that you would not have been able to accomplish otherwise?

The community was instrumental in getting the word out and supplying such great music. Every artist on board should be very proud of their efforts!

 Donate today to get trakcs from over 100 chip musicians. You can donate to the Chip in: Japan! fundraiser here.

If you want to put on your own Japan Fundraiser contact us for details and ideas, or check out our previous blog posts.

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Fundraising Hairdesign for Charity

Hmmmmm ya know these hair fundraiser articles we post are pretty popular. Maybe it’s the mixture of fun with fundraising and charity? I read about more and more haircutting events that are happening and wanted to share this one.

on February 1 over 100 Paul Mitchell Schools across the united states kicked off a 3 month fundraising drive. This is the eighth annual Paul Mitchell fundraiser and helps benefit The Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation, The Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation, Children’s Miracle Network, Morris Animal Foundation, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, the Cancer Smancer Foundation and Food 4 Africa.

10,000 students spend February through April doing fundraising events like hair shows, cut a thons, car washes, bake sales etc to help raise money for their causes. At the end of the three months the Paul Mitchell school that raises the most gets to have a guest speaker or artists at their location.

Last year, the schools raised a record-breaking $1.2 million for several nonprofit groups, bringing their seven-year total to more than $4.6 million.

“Nothing is kept for Paul Mitchell,” said financial aid specialist Sabrina Johnson. “He does not take a single percentage.”

The Paul Mitchell “funraiser” is supported with the help of celebrities like Leeza Gibbons, Donnie and Marie Osmond, Betty White, Dolly Parton, Paul’s son Angus Mitchell, Larry King and more.

You’ll love this video that Betty does with the Dean of the Paul Mitchell School, Winn Claybaugh.

This is a first class fundraiser with everyone having fun and they have done important work for their comminities in the past couple of years

In the last seven years, Paul Mitchell schools have:

    - Built two homes with Habitat for Humanity
    – Fed thousands of African orphans
    – Supported the victims of AIDS, breast cancer, homelessness and abuse
    – Directly saved 20 lives through the Larry King Cardiac Foundation,
    – Provided 400 hours of individual speech and language therapy for lower-income deaf children through No Limits

For more information about the fundraiser, visit

Us guys here at justfundraising wish Paul Mitchell’s Funraising campaign the best of luck! It’s fantastic to see such a great spirit of charity and philanthropy running through a company.

If you would like to help donate to the Paul Mitchell Funraiser contact us for fundraising ideas that you can get excited about.

Now where’s our buddy Matt Damon when all this is going on?! He probably needs his hair cut…

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Fundraise for the environment I love the people at National Geographic. It’s such a great magazine; It educates, inspires and the organization is heavily involved with improving the environment.

No matter what your interests are they have a project that you can help out with. You can get involved with different cultures, climate change, new energies, huminitariasm causes and more.

The Global Action Atlas is a new initiative at National Geographic. What is it, exactly? The Atlas is an interactive, map-based tool highlighting local projects around the world. Visitors can connect with the organizations and individuals behind the projects to volunteer, advocate, donate and support worthy causes in a range of ways.

Check out National Geographics Global Action Atlas to see what interests you would like to help out.

When you’ve made your decision contact us  to see our fundraising options to help you on your way.

Drop a comment and let us know which Global Action Atlas activity you’ve chosen to support.  

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