Why Raise Funds and Awareness?
While it is not unusual for those of us in the alopecia areata community to feel overwhelmed with a new diagnosis, ongoing treatment or other challenges, the NAAF is here to tell you that there is hope. Medical and scientific research holds the promise of better treatments and, one day, the possibility of a cure. One of the most important things that family and friends in the alopecia areata community can do is raise money to support research and the programs and services of NAAF.
So many aspects of alopecia areata are beyond our control, but our ability to raise money is not one of them. There have been great advances in understanding alopecia areata, but more needs to be done if we are to find a cure. We all have vested interest in making this happen. The sooner you begin to raise funds to support the Foundation’s work, the greater likelihood your loved one(s) will benefit.
The three primary reasons for hosting a fundraiser/media event are:
- To promote education of alopecia areata
- To raise funds for the important work of NAAF
- To bring people with and without alopecia areata together to socialize and have some fun
Materials (PDFs) to Download:
Community Awareness How-to Manual
Alopecia Areata Awareness Month How-To Manual
Tortoise & Hair™ Run/Walk Manual
Links for Locks Golf Tournament Manual (call our office 415-472-3780 for current version)
Whenever possible try to choose a fundraising event that has the widest possible attraction. Planning an event that will appeal to family, friends and members of your business community will generate greater awareness and make it easier to meet your fundraising goals. Your message will reach a wider audience and you are likely to have more fun in the process.
Enthusiasm is your best resource; without enthusiasm everything will become a chore. The more enthusiasm you provide, the easier and more enjoyable all tasks will become. Enthusiasm can be highly infectious.
When choosing a fundraising activity, remember that friends (volunteers) will perform better if they are enjoying what they are doing. If they feel what they are doing is successful and making a difference, it will help stimulate their motivation. Their motivation can be the key to your success. Most people will enjoy what they are doing if there is an element of fun and visible success.
The possibilities are endless. If you can think of it, you can do it. Be sure that your volunteers know that each dollar they raise will benefit NAAF and be used for services and education for families affected by alopecia areata.
More Fundraising Event Ideas
We Are Here to Help Your Event Be a Success
We are here to help you make your specific event a success. Let us know what we can do for you, be it providing you with materials to disperse, targeting a specific demographic for a mailing, or notifying the NAAF community on your upcoming event.
In order for us to let others know about your plans, please let us know all the details. Fill out a Fundraising/Awareness Special Event Application (in the Community Awareness Manual) which needs to be completed and returned to the office at least thirty days prior to your event.
Also, please complete and sign the event Check Off List. Both of these documents will help keep NAAF current on your event plans. And, don’t forget to include the tax-deductible worksheet (in the Community Awareness Manual) when you send in the donations generated from your event.
We are here to help you make your endeavor a success.
Whether you raise $5 or $5000, the important thing is that you will do something. It’s not as difficult as you may think. People will want to help. The hardest part is getting started.
If you have any questions, please contact Laura Ralph at 415-472-3780
The Bottom Line
Fun, fun and more fun! That is the bottom line for all fundraising events. Most people can quickly find reasons for not doing something they don’t want to do. If you want to succeed, you must choose an event which you and your friends will enjoy. This will create the most energy, enthusiasm and fund raising dollars for NAAF. Plus, it will be a more rewarding experience for you!