Some of you might be thinking -- Where do I start? There are many different fundraising opportunities out there. You can go with one of the standard fundraisers or be creative and come up with your own unique idea. The possibilities are endless. I’m hoping that each of you will commit to do at least one fundraiser a year to raise money for Dr. Ramocki’s research.
The first thing I did when I started organizing the 1st Annual Noah Albert Memorial Golf Tournament was to go onto the IRS website and apply for an EIN number. This is something that was required by the bank in order for me to set up an account. I named mine the Noah Albert Memorial Fund. This gave me the opportunity to deposit checks and write out checks for expenses incurred with the golf tournament. In the end, I wrote one check to Baylor College of Medicine for Dr. Ramocki’s research.
Fundraising is not only a great opportunity to raise money for research, but it also helps us to spread awareness of MECP2 Duplication Syndrome. You will be approaching folks who have never heard of this disease. I have also found that folks are very generous when they know that the money is being given to research in the hope of a cure.
I have also gotten a great deal of satisfaction from coordinating fundraisers. In the day-to-day routine of my son’s illness, I often feel helpless when it comes to the progression of the disease, but by actively participating in my fundraising attempts, I believe that I am helping to make a difference. I feel that I am playing a vital role. I welcome you to join my efforts. Let’s all work together and reach the goal of $100,000 in 2010.
Standard Fundraiser Ideas:
- Cough Dough
- Pizza Kits
- Golf Tournament
- Chinese Auction
- Bake Sale
- Car Wash
- Scratch Cards
- Restaurants where a percentage of all sales for the day go to the cause