Home Fundraising for Haiti
February 04, 2010
Though volunteers have been pouring in to Haiti ever since news of the devastating earthquake broke, many Americans who would like to help are unable to leave their homes, jobs or families to lend a hand in person.
However, if you would still like to make a contribution to the relief efforts but are unable to visit Haiti, consider hosting a fundraiser for the country in your home.
Whether you choose to host a fancy gala or a casual theme party, everyone will want to chip in for a party with a purpose.
Hosting a fundraising party at your own house or apartment might allow you to donate more to those in need, because you wont have to pay for a venue.
Start off by deciding how formal you would like your fete to be. If you plan on hosting a black tie bash, make sure to request that guests come properly attired in the party invitations. If you are planning on a more casual, laid-back shindig, indicate that as well. Everyone will appreciate knowing exactly how to dress for your fundraiser.
Pick up party supplies for a successful charity event
Once you decide on a style for your fête, stock up on the appropriate party decorations. For example, if you opt for a laid-back event, throw up as many Hatian flags as you can fit in your party space and cover the tables with cloths in the official colors of Haiti - blue and red.
To wow guests from the moment they walk through the door, have strings of blue and red party lights wrapped around bushes in your yard, or cheerfully blinking through the windows.
For a formal event, fill your home with balloons and candles. A buffet-style meal might be the easiest way to ensure that all of your guests get a chance to sample the party fare, and the arrangement wont put a time limit on the event.
Pick up party supplies like paper plates, cups and cocktail napkins in blue and red, and offer guests cocktails in blinking LED glasses.
Find a great local band to get guests in the party mood
To really kick the party off, search for an excellent local band. You could even try to persuade them to play for free to benefit the cause.
Place a tip jar in front of the musicians and encourage guests to contribute whenever they enjoy a song or request a special tune.
When working on your party planning, decide whether you'll charge guests a set amount at the door for all of the food, beverages or entertainment you're providing, or if you'll simply ask for donations of whatever they're willing to give at the end of the night.
Friends and family members are likely to be very generous to support such a worthy cause.
When the party dies down and guests begin to leave, you'll have great memories of your friends and family, along with the satisfaction you'll feel from knowing that your efforts might make a difference to those who are truly in need.