Dystonia Fundraising: How to Get it Done

Have you ever tried your hand at fundraising–especially for a rare disease like dystonia? If so, you’ll know that it’s difficult because there are so many factors involved.

Without a doubt, it’s an amazing gesture to support your family or friend.

Take Ryan Byrne and Aidan Baker.

Two ordinary young men.

One stricken by tragedy.

The other spins the misfortune into a philanthropic effort.

It’s one amazing celebratory tribute that raises about $17,000 for Dystonia Ireland. It’s also a story that reminds us about the elements of fundraising.

What’s The Forecast for Philanthropy?

Gifts from individuals, corporations, estates, and foundations are all expected to increase in 2016 and 2017.

Any of these names ring a bell?

  • Steve and Connie Ballmer
  • Michael Bloomberg
  • The Buffetts
  • Bill and Melinda Gates

Some pretty heavy hitters in philanthropy work.

Is there room for the “average Joe” to play a part in this goodwill movement? Absolutely!

There are masses of compassionate people promoting charities and encouraging individuals to give.

Some have deeper pockets than others, but folks “give what they can” and help unify the humanitarians efforts – $1.00 at a time.

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent Van Gogh

What’s the Best Literature on Fundraising?

Many fundraising individuals wonder which publications they can read in order to guide and prepare their efforts.

The preparation and planning?

The implementation?

The major stakeholders and their roles?

No need to rethink the wheel. Consider these options:

What are Online Fundraising Sites?

Fundraising websites have made it possible for more people to reach their goals, whatever they may be. Here are some options:

But this relatively new technology that’s spreading like wildfire on the internet has sparked a lot of questions, boiling down to two big concerns: safety and legitimacy. A quick guide on this conversation can be found at Online Fundraising: What Everybody Ought to Know.

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