To raise awareness of brain aneurysms and funding for innovative, preventive research that changes lives, The Bee Foundation aims to reach those who have personal experience with brain aneurysms. Almost everyone knows someone who has lost a loved one to this deadly condition, or has lost someone themselves. Ever wonder how you can use the power of personal connections to make a difference in the world?
This year, we want to extend our reach to those who haven’t yet heard of our important mission. As a supporter, this means that you could own and expand your involvement, whether you want to simply create a digital appeal to your network or host your own fundraising event! You get to champion a cause about which you truly care, and spread our message to your friends and family. And perhaps most important, people who know you personally are more likely to help you raise funds for brain aneurysm research and awareness than they would be to fundraise with an unknown charity. You can make a big splash with peer to peer and change lives by supporting our mission.
What kind of events work well with peer to peer fundraisers?
Of course, the easiest way to fundraise in your network is through digital promotion – simply create a fundraising page and post it to your social media accounts, and send a few emails to friends, family, or coworkers who are likely to support you. But if you want to make your fundraiser more fun and exciting, try one of these ideas:
- Walkathon or 5K: Host a walkathon or 5K race in a safe, public place near you. Ask participants for a $20 donation to enter, and give out awards! You don’t have to reward just the winners – you can give awards for most colorful running attire, the person who drove the farthest to attend, or anything else you can think of!
- Wine Wednesday: Or any other day of the week! For the 21+ crowd, invite friends over to sample exotic wines, snack on some hors d’eouvres, and have a great time. You can “sell tickets” for a $20 donation to the cause, beforehand or at the door.
- Viral Challenges: In the same vein as the famous Ice Bucket Challenge, call on five friends on social media to either complete a challenge or donate to your fundraising page – and to spread the word to five of their friends too. Get creative with the challenges! January is a great time for cold-themed ones like making a snow angel while wearing a bathing suit.
- Social Shopping Parties: If you’re already having a Stella & Dot, Pampered Chef, Thirty One, or any other social shopping party, donate 10% of your sales to your fundraising campaign.
If you want to stick with the basic digital peer to peer, that’s great too!
Here’s how to set up a campaign with The Bee Foundation:
- Click “Become a Fundraiser”
- Set your fundraising goal (or leave the default $500), create a page headline, and create a short URL for your page if you want. The short URL should be easy to remember, personalize, and contain no spaces. For example, KatiesFundraiserForBrainAneurysmResearch.
- Choose a photo – of you, of someone you are raising money for, of your dog – whatever you want! Or, just leave The Bee Foundation logo.
- Your fundraising page has been created! If you don’t know where to go from here, click the Manage button in the top right corner to tell your story and begin reaching out to family and friends. Classy.org provides simple instructions to make the most impact with your peer to peer campaign.
Our supporters are our heroes
Thank you for supporting The Bee Foundation and our important mission to support brain aneurysm research and awareness. We want to help you as much as possible in your efforts to run your own fundraiser, so we will be in touch with you soon to provide ideas as well as email and social media sharing templates that make it super simple to spread the word!
Bee Aware, Bee Courageous, Bee Happy. Inspire your network and help us prevent brain aneurysms and save lives: