4 Tips When Fundraising for Your DSA

Thu, July 26, 2018 8:30 AM | Anonymous member

In our mission to help members of the Down syndrome community develop their organizational capacity, we’ve created four tips for fundraising and listed them below. Initiating your own fundraiser can impact how you serve Down syndrome associations in the United States and abroad. At DSAIA, we already represent over 1,000 leaders in the Down syndrome community spanning over 80 organizations--we’re providing tools to best support your community.


  1. Choose an Event Format or Theme: By hosting an event for your DSA, you can inspire both awareness and participation for the Down syndrome community. In order to encourage the most action at your event, get creative! Your fundraiser could range anywhere from a golf tournament to fashion show. A list of 100 fundraiser ideas can spark a bit of inspiration for your event.

  2. Establish a Budget: Managing a budget for your event isn’t easy! One of the best ways to tackle a strict budget is to start planning your event early. Giving yourself ample time to research potential costs will allow you to get the best deals from your vendors. In addition, make sure to document everything! Keep a running spreadsheet and ensure that even the smallest costs are counted toward your total budget.

  3. Find a Ticketing or Registration Platform: There are so many online event planning tools these days! Using an online platform is an easy way to create your event, sell tickets, spread the word and even track donations!

  4. Follow Up and Review: After your event, sit down and determine what went well and what can be improved for next time. Noting things that you can fix will make it that much easier to plan your next fundraiser. Sending an email survey to your attendees can be a useful way to generate feedback. Keep it short and sweet, and your attendees will be sure to respond!

For more information on DSAIA events, head to our events calendar!

I want to tell you what WONDERFUL time I had at the conference. I learned so much and came away with lots of ideas for our organization. -Barb Waddle, The Upside of Downs of Northeast Ohio


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