Raise Awareness For Autism With Fundraising

by Charles Myers - Date: 2009-12-01 - Word Count: 667 Share This!

Are you aware that experts estimate that two to six children out of every 1,000 will have autism? Are you aware that males are four times more likely to have autism than females? The key word here is that most people are not aware of these staggering statistics. Raising awareness is an effective way to educate others on how fast autism is becoming an epidemic in the world. However, to raise awareness, it takes money and unless you have a source for funds, you will need to hold an event or function in order to collect for the cause.

So you say to yourself, I'm ready to make a difference. You may even have a family member or a friend who is personally affected by an autistic child. How do I raise money or create awareness so that people can donate to an autism foundation or to help someone on a personal level? The answer is simple, you have a fundraiser.

Fund raising is a simple way to accomplish both goals you are trying to achieve. You will raise awareness as well as raise funds. You can sell awareness ribbons, jewelry, clothing, coffee mugs, car magnets etc. Every cause has a ribbon color and autism has its very own puzzle piece ribbon.

You can buy these products from a wholesale distributor and the profits you make can be donated to your cause. The profits can be substantial and the feeling you get is very rewarding.

So now you have your products but you don't know where to sell them. Here are a few suggestions that may help. One is to set up a table in front of a store. A store front fundraiser is the fastest and easiest way to raise money. Make sure you pick a store that has high traffic area. You will need a store with a lot of customers. Your goal is to expose yourself to a large number of people within a short amount of time. You may be surprised to know that the large chains such as Wal Mart, Sams Club or your local supermarket are open to letting you set up in front of their store. It's good publicity for them and it also has a feel good effect on people who donate. Since they feel they donated to a good cause or they know someone who is affected by the same affliction, they may spend more in the store. Don't be afraid to ask a store with high volume for permission to set up your fundraising event.

Other places to consider are flea markets, church events and garage sales. These locations are good because most people who attend will have cash in hand. You can also consider craft fairs where usually you can buy a table for as little as twenty dollars. Look in the paper or local flyers for events such as a women's event at the convention center. Most of these will allow you to buy a table. Another way you can promote your cause is to make it a school or organization fundraiser. Where the school or organization keeps the bulk of the money and then they donate a percentage to an organization. These are all ideas that have been successful and are readily available in your area.

Again people like to feel they are helping someone who may be less fortunate than they are. If they donate it makes them feel like they too can make a difference. Honestly, don't you feel the same way? There is a famous quote by Victor Hugo, a French poet who once said, "As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled".

So don't wait any longer to start your mission to bring awareness to autism and its related causes. There is no time like the present to start making a difference. If you need further assistance on getting started on your fundraising event, visit the helpful website that also has a mission to make a difference. Start today and make a difference tomorrow.

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