It’s easy to raise money to support Bridges to Community’s vital programming! Read below to learn how. You’ll find that people will respect and be interested in what you’re trying to do, and will jump to help out!
Peer to Peer Fundraising: Personal emails with easy links/instructions to donate are the most effective way to raise funds. We find that using more than one of the fundraising avenues below gives donors options and flexibility and, therefore, makes them more likely to give.
- FirstGiving is a third party platform similar to GoFundMe, where you can write a personal narrative, set a fundraising goal, and track your progress. All funds are sent directly to Bridges and we handle all thank you and tax letters. Please see the FirstGiving Web Page Guide for instructions on setting up a FirstGiving fundraising page. If you prefer, we would be happy set up a page for you to circulate to your friends and family. We will send you your unique username and password so you can edit your page and add any offline gifts you receive. Click here to set up your FirstGiving page.
- Facebook has made it easy for their users to raise funds and awareness. All funds are sent directly to Bridges, but donations are not itemized on the paperwork we receive, so your donors will not receive personal thank you/tax letters. Click here to set up a fundraiser on Facebook.
- Folks can also donate directly on our website. Please make sure that they note their gift is in honor of you so we can track your total funds raised. This URL will bring interested parties directly to our donation page: https://bridgestocommunity.org/support-us/donate/
- For those donors wary about online giving, folks can send a check with your name in the memo to: Bridges to Community, 95 Croton Ave., Ossining, NY 10562.
Third Party Fundraising Events: Hosting an event is a great way to raise money while having a good time. These events are organized and run by you. Funds are collected by you and a lump sum check is sent to Bridges after your successful event. Your donors will not receive thank you/tax letters from Bridges. Bridges is happy to let you use our logo, branded tablecloths, etc. Here are a few events that people have hosted in the past: collecting a cover charge at your favorite bar, Battle of the Bands, silent auctions, and soccer tournaments.
Check out our Fundraising Guide for helpful fundraising tips, a sample solicitation email, and useful facts about Bridges.
We are happy to assist if you have any questions or need help setting up a fundraising page, crafting messaging, creating social media posts, coming up with ideas for an event, etc. Please don’t hesitate to contact our Development Assistant, Virginia Murphy, at (914) 923-2200 or email@example.com for help.