Our efforts are part of a Crowdrise Challenge, which you can read more about by going to: https://act.usatoday.com/

Fundraiser Toolkit

Hey there. We can't thank you enough for carving out time to help our cause. By joining our team, you have exponentially increased our reach in terms of new donors and awareness and it really means the world to us and the people we’re teamed up to serve. 

This page will have tools to help you talk about your fundraiser with your friends and family. Email, social media, or even over coffee, anything you can do to help us spread the word and raise more money is incredible. 

We're also out to unlock eligibility for a $100,000 grant by reaching our $6,000 goal by the end of the challenge. Winning one of the grand prizes would be great, but all the money we raise comes with new friends who’ll know that much more about the work we do. So, it’s a win-win. 

Thanks so much for everything. We really, really appreciate it.

Community Action House


First things first:

  • Update your story section to reflect why you choose to support our work. The more personal and compelling reason or story, the more likely you are to get donations. 

  • Add pictures and even videos on your fundraising page that help to illustrate why this cause means so much to you. If you need any pictures, let us know and we can provide you with some. 

  • Once you’re ready, share your page with everyone you know and start raising money. 


Email templates - simply copy-paste, personalize with some additional information, and you’re ready to go!

Email your network to start:

Dear [name of your friend/family],

I love our community - the Greater Holland Area in West Michigan. I believe that we have much to be grateful for, from Tulip Time to the Lake, so many festivals, great schools, and most of all - people who know the meaning of compassion. That’s why I’m excited to be part of making sure that all of our neighbors have access to all that our community has to offer with Community Action House. They’re a local organization that’s spent the last fifty years working towards everyone having enough to eat, a safe place to stay, and opportunities for financial stability and prosperity. They do a lot, and it takes every bit of community support for their work to succeed.

I’m here to ask for your help with a donation in any amount, to help CAH make their goal of $6,000 by April 12. Why? Because they’ve seen a 10% increase in demand for food since the start of the year. Because they just launched a free Shower program for people experiencing homelessness. Because they’re out to serve all of our neighbors, and making their goal means unlocking eligibility for up to a $100,00 grant, which is big. Really big.

I’m making a gift as well, but it helps CAH even more to ask you for your help today. Go to https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/community-action-house-michigan/ to see what they’ve put together. If it makes sense, you could also join Team CAH like I have - they’re offering a few cool rewards for those that do - but the larger picture is that our community has critical needs met by an organization that strives for equity, respect, dignity, and kindness.

Yours truly,

[your name]

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Shareable Videos:

 
 

Rewards:

We’ve put together two different rewards for those that join the team:

  • $500+ raised = CAH imprint hoodie, or high quality coffee mug

  • $1000+ raised = Scott (the Executive Director) buys you lunch (at 76, most likely)

  • Overall Goal of $6,000 met = To Be Announced (but you can bet that it will be delicious and friendly)

Jump to a section: Introduction | First Steps | Videos | Email Templates | Rewards | Questions


Questions about Crowdrise, or how this works?

Contact David Lee: dlee (at) communityactionhouse (dot) org.