Fundraising Tips

Furry Scurry, the Dumb Friends League’s largest event, raises much-needed funds for the 22,000+ animals that come through our shelter doors each year. Your registration fee helps offset costs associated with the event, and every dollar you raise goes directly towards the animals in our care.

Raising money can seem intimidating, but once you get started, you’ll be surprised by how easy (and fun!) it is. Check out some of the ideas below, or log in to your Participant Center to utilize the email and social media tools available.

  • General Suggestions

    happy Golden RetrieverStart now- The earlier you begin fundraising, the more successful you’ll be!

    Make your own contribution- Lead the way by making your own contribution, then ask friends and family to match your donation.

    Update your Participant Center- Share your passion with your supporters! Upload a photo of yourself or your team, write a little bit about your mission and reason for walking, and create a fundraising goal.

    Send emails- In your Participant Center, you can upload your contacts and send pre-written emails, or create your own.

    Use corporate matches to double your donation- Ask your company to match the amount of pledges your receive from co-workers, or ask a friend to have their company match their pledge.

    Just ask!- A lot of people are afraid to ask their friends and family for support. As it turns out, most people are more than willing to help! Remember, when you ask someone to donate to your fundraising campaign, you are giving them an opportunity to do something good for homeless pets, so just ask!

    Share- Regularly send messages and share your fundraising link on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and keep everyone updated on your progress. On Facebook, tag the people who donate to your cause and thank them for their donations. When you tag someone, your post gets shared in your activity feed and their activity feed too. It’s a win-win!

  • Social Fundraising

    dachshund next to beerPartner with a local pub or brewery for a “Yappy Hour”- Ask your local watering hole to partner with you for a happy hour event where you bring in friends and the bar donates a portion of the proceeds.

    Host a fundraising house party- A sure-fire way to raise money! Collect donations and entertain at the same time. Create a theme (like a costume party) and have fun!

    Silent auction- Ask local businesses to donate gift certificates or items for a charitable silent auction. Invite your team members, friends and family to bid on the items.

    Karaoke Night- Spend a Friday night at a karaoke bar and sing for pledges!

    Movie Night- Pick out a new release, whip up some popcorn, pick up some drinks and invite your friends and family over for a movie night at your place! Make sure to have a donation jar or pledge forms available.

    Television Show Finale Party- Provide some snacks and drinks and invite your friends over to watch a big season finale. Charge a small “cover” at the door that goes towards your pledges.

    Restaurant Night- Ask your favorite restaurant if they will donate a portion of the proceeds to your fundraising efforts. Then spread the word to your friends, family and co-workers to dine out on that night!

  • Young and Young at Heart Fundraising

    young fluffy dogDonate your birthday - Make birthdays fun again! Ask friends to support your fundraising efforts in lieu of birthday gifts.

    Bake sale- Channel your inner Mrs. Fields and host a bake sale with your friends. Set up a table at work, outside of a grocery store or at a local business!

    Pennies for Paws- Decorate a shoe box with puppies and kittens, and create a sign encouraging co-workers/classmates to donate their spare change to help homeless pets. Leave the box in a high-traffic area at work.

  • Wallflower Fundraising

    yellow lab with a questioning lookGarage sale- Gather up all of that extra stuff collecting dust in the basement and attic—and ask your friends and family to do the same—then pick a Saturday or Sunday to host a garage sale! Make a sign explaining all proceeds will go to help homeless pets, and have a donation jar available.

    Host a DFL Denim Dress Down Day- Ask your office to have a “DFL Denim Day” where co-workers who make a donation can wear jeans.

    Used-book sale- Everyone has books that have been sitting on shelves or in boxes for years. Ask your friends, family and neighbors to donate books they no longer want and set up a weekend book sale in your front yard, or get co-workers involved and host it at work!

  • Competitive Fundraising

    very excited poodleGym- Ask your gym to leave a pledge jar at the front desk.

    Doctor/Veterinarian- Ask them to write you a check instead of the other way around!

    Chiropractor- After they’ve cracked your back, ask them to crack open their checkbook!

    Yoga instructor- You’ve bent over backwards for them—now it’s their turn to do the same for you!

    Host a scavenger hunt- Charge a fee to enter and get great prizes donated for the winner.

    Game/Poker Night- Get your friends together and host a game/poker night at your place or a local brewery.

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