Raise Money for WBF
The Wild Bird Fund is in constant need of donations which will allow us to pursue and fulfill our mission: to provide medical care and rehabilitation to native and migrant wildlife so that they can be released back into the wild. It costs $635,000 a year to run the center – a staggering $1740 per day! Every single penny that comes through our doors, the mail, and online really does count and you could be the person or group who helps us to secure our future and help save the wildlife that call the Big Apple home.
Below are some great ideas to raise money, whether at home, in your school, or at work. We are here to support you in any way that we can and if you contact us to say what your event is, we will happily provide you with official, branded sponsorship forms, and materials. Keep in mind the following tips for a successful fundraising event:
- Get Organized and set a target: this will help you stay focused and ensure you reach your goal.
- Email/write/phone/text all of your friends, family, colleagues, neighbors – get everyone involved!
- Check with your employer to see if they will match any donations or if they will do a sponsorship.
- Publicity: tell us what you’re doing, and we’ll post it to our social media pages and give you branded brochures, business cards, and more with the Wild Bird Fund logo on them.
- Consider health, safety, and the law: WBF cannot be held responsible for any accidents or incidents that occur as a result of your activity; check in with your local council member’s office to see if there are any special licenses or ordinances that you need to take into consideration for your event, especially if it’s at a school, workplace, or on public property; and if you are selling food and/or drink – check food safety laws.
- Make your event wildlife and environmentally friendly: we see many patients with string wrapped around them, and who have plastic inside their stomachs. Please think carefully about the use of plastic bags, and balloons. The wildlife and Earth will thank you!
- Update and thank everyone who participated and donated to your event. Keeping in touch with them helps you achieve your goal – again, we’ll support you through our social media channels!
- Organize the event: there are several ideas below. This is by all means not a complete list, but definitely just a starter!
Good luck with your event, and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at [email protected]!
Celebrate an Occasion!
Do you have a birthday, wedding, anniversary, bat or bar mitzvah, holiday party, or any other special event coming up? If so, why not commemorate it by asking for gifts to help the Wild Bird Fund instead of a present for yourself! We can even supply you with some official Wild Bird Fund cards, brochures, and printed literature so that your event can still be just as special and your guests can learn about all the work that we do at the same time.
Have Fun At Work!
Check with your company’s HR department if you could organize a dress-down day, or do a competition for prizes, where the donations go to the Wild Bird Fund. You should also check to see if your company will match your donation to the Wild Bird Fund.
Organize a Block Yard Sale!
Have stuff in your attic, basement, or storage that you don’t have use for? We bet your neighbors also have the same problem – so why not organize a block yard sale where a portion of sales are donated to Wild Bird Fund.
Collect Your Loose Change!
Gather all your loose coins – you know there are a few under the cushions in your sofa, and maybe one or two in your laundry – and put them into a jar. When it’s full, cash the coins in, and send us a check to help our wildlife patients. Even better: if you have kids, make it a race to see who can fill up their jar first!
Recycle bottles and cans!
Help the environment and the Wild Bird Fund by collecting that 5-cent deposit on plastic bottles, and aluminum cans, and turning them in to local markets – like RiteAid, CVS, DuaneReade, and more. Even better: get more people involved and make it into a competition. Once you’ve gathered the deposit, send in a check to the Wild Bird Fund – the animals will thank you double!