We understand that diabetes care itself is expensive, and many families don't have the extra money to immediately buy a D.A.D. The majority of service dogs (all types) are received because of fundraising. While waiting for the service dogs to finish training, often families keep themselves busy fundraising and putting on events to cover the cost of the dog. This involves the community and often people are willing to help out for a good cause. Each fundraising effort will be effective in different ways depending on the audience, there is no one magic method. The best way to go about it is to make it fun for your family and for others, and to try different events and ideas to see what works best. Below are a few ideas that I have seen work well.
- T-shirts with a design related to the diabetic and the D.A.D. Making the design cute or fun, but also clean and not too busy will often result it more people buying it. With specific tshirt fundraising sites, there is no cost unless the minimum number are preordered. A common site used is http://www.customink.com/booste
- A Facebook page for you and your dog’s journey is a great way to gather an audience. In order to get followers the page has to be regularly updated, but if you keep it new and ask your friends to share it you can gather quite an audience. When you are having fundraising events you can post it on this page and sometimes even strangers who have been following your journey will ask what they can do to help, or will donate toward the cause.
- A gofundme.com or youcaring.com account is the most common way to make it clear that you are fundraising and let donors, and others, see the progress in reaching your goal. This is almost necessary for fundraising efforts as people are not putting the money into an anonymous bank account.
- Getting your story in a newspaper or on a local news channel can be extremely helpful as well. This can be especially helpful if you have an event planned or a gofundme.com account. This is an article in the paper, and it really boosted her donations: http://www.columbian.com/news/2015/aug/03/service-dog-type-1-diabetes/ Here’s an example of a one on the news: http://whnt.com/2015/04/01/athens-man-awaits-his-diabetic-alert-dog-and-gets-pictures-of-her-at-just-the-right-time/
Below are some links to fundraiser ideas and information as well: