Before you start planning your event, please review our Independent Fundraiser Guidelines.
What type of fundraiser works best for you and your group? How much time can you commit to planning? What materials will you need? Do you have a budget and funds to cover expenses? Will you need to recruit volunteers? What are your goals?
Need inspiration? Check out this list of some fundraisers that have been hosted in the past:
- Round up at the Register
- Donate a Portion of Sales
- Benefit Concert
- Percentage Night
- Silent Auction
- Car Show
- 50/50 Raffle
- Sports Tournament
- Birthday Fundraiser
- Car or Dog Wash
- Art Fair/Craft Show
- Chili Cook-Off
- 5K Run/Walk
- Happy Hour Event
- Food Cart Night
- Ice Cream Social Benefit
- Bike/Motorcycle Ride
- Jeans Day
- Wine & Paint Night
- Business Anniversary/Open House
- Employee Potluck
- Tailgate Party
- Ugly Sweater Party
Set a Goal
Keep in mind, monetary donations have the greatest impact at DCHS! We are always in need of monetary gifts to help us meet the individual needs of animals in our care. Because we never know what animals may come through our doors, monetary donations allow us the flexibility to meet these ever-changing needs. We encourage you to let us do the shopping! We have many partner organizations that help us get the best 'bang for our buck' by offering great discounts.
Set Your Date and Time
Choose when, where, and how you will host your event! Be sure to give yourself enough planning time to have your event be successful. Create a timeline to help with planning. Make sure to check and see if your date conflicts with other events in your area.
Loop DCHS In
Fill out our Independent Fundraiser Information Form to provide us with details about your event so DCHS can help advertise your fundraiser!
DCHS can help promote your event in several ways:
- Adding your event to DCHS's website (www.giveshelter.org/events)
- Hanging a physical flier in the Main Shelter
- Minimum of one post to DCHS's Facebook page (@GiveShelter) with 46,000+ followers
If possible, DCHS may also include your event in these additional marketing opportunities:
- Mentioning your event once during our weekly radio segments (105.5 and 94.9)
- Inclusion in DCHS's monthly e-newsletter, sent to 30,000+ DCHS supporters the first week of each month
- Mentioning your event once during our televised news segments (Channel 3, Channel 15, or Channel 27)
- Individual or inclusion in group event post on DCHS's Instagram page (@DCHSGiveShelter)
Please note, any personal information won’t be shared with the public. Information will only be used for communication with DCHS staff in regards to your event.
Promote and Advertise
How will you spread the word about your fundraiser? Word of mouth, community calendars, local media, flyers, social media, and public bulletin boards are all great options for advertising. Our Media Kit has everything you need (cute animal photos, logos, and more) to create social media posts and fliers.
If you create a flier, make sure to share it with us so we can repost it! Please email any fliers as PDFs to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't forget to include the event date, time, location, and admission information on your flier.
Wrapping It All Up!
All of your hard work has paid off! If you have any fun photos, please share them with us. We would love to see them! Photos can be emailed to email@example.com.
Please note that any photos sent to DCHS will potentially be shared to social media pages and used in promotional materials.
Cash and checks (made out to Dane County Humane Society) can be delivered or mailed to:
Dane County Humane Society
5132 Voges Road
Madison, WI 53718
Can I Host a Raffle?
Can I Host a Donation Drive?
Can Someone From DCHS Come to My Event?
Will DCHS Bring an Adoptable Dog to My Event?
Can I Host an Off-Site Adoption Event?
Thank you for your hard work to help DCHS!
For additional assistance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (608) 838-0413 ext. 167.