Fundraising

Fundraising is an essential function for nonprofits, as it enables all the other work that they do. Read on to learn some of the innovative ways that high impact charities are raising support and awareness, as well as ideas for how you can run a Personal Fundraiser for a great cause.


The Life You Can Save’s 2016 Year in Review
Our 2016 Annual Report chronicles our ongoing growth, which would not be possible without our talented core Team and our skilled volunteers. Nor would it be possible without all of you who have generously donated to our Recommended Nonprofits as well as those who have financially supported TLYCS itself over the past few years. And last, but certainly not least, we are indebted to Peter Singer for his ongoing advocacy on behalf of the global poor and his enthusiasm for and help with the development of The Life You Can Save as an organization.
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Walking Across Southern Africa to Fight Global Poverty
Back in February, we shared an interview with Matt Napier, an Australian who is passionate about fighting global poverty and was about to undertake an ambitious walk across southern Africa to raise funds and awareness for the world’s poorest pe...
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The Science of Effective Fundraising: Four Common Mistakes to Avoid
Charities that have the biggest social impact often get significantly less financial support than rivals that tell better stories but have a smaller social impact. For example, while one successful fundraiser raised over $700,000 to remove a young girl from a well, most charities struggle to raise anything similar for causes that could prevent many more deaths or lift thousands out of poverty. Drawing on academic research across different fields, this article highlights four common mistakes that fundraisers for effective charities should avoid and suggests potential solutions to these mistakes.
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Interview: How one man is trekking a continent and taking on a cause
Matt Napier is passionate about fighting global poverty—and is undertaking an ambitious walk this summer across southern Africa to raise funds and awareness for the world’s neediest people. Matt recently chatted with The Life You Can Save via email, and shared his thoughts about the global community’s responsibilities to the extreme poor, and how Peter Singer’s philosophy transformed his personal outlook.
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The Valentine’s Day Gift That Saves Lives
Last year, my wife gave me the most romantic Valentine’s Day gift ever. Instead of candy and liquor, my wife suggested giving each other gifts that actually help us improve our mental and physical well-being, and the world as a whole, by donating to charities in the name of the other person.
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How I celebrated the holidays with a Giving Game
A Giving Game is a great approach to sharing this side of your life in a non-confrontational way with people to whom you are close. It lets you be a co-participant with everyone in exploring effective giving, rather than the know-it-all with the answers.
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How I used my passion to raise money for charity
Headshots are a pesky thing that pretty much everyone needs, but no one actually wants to get. I developed a series of fundraising events under the DWD brand, called Headshots 4 Hunger. Within a month, I had scheduled events in nine locations throughout St. Louis. I made sure that each location was easily accessible to entrepreneurs, artists and college students. So far, I have been able to fund two of The Life You Can Save’s recommended charities, the Iodine Global Network and Project Healthy Children, to help reduce micronutrient deficiency for an estimated 12,900 people for an entire year.
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