Host a Party with a Purpose
Your organization, company, school or group can host a unique event with the proceeds benefiting Southeastern Guide Dogs. It’s a great way to have some fun while helping to raise awareness of our mission and raise money to help fund our programs.
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Thank you for your interest in supporting Southeastern Guide Dogs! Here at Southeastern Guide Dogs, we could not provide world class guide dogs and service dogs at no cost, without the assistance of our generous donors and volunteers.
Fortunately, Southeastern Guide Dogs receives many requests from different organizations, companies, groups and individuals who are interested in holding an event, sale or promotion in their community to benefit our organization. We are appreciative of all the awareness, support and funds raised through these efforts.
In order for Southeastern Guide Dogs to support you and your fundraising event to the best of our ability, we ask that you:
1. Read the following procedures and guidelines via the button below regarding third-party fundraising.
2. Submit an application via the button below prior to proceeding with your event.
How We Can Help
Approved fundraiser will receive an on-line Third-Party Fundraising Tool Kit, which includes the following items:
– Southeastern Guide Dogs logos
– Fundraising flyer templates
– Access to a library of videos
– Fast-Fact sheet about Southeastern Guide Dogs
– Contact information for their assigned staff member for support
If a fundraising event is approved, Southeastern Guide Dogs will:
– List the event on the Third-Party Fundraisers page at GuideDogs.org
– Provide a check presentation photo opportunity to share on social media.
If you have any questions regarding the below policies and third-party fundraising application, please contact Emily.Rabaut@guidedogs.org.
Helpful ideas and tips
Host a "Dining in the Dark" Event
You’ll gain a new appreciation for the challenges facing the visually impaired as you enjoy your meal and beverage blindfolded. And your taste buds will thank you because food tastes incredible when your focus is this intense.
Order Event Kits for your guests
(each kit includes one blindfold mask and program materials. Allow 1-2 weeks for delivery)
Host a Jeans Day Event
Dress down for the dogs!
Boot cut or bell bottoms, low-rise or loose fit, designer or classic – we love our jeans!
Your employees LOVE their jeans too, and we’ve found a way to reward them for their hard work and make a difference at the same time: it’s called Dress Down for the Dogs Day!
Already considering adding a “Casual Friday?” Why not let “Dress Down for the Dogs” become a weekly event for a monthly donation? Your support means that we can continue offering our guide dogs at no cost to our visually impaired students. And that’s something that makes everybody more comfortable – just like a favorite pair of jeans.
Choose the date(s), the donation amount, and customize the ready-made flyer to start spreading the word. We’ll also provide you with fun stickers boasting “I dressed down for the dogs” that participants can wear with their jeans in exchange for their donation.
Helpful Tips and Budget Planning Worksheet
We want your event to be a successful! Use the below tips and resources to help make your event a tremendous success.
1. Tell us about your event!
We want to know all about your event and help to support you to be successful. Complete the Third Party Event application at www.guidedogs.org before initiating your event. A third party event application must be completed and submitted to Southeastern Guide Dog’s Philanthropy Department for approval at least 30 days prior to the event. You will be contacted within one week from the day your application is received.
2. Who will be organizing/running your event?
In order to plan and execute a successful fundraiser, make sure that you have ample support from friends, family, or others in your organization. For large-scale events, we suggest forming a planning committee, as Southeastern Guide Dogs does for its annual Walkathon. Your planners or planning committee must be large enough to get the work done without overtaxing any one individual. The enthusiasm and dedication of the organizers is essential to the success of the event.
3. Brainstorm ideas to choose the “right” event or promotion.
The type of event or promotion chosen should fit the size, interests, talents, contacts, and time availability of the planning committee.
4. Identify your audience.
Understand who will most likely attend and support the type of event chosen. Generally the audience will be people who are connected to the planning committee, connected to Southeastern Guide Dogs or who have a strong interest in the type of event chosen.
5. Establish goals and time lines.
Be sure to plan a realistic financial goal and time line.
6. Plan a budget.
Raising money requires spending money, but to ensure a successful fundraiser keep costs down by getting as much of the needed items donated or paid for as possible. This is where the planning committee’s contacts are the most useful.
Budget Planning Worksheet
7. Collect the funds.
Southeastern Guide Dogs asks that all funds generated by your event be forwarded to Southeastern Guide Dogs finance department within 30 days of the event.
8. Say thank you!
Please be sure to acknowledge everyone who participated in or supported your fundraiser with a note, phone call, or special mention in an organization’s newsletter.
Request a Southeastern Guide Dogs Speaker
If your group is not hosting a fundraiser for Southeastern but is interested in requesting a speaker, please click here.