Let us help you put the “fun” in your fundraising.
Thank you for your interest in supporting Southeastern Guide Dogs. We provide all of our premier dogs and lifetime follow-up services at no cost because of generous donors and volunteers like you.
Host your own event.
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 raising awareness and support to help fund our programs.
Let us know so we can help.
We have a few guidelines which you can find linked below. After you register your event with us, we’ll provide a link to a toolkit with access to a flyer template (pictured here), photos, and videos that you can use to promote your event.
Apply to host your own event.
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 procedures and guidelines linked here:
2. Register your event here:
How We Can Help
Approved fundraisers will receive an online DIY Fundraising Tool Kit, which includes the following items:
- Southeastern Guide Dogs logos
- Fundraising flyer templates
- Access to a library of photos and videos
- Fact sheet about Southeastern Guide Dogs
- Contact information for their assigned staff member for support
If you have any questions regarding our policies and third-party fundraising registration, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Helpful Tips and Budget Planning Worksheet
1. Tell us about your event!
We want to know all about your event and help to support you to be successful. Complete the event application before initiating your event. A DIY 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 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, are connected to Southeastern Guide Dogs, or have a strong interest in the type of event chosen.
5. Establish goals and timelines.
Be sure to plan a realistic financial goal and timeline.
6. Plan a budget.
Raising money requires spending money, but to ensure a successful fundraiser, keep costs down by getting as many of the needed items donated or paid for as possible. This is where the planning committee’s contacts are the most useful. Here, you can download an Excel 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.