Friendraiser Toolkit

Overview:

 

What is a “friendraiser”?

 

A friendraiser is a small event where you personally introduce your friends, family, and loved ones to Envision:You and share why our organization is important to you. Through your efforts we hope your friends will choose to become supporters of Envision:You. While we encourage you to consider this a fundraiser, raising money for Envision:You is not the ultimate goal of your event. The objective is to educate your attendees about the transformational work of Envision:You. 

 

Envision:You staff will be there to support your event and deliver a short presentation to your guests.

 

How will this toolkit help me?

 

This toolkit is designed to help you conveniently plan your friendraiser. From creative ideas for your event to organizing and planning, this guide will aid you in having a successful friendraiser on behalf of Envision:You. 

 

How do I get started?

 

Friendraisers can be easily held in your own home with 5-10 guests.  Consider hosting a cocktail party or a small dinner party or you can have the gathering at a different venue. We can help you brainstorm a theme if that is appealing to you and will help attract people to your event. We want this to be fun for you and your guests.

 

How can Envision:You help me?

 

An Envision:You team member will be at your event to share a short presentation and provide you with support. Please contact Erika Nelson, Director of Development, to start planning your friendraiser.

 

Contact:

Erika Nelson

erika.nelson@envision-you.org 

303-854-7252 

Invitations: 

Below is a sample option of an email invitation to send out to your guests. 

 

Subject: Please join me!

 

Hello,

 

I hope this finds you well! I would like to personally invite you to a dinner party/cocktail party I am/we are hosting in my/our home to benefit the nonprofit organization, Envision:You. 

 

Envision:You is the only statewide nonprofit organization solely dedicated to improving behavioral health outcomes for LGBTQ+ Coloradans living with mental health concerns and substance use disorders. I want to share why this organization is so important to me/us and why it is so impactful to our community.

 

I look forward to hearing from you and I hope to see you for dinner!

 

Evening Dinner Party to benefit 

Envision:You 

Your address here

Date and Time here

Please RSVP by: 

(123)-456-7890 or email address here

If you can’t attend, please consider donating online here. If you would like to learn more about Envision:You prior to the event you can visit their website: Envision:You 

 

Warmest regards,

Your name

 

Social Media: 

Posting to social media about your friendraiser? Let us help you with that! Whether it's informing your followers about your upcoming gathering or wanting to say thanks, we can help you save another step in your planning process. 

 

You can create your own personal fundraiser for Envision:You to share with your friends and followers on social media via Instagram or Facebook. This will enable you to collect donations from your friends and family on behalf of Envision:You using our social media toolkit. 

Tag us on Instagram and Facebook! IG: @envisionyouco FB: @Envision:You 

Use a hashtag! Here are a few great options for hashtags to add to your post!

#LQBTQ # mentalhealth # nonprofit #LGBTQRights #queeradvocacy #fundraising #giveback #mentalhealthawareness

Caption ideas:

  • Share why Envision:You is important to you.

  • Spread awareness about Envision:You and your event.

  • Highlight Envision:You’s uniqueness: “Envision:You is the only statewide nonprofit organization solely dedicated to improving behavioral health outcomes for LGBTQ+ Coloradans living with mental health concerns and substance use disorders."

 

Logo Usage:

 

We will provide you with the correct logo to use.