Fundraisers don’t always have to be meant for personal use. You could spend time as an organization raising money for a noteworthy charity that you care about. There are literally thousands of charities to choose from, but some of them are more well-known than others. The ones listed below are some of the most popular charities around nowadays, but feel free to explore local opportunities if you would prefer helping people directly in the community. Here are a few charitable organizations you may aspire to raise money for after your online courses.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is an organization that builds homes for worthy families that may not be able to buy a house on their own. The organization used to give these homes away for free to those in need, but the crash in the economy limited their abilities to do that. Now they offer the homes at low prices for qualified families so they can still get a place of their own in time.
Your organization could raise money for Habitat for Humanity, but that is not the only way you can help out. You could donate some time to helping on a new build in your area, or you could donate furniture and building materials that they could sell or use in new homes. My high school Key Club worked with Habitat for Humanity a lot, and I would spend every weekend there painting, laying concrete, giving out food to the workers, and doing whatever I could to help out. I even got the chance to design the sign for the side of the main office, which I later painted on the wall along with a friend of mine. Needless to say, this charity is near and dear to my heart.
Ronald McDonald House
The Ronald McDonald House Charities help families with children in the hospital for extended periods of time. The charity is designed to provide stability for families in need during the toughest times imaginable. They do this by providing affordable or free housing for parents who must go to a different city for their children’s hospital treatments. They also offer food and emotional support for these families as their children get better.
I have personally visited one of the Ronald McDonald Houses, and I’ve spoken with the family members who need the help from the charity. They’re people just like you and me who have terrible circumstances facing their children’s health. During my short time there, I heard about everything from fatal illnesses to severe birth defects, and I couldn’t help but sympathize for these families. You may feel the same way.
Your group could donate soda can tabs to the charity, which they will use for money by melting it into scrap metal. You could also donate time to one of the houses or money to help them support families in your area. That is up to you.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Yet another charity that I have personally worked with is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This hospital is devoted to treating children with cancer, and it has a large team of researchers aiming to find the cure for cancer. Your group could do something as simple as sending out flyers asking for people to donate money to St. Jude, or you could hold a whole fundraiser in its honor. You’d be amazed by how many people will donate money because of the name of the charity alone. The support is out there. You just have to gather it and channel it to the right place.
Do some research about charities your organization may want to spend time fundraising for, and then make a plan to get the best results possible. With a little effort, you could make a huge difference in someone else’s life.