Start a Facebook Fundraiser
Are you interested in serving children in need and making an impact in Chicagoland? Join other local volunteers in organizing a fundraiser for Blessings in a Backpack.
$130 will help us feed an elementary school child in the Blessings in a Backpack program for an entire 38-week school year. The number of children we are able to feed is limited only by the financial support we are able to secure.
For creative and simple fundraising ideas, click here.
There are two ways to get started:
1. Login to your Facebook account and go to facebook.com/fund/BlessingsinaBackpack
2. Login to your Facebook account and go to facebook.com/BlessingsinaBackpack. Click the ‘Create Fundraiser’ button located underneath the cover photo.
Note: for tax purposes, you MUST use this Facebook page, Blessings in a Backpack’s national Facebook page, even if you’re raising money for the Chicago Chapter.
3. Fill in the blanks, including the Goal Amount and the End Date for your fundraiser. Most people can raise $200. Consider making your goal $500 if you have more than a couple hundred Facebook friends.
4. Click ‘Next’ and create your fundraiser title. Be sure to include Chicago in the title. For example, “Buddy’s fundraiser for Blessings in a Backpack at Backpack Elementary School in Chicago.” The following section allows you to tell your friends why you chose Blessings. For example, “Blessings in a Backpack’s mission is important to me because…”
5. Again, click ‘Next’ and choose a photo. You can select an image from the Blessings image library on Facebook or upload your own photo, maybe from a packing event you attended or a time you volunteered for a local program.
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6. Now you will invite your Facebook friends to the fundraiser. Facebook will automatically direct you to this screen. Click ‘Invite’ next to your friend’s name will tell them that you created a fundraiser.
7. You can return to your fundraising page and share the fundraiser to your timeline by clicking the ‘Share’ button.
You and Blessings in a Backpack will be notified when people donate to your fundraiser. Facebook will provide a tax receipt to all donors acknowledging their generosity and support of Blessings in a Backpack.