Challenges of Fundraising
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Challenges of Fundraising

Charities need more help than people realize. Being there are a limitless number of them in existence making a difference that the general public has not even heard of it amazes me how so many charities still manage to do so much.

Fundraising is never an easy feat. There is always something going on that is very important and needs funding to support research or other issues such as emergency supplies. For every natural disaster multiple fundraising agencies get involved as do regular everyday companies and people from the private sectors.

We also have continued fundraising efforts for disease research such as cancers of all kinds, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, autism, and the list seems limitless. The list really is limitless. For every major research foundation there are hundreds to thousands of private fundraisers set up for individuals in need. The sad fact of the matter is that not all in need get the same attention. Where some people get fundraisers started in their names in order to pay bills or raise money for other support needs, many just go through the natural healing process expected by doctors without special attention or fundraisers to pay the bills. There are good sides to a fundraising program and bad sides as well.

The American Red Cross, ( has options for people to donate blood, money, and even volunteer. They take part in events all over the world and often extinguish valuable resources very fast. This is why it is so very important to always do what you can for fundraisers you know are making a difference. Charities such as the American Red Cross are so active all over the world that they require constant donations of all kinds in order for them to be able to help those in need. This is one down side to always helping so many in need. You run out of resources very fast.

Some fundraisers are designated for specific locations or projects. Charities well known for this such as Child Fund International or the Christian Children’s Fund specialize in taking care of foreign children who need food, shelter, medicine, and more. All charities no matter their cause make a difference. Whether big or little, they do good to some degree. No matter what you have heard or read, even the charities that pocket some of the donations still make a difference. The Christian Children’s Fund is one agency that prides itself on not doing that. They are known to use the highest percentage of funds donated towards fulfilling their cause.

A foundation that I am very familiar with is the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Having experienced childhood cancer myself, I saw firsthand what this charity does for children specifically. Terminal children and those in remission alike are taken on ventures all over the world such as going to Disney Land, Universal Studios, and Knott’s Berry Farm. When I was 12 I was taken to all three. They even sent me birthday presents every year for several years. The Make-A-Wish Foundation does more than spoil ill children. Find out for yourself by visiting their website at

Some people even start their own charities or causes to support specific charities. I founded “Write for a cause.” It supports the American Cancer Society, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Doernbecker Children’s Hospital, and Generation Rescue which supports autism research. All of these charities are dear to me for what they have done for me and the autism research became important more so than ever when my wife and I were told our son has autism.

With so many charities and limited resources to give people often can’t decide which charity is more in need. Consider the fact that for every charity you know exists, there are at least fifty or more charities in your area alone that you don’t know about. That I believe is the biggest issue for charities, the lack of resources and or knowledge of the charity’s existence. Another down side of organizations such as the Christian Children’s Fund is that you choose a child to sponsor. So if you base it all on the picture and information given to you then it is like playing favorites. It should be done more for who is in need but that just isn’t how the world does things.

The American Red Cross has a minimum donation amount of $10 if you plan on donating cash rather than blood or time. The Christian Children’s Fund requests a mere $28 per month which will go towards the child that you choose to sponsor. The Make-A-Wish Foundation has many ways they help. You can refer a child, volunteer, and more. If you donate money then you choose $30, $60, $115, or other which allows you to fill in any amount. Charities are very important and they all make a difference.

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Article by Kevin C Davison

“I write to entertain, and for a cause.”

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