Success Stories

Success Stories - c. The Women in Learning and Leadership

Member Stories

Get ideas and encouragement straight from other organizers!

Bikram Yoga NYC Cabaret Night

In June 2012, Bikram Yoga NYC organized a cabaret fundraising night and raised over $1,000 for MADRE! In addition to cabaret performances, the night featured a live auction where items such as jewelry, yoga classes, and massage certificates were auctioned off to the highest bidder. Thanks to Bikram Yoga NYC for a fun, successful night!

A Fundraising Birthday Party for Child Soldiers in Colombia

For her recent birthday, a MADRE supporter decided to host a birthday dinner for her friends and family. Instead of gifts, she asked each of her guests to bring a donation for Taller de Vida, MADRE’s partner organization in Colombia that works to rehabilitate former child soldiers. In one night, nearly $900 was raised for Taller de Vida. What an inspiring way to celebrate your birthday!

The Vagina Monologues production at The College of New Jersey - c. The Women in Learning and LeadershipThe Vagina Monologues Benefit

The Women in Learning and Leadership (W.I.L.L.) program at The College of New Jersey raised $3,500 for MADRE through their annual production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues. Nancy Sai, a former MADRE intern and member of the W.I.L.L. program, shared some of her thoughts on having MADRE as a beneficiary: “The Vagina Monologues is about unity, about hope and it is about standing up against the violence directed at women and children. As our beneficiary, I know MADRE will carry this message out in their advocacy and programs.”

A College Party for Women's Rights

Global Rights of Women, an activist group at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts, raised $1,047 for OWFI’s shelters through a party of approximately 200 attendees that featured a jazz band, DJ and food.

"It's Our Right!"

A student at E.O. Smith High School in Storrs, Connecticut raised $325 for MADRE by hosting a coffeehouse event called “It’s Our Right!” and selling t-shirts at the event.

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Tips for Success:

If you’re strapped for cash but still want to throw a great event, try tapping into these resources:

Student Government:

Persuade your student government to rally around your group.

Seek out sponsors:

Sometimes companies will donate products for fundraisers. Reach out to local and national companies and see what your options are. You can also ask for donations of food and supplies from local small businesses like supermarkets, bakeries and party supply stores in exchange for acknowledgement of their business in a pamphlet or event flyer. You might be surprised to find how generous some businesses can be!

Your current network can be a valuable asset:

Don’t forget to approach your friends, faculty and other student groups who may have resources to donate!

And don’t forget to always, always publicize:

The more people that know about your event the more awareness and money your group can raise!  Think about taking out ads in your city or university’s newspaper, creating events and message blasts through your social networking sites, chalking campus sidewalks, creating banners for student unions, putting ads on the side of city or university buses, setting up event information tables at dining halls, or posting flyers in coffee shops, dorms, community or religious centers.

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