Any person or group is eligible to fundraise for us! The type of event or campaign is entirely up to you. See fundraising ideas listed under our guidelines below.
Where to start? It’s easy!
Contact Us: Begin by contacting Hannah Litfin, our Development and Events Coordinator, at 763-222-8916; or, if you already know the details of your event, complete our Fundraising Submission Form. Upon receipt, Hannah will contact you with any questions.
Approval: All events that include the use of Loaves and Fishes’ name and/or logo must be approved in advance by our staff (both parties will sign an External Fundraising Letter of Agreement) ensuring that we are fully informed about your event.
Promotions & Support: We may utilize our resources to promote your event, as applicable, including social media posts, e-blasts, posters, and thank you notes to donors.
Loaves and Fishes’ Guidelines for Third-Party Fundraising Events
By nature, the event should raise financial resources for Loaves and Fishes. Loaves and Fishes gladly accepts any and all donation amounts. We appreciate monetary proceeds within 45 days of the fundraising event or campaign.
The event should generate positive media exposure. Applications for fundraising activities should align with our mission.
All publicity materials must be approved by Loaves and Fishes prior to distribution and should not indicate that Loaves and Fishes is sponsoring or co-sponsoring the event. Loaves and Fishes is only the beneficiary.
Explicitly inform the public how Loaves and Fishes will benefit from the fundraising event. For example, if Loaves and Fishes is only receiving a percentage of the proceeds, this should be stated clearly in publicity materials.
Due to limited resources, Loaves and Fishes staff and/or volunteer participation in an event cannot be guaranteed. This is determined on a case-by-case basis and is typically based on revenue and media exposure. See our Event Support Guidelines below for more information.
Please read and sign the External Fundraising Letter of Agreement.
Things we cannot do:
Share Loaves and Fishes mailing lists and/or donor lists.
Provide funding or reimbursement for event expenses.
Provide insurance coverage.
Provide licensing and permits.
Loaves and Fishes Event Support Guidelines
The amount of logistical support that Loaves and Fishes provides differs based on expected revenue and degree of media exposure.
Once approved by Loaves and Fishes staff, all events are eligible for:
Loaves and Fishes logo usage
Promotion of the event on the Loaves and Fishes website and social media outlets (as appropriate)
Donor thank you notes
Events raising $10,000-$25,000 are eligible for:
All of the above
Loaves and Fishes staff assistance
Events raising $25,000 or greater are eligible for:
All of the above
Executive staff member presence at the event
*Conditions of Volunteer Participation:
Volunteer presence is never guaranteed. The need is determined on a case-by-case basis and availability of volunteers. Loaves and Fishes requires a 30-day notice for volunteers. The volunteer experience should be appropriate and worthwhile.
Penny Wars: Find large glass jars and place them in a common area. Have a competition to see what group can get the most points. Pennies are positive points, silver and dollars are negative points to be put in opposing group’s jars. Or see who can fill up their jars with pennies first.
Aspiring Chef: Organize the aspiring chefs in your office to cook a special lunch. Charge your co-workers a suggested donation to eat lunch. Add to this by having individuals vote for the best dish: $1 = 1 vote.
Competitions: Create competitions between groups (shifts, departments, floors, grades) to see who will collect the most money or goods. Groups compete for prizes or bragging rights.
Host a Raffle\Provide Incentives: Identify items to be raffled off within your business. Sell raffle tickets for a predetermined time and amount. Items can be donated by local business. Many employees may be willing to donate prizes for raffles or incentives. Raffle items do not have to cost money. You may consider a special parking place, longer lunch breaks, half day Friday, dinner with top executive, job swap for a day. Instead of a raffle, these items may be used as incentives for those who contribute. Other examples of prizes might include movie tickets, movie rentals, or gift certificates.
Hold a Thank You Celebration: To celebrate the success of the campaign, hold an event such as an ice cream social or pizza party to announce the results of the food drive and congratulate winners of internal competitions.
Casual Days: Pay money to wear jeans to the office.
Partner with Restaurant or Store: Contact a business in your area to reserve a day in which a percentage of profits benefit Loaves and Fishes. Promote the day, then attend with your friends and family! Many restaurants offer dedicated hours or days for nonprofits, including: Davanni’s, Applebee’s, Panda Express, and Panera. Ask the manager at your favorite restaurant!
Throw a Party with a Purpose: Gather your friends and family for a get-together and ask them to bring a donation for Loaves and Fishes.
Host/Participate in an Active Event: Golf tournaments, 5K runs, motorcycle rallies, basketball tournaments…the sky is the limit!
Host a Community Meal: Pancake breakfasts, soup meals, and bake sales are a great way for people to gather and learn about hunger in their community. Invite a speaker to talk about a time when they might have experienced hunger.
Special Activities at Sporting Events: Food sales, special collections, etc.
Want to set up an online fundraiser?
It’s easy when you use GiveMN or your personal Facebook page.
Register or login in to use GiveMN’s “Fundraise” resources from Loaves and Fishes’ GiveMN page.
Setup an online fundraiser from your personal Facebook page. Select the correct Loaves & Fishes (@loavesandfishesmn) and then choose: 1) the amount of money you want to raise; 2) the end date for your fundraiser; 3) a title and description. When you click “create” your friends will see the fundraiser in their News Feed and receive a notification letting them know you’re raising money for a worthy cause. Note: Fundraisers are public, so anyone on or off Facebook can see them, but only people on Facebook can donate to them.
Samples of Supporters’ Past Fundraisers
Pint Night at Unmapped Brewing Co.
Community Brewery Crawl with 612BREW
Free Meal & Clothing Event at Easter Lutheran Church
Workout and Social Hour at Fly Feet Running
Empty the Nest: 22% of sales donated October 22, 2016
The 2014 Deephaven Elementary group: donated their school store’s earnings to Loaves and Fishes.
Element Pizza in Minneapolis: donated 10% of their sales from February 10, 2016 to Loaves and Fishes
Pharmacie: donated 10% of their sales to Loaves and Fishes during the weekend after Thanksgiving Day