When you see a family in need, you might feel helpless when you realize that you can't single-handedly change their financial situation. While you may not have the means to donate money, you can donate your time and resources to help raise money for a family in need. By enlisting other friends, using interesting fundraising and charity activities, and keeping impeccable records, you can raise money for a family and give of your time and effort to better their situation.
Organize a charity event or benefit where volunteers offer their talents to benefit the family in need. Ask around your community for musical, acting, comedic or otherwise artistic talent, and have a community show. Charge a minimal fee for entrance, and give all of the money to the family in need. You can tell others about the family without using the family's name, in case the community event is embarrassing for them.
Ask a home salesperson for a company like Tupperware, Mary Kay, Avon, or Pampered Chef to come and do an event in your home, suggests Family Education. Offer to donate all of your hosting benefits to the family if the salesperson will donate her commission. It's a good way to get members of the community together, working toward a common cause and still enjoying a good time with interesting products.
Ask for donations in a discreet way. You may want to withhold the name of the family, or just offer the circumstances of their misfortune. For instance, if the family is experiencing medical problems, you could relay the information about the medical circumstances to those interested in donating money, without giving the names of the family involved. Ask your family members, friends and other members of the community if they're interested in donating money.
Ask a local grocery store if you can set out plastic canisters for donations at the check stands to benefit the family as well. It gives those who don't know the family a chance to read about their need and donate the change from their purchase in an anonymous way.
Set up a dedicated PayPal address for the fundraising efforts, and allow those who don't live near you to send small donations in a secure way. A group of friends on the Internet could each donate a small amount into the PayPal account, and you could then give the family a prepaid PayPal card from the account or withdraw the money using a debit card to give the family cash. It's a good way to involve those who don't live nearby in your fundraising efforts.
Keep meticulous records when you receive donations. Fundraising efforts are tax-deductible, notes the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Keep receipts, and record all of the donations. Then, make sure you record when you gave the money to the family so any donors know that the money is being treated in a fair and honest way.