How to Fundraise on Behalf of the SAMS Foundation

Set a Fundraising Goal and a Deadline

First, choose a fundraising goal (dollar amount) that is realistic and inspires donors to help you reach it.  Choose a SAMS project you and your supporters are passionate about.  (Go to SAMS Donate page and you will see a pull-down menu for fund designations or projects.)

Choose your Platform or Venue

All in-person fundraising events are currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For help scheduling a virtual fundraising event, please visit Zoom Tutorials or set it up here.  At your virtual event, you can talk about why you support SAMS and share your Facebook Fundraiseror other online fundraiser (see below for help). For help setting up your fundraiser or to request a SAMS speaker for a virtual event, please email us at [email protected].  

Make a Plan Based on your Goal and Platform/Venue

If you hold an in-person event, enlist help from others early on.  Have your team share your event link/flyer on social media, by text message and phone.  When applicable, you may consider having entertainment, a motivational speaker or including a raffle. 

Create an online Fundraiser

Start your campaign with GoFundMe,Classy,Facebook, and Instagram. To create a Facebook Fundraiser, please visit Fundraise for SAMS. Facebook fundraisers are public, so anyone on or off Facebook can see them. Only people on Facebook can donate. Remember to post frequently, including your FB fundraising link. Use compelling photos with your posts and thank donors by tagging them. If your target audience does not use Facebook, consider using another platforms as described above.

Materials For Your Fundraiser Whether it is an in-person or online fundraiser, clear, high-resolution photos and videos have a dramatic effect on fundraising success.  For in-person events, make sure you have Audio Visuals (including a laptop) to show SAMS videos and or a power point presentation. Please visit SAMS YouTube Channel to access our recent videos. Please contact SAMS fundraising department at [email protected] or 866-809-9039, Ext. 1 if you need any assistance with materials, pledge forms or hand-outs. For online fundraisers, be sure to upload new photos or videos, share on social media and text your link to friends.  Adjust your fundraising goal and deadline as needed.   Add comments to your fundraiser so that your donors can see you are truly committed to SAMS’ life-saving mission.

Enlist Help and Create a Sense of Community

Make sure you engage your followers/attendees and have enough help to hold your event.  If you are hosting an in-person event, make sure you have pledge forms and other fundraising materials.  For assistance, please contact [email protected].  You will likely need help after the event, so enlist the help of volunteers. Keep everyone aware of your fundraiser through social media.  During the event, update them on the progress of your fundraiser and how your combined efforts made a difference. 

Follow-Up After the Event

Contact SAMS Fundraising (FR) Department at [email protected] or 866-809-9039, Ext. 1 to ensure that the donations you collected reach SAMS patients.  SAMS will ensure that all donors receive acknowledgement letters and tax receipts.  SAMS FR will also be happy to send Thank You letters to any volunteers who assisted you in this process.  

We thank you for your commitment to fundraising on behalf of innocent civilians affected by the Syrian crisis and beyond. Achieving this mission would not be possible without the help of generous supporters like yourself! Thank you!

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