NODCC volunteers raise a significant portion of the cost of the Disorders of the Corpus Callosum Conference each year, in order to keep registration costs affordable for attendees. Your fundraising on behalf of the NODCC is a wonderful gift to the organization and we appreciate your desire and contribution to forward the mission of the NODCC, which is to enhance the lives of those individuals and families living with a disorder of the corpus callosum. We would not be able to sustain the organization’s endeavors without your support!

Fundraising is also a great way to help finance your family’s attendance at the annual Disorders of the Corpus Callosum Conference. The people who are interested in you and your child’s future will appreciate your desire to receive the educational information and the many other benefits this venue offers and will financially support you.

In our Conference Financial Support Section, you will also find information provided by parents regarding public funding to attend a NODCC conference.

NODCC Fundraising Ideas

When it comes to fundraising, there are lots of ideas and the more creative and personalized you make your fundraiser help you get started.

Private Donations ­ ask everyone you know for financial support­ family, friends, your children’s school, local businesses and stores, public service groups, local gyms and sports clubs, Rotary Club, Lions Club and other community organizations. Are your colleagues at work willing to give donations? Ask everyone who donates on your behalf if their company has an employee matching gift program. Many of our conference attendees are sponsored their churches or receive individual sponsorship donations from their church’s members.

Community Presentations ­ Making presentations to public service groups, the Chamber of Commerce, and other community organizations are ideal places to generate conference sponsorship funds. The best way to approach public and private organizations is to write to the organization asking if you would be able to present your appeal at an upcoming meeting. Once you have secured an invitation, prepare a 15­minute presentation about your child’s disorder, explain why you would appreciate the organization’s support to attend the DCC Conference and allow for a question/answer period.

Garage or Yard Sale ­ gather donated used items from your family, friends and neighbors. Hold a sale at your house or ask your church or community to sponsor a sale on your family’s behalf. We have one family who raised $500 on behalf of the NODCC this year! Another family’s neighbors annually sponsor a neighborhood yard sale and the proceeds are donated to this family to help pay for their conference travel, lodging and meals ­ what wonderful neighbors!

Pampered Chef, Tupperware, Avon, Other Home Parties ­ ask your local party planner if his/her company will donate a percentage of your party sales to the NODCC.

A­Thons ­ are a fun way to raise money. Encourage your hair or nail salon to sponsor a Cut­a-Thon or Manicure­a­Thon on your behalf. Ask a local gym to sponsor a one day Sit­Up­a­Thon, Push­Up­a­Thon or a Run­Laps­a­Thon among its members. Have a Bowl­a­Thon at your neighborhood bowling alley with supporters pledging money for strikes or per pin played.

Bag Groceries ­ ask your local grocery store to sponsor a special day where you and your friends bag and carry groceries to customers’ cars for tip money. We have a family who does this every year to help pay for their trip to the conference ­ what a great idea!

Sell Your Personal Services ­ tell your friends, family, church and community members that you are prepared to do odd jobs for them in return for donations throughout the year (driving carpools, cleaning houses or garages, babysitting, grocery shopping, cooking special dinners). Gift wrapping is a great and simple way to raise funds during the Christmas season. Many people will welcome your time­saving service. Approach your family and friends and/or contact local businesses and ask if you can set up your wrapping table in their store. If you are a first- time wrapper get someone with wrapping expertise to either train you or help you wrap. The sky’s the limit when it comes to your very special talents!

Alma Mater Support ­ Your former high school or college may want to promote your cause at a school assembly. The alma mater could involve students in a fundraising project such as a day where everyone donates money to your NODCC Program Fund and gets to dress according to a

“special dress” day theme such as:

Vest Day ­ Everyone wears some type of vest
Dress Up or Down Day ­ Relaxed dress code or everyone dresses in formal wear (gowns and tuxedos or suits)
Color Day ­ Everyone dresses in the same color
Letter Day ­ Costume starts with a certain letter (e.g. on “c” day cat, cowboy, etc.)

This is also a great way to involve the company where you work in a fundraising event to support the NODCC or to send your family to the annual conference.

Bake Sales ­ set up a sales booth at your children’s school, at your church or at special community events and have your family and friendsdonate baked goods in support of the NODCC. Add a “cake walk” to this fun event to earn additional dollars!

Carwashes ­ have been proven to be a fund­raising winner. Ask a local gas station to donate space on his property for your event, get plenty of enthusiastic volunteers to help wash and vacuum, and a few good “hawkers” to stand on the street with advertising signs. You can even “pre­sell” tickets or offer to come to a patron’s home to do a special car detail at a later date. Ask your local auto supply store to donate cleaning products for your car wash in exchange for advertising at your event.

Themed Parties ­ a special party for your family, friends, neighbors, colleagues (e.g. Tropical, Egyptian, Pajama). Ask each guest to come dressed appropriately and to bring a donation to help pay for your trip to the NODCC Conference. You may also want to ask everyone to bring a “potluck” dish that fits your party theme.

Games Day ­ This is a fundraising activity for the whole community with all participants and spectators donating to your NODCC Fundraising Program. Take the most popular sports in your area and tinker with the rules so all can join in, the young, the old, the fit, the unfit anyone and everyone. For instance you could play soccer or hockey with a beach ball or pumpkin. Have a broom throwing competition. Play a ball sport, not baseball, with a boiled egg instead of the real ball or play basketball with one hand tied behind the backs of all participants. Instead of a tug-of­war have a push­of­war. Alternatively invent some games of your own, it doesn’t matter how strange or weird, actually in some cases the stranger the better. Canvass local businesses for their support and participation. You don’t have to spend a fortune on trophies for the winners. Put some thought into having unusual trophies for the winners of unusual events. Trophies can range from a red rose to a donated dinner from a local restaurant sponsor.

Crazy Heads ­ Shaving hair from heads and faces has been used very successfully all round the world to raise funds. Taxi drivers to police officers have donated their heads for worthwhile causes. The way it works is those donating their heads or faces ask others to sponsor them being shaved or otherwise mistreated. Apart from shaving, dying the hair green or blue is another great option. Donations are collected at time of the hair loss or coloring event.

Please contact our Central Office if you would like NODCC brochures to distribute at your event or need donation receipts and/or thank you notes from the organization. And, do let us know if you have a successful fundraising idea you would like to share with other families.

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