Great ideas for raising money in your community for JMML research
The JMML Foundation needs your help to raise funds for research to
curethis terrible disease as well as to support families of children
JMML. Many people think fundraising involves only
large-scale organization-based events, but you'd be surprised at how
much money can be raised by individuals, with minimal
effort. There are many things you can do in your
own communities, or even in your own homes, that can bring us one step
closer to finding a cure for JMML.
Save your Pennies
Kelly and John Ranney,
parents of Griffin, completed a run in their Florida hometown in March
2007, and raised more than $17,000 for The JMML Foundation.
When their son was diagnosed with JMML, they spread the word to everyone
they knew in their community, including their church, school, country
club, and Rotary Club. They saw an opportunity to participate in a local
run, and decided to run the race on behalf of The JMML Foundation. They
sent an e-mail "blast" to friends and acquaintances, letting them know
about the run and asking for donations in support of The JMML
Foundation. They explained in their donation request e-mail that the
money would go directly towards finding a cure for this disease and
supporting the families of JMML kids.
Kelly and John's personal expenses were minimal: the entry fees for the
race, new running shoes, and the time involved in training. They also
made t-shirts displaying the JMML logo that they wore during the race.
Kelly believes they received so many donations because of their initial
efforts to spread the word about their son’s disease. Their formula for
success is a good model. When they ask for donations, they tell their
story and set a goal for what they want to raise, and people have
responded with amazing generosity
Wayland Union Middle School in Wayland, Michigan, sent The JMML
Foundation a surprise gift of over $825 in April 2007, which was raised
in just one week. They conducted a creative, fun and simple charity
event called “Penny Wars.”
The students were asked to bring in as many pennies as they could to
their homeroom classes. Each morning for a short period of
time, the students would go around and “bomb” other
homeroom classes, meaning they would drop anything from a silver coin,
to dollar bills, to checks in the jars of other homerooms.
Each “bomb” would deduct points from the pennies
brought in that day by that homeroom class. At the
end of each day, the students would tally the scores for each homeroom
and the classes with the most total points and most pennies would earn
prizes such as candy or other treats. The school voted to
send all of its earnings to The JMML Foundation.
Host a Party
Niki Daubach, the mother of a JMML long-term survivor, agreed to host a
Silpada Jewelry Designs party in her home and raised $484 for the JMML
This isn’t the type of thing Niki would normally do, but
recently she had been trying to come up with fundraising ideas, and her
friend, who represented Silpada, agreed to donate 75 percent of her
profits! She said that after seeing first-hand what
Niki’s son and her family had been through, donating the
money was a great idea.
Niki provided desserts and drinks for her friends to enjoy (costing her
approximately $30) while they "shopped" for jewelry. She
thought it was a great way to enjoy the company of her friends, in a
"girls-night-out" type atmosphere, while also raising money for The
JMML Foundation. She felt that most of her friends probably
didn’t really need more jewelry, but found it hard to resist
ordering at least something in order to try and help out a good cause.
She is now considering making it an annual party and perhaps even
hosting at a local restaurant to accommodate more people. Everyone
seemed to enjoy themselves, and considering the timing in early
December, it also served as a great way for her friends to find perfect
gifts for the holidays.
Here are a few ideas about how you can raise money for the JMML
Foundation in your own hometown:
- Ask donors to sponsor you in a marathon, 5K run, bike ride,
- Host a Pampered Chef, Tupperware, Southern Living, jewelry,
etc party in your home
- Sell bracelets that say JMML Foundation, or even bear a
JMML child’s name
- Organize tennis, bowling, putt-putt tournaments in your
- EASY idea: Ask a local restaurant to donate a
portion of its proceeds to The JMML Foundation from all meals purchased
on a specific night
- Sell Grocery Scrip on behalf of The JMML Foundation
- Sell Christmas cards with pictures drawn by JMML kids
- EASY idea: Penny collection at schools
(see success story for more info)
- You or a friend create jewelry or other crafts for sale at
craft fairs, home shows, through your church, etc.
Feel free to be creative and let us know if you have other ideas!
Support from The JMML
The JMML Foundation will support your efforts, providing
that the JMML Foundation Fundraising Guidelines
- The Foundation will provide the official JMML
Foundation logo and letterhead for your use upon request for such
things as personal letters asking for donations, t-shirts, and other
items used in your event.
- The Foundation will provide receipts for any donation over
$250 if you submit the name and address of the donor, and receipts for
all other donations upon