Residents of Colorado might feel bleak due to the recent flooding tragedy that struck the state, but they can at least breathe a little easier now that the last six of the missing Coloradans have been found alive and well.
While this is good news, there is still a lot of work to be done before they can recover from the disastrous flooding that ravaged the state. In the aftermath of such disasters, millions of dollars are needed not just to rebuild infrastructure but also to help people get back on their feet. Fortunately, there are many ways you can raise money to help the Coloradans.
If you’re a professional, you can build an affinity group composed of people from your network by hosting gatherings or mixers to raise funds. If you specialize in a certain trade, like pastry-making for example, you can offer to train people for a fee and donate the proceeds to charity. Anyone can help—even teenagers. If you’re a teenager who loves gaming, you can organize an Xbox or Wii game competition where your friends pay a fee to enter, then challenge each other for high scores and bragging rights. All fees can then be donated to help the victims of the floods.
Online stores can also support advocacies, as proven by the eBay Giving Works program, one of the most unique nonprofit fundraising ideas for charity. Under the program merchandisers sell products for the benefit of nonprofits, such as the American Red Cross, by allocating 10% to 100% of the sale price towards the chosen charity. Shoppers can also donate directly to their chosen nonprofit. Both options support nonprofit groups and causes
Natural disasters like floods or earthquakes are inevitable realities. However, it’s good to know that people can always help through the latest trends in nonprofit fundraising ideas, such as fundraiser mixers or the eBay Giving Works program.
(From: 6 more people found alive, well after Colo. floods, U.S. News & World Report, September 24, 2013)