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09.09.2020

Putting the FUN in Fundraising

By Spencer Sheridan, Senior Event Coordinator

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The last few months have left me yearning for connection with others and simultaneously feeling like I need to lean in to support my community a little bit more. Our series of #FUNdraiserFriday social media posts came from the desire to provide an avenue to address both of those needs. 

We’ve already had many community partners reach out to let us know about their creative ways to connect and fundraise. We look forward to hearing from many more! 

Has your kitchen turned into a bakery? Why not make your signature sourdough, banana bread or cookies and offer them to your friends in exchange for a donation to Treehouse?

Treehouse Ambassador Board (TAB) Member Liz Klein hosted a bake sale. 

“In trying to come up with a way to raise money for Treehouse in these unprecedented times, I figured my best outlet would be to utilize my social media networks and a skill set that most of those people already knew I excelled at,” Liz said. From there, I established a virtual bake sale, offering a few pre-selected varieties of cookies for $25 a dozen. I found people that I had not spoken to in years eager to participate and individuals wanting to contribute more than just the cost I was charging.”

Audrey Broderhausen raised more than $1,000 with her bake sale! 

“I follow Treehouse on Instagram and saw the idea of having an online bake sale. I love to bake and love Treehouse, so thought I’d give it a try,” Audrey said.


Celebrate your birthday social-distance style by collecting donations for Treehouse in lieu of gifts. 

Kristin Hall decided to raise money for three nonprofits to celebrate her 50th birthday. She chose Treehouse as one of them and set a goal to raise $200 for us. She raised $300! 

“Most important to me was to give attention to who was doing this needed work,” Kristin said. “I am firm believer that we can’t solve anything alone. However, we can solve everything together. Partnering with Treehouse clearly aligns with those beliefs.” 

Engage with your friends around issues that affect youth in foster care by setting up a group to read “To the End of June” by Cris Beam or “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson (or select any other book). Encourage friends to make a small donation every time the group meets. 

TAB Executive Chair Jeff Boyer decided to read “To the End of June” with a group of friends, and they met to talk about what stood out to them and how they can positively impact youth in foster care in their community. 

Jeff set up a donation page on our website and encouraged his fellow readers to donate. He sent them this message: “Please join me in supporting Treehouse and the work being done to help youth in foster care in Washington state! I will be matching the first $600 given, so don’t delay in making a double impact today. <3” 

Challenge your friends to a fitness competition such as doing 100 squats per day. Any day that you don’t reach the total, donate $10 to Treehouse. Or start a running/hiking club and donate $1 for every mile you and your friends run/hike in a month. 

Our friends at Pilates on 10th donated a portion of the proceeds from a pop-up class they held to Treehouse, while Megan Malinoski hosted a live gentle yoga class through Instagram and turned it into a fundraiser. 

Do you miss grabbing a drink with your friends after work? Move your happy hour online, and we’ll provide you with the instructions for how to make a Treehouse-themed cocktail and mocktail. Set a ticket price for your event or ask your friends to make a contribution that is meaningful to them.

We teamed up with Copperworks Distilling to create a couple Treehouse themed drinks. TAB Member Allison Lombardo engaged her co-workers in a virtual happy hour, taught them to make a Treehouse Gimlet and then had a Treehouse representative talk to her friends about the work that we do with youth in foster care. 

Get Involved 

If you’re inspired by any of these virtual FUNdraiser ideas or have an idea of your own, you can create a Treehouse fundraising page at engage.treehouseforkids.org/ExtInt20.

Please tag us on FacebookInstagramTwitter or LinkedIn if you host a Treehouse FUNdraiser, and we might feature you on our social media.

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About the Author

Spencer Sheridan is the Senior Event Coordinator for Treehouse. He is passionate about engaging community partners to support youth in foster care. Contact Spencer at events@treehouseforkids.org if you are interested in hosting an event to benefit Treehouse.


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