From the Associates Council: Friendraising Starts with Midnight in Paris

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When you watch Midnight in Paris, you watch the fantastic minds that defined modernism, hanging out in Gertrude Stein’s Paris apartment, creating culture that would impact generations to come. It’s a great reminder of the power of collaborating with impressive & inspiring people. And that’s what we are excited to do at our fall event – bring together awesome New Yorkers to show them the impact we can make together through The Children’s Aid Society.

Our goal at this event is to friendraise – in other words, to get people as excited as we are about The Children’s Aid Society. We’re looking for people who will partner with Children’s Aid to help grow and strengthen their amazing programs.  

As we get closer to the event, we wanted to share some tips on how you can help us friendraise this fall:

Share what excites you the most about The Children’s Aid Society. People will give their time and money to organizations they know and trust. There are so many great charities out there – why choose Children’s Aid? Think about key experiences you’ve had that will influence others to participate.

Show your friends the impact their gift will have. People are more interested in giving when they understand where the resources are going. This year, the Associates Council is raising money for the Go!Healthy program, an initiative that follows children from early childhood through adolescence and beyond, educating them about wellness, nutrition and healthy cooking. Kids who have gone through the program are more likely to choose an apple over candy as a snack and are more open to trying new foods at home. In addition to education, Go!Healthy provides healthy meals to approximately 1,500 children a day. Read more about their programs here.

Offer up multiple ways to get involved. People want to see that they can get involved and influence the organization, not just be a distant donor, but they may be afraid to make a large commitment upfront. An entry-level donation or volunteer experience will help people take that first step with Children’s Aid. Check out volunteer opportunities or learn more about joining the Associates Council.

So invite your friends to take the first step with The Children’s Aid Society by joining us on November 20th for Midnight in Paris – Associates Council style.

-- Stephanie Danzi, Associates Council Member