Third Party Fundraising Event Toolkit

 

The Autism Society of Greater Akron (ASGA) is extremely grateful to the many people and organizations who wish to organize events in support of our mission, improving the lives of all affected by autism.

We hope this guide is helpful. Please review the information. We will need your signed fundraising agreement before you begin your FUNdraising adventure!

  

What does ASGA do with the donations we receive?

Inclusive Family Events – ASGA strives to provide family events and create a judgment-free place to enjoy friendship, fun and other families. Our inclusive events include a visit with Santa and the Easter Bunny, a train ride with the Northeastern Ohio Live Steamers, a trip aboard the Inclusive Polar Express, summer-time picnics, and much more.

Skill Enhancement and Independence – ASGA offers Swimming with Autism and iCan Bike to teach individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities water safety and how to ride a two-wheel bike independently. Although there is a fee to participate, it is greatly reduced by donor dollars in the form of scholarships!

Help Line and Support – ASGA provides FREE information and referral to services connecting those in need with the best local, state and national resources through our Help Line.

 

How will this toolkit help me?
Feel free to use a few of our ideas and suggestions for your fundraiser! You may want to start with something simple and easy-to-plan, but our hope is this toolkit will inspire you, however ambitious you may feel. Whether you’ve hosted fundraising events in the past or are new to fundraising, the toolkit is designed to help you effectively raise money and awareness for ASGA and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Our goal is to make planning your fundraiser as easy as possible. With this guide, anyone can become a successful fundraiser for ASGA!

 

  • Advice and suggestions from ASGA staff on event planning, as time allows

  • Approval of the use of ASGA name, logo and images, when appropriate (Logo cannot be used without prior authorization)

  • ASGA branded literature to distribute at your event

  • ASGA Event Banners (Subject to availability)

  • Promotion of your event, when appropriate, to the ASGA community through typical mediums such as our website, social media, and e-newsletter.

  • A letter of authorization to validate the authenticity of the event and its organizers

  • Acknowledge and provide tax receipts for contributions made payable and submitted to ASGA (Receipt and thank you letter can be mailed out of our office after we receive direct donations)

Checks payable to ASGA, and cash donations clearly labeled with the donor's information, will be provided with a tax-deductible acknowledgment letter in accordance with IRS and state tax regulations.

  • Our tax‐exemption number

  • Insurance or liability coverage

  • Mailing list of donors and/or vendors

  • Funding or reimbursement of your expenses

  • Assistance in soliciting donations, handling mailings or attending committee meetings

What activities do you enjoy? Whether it’s cooking, crafting or exercising, simply add a fundraising component to it. It’s the perfect way to give back to a great cause while doing something you love. 

bake sale

Bake Sale

craft sale

Craft Sale

garage sale

Garage Sale

game night

Game Night

car wash

Car Wash

walk a thon

Walk-A-Thon

cook off

Cook-Off

lemonade stand

Lemonade Stand

luncheon

Luncheon

work

Office Fundraising

school

School Fundraising

family

Family Fundraising

 

The following is a simple description of ASGA and ASD, which you can use in your messaging. 

Every 20 minutes a child is diagnosed with autism; including 1 in 59 childbirths and 3.5 million people nationwide. It is estimated that some sixteen thousand people have a diagnosis of autism in Greater Akron area, which doesn’t account for their families, friends, and the professionals who support them.


The Autism Society of Greater Akron (ASGA) is the premier agency serving Summit, Medina, Portage, Wayne, and Stark counties; assisting individuals and families living the autism journey with support, education, community inclusion, education, and advocacy. The organization is committed to improving the lives of those affected by autism

 

Social Media 

Whether you’re promoting your event or celebrating its success, social media can play an important role in your fundraising. Remember these tips when spreading the word through your social media accounts.  

  • Tell your friends and followers why you have created this event. Be specific about event details, your goal, and the difference it makes for both you AND ASGA

  • Post consistently! Share updates before, during and after your event and tag us @GreaterAkron (Facebook) or @ASGreaterAkron (Twitter and Instagram).

  • Make sure ASGA is reflected as a beneficiary of the fundraiser, not as conducting the event (i.e. “proceeds from XYZ Garage Sale will benefit The Autism Society of Greater Akron”).
  • Download the Donation Tracking Form HERE

  • PLEASE MAKE COPIES OF EVERYTHING BEFORE YOU MAIL IN CASE ANYTHING GETS LOST IN THE MAIL

  • Send thank-you letters to your donors to show appreciation and goodwill in supporting ASGA!

  • Please contact Kristen Robinson at (330)940-1441 EXT 4 if you have any questions or concerns

When your event is complete, or you have received donations for ASGA, please mail or deliver your donations to our offices:

The Autism Society of Greater Akron
Attn: Kristen Robinson, Director of Development
703 S. Main Street
Akron, Ohio 44311  

Checks payable to ASGA, and cash donations clearly labeled with the donor's information, will be provided with a tax-deductible acknowledgment letter in accordance with IRS and state tax regulations.

 

 

Third Party Fundraising Submission Form

Please fill in the information below and the Director of Development will contact you to help start your FUNdraiser!
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Notice & Disclaimer Regarding ASGA Fundraising

The Autism Society of Greater Akron (ASGA) is a non-profit organization. ASGA reserves the right to deny permission to raise funds for or on behalf of ASGA for any lawful reason and refuses to accept responsibility for any private and/or personal fundraiser not directly produced by ASGA.