Plan Your Own Fundraiser

Want to Organize a Fundraiser to Support the Red Cross?

Individuals and companies can raise money to support the Red Cross in a variety of ways. One way is to plan an event, large or small in scale where you raise funds for the Red Cross.

The path to launching a third-party event typically begins with an idea and plan of action that is presented to the American Red Cross. All such events must be approved in advance to maintain the integrity of the American Red Cross name and commitment to cost-efficient, transparent and effective fundraising to fulfill our mission. While we are happy to provide guidance for your event, the event sponsor is responsible for all details of the event including:

  • underwriting all related costs
  • recruiting volunteers to help out at the event
  • creating flyers to publicize the event
  • working at the event.
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    Decide on your Fundraiser

    Decide on the details of your fundraiser, including date, location and a detailed description of your event.

    Several things to keep in mind as you plan:

  • In order to use the American Red Cross logo, your fundraiser needs to raise a minimum of $1,000.
  • We will not approve any requests for raffles unless you have proof of the license required by the State of Colorado.
  • The Red Cross cannot provide collection materials, volunteers or staff but if you wish to request a speaker or representative to attend your event, submit your request at least 21 days in advance here.
  • If your donors want a receipt for their donation, please request American Red Cross Remittance Envelopes or ask your donors to make their donation by check.

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    Get Red Cross Approval
  • Fill out our Online Fundraiser Interest Form or indicate that you are interested in planning an online fundraiser.
  • After we receive your Fundraiser Interest Form, a Red Cross representative will contact you to help you get your fundraiser started.

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    Sign the Agreement and Get Started!
  • You will receive a Third-Party Fundraising Agreement from the Red Cross. Once this has been approved and signed, a Red Cross representative will send you our logo and branding guidelines if your fundraiser is projected to raise at least $1,000.

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    When you have completed your fundraiser

  • Mail or deliver all proceeds as one check or individual checks, made out to the American Red Cross, 444 Sherman St, Denver CO 80203. Our office is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Please add a note in with the donations stating that this was done through a third-party fundraiser with your name and address. You will then receive an acknowledgement letter in the mail.

  • For more information about donating to an American Red Cross Colorado chapter, contact the American Red Cross at (303) 722-7474, and press"5" for fundraising, or email RaiseMoneyColorado@redcross.org.