How is this different from other fundraisers at the Arthritis Foundation?
The Arthritis Foundation hosts signature events throughout the year, including Walk to Cure Arthritis, Jingle Bell Run, Arthritis Bike Classics, galas and other social events. The addition of this do-it-yourself (DIY) option is intended to provide an online platform and resources for you to conduct your own independent fundraising effort. Now you are empowered to fundraise and raise awareness how you want in the way that works for you! You decide how to get your family, friends and community to be Unstoppable Against Arthritis.

How do I get started?
Decide what you’d like to do! Need some ideas? Reference our Idea Guide.

Set a Goal! Setting a fundraising goal will help motivate you. 

Next, create your fundraiser online. You’ll be able to customize your site with photos and all the details about your fundraiser. The “Create a Commotion” option provides the opportunity to set up a group fundraiser so you can invite others to join you and request donations as well. If you prefer to create an event where you can participate with family, friends, co-workers or community members, select the option to start a group fundraising activity. If you prefer to do something on your own, start an individual fundraising activity within this option. Both the “Train for Battle” and “Celebrate on the Front Lines” options offer the opportunity to start a personal fundraising activity. 

Now it’s time to spread the word! Send emails through the fundraising portal, and post on social media. Let people know WHY you are fundraising to support the Arthritis Foundation. Share your personal story and why it’s so important to you. Download the tools in the resources area. 

What type of things can I do to support the Arthritis Foundation?
The sky’s the limit! This DIY program is designed to empower you to raise money YOUR way. Choose something you love! What do you and your friends like to do? Is there a special day you’d like to dedicate to the Arthritis Foundation? Need some ideas? Review our Idea Guide to get started!

Are there any activities that are not permitted?
In order to reduce risk to participants and to the Arthritis Foundation, the following activities are not permitted for DIY events:

  • Base jumping
  • Bull riding
  • Car racing
  • Extreme skiing (adaptive skiing is permitted)
  • Fireworks sale/displays
  • Gliding
  • Hang gliding
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Motocross
  • Motorcycle events
  • Private aircraft travel
  • Rappelling
  • Rock climbing
  • Scuba diving
  • Skateboarding with stunts involved
  • Ski jumping
  • Skydiving
  • Use of bouncy houses
  • White water rafting/kayaking

I want to hold a party or event and charge a certain amount to get in. How do I do that?
Great idea! Just ask everyone who wants to attend your party to donate a set dollar amount (e.g., $25) online, or pay the amount at the door!

I want to hold a tournament and have people sign up to play in the tournament. How can I do that?
That sounds fun! Register a group under “Create a Commotion.” Invite tournament participants to register as group members and have them donate or raise a minimum dollar amount to participate in the tournament. 

Are donations to my fundraiser tax-deductible?
Donations made directly to the Arthritis Foundation, online or via check made payable to the Arthritis Foundation, are tax-deductible and will receive an acknowledgement from the Arthritis Foundation.

What do I do with cash and checks I receive?
Requesting your supporters to donate online is the easiest way to ensure your fundraiser is credited appropriately and that donors receive a receipt. However, should you collect cash or checks, they can be submitted and credited to your fundraiser in a few easy steps:

- Ensure that all checks are made payable to the Arthritis Foundation. 
- Consolidate any cash into a personal check or money order. 
- Complete this donation submission form to ensure the checks are properly credited to your fundraising efforts. 
- Within 15 days of the end of your fundraiser, please mail the form and all checks to: 

Arthritis Foundation – Attn: DIY
1355 Peachtree Street NE
Suite 600
Atlanta, GA 30309

Include your first and last name, email, phone number and “DIY Fundraising” in all correspondence.

Will the local office of the Arthritis Foundation get credit for my fundraising dollars? 
Yes. Feel free to reach out to them for information and let them know you are fundraising to support the cause!

How do I find my local office?
Go to: https://www.arthritis.org/local-offices/ to find your local office.

Can I create a Facebook Fundraiser to collect donations for my fundraiser?
Yes. During the page creation process you will be prompted to set up a Facebook Fundraiser or you can set up at anytime when logged into your fundraising dashboard. Any funds raised on your Facebook Fundraiser will reflect on your personal fundraising page.  

Can I use the Arthritis Foundation’s tax-exempt status to purchase materials for my fundraiser? 
No. DIY event organizers cannot use the Arthritis Foundation’s tax-exempt status. However, Arthritis Foundation staff can provide a letter verifying that you are raising funds for the Arthritis Foundation. 

Can I be reimbursed for event expenses?
No, the Arthritis Foundation cannot reimburse you for any event or fundraising expenses. As the event organizer, you are responsible for logistical costs, marketing and promotion associated with your fundraiser. To keep expenses to a minimum, consider asking local businesses for in-kind donations in exchange for recognition for their donation. The Arthritis Foundation cannot supply any funding for your event and is not responsible for any debts incurred.

Do I need to secure insurance for my event?
Every venue has different requirements, and every fundraiser carries a different level of risk, so it largely depends on the activity and venue requirements. Obtaining insurance can put your mind at ease in the event of an accident, unexpected damages and other costs. If you are renting a venue, check with your contact to obtain any insurance requirements. Check with your insurance provider to see what might be necessary and to get information on what is available to you. Many insurance companies offer short-term special event insurance policies. 

What support can you offer for fundraisers?
Although Arthritis Foundation staff members are unable to attend your event, we're here to support you with fundraising and event best practices. If you'd like some advice on a specific challenge you are having, please reach out to your local office, or email us at [email protected].

Can I have money I raise credited to a different Arthritis Foundation event, like Walk to Cure Arthritis or Jingle Bell Run? 
No. DIY fundraising dollars will not appear on Walk to Cure Arthritis or Jingle Bell Run fundraising pages or credited to teams, but you’ll still be making a HUGE difference in the lives of people living with arthritis!

What logo may I use to advertise that the Arthritis Foundation is a beneficiary of my fundraiser?
The Benefiting the Arthritis Foundation logo is available for download in the resources area within the fundraising portal. Use this logo to ensure people are aware that the fundraiser is supporting the Arthritis Foundation. 

What are other Arthritis Foundation guidelines?
Click here to see the complete Terms and Conditions for Arthritis Foundation DIY fundraisers.


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