Fundraising Portal

2024 Box Dweller Challenge

Everything you need to have a successful campaign!

Welcome to the Box Dweller Fundraising Portal!

Hey there, Box Dwellers! Welcome to your one-stop-shop for all things fundraising. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or dipping your toes into the world of fundraising for the first time, you’ve come to the right place!

Here at HOPE Calloway, we believe in the power of community and the incredible impact we can make when we come together. As a Box Dweller, you’re not just raising funds โ€“ you’re igniting change, spreading hope, and making a real difference in the lives of those experiencing homelessness in our community.

On this portal, you’ll find a treasure trove of resources, tips, and strategies to help you rock your fundraising campaign like a boss. From customizable templates to creative fundraising ideas and everything in between, we’ve got you covered every step of the way.

So, dive in, explore, and let’s make some magic happen together! Together, we can turn cardboard boxes into homes, hope, and happiness for those in need.

Let’s do this!

The HOPE Calloway Team


You can record your offline donations so that all of your progress will show on your personal fundraising page!
RECORD OFFLINE DONATIONS


Social Media Tips and Ideas


  • Personalize Your Story: Share why you’re participating as a Box Dweller and what this cause means to you. Personal stories resonate deeply with people and can inspire them to donate.
  • Use Compelling Visuals: Accompany your posts with eye-catching images or videos that capture attention and evoke emotion. Consider using photos or videos that showcase your preparation for the event, your participation as a box dweller, or the impact of homelessness in your community.
  • Include a Call-to-Action: Encourage your followers to take action by donating, sharing your fundraising page, or spreading awareness about the event. Clearly state what you want them to do and make it easy for them to do so. Donโ€™t forget to use your personalized fundraising link or hopecalloway.org!
  • Engage with Your Audience: Respond to comments, messages, and shares on your posts. Engaging with your audience helps build connections, fosters a sense of community, and encourages continued support.
  • Share Progress Updates: Keep your followers updated on your fundraising progress throughout the campaign. Celebrate milestones, express gratitude for donations received, and remind people of the impact their contributions are making. Sharing progress updates helps maintain momentum and keeps your cause top-of-mind for your followers.
  • Tag HOPE Calloway:ย Don’t forget to add some extra sparkle to your fundraising posts by tagging HOPE Calloway (hopecallowaymky)! By tagging us, you’re not only adding credibility and legitimacy to your fundraising efforts, but you’re also helping to spread awareness about our cause to even more people. Let’s light up social media together and make a real difference!

Sample Posts

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๐ŸŒŸ Join me in the fight against homelessness! As a Box Dweller for HOPE Calloway, I’m dedicating 8 hours to raise awareness and support for those in need. Your donation can make a real difference. Click the link in my bio to donate now! #BoxDweller #HOPECalloway #EndHomelessness

Tip: Consider sharing a photo of yourself holding a sign with a powerful message about ending homelessness.

๐Ÿ’™ Every dollar counts! As a Box Dweller, I’m committed to making a positive impact in our community. Help me reach my fundraising goal and support HOPE Calloway’s mission to provide housing and resources for those experiencing homelessness. Donate today! #SupportTheCause #DonateNow #HOPECalloway

Tip: Share an image of yourself in your box.

๐Ÿ  Homelessness is a reality for too many in our community. That’s why I’m taking a stand as a Box Dweller for HOPE Calloway. Together, we can make a difference. Your support can change lives. Visit my fundraising page to learn more and donate today! #TakeAStand #BeTheChange #HOPECalloway

Tip: Share a selfie at HOPE Calloway in front of the sign.

๐ŸŒˆ Let’s spread hope and compassion! As a Box Dweller, I’m raising awareness and funds for HOPE Calloway’s vital programs to combat homelessness. Your generosity can provide shelter, support, and a brighter future for those in need. Join me in making a difference! #SpreadHope #GiveBack #HOPECalloway

Tip: Share a photo collage highlighting the various services and programs offered by HOPE Calloway, demonstrating the impact of donations on the lives of those they serve. (You can find lots of images on HOPE Callowayโ€™s social media.)


Important Fundraiser Reminders

  1. We want to be able to provide support for your fundraising campaign so make sure to let us know anytime you are hosting a public fundraiser for your box dweller challenge.
  2. If you advertise a fundraiser, make sure that it’s clear that you are the one hosting the fundraiser and proceeds are going to support HOPE Calloway.
  3. If you are going to advertise a fundraiser to the public, let us help you make sure that the branding is consistent before you print or post anything. We’re a little more flexible for “internal” fundraisers at your work, school, or church.
  4. We have lots of HOPE Calloway signage and gear. Check out anything we have available to lend credibility and professionalism to your fundraisers.
  5. Keep the FUN in FUNdraiser! Don’t get too caught up on the challenge or competition. Have fun. We’re all in this together!!

TIps for Successful Fundraisers

  • Tell Your Story: Share your personal motivation for participating as a box dweller and why this cause is important to you. Personal stories resonate with donors and can inspire them to support your fundraising efforts.
  • Set Fundraising Goals: Set realistic fundraising goals to give yourself something to strive for. Break down your overall goal into smaller milestones to track your progress and keep yourself motivated.
  • Use Multiple Channels: Utilize a variety of fundraising channels such as social media, email, word-of-mouth, and fundraising events to reach a wider audience and maximize your fundraising potential.
  • Engage Your Network: Reach out to family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, and community members to ask for their support. Personalized messages and direct requests tend to be more effective than generic appeals.
  • Highlight the Impact: Clearly communicate how donations will make a difference and the impact they will have on those in need. Share success stories, testimonials, and statistics to show donors the tangible results of their contributions.
  • Offer Incentives: Encourage donations by offering incentives such as thank-you notes, shout-outs on social media, or small rewards for reaching fundraising milestones. People are more likely to donate if they feel appreciated and recognized for their support.
  • Host Fundraising Events: Organize fundraising events or activities to raise money and engage with your supporters. This could include virtual events, bake sales, car washes, or online auctions.
  • Provide Regular Updates: Keep your donors informed and engaged by providing regular updates on your fundraising progress, sharing photos and videos of your box dwelling experience, and expressing gratitude for their support.
  • Say Thank You: Always express gratitude to your donors for their generosity. Send personalized thank-you messages or notes to show your appreciation and reinforce the value of their support.
  • Follow Up: Don’t forget to follow up with donors after the event to thank them again for their support and provide any final updates on the impact of their contributions. Building strong relationships with donors can lead to continued support in the future.
Beyond Social Media

Fundraiser Ideas

  • Coin Drive
  • Bake Sale
  • Car Wash
  • Yard Sale
  • Fitness Challenge
  • Dress-Down Day
  • Talent Show
  • Movie Night
  • Quiz Night
  • Bucket Collection
Coin Drive

Set up a coin collection jar at your workplace, church, or school and encourage people to donate spare change. Offer a small prize or recognition for the person or group that collects the most coins.

Bake Sale

Host a bake sale and sell homemade treats to coworkers, classmates, or church members. You can bake the treats yourself or ask for donations from friends and family.

Car Wash

Organize a car wash fundraiser in the parking lot of your workplace, church, or school. Charge a set fee for each car washed and recruit volunteers to help with washing and drying.

Yard Sale

Gather gently used items from your home or ask friends and family to donate items for a yard sale. Set up tables in a visible location and price items competitively to attract shoppers.

Fitness Challenge

Organize a fitness challenge such as a 5K, bike-a-thon, or fitness class fundraiser.

Dress-Down Day

Organize a dress-down day at your workplace or school where participants can pay a small fee to dress casually for the day.

Talent Show

Host a talent show fundraiser featuring performances by coworkers, classmates, or church members. Charge admission for attendees and encourage performers to collect donations from friends and family.

Movie Night

Turn your board room into your very own cinema, grab some popcorn and blankets and charge colleagues to vote on which film theyโ€™d most like to watch and all-you-can-eat access to the snacks.

Quiz Night

Whether you host it in your workplace or find a local venue, quiz nights are a great social event in your office calendar and a great way to raise donations, maybe charge a small entry fee per team. Donโ€™t forget to provide an awesome (or funny) prize for the winning team!

Bucket Collection

Got a few hours you can spare for charity? Run a bucket collection in a local town center (donโ€™t forget to get permission first!).


Fundraising Templates

Unlock your fundraising potential with our ready-to-use templates and resources designed to help you reach your goals in no time! Just copy and paste these templates, personalize them to make them your own, and watch how easy it is!
  • Donation Request Letter- Individuals
  • Donation Request Letter- Businesses
  • Sample Thank You Letter
  • Sample Phone Call Script
  • Sample Text Messages
Donation Request Letter- Individuals

Hey [Donor’s Name],

I hope this letter finds you well and filled with positivity! I’m reaching out to share something truly special with you and to invite you to be a part of an incredible journey.

As you may know, I’ve committed to being a Box Dweller for HOPE Calloway’s Annual Box Dweller Challenge. It’s not just about spending 8 hours in a cardboard box; it’s about shining a light on the issue of homelessness and making a real difference in people’s lives.

HOPE Calloway is on a mission to tackle homelessness head-on, offering a range of supportive services and programs that empower individuals and families to overcome homelessness and build brighter futures.

I’ve seen firsthand the impact of their work, from providing transitional housing and outreach services to offering life-changing workshops and support for homeless families, individuals, and young adults. HOPE Calloway doesn’t just react to homelessness; they work tirelessly to prevent it, offering assistance and resources to keep people housed and on the path to self-sufficiency.

So why am I telling you all this? Because HOPE Calloway needs our support to keep these incredible programs running. Every donation, no matter how big or small, goes directly to helping those in need and creating lasting change in our community.

I truly believe that together, we can make a difference. Will you join me in supporting HOPE Calloway’s mission? You can donate securely online through my fundraising page at hopecalloway.org/boxdweller.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and for considering supporting this important cause. Your generosity will have a ripple effect, touching the lives of so many in our community.

With heartfelt gratitude,

[Box Dweller’s Name]

Donation Request Letter- Businesses

Dear [Business Name],

I hope this letter finds you well. I am writing to you as a participant in HOPE Calloway’s Box Dweller Fundraiser, an event dedicated to raising awareness and support for those experiencing homelessness in our community.

As a Box Dweller, I have committed to spending 8 hours in a cardboard box to experience a glimpse of what it’s like to live without a permanent home. It’s not just about raising funds; it’s about making a real difference in the lives of others.

I am reaching out to you because I believe that together, we can have an even greater impact. Your support as a sponsor for my participation in the Box Dweller Fundraiser would not only help me reach my fundraising goal but also demonstrate your commitment to our community and those in need.

By sponsoring me, you will be supporting HOPE Calloway’s mission to provide transitional housing, outreach services, prevention education, and emergency assistance to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Your contribution will make a tangible difference in the lives of those who need it most.

I understand that times are tough for many businesses, and any contribution you can make would be deeply appreciated. Whether it’s a monetary donation, in-kind support, or assistance with spreading the word about the event, every bit helps.

Thank you for considering supporting me as a Box Dweller and HOPE Calloway’s mission. Together, we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of others and create positive change in our community. You can donate directly online by visiting hopecalloway.org/boxdweller.

Please feel free to contact me at [Your Phone Number] or [Your Email Address] if you have any questions or would like more information.

With gratitude,

[Box Dweller’s Name]

Sample Thank You Letter

Hey [Donor’s Name],

I hope you’re doing well! I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say a massive THANK YOU for your incredibly generous donation to my box dweller fundraising campaign for HOPE Calloway.

Seriously, your support means the world to me! With your donation, I’m one step closer to reaching my fundraising goal and making a real difference in the lives of those experiencing homelessness in our community.

It’s people like you who make this world a better place. Your kindness and generosity are truly inspiring, and I’m so grateful to have you on my team.

Your donation is going to have a direct impact on the lives of individuals and families who are facing some tough times. Your support will provide them with essential resources, support, and, most importantly, hope for a better tomorrow.

Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for your incredible generosity. Your donation is going to make a real difference, and I couldn’t be more grateful to have you in my corner.

Take care and talk soon!

Warm regards,

[Your Name]

Sample Phone Call Script

Introduction:

  • Box Dweller: Hi there, [Donor’s Name]! This is [Your Name], and I’m calling as a proud participant in HOPE Calloway’s Box Dweller Challenge.
  • Donor: Oh, hi! How can I help?
  • Box Dweller: I’m reaching out to friends and family to support my efforts to raise funds for HOPE Calloway’s programs for the homeless in our community.

Sharing Your Story:

  • Box Dweller: I’ve decided to take part in this unique event where I’ll be spending a night outside in a cardboard box to raise awareness and funds for those experiencing homelessness.
  • Box Dweller: It’s a cause that’s really close to my heart, and I’m committed to making a difference in the lives of others.

Explaining the Impact:

  • Box Dweller: Every donation goes directly towards providing essential resources, shelter, and support to individuals and families in need.
  • Box Dweller: With your help, we can make a real difference in the lives of those facing homelessness in our community.

Asking for Support:

  • Box Dweller: Would you consider making a donation to support my fundraising efforts? No amount is too small, and every contribution makes a difference.
  • Box Dweller: Even a small donation can go a long way in providing hope and assistance to those who need it most.

Closing:

  • Box Dweller: Thank you so much for considering supporting me in this endeavor. Your generosity means the world to me, and I truly appreciate your support.
  • Box Dweller: If you have any questions or need more information, feel free to reach out. Otherwise, I’ll send you a link to my fundraising page where you can make a donation online. Thank you again!
Sample Text Messages
  1. “Hey [Friend’s Name]! ๐Ÿ‘‹ I’m participating in the Box Dweller Fundraiser to help raise funds for HOPE Calloway’s programs for the homeless. Would you consider making a donation to support my cause? Every little bit helps! Thank you so much! ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ’™”
  2. “Hi [Family Member’s Name]! Just wanted to share that I’m sleeping outside in a cardboard box to raise awareness for homelessness with HOPE Calloway. Would you be willing to support me with a donation? Your contribution will make a real difference! Thanks a bunch! ๐Ÿ™”
  3. “Hey there! I’m on a mission to raise funds for HOPE Calloway’s homeless programs by participating in the Box Dweller Fundraiser. Would you join me in making a difference by donating? Even a small amount helps! Thank you for your support! ๐ŸŒŸ”

Downloads

These downloads are available for you to use in your fundraising and marketing as needed. Let us know if there is anything else you need if it isn’t listed here.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need to bring my own box?
  • Can I participate with a team?
  • How much money am I expected to raise?
  • What if I’m not able to raise the full amount?
  • How can I help raise awareness about the event?
  • What am I allowed to bring?
  • Can kids participate?
  • What happens during the event?
  • Can I continue fundraising during the event?
Do I need to bring my own box?

You are more than welcome to participate with a partner or small group of friends. However, anyone who commits to be a box-dweller should be prepared to stay in/at their own box for the full 8 hours. We don’t allow teams to “trade-out” box dwellers during the event.

Can I participate with a team?

This year, we are asking Box Dwellers to bring their own box. Remember, the box needs to be BIG enough for a person to crawl inside. If you canโ€™t bring your own box, we will provide one for you. We ask that you let us know by Friday, April 7 if you need us to provide a box for you.

How much money am I expected to raise?

We encourage each of our box dwellers to set a goal of at least $1,000. Of course you can ALWAYS raise more than that! The sky is the limit!

What if I’m not able to raise the full amount?

Have no fear! It is much easier to raise than you might think. We equip you with all the fundraising tools you need, which allows you to share the cause with your friends and family.

However, if for some reason you are not able to raise all of the funds, that’s okay. We are thankful for your involvement and any amount of money you are able to raise.

How can I help raise awareness about the event?

Like, Share, and Comment! Share everything we post on social media about the fundraiser to your friends and followers. Also, plan to bring your phone on the night of the event. We encourage you to share pictures and livestream your experience as a box dweller!

What am I allowed to bring?

We will provide you with a food bag and plenty of water during the event. You can bring a pillow, blanket and a BOX of course. Don’t forget your phone for social media blasts! Other than that, what do you need really? (I mean, come on… this is about the experience too!)

Can kids participate?

Anyone under the age of 18 will need to have a permission slip signed by a parent/guardian to participate. Anyone under the age of 13 will need to have a parent or guardian on site during the event in order to participate. Contact us for more details!

What happens during the event?

Box Dwellers will stay at their box for the entire event. Remember, this about awareness and the experience. Each box dweller will be given a reflection journal they can utilize during the event. We also encourage you to share about your experience on social media.

Can I continue fundraising during the event?

We will provide a donation jar for each box dweller during the event, plus a “text-to-give” number and QR code. You can also continue posting on social media during the event to try to raise more funds.




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