How to Start a Facebook Fundraiser to Support the Troops
Thank you for your interest in hosting a Facebook Fundraiser for the USO, for your charitable giving to support our nation’s military and for being a Force Behind the Forces®!
As a nonprofit organization, the USO is able to carry out its mission thanks to generous charitable donations from around the country. Our work depends on those that give a little or give a lot. Regardless of the amount, every dollar counts.
Because of donors like you, we are able to support our wounded, ill and injured service members while they recover; we can offer programs that allow deployed parents to read their child a bedtime story from halfway around the world; we help military spouses connect with each other and potential employers; and so much more.
None of this could be accomplished without charitable giving from our donors and our corporate partners who make sure that America’s military knows we have their backs! A great – and easy – way to support our men and women in uniform is through Facebook Fundraising.
Here are a few tips on how to how to start a fundraiser on Facebook for the USO:
Reasons to Host a Facebook Fundraiser
Although birthdays are the most common reason to host a Facebook Fundraiser, you can actually start a fundraiser at any time of the year, for any occasion! Here are a few ideas:
- Alternative wedding registry gift (like this generous couple!)
- Holidays (when many deployed service members are far from home)
- Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, July 4
- Military holidays
- Armed Forces Day (May 16), Veterans Day (Nov 11), Military Spouse Appreciation Day (May 12), Patriot’s Day (Sept 11), Military Appreciation Month (May), Month of the Military Child (April)
- In honor of a family member or friend who is serving in the military
- In recognition of a loved one’s enlistment, deployment or homecoming
- In honor of a loved one’s retirement/transition out of service, to give back to future generations of service members
Whatever your reason for donating to the USO, even if it’s “just because,” please know that we are grateful for your generosity, which allows us to support our men and women in uniform.
How To Set Up a Facebook Fundraiser Benefiting the USO
- Get started by using this quick link to create a Facebook Fundraiser for the USO.
- Enter how much money you would like to raise and the date you’d like your fundraiser to end.
- Add to the fundraiser description! This is your chance to edit and update the description of your Facebook Fundraiser with a personal story on why you believe in donating to the USO, and why you would like your friends and family to give charitable donations to help support our nation’s military.
- Complete the last few steps, and just like that, you are an official Force Behind the Forces®, ready to raise charitable donations for a great cause.
Spread the Word About Your Facebook Fundraiser
Help spread the word about your fundraiser! When sharing your Facebook Fundraiser, you can also share why you support the USO on social media with a personal story. Here are a few ideas of what to share with your friends and family:
- Why is the USO important to you?
- What does it mean to have your friends and family support your fundraiser and our men and women in uniform?
Thank Your Supporters For Their Charitable Donations
Every charitable donation – no matter how big or small – makes an impact in the lives of America’s service members. Don’t forget to thank your supporters for the positive impact they make when supporting your Facebook Fundraiser!
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