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I have never fundraised before. This will be my first event. What do I need to do?

Although planning your first event can be intimidating, it doesn’t have to be difficult or overwhelming if you remember to keep your first event simple and invite people who care about you and the mission of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and National Law Enforcement Museum. Feel free to utilize the resources that we have made available to plan and make your fundraiser successful!

What should I expect from the first year of holding my event?

It’s important to plan your first event early, recruit volunteers, and remember to have fun! It usually takes a couple years before an event becomes stable and “successful.” Don’t be discouraged if your event doesn’t have the desired attendance or raise the expected funds in the first year.

Will the Memorial Fund help me organize my event?

Although you are primarily responsible for organizing the event, we have a Planning Guide, a list of Fundraising Ideas for any assistance that you might need. In addition, we can provide brochures for the both Museum and the Memorial Fund and other collateral as agreed to. Other requests for Memorial Fund assistance can be made and will be managed on an individual basis.

Can I use the organization’s name and logo?

To utilize our name and logo, you must complete the Third Party Event Application and request the use of either the Memorial Fund or Museum logo. After you have received written approval to utilize the logo, you will be required to send a proof showing how you would like to use the name and/or logo prior to publication. Use of the Memorial or Museum logos are restricted to promotion of your event and may only be used for promotion of your event unless otherwise approved by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

What type of events can I do?

  • Hold a 5K, 10K, walk or run with the proceeds benefiting the Memorial Fund.
  • Organize a sporting event with local law enforcement agencies.
  • Pull together a golf tournament.
  • Set up a fundraising booth at a local fair, convention or meeting.
  • Organize a fundraising raffle with local businesses donating prizes.
  • Host a benefit concert for the Memorial Fund by coordinating with local bands and venues to try and get the space and entertainment donated.
  • Participate in a marathon, bike race, etc., and ask friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you.
  • In lieu of wedding favors, consider making a donation to the Memorial Fund.
  • Host a house party and ask for donations in exchange for food and entertainment.