How to Turn a Birthday Party into a Nonprofit Fundraiser!

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Live Out Loud is a nonprofit that nurtures and empowers LGBTQ youth to build a successful future. One of the nonprofit’s board members decided to turn his birthday party into a fundraiser, and raised nearly $1,200 with DipJar!

About the event:

In lieu of gifts, guests were asked to make a $25 donation as they entered the venue. The DipJar was manned by a staff member to ensure the donation ask was more personal. Live Out Loud raised $600 with just 25 guests in this portion of the night! Guests were also offered the opportunity to donate by cash or check to ensure everybody had the chance to give.

The next $600 dollars came from ticket purchases for the Annual Gala. They offered a special lower ticket price for guests at the party, and sold 4 tickets for $150 each:

“It was a great way to be able to quickly charge people, collect their info on a form, and email them their tickets later! We loved using the DipJar, and are already looking into the next way we can implement it into our fundraising.”

-Brian Williams, Live Out Loud Board Member

More on Live out loud:

Live Out Loud inspires, nurtures and empowers LGBTQ youth to build a successful future by connecting them to positive role models and affirmative experiences in the LGBTQ community. By providing youth with opportunities to interact with adults who understand the realities of living openly as a member of the LGBTQ community, Live Out Loud helps young people to achieve academic success, healthy relationships, rewarding careers, and a fulfilling life.

Live Out Loud gala:

Live Out Loud's 18th Annual Young Trailblazers Gala

May 7th at the Lighthouse at Pier 61 in New York City

The Live Out Loud Gala recognizes role models in the LGBTQ community for their constant activism, as well as Youth that are leading the way for their generation. This year Live Out Loud will be awarding $10,000 scholarships to students who have overcome obstacles and have made an impact in their community.


If you have more questions about nonprofit strategy you can always reach out to the DipJar fundraising experts for help. It's what we love to do!