Most families fundraise the funds needed for a dog and training- there are some important things to consider in regards to how much money you need to raise to have a successful Service Dog journey.

We recommend that familes factor in training costs, dog, travel expenses, supplies (crates, food and treats, vests and patches, collars, bowls, etc.), vet bills, health, and life insurance, and fencing. 

You have another option of taking out a loan to help offset fundraising or to pay for all of the costs associated with having a  Service Dog.  

You can apply for a loan at your local bank or credit union.

Be sure to check with your accountant, any personal out of pocket expenses that you personally spend on your Service Dog maybe tax deductible-

We always recommend that the families set up a separate checking account specifically for Service Dog expenses-

Get creative and think up  a name to call your Service Dog fundraising adventure-Make your fundraising efforts fun!!

 Some great websites to set up for donations are and

Set up a fundraising page on Facebook- here are some great tips to help:

When thinking of ideas for fundraising think about your audience (your family,  friends and co-workers) and what you think they would respond best to.  Each family will have different fundraisers that work best for them because each family's audience is not the same.  

Also, make sure you keep in mind what dates would be best.  You don't want to schedule your event on a Saturday when a major football game is taking place or on a weekend when there is a wedding in your family, etc.   

When thinking of fundraising ideas also ask around for fun ideas because sometimes people will volunteer to do a fundraiser for you if they know that you are looking for ideas and need help.  For example, several families talked about starting to raise funds and friends and strangers jumped in to help!!  So bring up your fundraising ideas at church, at baseball practice, gymnastics, etc.  Talk it up every where you go! People love helping families for such a good cause!! 

Remember when planning an event if it is a big event that requires you to purchase or supply items you must have sponsors or donations for those items to make the most profit for the fundraiser!!! 

Once you come up with an event and it's details make sure you "create an event" on the Facebook Page you created so that it will all be listed there for your supporters to see, share, and join.  Remember not all of your guests will have Facebook but this is still a GREAT way to get the word out to those who do. 

More websites to help with ideas: 


Here is a list of some other fundraising ideas:

Bake Sale

Raffle: Something handmade (quilt, painting, child's art work, jewelry, cars, etc.)

Auction or Online Auction 

Cookout or any kind of Dinner - Sale each plate for a specific amount.  You could have a raffle or auction going on at the same event.

Poker Run's are a great way to raise funds! 

Golf Tournament gives golfers entertainement while they help you raise funds! 

Vendor Fair - Percentage of sales from vendors like Thirty-one, Pampered Chef, Scentsy, Mary Kay, etc. goes to the fundraiser.


Eat out for a Cause Night: Some restaurants will let you have a percentage of sales on a specific night where you invite all your friends and family to eat there.  Some examples are Applebee's, Hacienda, etc. 

Yard Sale: Ask family and friends to donate things for a HUGE yard sale.

Hair Cuts for donations: Start with your own beautician or barber, you would be surprised how much money you can make on haircuts! 

Fire Dept BBQ: Ask your local fire dept if you can use their building to have a BBQ, ask local BBQ owners for a food donation and also ask bands to donate their time for entertaining.  Also ask various people to donate stuff to auction off or to use as door prizes- charge 15.00 for plate and get your family and friends involved this can be a wonderful event! 

Dog Show: Invite family and friends to show off their dogs in a show. Make it a competition that people pay to enter, and offer a prize for the best groomed dog, most- and least-obedient dog, and so on.

Krispie Kreme Donut sales

T-shirt Sales - design a t-shirt and find a place that will donate them or sell them at a discount so that you can make a profit on each shirt sold. Another way to sell t-shirts is a new fundraising site called where you simply create the shirt and link people to the site where they can purchase them there.  Then once the order is complete they will send you the shirts and the amount you made towards your fundraiser. I personally have never tried it, but I am next year for JDRF.

Car Wash- This is a fun way to get kids involved!! Ask business owners to donate a location and water, have big signs drawn up and wash your way into banking some donations! 

Dress-down day:  Charge faculty and administrators who wants to participate. Make certain that you ask permission of Human Resources, first. This is fun for teachers and business owners! 

Craft Sale: Ask businesses, friends and family to donate some crafts and set up at a festival or church- 

Walk-a-thon: Choose a date and a route, make up some pledge forms, and advertise with posters. Have participants gather donations or pledges using their pledge forms.


Carnival day: Host a mini carnival, with games, prizes and popcorn, in a local park or your own backyard. Charge admission and/or a small fee to play games- 

The Basics For Successful Fundraising

Tell Your Story

Not sure how to start? Try answering these questions in the description of your fundraising profile page:         

What are you fundraising for?

Why is this cause important to you?

What difference will each donation make?

Set A Fundraising Goal

Donors want to see their friends succeed. Remember to:

Give updates on the status of your fundraising efforts.

Raise your goal once you reach it. Then, notify your donors again. 

Link To Or Add Your Page To Social Media Sites

On Facebook, share your fundraising page

On Twitter, tweet about your fundraising efforts and link to your fundraiser page

Join our Facebook and Twitter community

Thank Your Donors will automatically send a message to your donors confirming their donation has been successful but it helps if they can get a personalized thankyou from you. A list of donor emails can be found on your supporter tab if they have chosen to divulge it. Send them a message and tell them what it means to you or how their donation is helping you.

Talk About Your Fundraising Campaign On Your Blog

A blog is a great place to update donors on your progress and a subtle way to tell blog visitors that you are accepting donations for a great cause. Learn more by checking out our blog, our YouTube channel, and follow us on Twitter.  Don't forget to view our free online fundraising success stories.

Additional Fundraising Ideas

Personalize your page by adding pictures. Add an image that really illustrates your story.

Share your fundraising page with family, friends and colleagues using our social media tools. Make sure people realize how easy it is to donate online.

Keep sharing!  Create updates on your fundraising efforts and send links to all your contacts via email, Facebook and Twitter. Sharing your stories about challenges and milestones makes your supporters feel they are part of your fundraising efforts.

Click On The Links Below For Some Examples Of Fundraising Profiles
Fundraising Made Easy -
Free Online Fundraising Tips & Tools

YouCaring is dedicated to one thing: empowering passionate people to raise money for the causes they care about. Raising money online doesn't have to be hard. We aim to make it easy, effective and even fun.

Our simple yet powerful tools, along with fundraising tips and fundraising ideas, are designed to help you meet and exceed your fundraising goals for important causes. Our fundraising tips should give you an idea of what goes into a successful fundraiser.

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If you need more info on any of the ideas listed please feel free to contact me and I will answer any questions you have!  
Christina 574-607-3245

The information on this website is provided for informational purposes and should not be taken as legal advice.  Any questions regarding your rights under law should be directed to your own attorney.

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