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Host a DIY Fundraiser for refugees in Utah!

DIY Fundraising is an easy way to get involved with the IRC while supporting refugees right here in Utah. By organizing a DIY Fundraiser, you are helping spread awareness about refugees while providing critical funding necessary to build firm foundations upon which refugee families can strive to regain control of their future.

DIY fundraising events are your opportunity to be creative! Gather your neighbors, church group, book club, softball team, yoga class or any group of community members passionate about serving refugees to spend some time learning and supporting the work of the IRC.  You can request a member of our speaker’s bureau to come and share about our work at your event.

You can host:

  • A casual buffet or an elaborate sit down dinner
  • A pizza party
  • A gift fair
  • An art show, or...

You can put on:

  • A fashion show
  • A comedy night or play
  • A concert
  • An art exhibit, or...

You can hold:

  • A stoop, garage or yard sale
  • A race or sporting event
  • A holiday fundraising campaign
  • A bake sale or plant sale
Collage of photos showing baking efforts of young girl fundraising for refugees
Leah (age 6), her mom, Kim, and their family baked and sold over 100 dozen cookies raising over $600 to support newly arrived refugees in Salt Lake City. Photo: Johnson Family

Here are a few examples of past events community members have organized:

  • A volunteer hosted her birthday party in the name of the IRC and raised funds from family and friends. 
  • An event planner with musician friends organized a mini-concert in their back yard, inviting neighbors and friends. 
  • A young girl, with the help of her mom, baked 100-dozen cookies, raising funds to sponsor a family during our annual holiday gift drive, Light One Candle. 
  • Children grew seedlings and sold them around their neighborhood. 
  • A former staff member dedicated a 3,000 mile bike ride through Southeast Asia to the IRC and asked his network to donate. 
  • And the list goes on!

All proceeds raised can stay local, where over 90 cents of every dollar goes directly to refugees and programs supporting their efforts to thrive in our community. By raising funds for the IRC in Salt Lake City, you can serve refugees from around the world as they journey from harm to home. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

How can I collect the funds and get them to your office?

The easiest way to collect funds is to create a Crowdrise page. For example, if you are hosting an event, in lieu of “purchasing” tickets beforehand, attendees can make direct donation to your Crowdrise page. Start here. 

How do I request a speaker for my event?

We have trained a core group of IRC staff and volunteers and formed our Speaker's Bureau. Request a speaker today!

Do you have any recommendations for caterers for my event?

Yes! If you are planning to provide refreshments or even a full meal, we encourage you to hire a Spice Kitchen Incubator entrepreneur to cater. 

Additional Questions? Contact us at SaltLakeCity [at] Rescue.org (subject: DIY%20Fundraising%20-%20Inquiry) or by phone at 801-328-1091.