“We decided to support Polaris because its cause is very important to us and strikes 'close to home.’ We work in the fashion business, which is often used as a false pretense for trafficking girls. We feel that we can not only raise money through our events, but also awareness among people who might not realize how widespread the problem of human trafficking is.”
-Michaela Schwartz and Daniela Cermanova, Green and Blue, Washington, D.C.
House parties are a great opportunity to raise awareness and educate friends and family while also raising much-needed funding for Polaris. Normally, the host will ask guests to donate a certain amount and will provide food and drinks. You may choose to further educate your guests by showing movie clips, discussing a book, or bringing in a speaker from Polaris or a local organization working on combating human trafficking.
Other Ideas for Events
- Bake Sale
- Garage Sale
- Raise funds by dedicating a race or a sporting event
Step-by-Step Instructions on Hosting a Polaris Fundraising Event
Step 1: Decide on the when, where, and what of your event. Let us know about your fundraising efforts by registering your event!
Step 2: A budget will help you figure out how profitable your event will be. We have provided a budget worksheet for you.
Step 3: Track the donations you receive. Tracking is particularly important when you are collecting cash donations. Polaris will need the name, donation amount and contact information of donors in order to provide a tax receipt.
Step 4: Have people sign up for our Grassroots Network to stay updated with Polaris and take critical actions to end human trafficking!
Step 5: Send your donations to Polaris. Please ensure all checks are made payable to Polaris. Mail checks and cash to:
P.O. Box 65323
Washington, DC 20035
Gifts can also be made online by clicking here.