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Organize A Fundraising Event

You have the power to make wishes come true! What it takes is organizing an external event for Make-A-Wish® Minnesota. Your first step will be to decide on a great fundraising idea, for example, hosting a golf tournament or organizing an office jeans day, silent auction or happy hour. There’s really no limit to the possibilities. Then encourage your friends, family and coworkers to support your effort and possibly serve on your committee.

Before you start planning your event, please contact Samantha Waller, Philanthropic Partner Relations Officer at or 612-767-8428 to complete the External Events Fundraising and Licensing Agreement. (This agreement must be signed by a Make-A-Wish staff member before you start publicizing your event.)

Frequently Asked Questions about Fundraising:

Q. Who can host an event to benefit Make-A-Wish Minnesota?
A. Anyone! Any individual or group (employees of a corporation, school/university organization, religious group, etc.) can host an event as long as it is approved by the Event Coordinator.

Q. How do I get approval to host an event?
A. Once you have decided on the type of event you would like to host and when you would like to host it, the first step toward getting approval from Make-A-Wish is to complete, sign and return the Special Event Form and License Agreement. We ask that you allow one week for the office to approve your event.

Q. What kinds of events do people hold?
A. Individuals and groups hold all sorts of events from golf outings to bowl-a-thons, wine tastings, sports tournaments, motorcycle runs and more!

Q. Is there a minimum donation required to host a fundraiser?
A. There is no minimum amount required to host a fundraiser, but the amount of logistical support you can expect to receive from Make-A-Wish as well as the use of our trademarks and logo in your publicity and advertising materials will depend on the proceeds you anticipate to make.

Q. I want to publicize this event through media outlets in my community. Is that allowed?
A. All publicity materials (posters, invitations, email announcements, press releases, etc.) need to be approved by Make-A-Wish Minnesota prior to print and distribution. This is so we can make sure the language used to describe our mission and those we serve is correct.

Q. Where does the money raised at my event go?
A. The proceeds from your event go directly toward our mission of granting wishes to Minnesota children with critical illnesses.

When it comes to raising funds for Make-A-Wish® Minnesota, the only limit is your imagination. We welcome the opportunity to speak with you about your ideas.

Contact us to learn more
Make-A-Wish® Minnesota
1919 University Ave W
Suite 415
St. Paul, MN 55104
(612) 767-9474