The Role of a Fundraiser

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“Fundraiser” can be kind of an intimidating word. For me, it used to dredge up images of admirably persistent yet mildly irritating and overly enthusiastic persons knocking at my door trying to guilt me into emptying the contents of my wallet. I think about the commercials with building piano crescendos that play on your emotions and make you feel like you’d be the scum of the earth if you didn’t give away everything you owned (Sara McLaughlin dog commercials, anyone??)

We all can feel a bit uncomfortable when the conversation moves to money, especially when you don’t have a whole lot of it. So when we at Greensboro Pregnancy Care Center start talking a lot about our upcoming Walk for Life and our lofty fundraising goals, it may induce said discomfort and perhaps even some subconscious eye-rolling.

We totally get that. It’s hard to talk about money.

But the thing is, money is not what we are primarily after.

The Goal

The mission of the Care Center is to empower women and men in unplanned pregnancy to make life-affirming choices. We believe that both the mother and the unborn have immeasurable inherent value, and so we desire to support our clients before, during, and after their pregnancies.

When you get right down to it, what we are “after” is people. We want to care for our community by sharing practical resources, free medical services, and most importantly, truth in love.

The Cost

I’ve always been slightly amused at the surprised/perplexed faces I sometimes get when I share that I work at a pregnancy care center.

“Wait, so…you’re like an actual employee? They pay you?”

The common assumption is that places such as care centers function entirely off of volunteer power. While it is true that our volunteers are vital (I would even say they are the lifeblood of what we do), there is an immense amount of work that goes on behind the scenes by both full- and part-time staff. And a growing staff at a non-profit organization means that our fundraising must grow as well.

In addition to supporting staff, the Care Center must also do a wide variety of other things to support its mission: keep the lights on, pay for running water, have appropriate technology, office supplies, ultrasound equipment, pregnancy tests, STD testing kits, resources for clients… the list can really go on and on. All of these things are necessary to keep serving women and men in an unplanned pregnancy at no cost to them. And all of these things require money.

What it comes down to is this: the appropriate amount of funds allows us to complete our mission and purpose.

The Role of a Fundraiser

So this is where you come in! We want to challenge you to participate in this year’s Walk for Life as a fundraiser. What does that mean?

First, it means we want you there participating on Saturday, April 29th, as we raise awareness about the Care Center and celebrate the value of human life.

Secondly, it means we want you to invest in the mission of the Care Center by creatively and boldly reaching125 moms out to those in your sphere of influence in order to raise funds. We also want to challenge you to give sacrificially in whatever way you can.

The only way the Care Center is able to offer services to clients free of charge is through the generosity of its partners. Without those selfless sacrifices, we can’t keep empowering women and men to face their unplanned pregnancy without fear. Your generosity really fuels our mission.

We hope you’re as excited as we are about the Walk for Life. We are expecting big things, and we can’t wait to see how our lofty goal of empowering 125 moms to choose life will be met and even surpassed. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to build a legacy here in our community!

If you want to learn more about what’s involved in being a fundraiser on a Walk for Life team, check out the video below. You can also visit our Walk for Life event page to get more details and to register as a walker on a team. We can’t wait to see you on April 29th!

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