Nepal Orphans Home depends on donations in order to continue to provide the high quality care and opportunities our children deserve. In 2012, nearly three hundred individuals across the world made financial contributions, and significant for the raising of funds and spreading awareness of Nepal Orphans Home’s mission were the numerous events held by our friends, former volunteers, and supporters. These events were as varied as the creativity of the people who organized them in their steadfast determination to support our children and included bake sales, silent auctions, photography exhibits, fun runs, yoga events, tea parties and Australian BBQs. Especially inspiring were the children who initiated the bake sales or who celebrated their birthdays by asking for donations for the children of Papa’s House. Sometimes groups passing through Nepal make it a point to visit Papa’s House, like the ultra-marathoners from Hong Kong, who made a generous donation.
Please see Get an Inside Look at Nepal Orphans Home for specific items or programs to fund, but in any case know that your donations go directly to support the health, education and well-being of our children.
Interested in planning your own event? Here are some suggestions:
Celebrate your birthday, wedding, anniversary, or any other significant event asking that guests consider a donation to NOH in lieu of gifts.
Showcase your talents—musical, artistic, dramatic, or otherwise—in an exhibition with a suggested donation to NOH.
Contact foundations or places of worship that promote global initiatives to ensure education for girls, eliminate child trafficking, or enable studies at the university level. It often takes a personal introduction for these institutions to consider a grant proposal from an unfamiliar non-profit organization.
Arrange a live or silent auction of items donated from area businesses, friends, or colleagues.
Offer your expertise by way of classes or special presentations. These might include individual tutoring sessions for school-age children, craft workshops, or lectures to local civic or social organizations in your specialty areas. Let the folks who attend know that the admission cost (or a portion of it) will go to NOH.
Recruit applicants for Volunteer Nepal by offering presentations at area colleges or universities, libraries, alumni groups, or community centers. Include the photos you took during your travels to Nepal or ask us to supply them and tell your audience about your own experience as a volunteer.
Contact your local news organizations about publicizing your upcoming or past trip to Nepal. Ask that they include information about an event or project you may be planning as a result of your travels.
Host a houseparty with special friends and their friends. Allow some time for informal socializing and then lead a short but heartfelt presentation (no more than 30 minutes) followed by a question and answer session. More specific suggestions can be found here.
Speak to school-age groups of children—scout groups, school assemblies, or community service clubs are a few of the possibilities—and simultaneously open their eyes to lives of children around the world while offering them a chance to get involved.
Galvanize a group effort by challenging interested colleagues, friends, and family to contribute to NOH and offering to match their donations with your own.
Online fundraising can be organized through FirstGiving and Crowdrise (among many other sites), where individuals can generate support for their participation in races, treks, or other events. Two recent examples: Rena Peng’s “Running for Hope” project and the Everest Yoga Trek in 2013.
Satisfy hunger and thirst at a nearby park, farmers market, flea market, or festival by selling lemonade and/or baked goods.
Sell the souvenirs and typical Nepali goods you brought home from your travels at a local craft fair, or ask a local merchant to make them available on an ongoing basis.
Display and sell your photographs from your trip to Nepal. A picture is worth a thousand words.
Increase the visibility of NOH and VN with a table at community events or film festivals. Be available to distribute informational materials and to answer questions.
Sell the treasures you find when you clear out your attics, basements, and closets and donate the proceeds to NOH.
Stock transfers can be arranged where NOH receives gifts of stock, processed and sold through our account with Scottrade. One end-of-year stock donation was sufficient for covering the lease of Papa’s Samanjasya House.
Please contact us to let us know about any events being planned so that we can help promote them. We are happy to provide the most current statistics and accurate information you’ll need as you help us spread the word.
You may find the following documents helpful for your fundraising project: