Cash 4 Clothes: Haiti Fundraiser

March 19, 2010

Thank you to everybody who participated in our Cash 4 Clothes Haiti Fundraiser. We managed to collect a total of 323 bags of clothes (and household items) for a grand total of $969. Because I wanted to take advantage of the matching contributions deadline, I donated $1000 in advance. Using the matching contributions through a friend’s HSBC employment and through the government, our donations totaled $3000 for Haiti! Here are a few pictures of the bags of clothes collected in the garages of my house and my friend’s house.

Again, thank you everybody who donated. If you’re interested in doing a fundraiser for your own purpose (sports team, charitable purposes, etc), you can take advantage of the Developmental Disabilities Association’s Cash-4-Clothes program as well.


Fundraising for Haiti with DDA

January 20, 2010

Photo Credit: Wolfgang Rattay, Reuters

With another major aftershock of 6.1 in Haiti this morning, and an ever increasing death toll, a few friends of mine decided to start a fundraising group for Haiti. We’ll be taking advantage of the Developmental Disabilities Association, Cash 4 Clothes program, to raise funds for the Haiti victims.  Cash 4 Clothes, in a nutshell, works like this:

  • Collect a minimum of 75 full bags of clothes and up to 150 full bags at one time, and DDA gives you $2.00 per bag
  • If you collect over 151 full bags at one time, DDA gives you $3.00 per bag
  • DDA will pick up all the bags after the clothing drive has been completed

Our goal is to reach $1000 for Haiti. All the money we raise from collecting bags of clothes and donating them to DDA will go directly to helping Haiti. The benefits of Cash 4 Clothes will be helping two charitable and important causes: locally, the Developmental Disabilities Association; and internationally, with the people in Haiti.

If you would like to help out with this fundraiser, you can drop by DDA’s Head Office with your bags of clothes and/or housewares. Simply leave them with the receptionist and let her know the bags are for Victor. You can also start your own fundraising group for Haiti (or for any other cause, organization, or sports team that needs money) through our Cash 4 Clothes program.

Update: I was just informed that Savers/Value Village, where DDA sells their used goods, will be delivering trailers of used clothing, bed, bath and shoes to the areas in need at Haiti!

Blogathon: No Money to Donate?

July 26, 2009

I know many people who want to help a charitable cause but don’t want to donate money; however, there are many other things to donate. One way to help your favorite non-profit can be to donate your time. Many charitable organizations rely greatly on volunteers to sustain themself. Some organizations are built mostly out of volunteers. At the Developmental Disabilities Association, we also greatly benefit from our volunteers. We also benefit from and sustain ourselves through the donation of your un-needed clothes, housewares, and unused goods. We do free pickups in the Lower Mainland of clothes and housewares and we also have many donation bins across BC that you can donate your clothes to. By donating your clothes, you not only help fund essential programs for the developmentally disabled, but also help create global marketplace through the resale of your items at lower costs to those in need. In the past year, we’ve recycled over 7 million lbs of potential landfill material by reselling your unused goods. Help the developmentally disabled, help create global marketplace, and help our environment; 3 in one by donating your goods to the DDA.

Blogathon: Status Update

July 25, 2009

I honestly admit that after reading so many blog posts and writing 4 hours worth of blogs I’m a little bit short on blogging ideas. Because of that, I will be featuring more client writing in coming posts. I promise I’ll have some more interesting relevant blog posts up before midnight!

That aside, best of luck to everybody else doing Blogathon right now. Currently, there are 153 charities being sponsored by Blogathon with over $37,000 raised! The Developmental Disabilities Association is so far, one of the top fundraisers with almost $400 raised. I’m currently at Blogathon sitting beside Karen Hamilton, the owner of Tinybites blog and consulting, who is leading the fundraising efforts with close to $2000 raised through her blog! Amazing!

Blogathon: Ways to Fundraise

July 25, 2009

From this blog onwards I will not specify it is for blogathon cause I realized I’ve already selected the category and the tag!

Ok so this entry is not about teaching you how to fundraise. I wish I had that knowledge to share with you, but alas that fountain is not mine to own. However, I do want to discuss what works, what is considered innovative, what we can do in the future of fundraising, and what doesn’t work (sadly).

I can only provide comments on what I think doesn’t work. I’d love some input on this though (what works, what should be coming…).

What I think doesn’t work:

  • random parties with high overhead costs and no real purpose
  • selling frivolous items
  • funless activities
  • what everyone else is doing (seriously, how many of the same event for different organizations can one attend)
  • forcing people to donate to your fundraiser (it may force them to be a one-time-only supporter)

I always hear this at the office. “What’s fun? What can we do that’s fun?” I’d like to know as well.  The blogathon is pretty cool. I mean, I would love to be able to fundraise more via the blogathon, but it’s definitely keeping with the times, and that’s what I appreciate most about it. So what other things can we do to leverage technology and fundraise, while keeping things fun and supporters happy?

More on this later…

Remember, you can support us here (only takes a few seconds to sign up).

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Blogathon 2009

July 3, 2009

Joyce and I will be staying up for 24 hours and blogging every half an hour for the Vancouver Blogathon 2009. Miss604, Rebecca Bollwitt will be hosting a special event on July 25th for Blogathon Vancouver.


If you would like to support our programs, services and the people with developmental disabilities in Vancouver and Richmond, please pledge Joyce and I by sponsoring us. If you don’t have an account with Blogathon, it takes less than a minute to sign-up for one to sponsor us. Don’t worry if you can’t figure out how to sign-up. Simply contact us with your contact info and pledge amount, and we’ll walk you through it or sign up for you. Remember, you get a tax receipt for pledges of $10 or more. Cheques should be made to ‘Developmental Disabilities Foundation’ with a note that says it is a donation.

Please send cash/cheque donations to the attention of Communications at:

#100 – 3851 Shell Road, Richmond, BC.  V6X 2W2

Also, if you’d like a tax receipt, please let us know by email, or send that request with your donation (if mailed). Tax receipts are issued through DDA, and not the Blogathon.

We look forward to your support. Thank you!