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August 25, 2023

Celebrate Your Birthday with the Cats: Why Host a Facebook Fundraiser

a gray cat with a birthday hat

Amanda Huggett

An easy and unique way to ring in your birthday and help shelter cats is by hosting a fundraiser on Facebook.

If your profile lists your birthday, Facebook will probably prompt you as it approaches to set up a fundraiser. You get to choose which cause or non-profit organization you want to support. When you select Cat Care Society, Facebook will automatically create a post for your friends to donate to. We recommend tailoring the automatic post language to something more personal that shares why you chose us and your connection to the society. It’s your day, and you get to boast about why you love cats so much! Then, select how long you’d like the fundraiser to run and your donation goal, and you’re off to the races. Your connections will be able to donate directly through Facebook, with no additional processing fees. At the end, we get a nice deposit in our bank account thanks to you!

The best part is it takes so little time to put together that you can set up your fundraiser and still have time leftover to plan that sweet birthday bash at the roller rink (or the party place of your choosing).

How to Create Your Facebook Birthday Fundraiser

  1. On your computer, log in to Facebook.
  2. On the left, click “Fundraiser.” (If you don’t see this, try “See More.”)
  3. On the left, click “Raise money.”
  4. Click Nonprofit.
  5. Type Cat Care Society into the search bar and select us (look for the page option that includes our logo).
  6. On the left, enter the goal amount you wish to raise and when your fundraiser should end.
  7. Click “Create.”
  8. On the pop-up screen, invite friends to donate, share your fundraiser in your feed or donate to it yourself.
  9. Pat yourself on the back for using your annual trip around the globe to do good in your local community.

(Need help or have more questions? Visit this Facebook help center article.)

Once your fundraiser is live, Facebook will notify us, but we’d love if you reached out and told us about it, too! Email our director of philanthropy at aleader@catcaresociety.org so we can watch your party in action.

“As my birthday was approaching this year, I decided to host a fundraiser for a cause close to my heart,” Brenda Johnson, a Cat Care Society donor and volunteer who recently hosted her own fundraiser, said. “Since I volunteer with Cat Care Society, the decision was easy. I knew that this way, my friends could donate funds to a great organization I love that helps support cats in need. Creating the fundraiser was super easy and made me feel good. I set a goal of $200, and was able to successfully raise $170 from multiple friends who donated directly through Facebook. Now, I can rest easy that Cat Care Society gets a check and knowing that the process was easy and accessible for everyone.”

Not on Facebook? No problem! There are so many other ways you can help the cats. Consider hosting a supply drive, sending financial or physical donations or spending part of your day giving scritches to the kitties.

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