Offering Help After a Suicide Death

Friends For Survival, Inc.

P.O. Box 214463, Sacramento, CA 95821

   In an effort to expand our fundraising as directed by the Board of Directors, we have set up a GoFundMe account. is an online fundraising tool to help us broaden our donor base. Please read the letter of Jan. 6 from Kelly Dunham.

   Marilyn, I’m so glad FFS has set up a GoFundMe page. I’m often asked by friends and family what they can do to support folks who have been impacted by a suicide. Now I can refer them to contribute to FFS so that this great organization can continue to reach out and help others.

   To gain some momentum for this fundraising effort, I created a challenge for my friends. I posted the GoFundMe link, along with a bit of my personal story about Travis’ suicide to my wall and asked my 350+ facebook friends to donate $10 with a “In Memory of Travis Dunham” message. People made donations within minutes. In all, we raised $520 in a week!

I also encouraged more donations by pledging to match up to $500 if we did it by 12/31. In all, we raised $1040.

Here are my tips on how to have others run a fundraising challenge:

❶ Share your personal story—why is FFS an important organization to give to or how FFS helped you

❷ Ask for something specific — $10 and a memorial message was what I did

❸ Tell your Facebook friends what you are doing to help — Match a certain $ amount if you can,

     or contribute $50 if at least 5 people contribute in a week

❹ Give them a deadline — Create a sense of urgency by asking for donations by a certain date

Most importantly — THANK  each person who responds and contributes individually. This both shows your appreciation,

and brings your post to the top of the news feed for others to read..

A Message From Marilyn