How to Create a Memorial Charity Fundraiser to Honor A Loved One

The Daffy Team

· 3 min read

Since we launched Daffy Campaigns, one of the most common and meaningful fundraisers we’ve seen is in honor of loved ones who passed away. If you are reading this and have lost a loved one, please know that the entire Daffy team extends our deepest sympathies and support to you.

Losing a loved one is an incredibly challenging experience, and finding ways to honor their memory can bring comfort and create a meaningful legacy. We hope this guide can serve as inspiration and guidance as you look to honor your loved one's memory.

What is a Memorial Fundraiser?

A memorial charity fundraiser is a dedicated fundraising initiative established to commemorate the life and legacy of a deceased individual. These fundraisers celebrate their lives and legacy by supporting the causes, activities, and organizations dear to their hearts.

Ideas for Creating a Memorial Fundraiser

Based on the many successful fundraisers we’ve seen on the platform, below are a few of the most common ways we’ve seen people honor family, friends, and colleagues.

  1. Support Their Favorite Cause or Charity

Consider starting a fundraiser to support a cause or charity that holds special significance to your loved one. Whether they were passionate about environmental conservation, the arts, or their place of worship, directing donations toward their chosen organizations is a heartfelt way to continue their philanthropic legacy.A unique element of Daffy Campaigns is that you can select up to 6 charities, so if your loved one supports multiple organizations for a cause like environmental conservation or has a variety of philanthropic interests you can select more than one charity.

  1. Support Their Alma Mater or a Scholarship Program

Another meaningful way to honor your loved one is by creating a fundraiser for their alma mater or a specific scholarship program. One own education is a formative and meaningful experience for many, and by investing in the education of future generations, you're honoring their appreciation and perpetuating their commitment to learning and growth.

  1. Raise Money for Treatments and Cures for Others

If your loved one battled a particular illness or condition, consider launching a fundraiser to support research, treatments, or patient care initiatives related to that disease. By funding medical advancements, you're not only honoring their struggle but also providing hope to others facing similar challenges.

Why Set Up a Memorial Fundraiser Instead of a Private Foundation?

Establishing a charity fundraiser offers several advantages over creating a family foundation, particularly in terms of simplicity, flexibility, accessibility, and cost savings. Starting a private foundation typically costs a minimum of $250,000 and can take months to set up.

Unlike a private foundation, which requires significant administrative overhead and legal obligations, a charity fundraiser can be set up quickly and easily, allowing you to focus on honoring your loved one's memory without unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles.

Why Set Up a Memorial Fundraiser Instead of a Memorial Fund?

While memorial funds are another great way to honor loved ones, they tend to be more complex and cumbersome to set up and maintain. In addition, memorial fundraisers tend to raise more funds and are better for engagement as donors have more transparency about which charities are being supported.

In the wake of loss, creating a memorial charity fundraiser can be a profound way to honor the memory of a loved one while making a meaningful impact. We hope this guide serves as a source of inspiration and guidance as you commemorate your loved one's life and legacy. If you’re ready to create your memorial fundraiser today, click here to get started. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out.