Dealing with the loss of a family or friend is never easy. One of the most difficult parts of any death is planning the memorial and burial. Creating an elaborate event is the last thing most people want to do in the days following the death of a loved one, but unfortunately, it’s something that must be done.
Memorials, burials, and funerals can cost well over $10,000. If the deceased didn’t leave enough money to cover the costs of the memorial, then it’s up to loved ones to raise the funds. Today, more and more families are using t-shirt fundraisers in order to raise money to cover memorial and burial costs.
BonfireFunds.com wants to help raise funds for any upcoming memorial, burial, or funeral. At Bonfire, we’ve gone to great lengths to ensure that our site is as easy as possible to use. We take care of everything - even shipping and support.
Here are a few more reasons why more and more people are using Bonfire to cover the costs of a memorial or burial:
Spread any message, slogan, or quote with a t-shirt
There are lots of good ways to celebrate the memory of a loved one. If the deceased had a particular motto, quote, or activity that he or she liked, you can use a Bonfire t-shirt to remember it. Our online design tool makes it easy to design a shirt that properly celebrates the life of a loved one.
With thousands of graphics, design elements, and fonts to choose from, we make it easy to design a beautiful, meaningful shirt -- no design skills necessary.
Complete the entire fundraising process online
A memorial is probably the last thing you want to worry about after the death of a loved one. Planning an event is never easy, and during the days following a loved one’s death, most people aren’t ready to start planning a memorial quite yet. That’s why we’ve made our setup process as easy as possible to complete online. In fact, you don’t even have to leave your computer chair.
Risk-free way to cover funeral expenses
When launching a memorial fundraiser, you obviously don’t want that fundraiser to lose money. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happens to many fundraisers. No matter how good your intentions may be, it could lose money through no fault of your own. If you rent a venue for an event fundraiser, or buy 100 charity wristbands, then you’re going to need to get some return on that investment in order to meet your fundraising target - or break even at all.
At BonfireFunds.com, we’ve come up with an innovative way to avoid this problem: instead of sending 100 t-shirts to you and then expecting you to sell them, we wait until your fund ends before producing the shirts. As long as you sell the minimum quantity needed to print (as low as 5 shirts), we produce the shirts and mail them out to all your supporters.
If the minimum sales needed to print is never reached, then your shirts aren’t manufactured and your contributors are never charged. There are no surprise fees, extra charges, or other costs. If you’re looking for a risk-free way to raise funds for any type of death-related expense, then Bonfire is an excellent resource for you to use.
Use 100% of t-shirt proceeds to cover any expenses
After your fund ends and you've reached or exceeded your minimum sales goal, we send 100% of all t-shirt proceeds directly to you. Once the money is in your hands, it’s your to spend however you like. The proceeds can be used to cover the costs of a memorial or to buy a plot of burial land, for example. You could cover the travel expenses of loved ones from out-of-town coming in for the funeral. Or, you could order catering for the event. It’s your money to spend how you see fit.
Bonfire applies an 8% processing fee on all non-t-shirt donations while 100% of all t-shirt proceeds go to you (minus the base cost of the shirt). This ensures that your fundraiser is able to generate as much money as possible while limiting the expenses, charges, and hidden fees (we don’t have any!).
If you want to raise funds in support of a memorial, burial, or funeral of a loved one, we encourage you to start your Bonfire fundraiser today!
More Memorial Fundraising Ideas
After a loved one passes, friends and relatives are faced with many challenges. One of these challenges is paying for the costs associated with a passing.
Many people turn to memorial fundraisers for assistance. Memorial fundraisers can be used to cover the costs of a funeral and burial, or they can be used to raise funds in memory of a loved one. No matter what type of memorial fundraiser you’re launching, here are some creative fundraising ideas:
Memorial walk or run: Memorial walks and runs are particularly popular. With a memorial run, participants can choose to run a 5K, 10K, or whatever distance they would like. To make the run more personal, they may choose to run the deceased loved one’s favorite number in miles. Or, if the deceased loved animals, participants can bring dogs to the run. To raise money, ask participants to search for pledge donations.
Launch an online donation campaign: From Facebook to Twitter, there are plenty of easy ways to connect with loved ones online. Start a Facebook group or event and ask for donations to be made in honor of the deceased. You can organize donations via an online service – like PayPal – or simply ask for donations to be made towards a third-party charity organization that the deceased supported – like the local SPCA or Red Cross. Explain how the donations are being used.
Spare change donation boxes at local businesses: This fundraising method is particularly effective in smaller towns where many people knew the deceased. Spread charity boxes around towns with some information about the deceased. Place them at local restaurants, bars, gas stations, and more and collect spare change. A little change from a lot of boxes can go a long way towards supporting a memorial.