Fundraise on Our Behalf

For over 30 years, we’ve been making a difference in the lives of millions of families struggling with substance. But there is much more work to be done. By fundraising on behalf of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, you’re helping provide and expand critical resources for families.

Fundraising 101: Tiny Steps Can Create Big Impact

You have great ideas, put them to work! Host your own fundraiser or participate in existing events like marathons, spin-a-thons, silent auctions, ticketed shows, car washes and more. We’re here to help make your fundraiser a HUGE success! Follow our steps and tips and, find ideas and inspiration below.

To help ensure your fundraising event is a success, we challenge you to set a fundraising goal of at least $1,000. But remember, no matter the amount raised, you’re helping more families find answers. Here’s what your fundraising dollars provide:


$5,000 provides training for five Parent Coaches to connect with families in need.


$1,000 allows our Helpline staff to connect with 40 parents seeking support.


$500 gives three parents substance use coaching and support over six weeks.


$100 allows the Helpline staff to connect with four parents seeking support.


$50 provides over an hour of one-on-one parent coaching for a parent in need.


$25 trains one local substance use professional to deliver community education.

Eight Steps to Fundraising Success

1. Communicate your goal and timeframe

Determine your fundraising goal and communicate that with your network. It is important to ensure your supporters feel urgency to join your event so setting a specific timeframe is key to success. This will give your supporters something to work toward and will let them know that every dollar they give counts.

2. Create and plan your event

Start early and get creative! There are countless ways you can fundraise for the Partnership, from joining an already existing event like a marathon or organizing your own event such as a spin-a-thon, hosting a bake sale, or even asking for donations instead of birthday, graduation or wedding gifts; no event is too small or too big. Need inspiration? Check out the success stories featured below.

3. Register your event with us

We want to know about your event and get the word out! Contact us to let us know the who, what, why and when. We’ll be here to answer any questions you might have along the way.

4. Make a list

Family, friends, neighbors, classmates and colleagues are all great potential supporters. Make a list of people you want to invite to give, participate and/or attend your event.

5. Share your story and spread the word

Whether it’s through email, phone, social media, a personal fundraising page or snail mail, let your donors know about your event, why this cause is important to you and why you are seeking their support. Be sure to send reminders and keep your network updated on your progress and deadlines.

6. Stay positive and organized.

People won’t give unless they’re asked, so ask, ask, ask! Remind your donors of the benefits of giving to your fundraiser. Their tax-deductible gifts support families across the nation struggling with their child’s substance use.

7. Say “Thank You”

Most important, don’t forget to acknowledge your donors! Send a thank you card or email; give them a shout out on social media or make phone calls. Let them know how much you appreciate their support and how much it means to the families we serve.<

8. Send your donations to our office

If you receive checks or cash, please mail them to:
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
Attn: Development Department
352 Park Avenue South, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10010

Fundraising Success Stories


Lauren C. and other cycling enthusiasts came together at Soul Cycle in San Francisco in support of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. Thanks to their generosity, together they raised more than $2,500. Lauren had recently taken up cycling and wanted to raise awareness for the Partnership’s cause, while motivating others to have fun while doing good.

“Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is definitely a charity that is near and dear to my heart. I work with children in San Francisco on a weekly basis, many of whom are exposed to substance use in their community at an early age,” Lauren said. “In addition, I’ve had several close family members and friends struggle with substance abuse and addiction. It seems to be more prevalent today than ever before and it’s something that transcends all communities, age groups and walks of life.”

Jeremy's RunJEREMY’S RUN

The Glass Family organized Jeremy’s Run in Olney, Maryland in memory of their son Jeremy Glass who tragically died from a drug addiction (please take a moment to read his memorial story). Jeremy’s mother Cyndi Glass works tirelessly to organize and promote the annual event, which attracts hundreds of participants.

The event is not only a fundraiser, but also helps increase awareness about the disease of addiction and shed light on the unfortunate stigma that is too-often associated with it. Proceeds are generously donated to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, and we could not be more grateful.


Californian Andy Blasquez challenged himself to participate in the Sonoma Echelon Gran Fondo, a 75 mile cycling event, in order to help raise awareness and support. He shared that the arduous conditions and high heat almost had him give up on the long ride, but “something special happened. I realized that for my charity, the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, and their beneficiaries, they don’t get to just stop.” Andy explained, “Stopping was no longer a privilege that I was going to afford myself. It wasn’t my spirit that got me up, out of the dirt and back on my feet, but the heartache that I feel for people who have been through a hell I’ll never know. I did it for the heartache that I need to prevent for the next family… and the next.”