MEDLIFE AWARDS 2016
WHY HOLD A FUNDRAISER?
MEDLIFE student chapters hold fundraisers on campus or in their local communities in order to support The MEDLIFE Project Fund. Often, chapters sponsor a specific community development project (e.g. a staircase, school, or hygiene project) to raise money towards.
Chapters are required to hold at least one large-scale fundraising event per semester, with the goal of raising $1,000 or more, as well as several smaller, year-round fundraisers. In addition, chapter members and individuals planning to attend a Mobile Clinic in Latin America fundraise towards their trip fees using MEDLIFE's 50:50 fundraising campaign. Chapter officers take an active role in planning and organizing fundraising events.
Typically, it will be up to chapter officers to brainstorm fundraising ideas, coordinate event dates, location, and necessary supplies, and recruit volunteers to staff the activity. At the conclusion of the event, chapter officers must take the proper steps to ensure that all funds raised are properly handled and delivered to The MEDLIFE Project Fund.
MEDLIFE student chapters are responsible for organizing and executing at least one large-scale fundraiser per academic semester. The goal of these fundraisers is to raise at least $1,000 for The MEDLIFE Project Fund. Examples of past fundraisers:
- Global health banquet
- Silent auction
- $1.00 or coin drive.
MEDLIFE student chapters engage in a year-round effort to fundraise on their campuses or in their local communities.
Usually, chapters complete 3-5 fundraisers per academic semester.
Common small-scale fundraisers:
- Scarf sale (selling scarves from Ecuador)
- Bake sale or ice cream sale
- Dinner at a local restaurant
Many MEDLIFE student chapters choose to create fundraising campaigns around the winter holiday season to benefit The MEDLIFE Project Fund.
Disclaimer: In accordance with United States tax law and regulations, a donation to The MEDLIFE Project Fund is 100% tax-deductible by the person making the donation. However, only 50% of a donation given to the 50:50 campaign (i.e., the portion that goes towards MEDLIFE's General Fund) is tax-deductible for the person making the donation. The portion of a donation that reduces a student's cost of participating in a mobile clinic is not tax-deductible. If donors have general questions about whether or not donations to MEDLIFE are tax–deductible, they can call MEDLIFE'S U.S.-based office at 207-433-0780. However, specific questions about the deductibility of contributions should be directed to a donor's qualified tax advisor.