Alumni Spotlight: Fundraising for the Summits

2017 Summit Alum, Grace, describes her fundraising experience

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A note from Ambassador Leaders: Grace is a 10th grader from Hotchkiss, Colorado. She attended the Leadership Summit at UCLA in 2017. Grace is a rock star when it comes to fundraising! She didn’t hesitate when it came to getting creative for her fundraisers. This is her story:

In order to fundraise, you need to be creative. When I raised funds to attend the Leadership Summit at UCLA:

Though fundraising is a serious task, put some fun into it!

  • I went around to the local restaurants and asked for sponsorship and donations. (Use this flyer!)

  • I also asked friends and family for donations.

  • I made a GoFundMe page.

  • I sold butterbraids.

  • I did restaurant takeovers/fundraisers.

  • I asked local musicians to provide music for my benefit concert.

  • My mom, friends, and I made snacks to sell and I did bake sales in front of my local grocery store.

When you’re fundraising, you need to get the word out – who you are and why you're fundraising. People need to be able to trust you so they know their money is going toward what you said.

Always thank your donors and sponsors in some way – whether it's with a card, video, poster, etc. You should also always be kind and thoughtful to your donors/sponsors. The most important thing you can do is make a video or letter to show your donors/sponsors what you learned at the Summit they helped you reach.


If you are a superstar fundraiser like Grace, email ideas that worked for you to


By Grace Deck

Grace is an alum of 2017 Leadership Summit at UCLA. She is a 10th grader from Hotchkiss, Colorado.