How to do a Successful Autism Fundraiser

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Do you have a child with autism who desperately needs therapies you can’t afford? What about doing an autism fundraiser? While it can be a lot of work, autism fundraisers can be very successful and can be one of the best ways to pay for autism therapies for your child. Here is the process you can use to do a successful autism fundraiser or even more than one.

1. Know your why? Why are you fundraising? What exactly will you do with the money once you have raised it?

2. Get prepared to fundraise. In most cases, the money you earn from a fundraiser for autism therapies will still be taxable unless you do a few key things. One of these things is using a separate bank account for the funds and then being very careful to spend the money only on autism therapies. Then you can claim a tax deduction under medical expenses and reduce or in some cases eliminate your taxes. Another way is to either create your own 5013c or find a way to run the fundraiser via the 5013c of someone else and then use the funds for autism therapies. You can also contact the provider or providers of the therapy or therapies you are planning to use and see if you can make arrangements for the money raised by your autism fundraiser to go directly to them. By having the money go directly to the provider and never having the funds touch your bank account you may be able to avoid taxes. However, as with all tax issues, if you think that you may be raising a large amount of money to pay for autism therapies, consult with a tax professional first.

3. Have a goal for how much money you want to raise. Then break it down and determine how much money you will use and for what purpose. You will find that some people may be more motivated to help you, if they know or are able to decide precisely what their money will pay for.
Decide what kind of fundriaser or fundraisers you will do. While you can ask for money directly via something like gofundme.com, personally I’ve found that event fundraisers or fundraisers where you sell a product or products are more successful. People prefer the idea of getting something for their contribution and they are more fun anyway.

4. If you sell a product, sell something that people actually want or need. There are too many fundraisers for cookie dough or wrapping paper that is overpriced and that no one wants. Examples of successful products include candles, food like Tastefully Simple or Wild Tree, tomato plants, essential oils, bath and body products, Tupperware, pampered chef, and other similar items. Look for something that people buy on a regular basis whether it is for a fundraiser or not. You also want to get at least 20% of the purchase price towards your fundraiser. If you need help finding someone who can help you with a product fundraiser, let me know. I have lots of connections.

5. If you do an event fundraiser, plan at least two months ahead and invite everyone. Make it fun and something the whole family will want to attend. Ask a variety of businesses to donate items for an auction or raffle. You can also do a carnival type event and sell tickets, or you could do a dinner and get the food donated.

If your goal is to raise more than $2,000 you will want to consider doing both a product fundraiser and an event fundraiser. You may even want to do 2-3 product fundraisers and more than one event.

In short, fundraising for autism therapies can be a lot of work and effort. However, it can pay off and be well worth it. You will find that more people will help you than you expect.

Top Essential Oil Apps

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Have you used any essential oil apps? Essential oil apps are great for learning all about various uses of essential oils and for having an essential oil education available while on the go. If you decide to build an essential oils business, then essential oil apps can also help with that too. Here are what I consider to the 6 top essential oil apps. These apps are all available in iOS for iPhone and iPad and most if not all are probably on android as well.

1. Doterra Daily Drop- This app contains a complete library of essential oil videos based on the usage of Doterra essential oils. There are videos according to category. The categories include: weight management, athlete, children, spa, emotional wellness, spring cleanse and lifestyle. There is also a Determine your mood feature that you can use to determine which emotional wellness blends are appropriate according to your current state of mood. The Doterra daily drop app is also available for android.

2. Modern Essentials- This essential oil app is based on the book “Modern Essentials” published by Aroma Tools in Pleasant Grove, Utah. This app is also available for android as well. The Modern Essentials app is basically a mobile friendly version the Modern Essentials book. This app does cost $6.99 however, it is well worth the investment. There are sections on how to use every oil sold by Doterra as well as how to use oils for a wide variety of health concerns. You can also find diffuser and skin care recipes, a pregnancy safety chart and more.

3. Essential Oils Reference Guide Free- This is a great app if you want an essential oil app that will give you the basics of how to use essential oils for various health issues and for learning about the basic uses of all of the most popular essential oils.

4. Healthy Essentials- This is another essential oil reference app. You can type in various terms and search in order to find information on various issues and oils. The search feature is nice, however, it does not have information as many health issues as some other essential oil apps. It is also ad supported and the ads are a bit annoying at times.

5. Oils Map- This is another reference and learning app for essential oils. The different sections include: Oil index, common uses, did you know? essential oil basics, my favorites and my oils. The my oils section allows you to keep track of what essential oils you have, experiment with blends, take notes and keep track of contacts.

6. Oils Premier- This is my favorite free essential oil reference app. There is a large collection of recipes along with detailed information and plant pictures for each oil. There is also information on the various application methods for each oil.

Do you have a favorite essential oil app? Did I include it here? If not, let me know in the comments.

Chocolate Chip Flax Gluten Free Muffins

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Have you ever made chocolate chip flax gluten free muffins? If not you are in for a delicious treat. These are so yummy. I copied the recipe based on the ingredients from the flax 4 life muffins from Flax 4 Life. Since I don’t have the exact recipe I wrote down the ingredients list from the package and then tried to figure out how much of each ingredient to use. I also used cane sugar instead of cane juice and eggs instead of frozen egg whites. I’ve only made these gluten free muffins once. I think the next time I will try melting the chocolate chips before I stir them in. That is really the only thing I would change.

Chocolate and Flax Gluten Free Muffins
Serves 8
Gluten free muffins with flax, gluten free oats and chocolate chips.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups ground flax seeds or flax meal
  2. 1/2 cup gluten free oats
  3. 1 tbsp of baking powder
  4. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  5. 1 tsp. sea salt
  6. 1/4 cup cane sugar
  7. 2 eggs
  8. 1/2 cup water
  9. 1 tbsp. oil
  10. 1 tsp. vanilla
  11. 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Mix dry ingredients in 1 bowl and wet in another bowl. Combine the two bowls and stir throughly. You can also try melting the chocolate chips first before stirring them in. Then spray a muffin pan and put in equal amounts of the batter. This recipe made 8 regular size muffins. You could also use a loaf pan and make some bread instead of the muffins.
Notes
  1. You can use a little more cane sugar if you want them sweeter or a little less for less sweetness. Anywhere between 1/5 a cup and 1/3 a cup. Flax 4 life also sells carrot and blueberry versions so you would probably add in 1/2 cup of graded carrots and blueberries. You could also try strawberries or apples just to name a few variations.
Adapted from from the flax muffins by Flax 4 Life
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