Host Your Own Event

From lemonade stands and car washes to golf tournaments and birthdays, people support causes they’re passionate about through their own fundraisers or events. At the Humane Society of Portage County, we’re grateful for these creative spirits and their generosity!

Interested in hosting your own event or fundraiser to benefit the Humane Society of Portage County? Let’s get started!

event signup table

Planning Your Event

First and foremost, determine what kind of event or fundraiser you’d like to host. We have a few different tools and ways we can help depending on what you prefer to do.

You can be a hero on your birthday, before a big event, in honor of a loved one, or just because. Whatever your reason for fundraising, you’ll be making a difference for adorable animals in need.

If you’re hosting a car wash, a bake sale, or a similar event, let us know about it by contacting Sherri Galle-Teske at executive.director@hspcwi.org. Sherri is our Executive Director and will work with you to promote your event!

Other event ideas include:

  • Donate a percentage of sales at your business for a day
  • Athletic tournament (golf, volleyball, tennis, softball, bowling, etc.)
  • Auction
  • Garage sale
  • House cleaning
  • Pet sitting

How do I plan and market my fundraiser?

Seek the help of friends and family. Getting help with an event will help you brainstorm creative ideas, divide the work and have more fun.

Crunch the numbers. In the early stages of planning, you should identify your expenses and potential sources of income and donations. You should also set a fundraising goal for your event.

Keep expenses low. Increase the amount of money you raise by limiting the amount of money you spend. Keep your expenses low by asking people to donate or discount items such as venue rental fees, entertainment, decorations, food and beverages. Ask for donations for auction items and raffle prizes.

 Make a list, check it twice. Who will want to be involved in your event? Identify who those people are, how you want to get them involved, how you will ask them and if they will be available when you need them.

Shout it from the rooftops. Much of your success will depend on how well you spread the word about your event and the number of people you invite. How do you plan to let people know about your event? The more ways you can get the word out, the better.

 Incorporate other ways to raise money. Think about creative ways to raise funds — live or silent auctions, raffles, 50-50 drawings, passing the hat, and sales of food or merchandise are just some examples of ways you can raise additional funds at an event.

 Don’t forget to say thanks. Send letters to all of the supporters and volunteers that helped make your event a success. You will probably want their help again next year!

Keep lists up-to-date. Having a list of your event contacts makes future planning much easier. Make sure all contact lists always have the most up-to-date information (email, addresses and phone numbers)

Are there any policies or rules I need to follow?

In order to assure that Humane Society of Portage County’s name, image, and reputation are properly represented, we ask that all third-party fundraisers abide by the following policies. Thank you again for your efforts.

The event must be promoted in a manner to avoid statements or the appearance of HSPC endorsing any product, firm, organization, individual, or service.

The name and logo must be used in accordance with HSPC’s graphic standards. All promotional materials must clearly state the percentage of proceeds that will benefit HSPC.

HSPC should receive a list of targeted sponsors for the event before they are approached to minimize overlap with other HSSW events and/or fundraising campaigns that may be underway, if applicable.

Event organizers are responsible for obtaining all permits, especially those for raffles and/or games of chance.

Event organizers must obtain their own liability insurance to cover the event. HSPC is not financially liable for the promotion and/or staging of third-party events.

Where do I send my donations?

Please send any donations you’ve collected to:
The Humane Society of Portage County
Attn: Sherri Galle-Teske
3200 Iber Ln,
Plover WI 54467

For security purposes, please don’t send cash in the mail. However, you can drop off cash donations at our shelter.