Fundraising. What is it exactly? It is comprised of many different levels and comes in a variety of forms. Traditionally, there are fundraising events. We love those! Now those events encompass so much more than before. There are galas, ticketed formal events and casino nights. There are experiences at unique venues, golf outings and even those which honor someone prominent in their community. Fundraising is even more than events though and even that branch of nonprofit revenue boasts something completely new these days.

Aside from the aforementioned ticketed events, there are benefit concerts and there are vacations. There are also appeals and online fundraising tools. RISE Life Services has grown and expanded our creative fundraising. There are now many different ways RISE handles raising money to help enhance our programs and provide even more for the individuals we serve. Below are some of those examples.

  1. New experiences and events: We have implemented new types of events that help us raise money for our individuals and growth of programs. One example of those is our Atlantic City Getaway. This is a chance for people to go away for a couple of nights; stay at a beautiful resort; and enjoy dinner and music while getting to know RISE and our executive director better. This is a great tool for networking and fun for all attending.

    Another type of fundraising event is our upcoming trip to Italy. Traveling to Italy is a dream for many. We are working in collaboration with Collette Travel, and they are donating back a portion of every couple that joins on the trip in April of 2020. What’s more is that the travelers enjoy a discounted rate on the trip with tour, accommodations, most activities and even flights included in the price. It’s a win-win!

  2. Another form of fundraising that has been more well-known for many charities, but new to RISE is a benefit concert. We are soon about to announce a day filled with a variety of renowned bands, playing to raise money for our food pantry and local community in need.
  3. Last but certainly not least is online fundraising. This type of crowd-funding is growing in popularity with a focus on Facebook, Instagram and email communications. We were thrilled last December of 2018, when we raised much-needed funds to help our residents enjoy a magical holiday. Each person received a gift from their wish list. It was an inspiring experience and those who participated were a major part in making someone very happy. From small donations to larger contributions, it all made a BIG difference!

Stay tuned for more about what we have going on in the world of fundraising. Keep in touch with any questions or feedback by emailing Melissa at

RISE Life Services provides a residential and supported living environment on the East End of Long Island, dedicated to empowering people with intellectual disabilities and mental health challenges to RISE to their full potential. To learn more about RISE Life Services, The Main Street Market Food Pantry, residential housing, job opportunities and other programs, please browse our website or call 631-727-6220 ext. 203 with any questions.