I am including a link www.abilitycamp.com/Brandon-flyer.pdf to a flyer we made that directed people on how to donate, Brian posted it on his bulletin board at school and we had some friends who took it around their neighborhood. We also set up a "youcaring.com" page, which after lots of research, was the most beneficial in that they didn't take a big percentage, the only fee that was paid was paypal fees. We also have a trust set up for Brandon, which I understand was a big factor in people donating because they knew for sure the money was going towards Brandon by writing their check out to his trust. In the US, if your child is receiving Medicaid they can never have more than $1000 in their name because then they no longer qualify for Medicaid. However, they can have a Supplemental Needs Trust (SNT) where money can be put in for them with a trustee managing it (Brian and myself are the trustees) and they don't lose their Medicaid. We did an SNT for Brandon and the donations went straight to that through an account at Wells Fargo. We also did a plate sale through a group of ladies at a local church. When one of them heard about Brandon through a friend, she said the church has a group of ladies who will donate food and cook, and we sold the plates. We had about $13,000 donated off the flyer, $5500 to youcaring.com, and $1500 off the plate sale. Donations from the flyer were mostly from Brian's work, my immediate group of coworkers, and our church. The youcaring.com page was up for 5 weeks, but the majority of our fundraising was done in 3 weeks. Brandon's school was also willing to do a fundraiser, but we received so much in a short time that I asked them to reserve fundraising for future camps. They did buy plates from our plate sale.
We are going to have another fundraiser in the fall, we have a few friends who have bands and they are going to do a concert for Brandon. We will sell tickets to the concert and have a raffle with items that we are collecting through donations.