Fundraising is a pain! Ask anybody who has to do it. The very act tugs and nags at most people, tapping into something almost primal. Asking for help, asking for money, asking in general carries cultural baggage. We are a “pull yourself up by the bootstraps” nation and the cultural urge to “do it ourselves” runs deep.
Fundraising is necessary! Ask anyone who is building a business, creating a product, or running a nonprofit. The entrepreneur may wish for the pot of gold to fund a dream, but the entrepreneur is not shy about asking. The inventor knows a good idea only goes so far without the cash to sustain it. And a nonprofit knows that a mission and wanting to do the right thing for people in need is not enough to make it so.
Fundraising is fun! What? How many sides of this coin are there? Hundreds of people are out to prove this weekend that raising a lot of coins can bring out the best in folks; it can even be healthy! Lace up for the Colfax Marathon on May 19 and 20 with start and finish in City Park. An event like this taps into something else about us humans. When we know how to make a difference and there are choices that match our interests and passions, we rise to the occasion every time.
For two months, walkers and runners who love a day outside have also been choosing a charity to support while they do something they enjoy (or not in some cases, but more about them in a minute). With the organizational structure already provided by the Colfax Marathon, even small nonprofits can take advantage of this fundraising opportunity. All the money raised by individuals and teams go directly to the charity of their choice.
Not everybody who will show up on Saturday or Sunday will be doing what they love. Some folks would rather get eaten by a python rather than run (or walk) the 5K. But their hearts are big and they have accepted that fundraising is necessary for a cause they support.
We have over 40 runners, walkers and supporters showing up for Rebuilding Together this weekend. They know there are at least two sides to the fundraising coin. And, their goal is to finish the race with a fistful of coins to be sure that we can deliver on the promise that everyone deserves a safe and healthy home!