Host a Do-It-Yourself Fundraiser

NAMI Minnesota is the state’s largest grassroots mental health advocacy organization and we rely heavily on our supporters in the community to fund our education, support and advocacy efforts. You can use your talents and interests to host a fundraising event in your community.

Join together with your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to raise funds for and awareness about mental health and have a great time too!

Below are just a few examples of people making a difference through hosting their own fundraiser:

Singing for Smiles Fundraiser Helps NAMI

 NAMI Minnesota is inspired by the fundraising efforts of a confirmation class at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Saint Paul on behalf of NAMI Minnesota!

The 2nd Annual Singing for Smiles, a fundraiser for NAMI – and awareness raising for mental illness – was a resounding success. Last year as her 10th grade school project Emma held Singing for Smiles as a fundraiser to raise awareness about mental illness and help stop the stigma.

Last year on her own she raised $1,700 – and this year she (along with the help of Francene, 50 volunteers and the South St. Paul businesses who donated) raised $6,358. NAMI’s youth and parent educator Nancy Howe was there to talk with people and hand out information about NAMI. Thanks to the over 200 people that attended – and to Emma and Francene for raising awareness and funds for NAMIWalks and NAMI Minnesota!

Photo: Volunteers at Singing for Smiles helped sell food, above, hold live and silent auctions and coordinate the day’s events. Karaoke singing was going from beginning to end with everyone being in good spirits.

Bowling Tournament Remembers College Football Teammate

Concordia College alumni Isaac Berling lost his college roommate and football teammate, Bill Oehlers, to suicide a few years after graduation. On the fifth anniversary of Bill’s death, Isaac and nine of Bill’s other college friends spent a day bowling to honor their friend’s life and raise money for NAMI Minnesota.

The friends came clad in their best bowling shirts, a nod to Bill’s habit of wearing an ugly bowling-style button-up whenever the friends were expected to wear a tie or dress clothes at school. Together, the ten friends raised $800 for NAMI Minnesota, surpassing their $500 goal.

“We picked NAMI as the charity we wanted to donate to in his name because of their outstanding reputation for advocacy, services, support and education,” Isaac said.


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