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:

Building a Stigma-Free Future

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

Julio’s “Break the Stigma” Run

Julio Salazar ran across the state of Minnesota to help raise awareness around mental health issues. Julio says that he has lived with depression and anxiety for a large part of his life and felt it was important to show people that there is hope.

Julio’s Break the Stigma Run was a 240-mile journey that began on May 4, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. on the western border of Minnesota near the town of Dawson, and covered about 40 miles per day with hopes of finishing on May 9 in Stillwater. Funds raised from the Break the Stigma Run went to support NAMI Minnesota’s programs of education, support and advocacy.

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.

For more information on hosting your own fundraiser, follow the links below: