Organize a Fundraiser

Celebrity Chefs Ming Tsai and Jacques Pepin at Savor 2019Thank you for your interest in supporting the Rhode Island Community Food Bank with your fundraising efforts. Donors like you are essential to helping the Food Bank acquire and distribute healthy, nutritious food for our neighbors in need.

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To help you understand what is possible and allowable, the Food Bank has created guidelines for third party events and cause marketing campaigns. Those can be read below, along with a few examples of each type of fundraiser.

Third Party Event Cause Marketing Campaign
Special events organized by an individual or organization where money is collected with the intent to donate it to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Such as:

  • Holding a benefit concert
  • Car shows
  • Hosting a barbecue
Funding and promotional campaigns where some percentage of a company’s sales are contributed to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Such as:

  • Selling a product with all/a portion of the proceeds going to the Food Bank.
  • Collecting donations at registers
  • Round up campaigns to the nearest dollar
Read our guidelines for Third Party Events Read our guidelines for Cause Marketing Campaigns
If you are combining both methods, please treat that as a cause marketing campaign.

If completing the print version: Send your completed form to: Hugh Minor, Director of Communications, via contactus@rifoodbank.org or by fax to (401) 942-2328.
You may also mail it to:
Rhode Island Community Food Bank
200 Niantic Avenue
Providence RI, 02907.

What if I’m collecting food as well?

Food drives are always welcomed. Boxes and posters are available for pickup at the Food Bank’s offices at 200 Niantic Avenue in Providence during our regularly scheduled business hours (8:00 AM to 5:00 PM). You can include food collection with either a third party event or a cause marketing campaign. For more information on hosting a food drive, visit the Get Involved section of our website. If you are just hosting a food drive, you do not need to fill out a fundraiser application.

What next?

Once we receive your proposal, we will review it and be in contact with you to discuss your ideas. Thanks for considering organizing an event for the Food Bank! You may also want to check out our digital tool to create a fundraising page.

You can also host a “Virtual” Food Drive. With #GiveHealthy, you can raise money that goes directly toward the purchase and delivery of healthy food that we’ve selected.

One Company Can

If you’re looking for ideas about how to organize a food or fund drive for your business or organization, download our booklet of best practices and examples of what other companies have done, One Company Can, or email Hugh Minor to request a copy in the mail.