Ways to Give the Gift of Camp This Season

The season of giving is here. And we know it's busy! As you shop for gifts or simply count all of the things in life for which you're grateful, be sure to keep SeriousFun in you holiday plans.

For children with serious illnesses and their families, camp is not only magical. It's life-changing. Fun becomes the vehicle for kids to reclaim their childhood, their health, and their future. With so many ways to give, here are just a few to keep in mind:

Holiday Shopping

Amazon Smile
If you're go-to destination is amazon.com, then supporting camp is easy. Hop on over to smile.amazon.com instead; every you time you shop Amazon will give 0.5% of your purchase to SeriousFun at no extra cost! That amount seems small? Every cent adds up when it gives children with serious illnesses the chance to simply be kids. We promise.

Abercrombie
We're celebrating kids with character with our friends at Abercrombie—and you can join us. Meet five of our fantastically fun campers in the abercrombie kids holiday campaign (Jospeh likes to sing and nom on noodles as much as we do). Then choose to donate to SeriousFun at checkout in the spirit of camp. 

American Express Points
Want to give, but would prefer to do so with all those AmEx points you've built up? American Express Members Give allows you to convert your points into charitable donations. You can easily donate points (or make a contribution and earn points!) through amex.justgive.org.

Eat Donuts and Party

If you're not a big shopper, no worries. Here's how you can spread a little holiday cheer in the name of camp:

  • Gather a few friends and throw a camp-inspired party. Encourage guests to donate to SeriousFun in lieu of gifts. Do we sense s'mores skillet dip? Absolutely. 
  • Get your workplace involved. Organize a casual or camp-inspired day to raise money for SeriousFun camps and programs. Want to get involved on a more regular basis? Learn more about corporate giving
  • Get in shape while supporting camp! Are you into endurance events? Like to walk, run, or cycle? Sign up for an event and raise funds while you do. Contact us at info@seriousfunnetwork.org to get started.
  • Raise money by planning a community event. Whether you choose a hot chocolate stand, holiday bake sale, or sports tournament, have fun with it! Email us at info@seriousfunnetwork.org.
2x the Fun: Multiply Your Gift

Company Matching Gifts
Did you know that many employers will match charitable contributions made by their employees? Check to see if your employer offers a matching program to double or triple the impact of your dollar. 

Year End Matching Opportunities
If you donate online at www.seriousfunnetwork.org/givecamp or www.seriousfunnetwork.org/gpp, your gift can be doubled by a match through the end of 2016. To mail in your gift, send checks made out to SeriousFun Children's Network, Year End in the memo to: SeriousFun Children's Network, 228 Saugatuck Avenue, Westport, CT 06880.

Happy Taxes

Looking to make tax season merry and bright? Consider gifting your stock to SeriousFun and avoid paying capital-gains tax. Or increase your 2016 tax deduction with a tax-deductible donation to SeriousFun Children's Network by December 31, 2016. Take a look at our planned giving options too!

Gift in Kind

We take gifts in kind from individuals and companies. Think books, pillowcases, food, cleaning products, art supplies and furniture. Or you might donate time and services, including airfare, software and printing. Email us directly at info@seriousfunnetwork.org to get involved.

Your Time and Care

Our camps and programs can't run without you. Seriously, we can't make camp happen without our volunteers! We have programs year-round so don't wait until summer to join us. Visit our Find a Camp page to locate a camp near you.

Thanks for helping us bring joy, healing and hope to children and families around the world, always free of charge! To learn more about any of the above, visit seriousfunnetwork.org or contact info@seriousfunnetwork.org.

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