How It All Began...
AmFund's Founders, Barbara and Wade West worked as news anchors and reporters for over 30 years. Throughout their award-winning careers, they were frequently asked to emcee charity events to raise money for worthy missions.
Having attended these fundraising events, they noticed that worthy nonprofits were leaving money on the table by not making the most of their captive donor audience.
Growing tired of focusing on crime, crisis and corruption, they knew there was something better. Using their experience and knowledge, they made it their life mission to form the 501(c)(3) nonprofit fundraising organization, the American Fundraising Foundation-AmFund.
Using their 20 years of experience in fundraising special events, open asks, silent and live auctions, AmFund partners with 501(c)(3) nonprofits across the United States to help them meet their fundraising goals, one community at a time.
Since 1999, AmFund has raised millions of dollars of unrestricted funds to local and national nonprofits by raising extra income at their special fundraising events. At no cost to our nonprofit partners, we have helped hundreds of charities, hospitals, animal shelters, hospices, food banks, schools, and community organizations at thousands of events. As one hospital said, “AmFund is miracle-grow for our fundraising." Our nonprofit partners call what we do ”Fundraising, Friend-raising and Fun-raising."
How AmFund Supports Our Non-Profit Partners:
As news anchors and reporters, our founders, Wade and Barbara West, learned our nation’s nonprofits are vital to solving serious problems in communities everywhere. They also discovered nonprofits never have enough funds to accomplish all they could do. And they believe no worthy nonprofit should ever have to spend money to raise money.
Based on those three basic principles, they created the American Fundraising Foundation (AmFund), now a GuideStar Platinum-rated 501(c)(3) dedicated to helping raise unrestricted funds for other deserving nonprofits. Over the last 20 years, AmFund has contributed more than 36 million dollars to assist the work of nonprofits nationwide.
We Look for Deserving Organizations:
AmFund representatives reach out to nonprofits that might qualify for our support. We know we can’t help everyone, so we carefully select organizations based on their dedication to their cause, the quality of their work, their financial need, and their current fundraising efforts. When our Board of Directors approves an organization for support, there is absolutely no cost for our services and assistance.
AmFund Assists Nonprofits in 3 Ways:
1. We train and partner with organizations to enhance their special event fundraising.
For more than 20 years, AmFund has helped thousands of organizations at their fundraising events. From planning and procuring items including
obtaining amazing trips for live, silent and on-line auctions, to emceeing
and conducting live auctions and enhancing the appeal for donations;
AmFund developed valuable expertise in all aspects of at-event fundraising. We share that experience in national and regional seminars and help our nonprofit partners fine-tune their fundraising. That results in much higher net profits at their special events.
2. We provide silent and live auction support for select fundraising events.
Through years of experience AmFund has learned world class trips and adventures generate the highest bids at special events. Yet these trips are difficult if not impossible for organizations to procure on their own. AmFund solves that problem by providing amazing trips specially curated for affluent audiences who attend fundraising events. We back that up with a cadre of experienced travel specialists who turn every trip in to an exciting adventure packed with picture-perfect memories.
With more than two decades of providing these trips and adventures, helping to promote them before and during events, and handling all of the travel bookings for winning bidders, AmFund has an unmatched track record of supporting organizations and treating trip winners as the valued supporters they are.
3. AmFund Provides Grants
AmFund retains no profit on the trips we provide to organizations for special events. All the profits are returned to the organizations we support. If, at the end of the year, AmFund has surplus funds, we distribute those funds to organizations who apply for our grant-level assistance.
AmFund's Trips of a Lifetime:
Whether it’s relaxing in the beautiful Greek Islands, going on an amazing African photo safari, or taking a luxury cruise to Alaska, or any of the other exciting adventures AmFund provides, your supporters are thrilled to enjoy their exciting trips while knowing they are also helping your nonprofit and those who depend on you for help.
With years of experience and connections with bespoke vacation vendors worldwide, AmFund obtains these high-quality trips at exceptionally low cost. 100% of the proceeds of the trip sales are donated to your organization. That’s how we have been able to donate more than $36 million in unrestricted funds to our nonprofit partners.
Receiving AmFund recognition and support provides additional benefits for your organization:
When supporters learn about the exciting trips available for bid at your upcoming event, it creates pre-event “buzz” that increases attendance.
AmFund’s beautiful “Trips of a Lifetime” display instantly impresses your guests and they automatically assume your organization has become more important! This increases their interest in supporting your work.
Every dollar you receive from trip proceeds is another dollar of unrestricted income you can use to fulfill your important mission.
When trip winners return from their bucket list trips, they frequently become high-value long-term donors to your organization. At the same time, they tell their business and social peers about their wonderful trip and the importance of what you do. That also adds more donors to your organization!
The Value of Partnering with AmFund:
Everything AmFund does, it does to benefit our nonprofit partners. We charge nothing for our services. Our support is always at a high sponsorship level. That’s why we are especially careful to select the organizations we feel are deserving of our support.
One of our Development Directors may call you. If so, that’s because we may have already identified your organization as possibly worthy of more unrestricted financial support. When the AmFund Development Director calls, it’s one nonprofit reaching out to help another nonprofit.
Or, if you wish to find out if your organization qualifies for our help, contact us at info@AmFund.org or call (407) 895-8000 and one of our Development Directors will contact you.