Entries in fundraising (3)


The $100,000 4 day extravaganza

A few months ago when we were planning for 2014 I decided to have our donor matching event lead up to our Crawfish Boil and do it all at once.  At the time, I thought this was a brilliant idea!  We could get our donors to donate and get their contributions matched dollar to dollar up to $50,000 and then end the giving campaign with our annual Crawfish Boil.  So basically we had 4 days to raise $100,000 and plan a massive party. 

I maybe didn't take into account how much those time two projects take to put on! But we made it happen because of all of our awesome donors and supporters!

On Wednesday morning I woke up with the mission of getting on the phone and emailing our donors.  We had a very generous match up to $50,000 and had 4 days to raise it.  I had spreadsheets printed out and got on the phone.  I HATE asking for money and calling donors when they already do so much, but part of the fun is hearing about how excited they get when they receive updates from their sponsored kids and communication.  It was so cool to hear moms talk about their kids praying for their Zambian child every night before they go to bed.  It reminds me how invested our sponsors are of their children in Zambia and that we aren't in this alone.

Throughout the 4 days I made hundreds of phone calls and basically somewhat harassed our sponsors.  But you know what, our supporters and donors stepped up to the plate and gave generously!  I was so excited to see the donations come in and know that they were all doubled!  It is a rare occasion to have your money be 100% matched.  It was awesome to tell someone that if they gave $10 that turned into $20 and that would provide 40 meals in Zambia!  40 meals people!!

On Saturday we had our Crawfish Boil and so many supporters came out to play and eat some bugs!  We had a bit of a change of plans after we didn't receive the permit to shut down the block for the party.  After some brainstorming (and amazing neighbors) we knocked out a fence to combine two backyards.  It was awesome!  Kids enjoyed the face painting and running around.  The weather was great and we couldn't have been happier with the turnout.


At the end of the four day extravaganza we raised a total of $49,604.39!  If you double that it becomes $99,208.78!  I was shocked and so thankful for our donors and their generosity.

I want to thank everyone for their financial support, volunteering for the Crawfish boil, and encouragement we got along the way.  The four days were filled with work, excitement, adrenaline, and thankfulness.  And the 5th day was filled with exhaustion.

God continues to bless us and I never could thank our supporters enough who make that blessing possible.

                     Watch out Zambia we are coming to make a big difference in lots of kids lives!

- Alissa


Big week coming up!

Next week are are so excited to have an opportunity for a donor matching event to match a $50,000 pledge given to us by generous supporters.

Starting Wednesday April 30th, every donation given to Arise Africa will be matched dollar to dollar up to $50,000!  This means your donation will double when you give! 

The funds used from our donor matching event will go to feeding more children in Zambia, providing school supplies to the schools we work with, extra tutoring for our Arise Home children, hiring qualified teachers in the schools, and helping Arise Africa grow.

Last year we had a similar event and in one day raised $73,000!  Let's get to $100,000!  We can do this people!  Having those funds available for us has changed Arise Africa's efficiency and impact on the ground in Zambia.  We have been able to expand our feeding programs, and purchase the right cooking equipment to feed so many children.

We have hired quality teachers in our schools with the money raised which in return has provided better education for hundreds of children. 

Please join us in helping match our $50,000 pledge for this year, imagine the impact we can have in Zambia!

We have from April 30th  to May 3rd to make this happen.

We will end our donor matching event with our annual Crawfish boil in Dallas on Saturday May 3rd from 12:30 - 4 PM at the 6000 block of Velasco in Dallas Texas.  This year the party has grown and the block has been shut down for the event.  There will be live jazz music, tons of crawfish and adult beverages, kids games, face painting, and outdoor games as well. 

2013 Crawfish Boil

You will be able to donate on line for the donor matching event on our website at:


You can follow the donor matching event directions located on the home page starting on April 30th.

You can send in a check for donor matching event to:
Arise Africa
2122 Kidwell
Dallas, TX 75214

Please write "donor matching event" on the memo line.

We will have to receive the checks either before the 30th or on the 3rd at the latest for them to be part of the event.

Please help us pray for next week as all of these events happen at once!

- Alissa Hollimon


Crawfish Galore

Last Saturday Arise Africa held a crawfish boil in Dallas and we had a blast!  Yes, it was a fundraiser, but also just a good opportunity to celebrate and have fun and raise awareness for our cause.  We sold many t-shirts and books and other fun stuff.  And people ATE!  The crawfish were amazing thanks to our crew who cooked.  We also had a Jazz band that played and they were incredible!  Thanks to everyone who came out and we can't wait for next year for the second annual crawfish boil!