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HOST AN EVENT

Are you a Business, Organization or Community Group who would like to host a fundraising event benefiting United Food Bank?

We’d love to hear from you and help you promote it!  Contact Melissa Forrester, at mforrester@unitedfoodbank.org / 480-306-9509 and let us know your plan!

 


The Food Bank is frequently approached by prospective donors – individuals, organizations, and corporations – that wish to partner with the Food Bank to promote an event to generate financial and/or food contributions. We welcome these intentions with deep gratitude. However, to protect both the donating parties and the Food Bank, the following guidelines must be followed. We ask that our prospective donors read and understand these guidelines, prior to registering your promotion, by completing the application below.

Businesses, individuals and groups interested in partnering with the Food Bank for promotions or special events are required to submit registration documents for approval. Please read through the third party events/promotions guidelines prior to submitting your application (on the right of this page). Once your application has been approved, we will contact you.

Registration Deadlines: Once we receive the registration form, please allow 7 – 10 days for review and contact from a Food Bank representative. Please note: a minimum 60-day advance is recommended for proper planning and coordination.  

How the Food Bank can help with your approved promotional activities:

  1. List your event/promotion on the Food Bank’s website (Calendar of Events).
  2. Provide standard promotional materials, including flyers and thank you letter inserts.
  3. Provide food collection boxes or barrels. Due to staff time required to deliver and pick-up boxes/barrels, donors are asked to commit to filling each barrel with at least 100 pounds of food.
  4. Provide thank you letters for donors who make either credit card or cash/check donations (both must be accompanied by the donors’ names and addresses) or donate online through the Food Bank’s website or Virtual Food Drive. All checks should be made payable to “United Food Bank”.

Food Bank Limitations:

  1. The Food Bank does not share or sell its internal list of donors or supporters, nor do we solicit these contacts specifically for third-party promotions (including ticket sales, etc.).
  2. Due to the volume of events and promotions, the Food Bank cannot guarantee that a Food Bank representative will be available to attend events associated with your event/promotion, but we will do our best to have a representative present.
  3. Sponsoring organizations who donate food to the Food Bank will receive an in-kind contribution statement with the number of pounds collected/donated. Financial receipts with tax language and estimated values will not be provided for food donations.
  4. Sponsoring organizations that collect financial contributions to purchase food for the Food Bank will receive an in-kind contribution statement with the number of pounds collected/donated. Financial receipts with tax language and estimated values will not be provided to individual donors.

GUIDELINES FOR HOSTING A FOOD BANK EVENT OR PROMOTION

  1. The applicant’s coordinator or event committee is responsible for all development/planning, sales, marketing and promotion.
  2. With the exception of nationally approved promotions, programs that cross the Food Bank’s geographic boundaries must have the approval of all food banks involved.
  3. All publicity and/or promotional materials released to the mass media referencing the Food Bank’s involvement require the advance approval of the Food Bank.
  4. The Food Bank reserves the right to deny any application for an event/promotion that does not complement the mission of, or project a positive image of the Food Bank.
  5. The Food Bank will not supply any funding to finance a third party promotion and will not be responsible for any debts incurred.
  6. Any use of the Food Bank’s name and logo is prohibited unless the Food Bank explicitly approves of such usage. All print and collateral materials must be approved by the Food Bank and comply with existing style guidelines regarding the use of Food Bank’s name and logo.
  7. All checks from participants of third party events/promotions must be made out to United Food Bank in order to qualify as charitable contributions.
  8. The sponsoring organization must provide the Food Bank with a list of targeted corporate sponsors. The Food Bank reserves the right to exclude solicitation of specific sponsors.
  9. The Food Bank reserves the right to decide whether the event will be placed on the Food Bank website or included in other Food Bank communications.
  10. Hazardous events will not be considered.
  11. The event/promotion must comply with all applicable local, state, and federal laws and regulations, as well as the Food Bank’s policies and the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Code of Ethical Principles: https://www.afpnet.org/files/ContentDocuments/CodeofEthics.pdf
  12. If only a portion of the proceeds will go directly to the Food Bank, the sponsoring organization must clearly disclose to sponsors, vendors, etc., the approximate amount of dollars and/or percentage of the proceeds that will go to the Food Bank.
  13. Events involving alcohol and/or tobacco require prior approval of the Food Bank.