help fund my daughter's senior year of cheer and i'll give you my runDisney treasures

Last year I was financially able to cover all of my daughter's cheer costs, which included cheer camp, camp clothes, an entirely new uniform, new shoes, new accessories and other misc. fees, charges and donation requests. In fact, the total costs were so high that my daughter asked NoTwitterTodd if he would be willing to lend a fellow cheerleader money to cover her costs as well, so she wouldn't have to quit the team. NoTwitterTodd is a firm believer that no athlete should be denied the right to participate in the sport they love because of money, so he happily wrote a couple of checks and helped an athlete out. (Reason number 3,987,356 we love him.)


This year, however, things are different. The costs are less, but so is my income. NoTwitterTodd's living expenses have increased due to his weekly travel between our home and his father's home. This year he has no money to lend and I no longer have a comfy salary to tap into. With cheer payment deadlines fast approaching, my daughter and I have been stressed out and saying the "F" word a lot.


Fundraising can be a headache. It's asking for help, in the form of money. Universally, I think most parents can agree that while necessary, fundraising is quite terrifying. We don't want to send our dearest friends mass sales emails, or put the brochures in the break-room again, but sports are expensive. Look, I like to believe there are good people in the world who can and do help without expecting anything in return. I am one of those people, that's why I KNOW they exist. The reality is, most people - who can - won't give something unless they are getting something in return. This is why schools and teams can always count on See's candies and cookie dough. People want sugar, you need money. It's a win-win situation.

When my daughter and I started brainstorming fundraising ideas outside of those provided by her school, her immediate reaction was to put in more hours at work so she could pay for it herself. I said no. School first, period. Alternately, my immediate reaction was to look around the house for things I could auction on eBay. After opening a few tightly sealed boxes, I soon discovered that my passion for runDisney and pin collecting could be used to fuel my daughter's passion of cheerleading. To me that seemed so right. 

Armed with 14 runDisney treasures to sell, I snapped photos and began researching their value on eBay. I could have easily bundled all of the items and auctioned them on eBay as the greatest runDisney Easter basket of all time. That might have been much less work than setting up this runDisney Sale page, but I was determined to try something new. Having experienced crowdfunding first-hand by supporting Indiegogo campaigns, and having met so many social media savvy people in the last couple of years, I realized I could do this on my own. But how? 

I researched both Indiegogo and FundRazr and learned that although it's free to start a personal fundraising campaign on both sites, there are fees involved once funds are raised:

  • FundRazr: Recipients pay 5% FundRazr fee plus Payment Provider (PayPal) fee of 2.9% + 30¢ per transaction
  • Indiegogo: 4% or 9% Indiegogo fee (depending on your funding type) + PayPal fees of 2.9% + .30¢ per transaction

Both sites offer clean interfaces and fantastic social media integration. I highly recommend that you take the time to browse those who are seeking funds on both sites and make a small donation to see how the sites work. Ultimately, I didn't want to pay the bigger fees, and was still trying to figure out how to fundraise on my own with the tools currently available to me.

I knew I wanted to offer my runDisney items as "donation perks" for certain dollar amounts donated, and I knew that Squarespace, my blogging platform, had recently added a store front as one of our many options. The credit card service provided with my store, Stripe, would charge me the same fees as PayPal (2.9% + .30¢ per transaction) and provide a really nice interface for donations as well as purchases. After a few hours of tinkering and testing, my daughter and I were finally satisfied with the final product. We are ready to embark on our first crowdfunding project!

Will our campaign be a success? Only time will tell. I can tell you that the runDisney community is made up of runners and Disney fans who support each other and cheer each other on through everything from illness and injuries to first races and finish line tears. That is why I chose to offer my treasures as perks rather than just auction them off to the highest bidder. The person who donates $300 and picks up those 2013 New Balance runDisney shoes (the ones I've become a little emotionally attached to) will wear them knowing somewhere my daughter is cheering with a big smile on her face. It won't matter that they may have cost $15 less on eBay, and that's what crowdfunding is all about. A global community of supporters. People who give so others can continue to dream.

We thank you in advance for your support!

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Clicking on any of the images below will direct you to the runDisney Sale page for complete item details and checkout. Please return to this post for fundraising updates.

2013 runDisney 20th Anniversary WDW Marathon Limited Release Pin
  • 2013 WDW Marathon Weekend 20th Anniversary Marathon Pin
  • Authentic, Official Disney Parks Pin Trading pin
  • On original card dated 2013 and featuring "2013 WDW Marathon Weekend 20th Anniversary" banner
  • Back of pin is date stamped 2013, marked Limited Release and stamped with official Disney Parks Pin Trading logo
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2013 runDisney Tinker Bell Half Marathon Limited Release Pin
  • Authentic, Official Disney Parks Pin Trading pin
  • On original card dated 2013
  • Front of pin has the date January 20, 2013. This is the only year the pin was a sparkly, plastic pin with metal border.
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fundraising efforts to date:

5/22/2014: $25 was raised via the runDisney Sale and donation page thanks to this generous donor!

Jeanne Mitchell

5/13/2014: $283.90 was raised via ebay with the sale of the New Balance runDisney shoes

4/25/2014: $25 was raised via the runDisney Sale and donation page thanks to this generous donor!

Sandy Smith Osman

4/24/2014: $105 was raised via the runDisney Sale and donation page thanks to these generous donors!

Kimberley Kijanka

Mindy Marzec

4/22/2014$150 was raised via the runDisney Sale and donation page thanks to these generous donors!

Debbie Shurson

Tania Lamb

Jamie Jenkins

Marci Holland

Krissy Murphy

Katie Hutchins

Yanni Robel

4/18/2014: runDisney Sale page was launched to sell my beloved collection of runDisney items to raise the remaining funds for cheer costs. If everything on this page sells as listed, we will earn $554.13 (after Stripe deductions) minus any additional shipping costs.

4/16/2014: Adrienne earned $186 by selling cheer team sponsored cookie dough to neighbors, friends and co-workers. [UPDATE 5/22 - Apparently the total she collected actually only counts as $164.30 as per her coach. I'm not sure how the miscalculation occurred but we have updated the ticker accordingly.]

Thank you for your support!

where is the money going?

  • Cheer Camp: $400.00
  • Cheer Camp Uniform: $211.17
  • Bows and Poms: $77.00
  • Choreography: $60.00
  • Misc. unplanned fees and charges, travel costs to games, camp and practices and booster membership: $52.00 (Example: Booster membership: $25 - $50)

Fundraising Sale Terms: A flat $3.50 shipping fee will be added at checkout, with the exception of the shoes which will incur a $10.00 charge to ship with insurance. Credit card payments are processed through Stripe. All transactions are secure and encrypted, and we never store your credit card information. Payment information is also governed by Stripe's privacy policy. If you prefer to pay me via pay pal, please email me directly and I will mark your item as sold once payment is received. All sales are final and extremely appreciated. I am happy to list you as a donor on this page. Please provide me with a link to one page (blog, Twitter, etc.) you'd like your name to point to. Some items (most notably the shoes) will include an extra mystery gift.