Top Tips for Planning a PKD Fundraiser

Published on January 26, 2023 | Each of us can help #endPKD. For many, collecting donations is one of the first things that comes to mind. But how do you start your own PKD fundraiser? Through Fundraise Your Way (FYW), you can take your passion and turn it into a way to fundraise for PKD research. Fundraise for one day or the whole year long–it’s up to you!


Before You Start 

As you get started, make a plan and get a friend to help you stick to it. Not sure who to make your accountability partner? Choose us! If you have an idea and need someone to keep you on track, reach out to us at Let’s talk about your idea and put together a plan to guide you through a successful fundraiser. Now, let’s help you figure out how you want to fundraise.


Choosing Your Fundraise Your Way Fundraiser

The best performing FYW events are the ones where people do something from the heart and share their story. To honor a friend with PKD, a woman set up a fundraiser in honor of her friend’s wedding. She created a lovely page and shared her friend’s PKD journey along with the bride and groom’s love story. Through the fundraising page at the wedding, she raised over $1,500.

Your friends want to support you. It’s hard to ignore your friend who’s doing a good thing. Doing good is contagious— others will want to jump on board. Thirty-nine percent of Americans say they donated to a charity based on a request from a friend or family member.

In order to get your ideas flowing, we’ve divided our fundraisers into three categories.


1. Celebration PKD Fundraiser

Instead of gifts, dedicate your birthday, wedding, or transplant anniversary to the PKD Foundation. You can also set up a Facebook birthday fundraiser for your birthday month! That’s an easy, low investment way to make a difference.

2. Challenge PKD Fundraiser

Think endurance and “thons”. Dance-a-thon, Peloton-a-thon, half-marathon. How about a fun challenge to engage your supporters? Create the next “ice bucket challenge.” Get your friends together and host a golf tournament. With a little friendly competition, you can have fun while fundraising dollars for research.

3. DIY PKD Fundraiser

This is where you can really let your creativity run wild. Perhaps, you’re a crafter. Give a percentage of your sales to the PKD Foundation. Host a bake sale, rummage sale, dog wash, talent show, board game tournament, or trivia night. Have a favorite local restaurant? See if they’re willing to do a percentage of sales for PKD.


Make Your Fundraiser a Success

Once you’ve selected a fundraiser, go to to start creating your own fundraising page. This is where the real work comes in. But don’t worry, these tips will help your PKD fundraise reach its goals!

Use Your Tools

What’s the top tip for a successful fundraiser? Using the tools available to you. Update your fundraising page with information about your event, tell your story. So many fundraisers create a page and don’t update it. How is everyone going to learn about your fundraiser? Fact! Those who customize their page raise more money than those who don’t.

Share It Everywhere

No one is going to find your fundraiser if you aren’t sharing it with anyone. Share it on social media, send the link in an email, talk about it at work, text your friends, shout it from a rooftop. Let everyone know about your fundraiser. Your supporters are more likely to open an email from you than from an organization.

Try Tiltify

Last year, we added a new platform to give you even more options for PKD fundraisers. Tiltify is the first crowdfunding site designed to turn your streams on Twitch, Youtube, or Facebook into a charity fundraiser. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a gamer to do live-stream fundraising. All you need is some streaming software and passion for PKD

With Fundraise Your Way, the possibilities are endless. Everyone has a skill or passion they can channel into a PKD fundraise. Do you have an idea for a PKD fundraiser and need help getting started? Reach out to our team at


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *






Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email