Do It Yourself (DIY) Fundraising

Mobilize and engage your family, friends, and colleagues and raise money for the Dave Nee Foundation. Every dollar raised supports Dave Nee Foundation’s programs and raises much needed awareness to break the silence surrounding mental illness.

Join in our mission to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness. Three easy steps you can take!

1. Choose your event or activity.
2. Create your fundraising page.
3. Tell your community how they can help.

1. Choosing an event or activity for your fundraiser.

There are few limits on what could be a successful fundraiser for you. Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

Sports: If you are runner, biker, swimmer and compete in organized races, encourage folks to support you in the event while supporting the Dave Nee Foundation!

Parties and Gatherings: Are you are a great host or hostess and you love bringing folks together? Host a gathering (pot luck, dinner, wine tasting) for the Dave Nee Foundation.

Special Occasions: Have an upcoming birthday, wedding, graduation, baby shower, confirmation, or Bar and Bat Mitzvah? Ask friends and family to make a donation to the Dave Nee Foundation.

Holidays: Encourage your friends and family to make a donation to the Dave Nee Foundation in lieu of a gift.

Trivia Nights: We have developed a toolkit for individuals interested in hosting a Trivia Night for the Dave Nee Foundation. Please email us at for more information about Trivia Night.

Out of the Box: A dance-a-thon? Mustache Growing contest? Put the FUN back into Fundraising!


2. Create your fundraising page.

The Dave Nee Foundation has accounts with Razoo and CogoStar, two fabulous interactive online platforms you can use to create a fundraising page. As we are registered users in the Razoo and CogoStar platforms, funds you raise are directed to our accounts and tax receipts are issued on the spot.

We also have an Eventbrite account and are happy to host your event on our Eventbrite site.

The Dave Nee Foundation staff can help set up your donation page and are here to help every step along the way.


3. Tell your community how they can help.

You know the drill! Facebook, Linked-in, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, Vimeo, Vine. We also encourage face to face invitations and traditional mailed invitations! The bottom line, share your enthusiasm and folks will respond positively!

We will also use our network and our communication tools to get the word out,  just give us the heads up and we can promote across our social media platforms.


Some Talking Points, Messaging to share about our work

How did you get started?

We are a nonprofit organization founded in 2006 after the death by suicide of Dave Nee, a beloved Fordham Law student. Dave’s friends and family created the organization to help others understand the warning signs of distress and how they could intervene. Paramount to our work is a focus on eliminating stigma surrounding mental illness. We want individuals to know the facts about mental health and mental illness as the fear of seeking help because of concern about professional or social consequences is too often cited as a barrier to seeking help.

What does the Dave Nee Foundation do?

We work in the legal community as law students and lawyers have higher rates of substance use and depression than the general population. Law students are often hesitant to reach out and ask for help due to fear of potential professional consequences.

Uncommon Counsel is our largest program. Through Uncommon Counsel we engage law schools, bar associations, law students and attorneys in frank discussions about the signs of distress, what they can do to get help and where help is in their community. We also seek to make sure that the specifics of law student and lawyer distress is shared as a means to “normalize” the feelings many may have, but be afraid to share and thus seek help.

We are also engaged in research to quantify the rates of mental health distress in this population as well as sharing and building networks of like-minded folks ready to move to action.

Why support the Dave Nee Foundation? 

Suicide IS preventable. It is just much more difficult to “prove” when a death has been prevented than when it has not been. Training all members of a university community, regardless of his or her role on campus, can help to prevent suicide. Training programs can equip people beyond just the clinical staff of the counseling center to recognize the warning signs of a student in distress.  We must also make it safe and socially acceptable for students and attorneys to ask for help when needed.


Some Facts about mental illness and suicide in U.S.

Mental Illness is not a rare occurrence and has devastating consequences.

In 2012, there were an estimated 43.7 million adults aged 18 or older in the U.S. with any mental illness (excludes serious and persistent mental illness) in the past year.(1) This represented 18.6 percent of all U.S. adults. Compared with 8.5% of adults in the U.S. who have ever been diagnosed with cancer. (2)

In 2012, an estimated 9.0 million adults (3.9 percent) aged 18 or older had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year (Figure 3.1). The estimated number and percentage remained stable between 2008 (8.3 million persons and 3.7 percent) and 2012. (3)

In the United States, a person dies from suicide every 15 minutes. (4)

Depression is estimated to cause 200 million lost workdays each year at a cost to employers of $17 to $44 billion. (5)

Treatment Helps.

According to the U.S. Government’s site,, studies show that people with mental health problems get better and many recover completely. Recovery refers to the process in which people are able to live, work, learn, and participate fully in their communities. There are more treatments, services, and community support systems than ever before, and they work. (6)

Some Frequently asked Questions and the Fine Print

May I use the Dave Nee Foundation logo? Yes! Contact us at and we can supply a jpg of our logo.

Does the Dave Nee Foundation provide tax receipts? Receipts are provided for donations made through our website or online funding platforms like Razoo or CogoStar. We are unable to provide tax receipts for any kind of in-kind donations (e.g. auction items or donated services).

Will a Dave Nee Foundation staff or board member speak at my event? Yes, we are happy to provide support throughout your fundraising effort. We can speak, we can help with logistics if you are hosting an event. We are only limited by geography and sometimes, time. With enough advance notice, we can determine board member or staff availability. We are happy to support your good work and will do our best to be there!

Will the Dave Nee Foundation help underwrite the cost of the event? We encourage DIY-DNF fundraisers to self-fund all expenses related to an event and the Dave Nee Foundation will not reimburse for costs related to an event in most circumstances. If you have questions, please email us at