Rise to the Occasion

Rise to the Occasion by Throwing a Party!

While August is back-to-school time in many countries, too many kids in Guatemala can’t afford to go back to school. That’s why the weekend of August 10-12, CoEd supporters across the globe will be gathering their friends and family together to do something about it.

By spreading the word about the Rise Youth Development Program, we can help more and more students break the cycle of illiteracy and poverty in their families. You can Rise to the Occasion by hosting a party and inviting your friends to learn about the 300 students who need sponsors to stay in school next year.

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Pick your party idea.

• Throw a party in your home,

• Fire up the grill and have a barbeque,

• Host a pool party,

• Invite your friends to a dinner or happy hour, or

• Plan a game night!


Already busy August 10-12? Host an e-party instead! (Details to come.)

Step 2: Invite people!

You can even download this PDF invitation or this Microsoft Publisher invitation. Make sure your guests know ahead of time that there will be a fundraising aspect to the party.

Let CoEd know you’re going to host a party by emailing elizabeth@coeduc.org! You can also ask if there is a CoEd staff person or representative near you who can come to help answer questions.

Step 3: Set a fundraising goal!

You’re taking the time to host the party—make sure it’s a success! Set a goal for your party and create energy and excitement by making an initial donation yourself or challenge your friends by pledging to match the donations from the party. If that seems daunting, ask a fellow supporter to go halfsies with you or ask a local business for a match.

You can:

1. Set a dollar amount goal. Make a poster board thermometer and have guests color it in as they make donations!

2. Set a goal of sponsoring X number of students.

$80 sponsors a student for one month (not matched with specific student)

$480 sponsors half of a student’s school year (matched with a student)

$960 sponsors a student for a year (matched with a student)

3. If you have a different idea for your goal, let CoEd staff know how they can help!

Step 4: Plan your party pitch.

Did you just cringe reading that? Don’t worry! This pitch is more like tee-ball—you just have to set the ball on the tee and your guests can knock it out of the park!

Here’s how:

• Plan to talk to the group for about 5-10 minutes. Your best window is about 30-45 minutes into the party.

• Tell your connection to CoEd and why you are passionate about helping students in the Rise Youth Development Program!

• Play this video about the Rise Program.

• Have you been on tour? Tell them about your most memorable moment.

• Let them know the goal for the party!

• Invite them to visit the table for more information (next step).

• Point out any CoEd staff or board members who guests can go to with questions.

• Close by asking your guests to consider making a gift to help students in Guatemala reach their dreams and potential! Simple and low pressure.

Step 5: Party set-up

Set up a table or specific area for your guests to learn more about the Rise Program and make a donation. Here are some things you may need at the table:

• Brochures

• General or specific student photos (if you’ve requested them)

• Laptop with your own pictures from a CoEd tour or a rolling slideshow from CoEd

• Envelopes

• Pledge cards

• Pens

• Basket for completed gifts

• Thank you gifts

We'll provide you with brochures, student photos, and pledge cards when it's closer to party time.


No further instructions, your honor.

Step 7: The After Party

• See if you reached your goal!

• Contact CoEd to let them know how it went.

• Mail in the pledge cards and donations the CoEd office at:

Cooperative for Education
2300 Montana Ave, Ste 301
Cincinnati, OH 45211

• Relax and stay tuned for the overall results from the Rise to the Occasion weekend!

Ready to Rise?

Let us know you’re interested in hosting by emailing elizabeth@coeduc.org!