Fundraising Tips & Tools

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As a Trailblaze Challenge hiker, you are required to raise funds to support the Make-A-Wish Michigan mission. 

The Make-A-Wish Michigan team is here to offer our support to help you achieve your goals. Please review and use the following fundraising tips and tools to get started, and to motivate and help you reach your personal goal. These tools, along with your own energy and creativity, will certainly help!


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Hosting your own fundraising event is a great tool to boost your Trailblaze Challenge donation totals. Trailblaze Challenge events are planned and hosted by the Trailblaze Challenge hikers with assistance from Make-A-Wish Michigan staff.

You can also order Make-A-Wish merchandise and sell it to benefit your fundraising efforts. Items such as Make-A-Wish bracelets, buttons, coffee mugs and blinking star lights are available online at the Make-A-Wish marketplace. For more information, email Erin Ehlers, or call 800.622.9474.


Share the impact of wishes on children and their families. Stories can be found at or follow us on social media to share real-time wish stories and news: FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Find inspiring wish videos on our YouTube channel.


Many companies (both large and small) offer employee matching gift programs. This means that when an employee makes a donation to a cause or non-profit organization, the corporation will match that donation with an equal (or greater) amount to the same group. Many donors may work for companies with matching gift programs and can double the impact of their donation by soliciting a matching gift from their employer. Check with your employer to see if they participate in a matching gifts program. Our 501(c)(3) ID Number is: 38-2505812. Click here to see if your company has a matching gift program.

Please be sure to provide your full name and Trailblaze Challenge to the company’s matching gift organizer, which will allow our office to properly code to your fundraising efforts.