Become a Fundraiser

How To Become A Fundraiser

Thank you for considering hosting a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) fundraiser to benefit NAMI Indiana!

NAMI Indiana provides support to 15 local grassroots affiliates which means we rely heavily on our supporters in the community. You can use your talents and areas of interest to help raise funds for and awareness about mental health by hosting a fundraising event in your community with your family, friends and co-workers.

Get started with your fundraiser today. If you have questions or are unsure of where to start, take a look at some ideas and of our most frequently asked questions. You can also email for support. 


There are many different activities that can be turned into fundraisers. Some events are large scale and require lots of planning and support while others are small scale that you can carry out individually or with a small team. If possible a NAMI staff person or volunteer can attend the event and speak, and we can supply NAMI Indiana information for the event. 

Ideas to get started 

In what form should I present NAMI with the funds raised?

All checks should be made out to NAMI Indiana. We can take donations by credit card over the phone at 317-925-9399; through the mail: Send checks to: NAMI Indiana, 921 E. 86th Street, Suite 130, Indianapolis, IN 46240; or use our secure online payment platform.


Why Is This Activity DIY And Not A NAMI Indiana Event?

NAMI Indiana officially hosts a few events throughout the year, such as NAMIWalks. DIY events are intended to give you support and resources to host your own independent effort. You may create an event that fits your personality, community, and capacity. When you are promoting or speaking about your event, you may title it "[Event], benefitting NAMI Indiana, the state chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness," to let others know that your event supports us.

Will NAMI Indiana Pay For Any Part Of Our Event?

NAMI Indiana does not reimburse individuals for any expenses related to your DIY event. NAMI Indiana is not financially responsible for any staging or other event expenses.

Are Donations Tax-Deductible?

Yes. Funds donated to NAMI Indiana are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. NAMI Indiana is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. You should be careful when securing your donations to make sure that the credit for that donation is correctly identified. For example, a payment will be deductible for income tax purposes to the individual or organization from whom the check is received. If donations are made to an independent organization that then pays NAMI Indiana, then only the independent organization qualifies as the donor. NAMI Indiana is happy to acknowledge any direct contributions to NAMI Indiana from your event.

Will NAMI Indiana Help Publicize My Event?

NAMI Indiana is unable to publicize your DIY events, but we do provide support and resources to help you promote your event in your own way.

What Information Should I Include About NAMI Indiana?

NAMI Indiana, the state chapter for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is a part of the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI Indiana supports 15 local affiliates to grow and develop NAMI programming and supports for people impacted by mental illness.

Please refrain from using the NAMI Indiana logo. To promote your fundraiser, please use our "We Support NAMI Indiana" badge


NAMI Indiana HelpLine: 317-925-9399

Twitter: @NAMIIndiana


Indemnity and Legal Requirements

DIY fundraisers agree to hold harmless NAMI Indiana, its affiliates, sponsors, staff, and volunteers. NAMI Indiana is not responsible for expenses or debts incurred by DIY fundraisers. If circumstances warrant, NAMI Indiana reserves the right, at any time, to ask that you pull our name from the event. You hereby agree to remove our name from any printed material or public place where our name or logo appears.