Teaching the Safe Sitter® course normally does not generate much
revenue, but it does provide many valuable advantages for your
organization and your community. It is designed to be a service to
your community, not a profit-making venture. However, with fees
paid by the students covering your costs, it can be budget
Your nonprofit organization might want to do fundraising to
cover the cost of training additional Instructors so you can offer
more courses. Maybe you would like to reach low income youth who
cannot afford your usual fee even with a Safe Sitter® scholarship.
Here are some ideas and tools to help your fundraising efforts.
- Funding often comes from individuals,
businesses, civic organizations or
- The best place to look may be within your own
organization. Check to see if your organization has
received funding in the past. Many organizations have constituents
who are interested in providing financial support for worthy
projects. Hospitals often have foundations that give grants for
programs such as Safe Sitter®. Schools may have parent groups that
raise money to pay for special programs like Safe Sitter®.
Libraries often have Friends of the Library groups. These
volunteers raise funds on behalf of the library for programs and
- Sponsorships may be a good option. Service
clubs such as Kiwanis or Optimist
may be interested in sponsoring your Safe Sitter® program. Local
businesses may want to sponsor your program. The sponsor could pay
the cost of running the Safe Sitter® program in exchange for
recognition in your promotional materials.
If you have any concerns about the fit of a potential sponsor with
a youth-serving program, we suggest you follow your instincts. If
you want our input, please call us..
Note: The sponsoring organization's logo may be
added to Safe Sitter® materials as long as the Safe Sitter® logo is
not changed in any way
- Applying for foundation grants can be a time-consuming process.
Only a small percentage of foundation proposals are actually
funded. If you decide to pursue foundation grants, consider first
any foundation that has already given grants to your organization
and is familiar with the quality of your work.
- If your organization has fundraising staff, be sure to
coordinate with them. They may have other suggestions and could be
very helpful to your efforts.
Request for Funding Start-Up Costs
(Funder's City, State, Zip)
Dear (Ms. Funder):
In (your community), as in most communities,
inadequate emphasis is often placed on the magnitude of the
responsibility a young teen accepts when babysitting. Most youth
lack knowledge of first aid, rescue skills, behavior management
techniques and how to handle medical or household emergencies.
Successful completion of an educational course addressing these
competencies should be a community standard. That's why we are
requesting your support.
(your organization) would like to begin
offering the Safe Sitter® babysitter training course to the youth
of our community. Safe Sitter® is a highly-structured,
competency-based curriculum designed to provide skills for life. It
offers medically accurate instruction packaged with innovative
teaching techniques and student materials. Young teens and preteens
become safe, nurturing babysitters.
There are over 500,000 Safe Sitter® graduates from coast to
coast. Safe Sitter® is a program of Safe Sitter, Inc., a nonprofit
organization founded by a nationally-recognized pediatrician in
A gift of ($ amount) would pay all the
start-up costs and allow (your organization) to become a Safe
Sitter® teaching site. Most of the ongoing operational costs in the
future would be covered by student fees.
Young children in (your community) will
be safer because their babysitters will be trained. Youth will feel
valued, begin a lifetime of providing proper childcare and grow to
become better parents. Parents of babysitters will know their young
teens have learned how to keep themselves safe while babysitting
and when home alone.
Please consider this request to help bring all these benefits to
(your community). If you would like to learn
more, please contact me at (your telephone number)
or (your email address). You may also visit