The Campaign for Best Lives

Tuesday, November 01, 2016


Welcome! We are thrilled you came to The Campaign for Best Lives page!

The Campaign for Best Lives needs you. We are fundraising as part of our annual appeal, and this year, a funding will help support our Advocacy Program, described below. You can help two ways:

Direct Donation
Make a direct donation by clicking on the “Donate” button on the right side of this page and choosing the “Donate directly to The Campaign for Best Lives” option. Our goal is $50,000, which is a moderate goal for the Campaign’s first year. It will have a huge impact on citizens of Dauphin and surrounding counties.

Peer 2 Peer Fundraising
Get your friends, family, and acquaintances to contribute to the Campaign through our Peer 2 Peer initiative. You can create a team or fundraising page within FirstGiving and set a goal – will it be $2,000? $1,000? $500? Then, encourage your friends (by emails, texts, Facebook posts, etc.) to visit your fundraising page or join your team and make a gift of any amount. 

To begin, click the “Join Now” button on the right side of this page. You will then be asked to set up your FirstGiving account. Once you have created an account, you have three options: join an existing team, create your own team or choose not to join a team. 

If you choose to create your own team, you will be prompted to create a team name, list a team organization, add a team story, include a fundraising goal, and upload an image of your team.

Whether you join a team, create a team or decline to join a team, you will next be asked to create a personal fundraising page. Here, you can give your page a title, include an image and share why you support our Campaign. You can also list the amount that you plan to raise. When creating a team or personal fundraising page, you will also be given the option to make the first donation, which is a great way to jumpstart your fundraising.

If you are making a first donation, you will be asked to enter your payment information. Once you have, just click submit and your pages are ready to go! If you are not making a first donation, just click submit and your pages will be created.

If you prefer not to join or create a team or choose not to create a fundraising page, you can still donate directly to a team or individual fundraiser. Just click the “Donate” button on the right side of this page and select the “Choose a Team” or “Choose an Individual Fundraiser” option.

All donors will receive an acknowledgement and thank you. Every person that starts a team or personal fundraising page and sets a goal of $500 or more for The Campaign for Best Lives will be featured on our website. Any person who reaches their goal by January 31, 2017 will be invited to a special event featuring entertainment and more in spring 2017.

The Campaign supports our programs dedicated to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Among them, The Arc Advocacy Program is of critical importance to families who need help navigating a myriad of programs and services offered by the state, county and public schools. They need an advocate to help and guide them as they consider all services. We provide Advocacy at zero charge, and we do not receive government funding to support the program. The United Way of Harrisburg has been wonderful to provide support, but our costs exceed their contribution. You can fill in the gap by donating and then encouraging friends, work colleagues and family to help support The Arc’s Advocacy Program.  

Thank you, and have fun creating your page in FirstGiving! If you have any issues setting up your page, please call us at 717-920-2727.