Giving Day for Apes is a 24-hour event where sanctuaries & rescue centers from Africa, Asia, and North America raise money. It’s an opportunity for animal advocates like you to get involved in raising awareness and funds for Save the Chimps by creating your own fundraising page!

This year our goal is to raise $75,000 for upgrading and improving our residents’ three-acre island homes. Most of our residents came from horrific pasts; our residents rescued from medical laboratories spent years solitary in barren 5’x5’x7′ cages with little to no mental stimulation or activity. The three-acre islands at Save the Chimps give our residents the space and freedom to choose where to spend their day and with whom

This toolkit will provide all the information you need to get started, and templates, checklists, and resources to make fundraising easy!

How Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Works

Peer-to-Peer Fundraising is a fundraising technique where an organization’s supporters start their own fundraising page and ask their friends, family, and social network to donate to their page in support of Giving Day for Apes. It’s an easy and free way to help Save the Chimps raise money while helping more people learn about our work.

Giving Day for Apes also has sponsored prizes, awarded to the sanctuaries that have the top three Peer-to-Peer Fundraisers. That means that signing up to be a Peer-to-Peer Fundraiser can help Save the Chimps win prize money!

You’ll also be helping us reach our goal of $75,000 for upgrading and improving our residents’ three-acre island homes!

What you have to do

All you need to do is set up a page (we have the steps involved in that below), build a fundraising page, and share the link to your page with your social network between now and October 3rd to ask for donations.

Signing up in 5 easy steps:

  1. Visit Save the Chimps’ fundraising page and click the fundraise button at the top
  2. Create an account on the Mightycause platform (or login if you already have one)
  3. Start building your fundraiser – there are resources such as graphics and sample text below if you’d like to utilize them
  4. Be sure to note on the top of your page that it supports the 2023 Giving Day for Apes.
  5. PUBLISH! ✨

Resources for Creating Your Fundraiser







Cover Images

Your cover image is the “face” of your fundraiser. If you have a personal photo that works well in that spot, use that! Making your fundraiser as personal as possible is important. But if you don’t already have a photo you’d like to use, here are some you can use with our featured residents!

Download Lisa Marie Graphic

Writing your story ✍️

Your story on your fundraiser should be personal — those types of fundraisers do best! It’s a great place to talk about your connection to this cause, how you learned about the work of Save the Chimps, and your connection to chimps or the sanctuary. (If you’re a volunteer or have visited the sanctuary, this is the perfect place to tell that story!) The more specific to you, the better! But if you’d like a story to start you off, here’s something you can copy and paste or use for inspiration. Select the text below and press CNTRL + C or right-click & select copy and then paste in the About section of your fundraiser and fill in the blanks:

I’m fundraising for Save the Chimps for the 2023 Giving Day for Apes! Giving Day for Apes is a 24-hour event on October 3rd that raises money and awareness for ape welfare. This year, I’m hoping to raise at least $XXX for Save the Chimps. Please join me in making a donation to support this important cause and help Save the Chimps reach their fundraising goal and continue to care for their more than 220 chimpanzee residents!

If you can add some personal details, great! If not, this little bit of text is enough.

Set your goal

How much you can raise depends on many factors, like how big your social network is and how much they have to give. So, use your best judgment, but setting your goal at $500 is a great starting place. (You can update your goal at any time, so if fundraising is going well, you can set a stretch goal once you hit $500 and keep going!)

Thank you for making a difference in the lives of our more than 220 chimpanzee residents!

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