Youth and University Fundraising Spotlight

By Maureen Smith

Published in: Update - Issue 3 - 2016 »   
LDB Puppy Raisers Mia and Miles
Hirsch with FLD Scarlette

LDB Puppy Raisers Mia and Miles Hirsch with FLD

Every year school groups and related organizations host fundraisers to support Leader Dog. Whether it’s a group of students, a scout troop, or an entire school or sorority, each support Leader Dog with unique events that provide much needed funds for our programs and services.

MacArthur K-8 University Academy in Southfield, Michigan has been fundraising for Leader Dog since 2012. Their “Pennies for Puppies” penny wars program has raised over $7,700, just from students, teachers and administration contributing spare change. LDB Puppy Raisers Trudi and Joe Nowak help kick off their program each year with a visit and LDB presentation.

Delta Gamma at Michigan State University (MSU) hosted their first “Pizza and Puppies” fundraiser in 2016. Puppy raisers joined the sisters of Delta Gamma on campus, where students enjoyed a slice of pizza while learning about LDB and visiting with Future Leader Dogs. Delta Gamma has been dedicated to sight conservation since 1936 and is closely aligned with Leader Dog’s mission and values. In addition to MSU, the Delta Gamma chapters at Albion College and the University of Michigan have fundraisers planned for the 2016–2017 school year.

Twins Mia and Miles Hirsch are raising Future Leader Dog Scarlette for their B’Nai Mitzvah. With the help of their parents, Mia and Miles attend monthly puppy classes with Scarlette and work on socializing her. Wanting to do more with their experience, the twins created a myLeaderDog personal crowdfunding page to raise money for LDB during their time as puppy raisers. They shared their page with family and friends through email and social media and have raised almost 90% of their $3,500 goal.

To host a fundraiser or for additional information on how to get started on your own myLeaderDog personal fundraising page, please contact