Create a Fundraising Event for CHIRLA

CHIRLA is raising critical funds for immigrants impacted by the COVID-19 health and economic crisis, many of whom have been left out of the relief funding despite their work in essential services. Through SameSide you can host meaningful fundraisers that support CHIRLA's work. Here's how. 

Create a fundraising event for CHIRLA in 2 minutes!

SameSide is an events platform that allows you to connect any event or gathering to a cause you believe in. Raise money or raise awareness. No matter what, you're doing good.

Every guest is sent the CHIRLA toolkit with ways to take action in support of immigrant rights. Check it out (note: it's optimized for mobile viewing).

Here's how to get started. 


Get Started

To create an event on SameSide it's easy! You will be asked to choose the "Immigrants are Essential. I am California by CHIRLA" campaign to align with when creating your event listing. To get started follow these easy steps:

1. Create a SameSide account

Make sure to check your email to validate the account. 

2. Sign in to your account and click on Account in the upper right corner


3. Follow the prompts in the event creation flow and be sure to choose "Immigrants are Essential. I am California by CHIRLA"



4. Create a ticket price to collect donations

In the ticket tab is where you can create a donation. You have two options here:

  1. Create a ticket price that includes a donation
  2. Create a ticket and a donation option (this is good for people who may want to donate but aren't able to attend)

You can read more about ticket options here.


5. Enter your virtual meeting link in the Guest Resouces tab. 

Guests who RSVP will receive the links you input here in their confirmation email. Use this to communicate the meeting link (for virtual) or any other resources you want to share ahead of the event (like an info page, a 

There you go. Your event is now live! 

The team at CHIRLA will rececive a notification once you publish your event. They may reach out to you directly or you can contact Ana Reyes, CHIRLA's Development Associate.


What's Next?

Promote it!

Use SameSide's share buttons to share on major social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and in an email.



Here are a few more promotion tips:

  • Start with your network: your friends, family, classmates, colleagues and ask them to share it with their network. 


  • Communicate why you're hosting the event: People are looking to be inspired. Sharing a personal story is memorable and unique. Start there when promoting your event for CHIRLA. Maybe you're an immigrant or your parents are. This connection to the cause will come across as authentic and make the fundraising worthwhile.


  • Join groups on social media: Groups that align with your interests on Facebook or LinkedIn are a great way to build your network. Make sure you contribute with comments or questions so that when the time comes to invite people to an event, they know who you are and what you stand for.


Collect RSVPs

When your guests RSVP though SameSide, the list will be saved in your SameSide account. 

  1. Sign in and go to the Account drop-down
  2. Click Manage Events
  3. Find the event card you want to check the guestlist on
  4. In the event page, click on Manage Event > Guest List
  5. Here you will see the list of guests who have RSVPd. You can either export the list in a .csv file or Message All guests


After the Event: Getting Paid

Hosts who create events on SameSide get paid out within 48 hours of their event. Like money in the bank paid out. We use Zelle to process payments and just need your email address. We'll use the one that you used to sign up with. It's that simple. 


Start creating your CHIRLA fundraiser now!