Category Archives: Fundraising

Georgia Teen Institute 2014: Raising $14K in 2014!

For the 26th year in a row, GUIDE, Inc. is in the process of planning for the Georgia Teen Institute summer leadership program. The Georgia Teen Institute (GTI) is an inspiring, motivational and meaningful leadership training program for middle and high school students with a focus on teaching youth-adult teams how to use the Strategic Prevention Framework. Teams of youth from all over the state of Georgia come and learn how to plan and implement projects in their home communities related to alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention, community engagement and other pertinent issues. GTI is a dynamic, fun and innovative way for middle and high school students and adult advisors to learn new skills, meet new people and become empowered to create change in their communities and schools.

GTI_14in14_SM_403x403_border_WEBGTI is run by GUIDE, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit and, in 2014, will be staffed by 45 high school and college age youth and more than 50 volunteers. The cost for one of the 45 staff – who have already completed a three day training, will attend another three day training and then staff eight days of GTI – is approximately $650. When we shared this cost with our high school and college staff in March, they decided to set a really ambitious fundraising goal to help cover their costs. This group, in addition to studying their facilitator’s guides, preparing warm fuzzies and doing an assortment of other things to prepare to serve as staff members, decided to set their 2014 staff fundraising goal at $14,135!

We need your help to make sure that this incredible goal can be met. Every single bit helps and we hope that little by little our 2014 staff will inch toward their goal. We can assure you that 100% of your donation goes to support the work that these youth and young adults will do this summer. The funds we raise through this campaign go to pay for meals during our staff trainings that can’t be covered by our grant funding, our onsite expenses for staying at Oxford College for two weeks and so much more.

SDW1 2014 078Donating is REALLY easy — simply CLICK RIGHT HERE to securely donate online. It will give you the option to do a one-time donation or have the amount automatically deducted monthly. Simply designate “GTI” when asked, and if you know a specific staff member for whom you want to donate, add their name, too. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law and are GREATLY appreciated. If you’d rather write a check, mail it to GUIDE, Inc., PO Box 1922, Lawrenceville, GA 30046, Attn. GTI. 

Your support of the work that GUIDE and the Georgia Teen Institutes are doing this summer really does make a difference. THANK YOU! 


Five Ways to Help Us Fund Raise

The holiday season has arrived, and everyone is getting into the giving mode. Shopping carts (both in stores and online) are full with surprises that we hope will bring joy to the ones we love. We came out unscathed by Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but why should the giving stop there?


Here at GUIDE, Inc., we believe the giving spirit should be year round. With this year-round approach, one needs to get a little creative and think outside of the giving box. Below you will see that we have discovered ways to help the giving continue that will hopefully appeal to our supporters. Here are five ways to help GUIDE, Inc. and GTI fund raise throughout the year:

  1. Coffee Lovers? You bet this one will keep them awake! Go to Just Love Coffee and every purchase is a donation made to Georgia Teen Institute.
  2. Want to save the environment? We do, too. GUIDE, Inc. is happy to collect your empty ink cartridges, old cell phones and small electronics and send them to Planet Green Recycle to be reused or recycled. Each shipment could be a $40 – $75 donation back to GUIDE, Inc.!
  3. Love to go Kroger-ing? Join the Kroger Community Rewards program and identify GUIDE, Inc. as a recipient and our programs receive a percentage each time you go shopping!
  4. Do you shop online? Amazon Gives. Sign up through your existing Amazon account at and select Gwinnett United in Drug Education, Inc. to receive .5% on eligible purchases.
  5. Want to just give? Check out our donation page and make your contribution today.

The best part about each of these fundraising approaches is that any organization can sign up! As much as we like to receive donations, we also like to make sure the communities we work with know about these opportunities. Even though all of these techniques combined will not bring in millions, it can help the dollar stretch a bit further. Now, go on and get to giving!

Georgia Gives Day 2013 was a Huge Success!

On November 13, the GUIDE, Inc. and Georgia Teen Institute Facebook and Twitter pages were blanketed in posts encouraging supporters to participate in the state’s largest fundraising effort, Georgia Gives Day.

“Click if you care” messages and asks for donations on our GA Gives Day website had been circulating for weeks.  Volunteers, staff members and community supporters created personal Friendraiser pages to help GUIDE and Georgia Teen Institute get the word out about our wonderful programs that need continued support into the 2014 year.

The effort did not go unrecognized, and in less than 24 hours, we were able to raise $12,555!  Overall, GA Gives Day was able to raise a whopping $1,478,849 (and still climbing) for nonprofits across the state of Georgia, breaking several records from the inaugural year.

Words cannot express the gratitude and amazement experienced on November 13.  Thank you just doesn’t seem sufficient, but we are truly empowered, encouraged and forever grateful to everyone that made GA Gives Day so successful.  Donations raised through GA Gives Day will be used to support Georgia Teen Institute, the GUIDE Youth Advisory Board, GUIDE’s prevention efforts and more! Don’t forget – the giving can continue!  You can still visit our GA Gives Day website today and make a donation!