Driving research of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME / CFS),
Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS), Fibromyalgia and Long Covid

OMF Fundraising Ideas

There are lots of fun DIY ways to raise money for Open Medicine Foundation .
Here are just a few ideas to get you started!

Organize a live or silent auction. Get donated items such as trips, restaurant gift certificates, signed or autographed collectibles, rounds of golf, and day-spas. People love to buy experiences.

Art Sales

Put on an art show with a local artist. Invite your talented friends to donate art pieces that you can sell.  You can even invite elementary students to produce art and have a show. Their family and friends will be more than happy to buy back their wonderful artwork in support of a great cause.

Bake Sales

Hold a bake sale at work or at a busy place, or have a no-bake sale where co-workers pay so they don’t have to bake.


Invite family, friends and neighbors to a backyard barbecue and charge a fee or have them make donations.

Block Party

Put together a block party on a neighborhood street (get permission). Have food, and entertainment such as music, and face painting.

Book Sales

Collect gently-used books from friends and family and set up a Book Sale. Set up a “garage sale” type event at your home or look for high-traffic place such as a mall, office, or bank lobby (again, make sure to get permission).

Comedy Show

Ask a local comedy club to host an evening to support OMF Canada and have them donate a portion of the proceeds.

Charity Ball

Organize a ball or gala and have live music and an auction at a local hotel or country club.  Charge for the tickets. Just remember to get as many items donated as possible for your event.

Fashion Show

Work with a clothing store to hold a fashion show and select your models. You can hold it at the store or at a church hall. Invite all of your family and friends and don’t forget to ask for donations. Ask the store to donate a percentage of all sales from the show, too.

Facebook fun

Create your own Facebook fundraiser. Celebrate your birthday, anniversary, or just let your social media community know OMF Canada is important to you and invite them to donate in your honor.

Garage sale

Collect items from your family and friends and have a multi-family garage sale. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.

Golf Tournament

Put together a golf tournament with the proceeds benefiting OMF Canada.

Holiday Boutique

Plan a holiday boutique to sell items that you and your friends make, such as ceramics, jewelry, art, baby clothes, and personalized gifts. Boutiques are a fun way to sell craft items while supporting a cause. Invite vendors to buy a table and ask each vendor to donate a percentage of their sales to OMF Canada.

Plant Sale

Do you like to garden? Grow your own seedlings and when you are ready with a fresh crop, sell them and donate the proceeds of the sale to OMF Canada.

Restaurant Fundraiser

Contact a local restaurant to schedule a day where a percentage of all sales are donated to OMF Canada. Many restaurants have programs for non-profit fundraising including The Habit Burger, Patzi, and Pizza Hut (in the US) to name just a few.

Spaghetti or Pasta Dinner

Put on a dinner at a local hall or school. Invite local Italian restaurants to sponsor the event by each donating a tray of food. Recruit students to take tickets and to wait on and clear tables.

Variety Show

Gather local comedians, musicians, and singers and put on a show at your local school or church hall.

Walk or Ride

Gather some friends and pick a date, time. location and length of ride or walk. Set up a Crowdchange event and each of you send an email and make personal requests to ask your community to contribute.

Wine Tasting

Ask your local stores to donate wine and food and hold a wine-tasting party in a beautiful location. Your own backyard or porch can be a great setting. Sell tickets.

What Action Will You Take

What’s your passion? Starting a FUNdraiser takes only a couple of minutes and can have a huge impact. Let your friends and family know that the fight against ME/CFS is important to you.

Help Open Medicine Foundation end ME/CFS.
Yes, I want to help OMF!

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME / CFS) Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS), Fibromyalgia Leading Research. Delivering Hope.Open Medicine Foundation®

What are the advantages of giving from your Donor Advised Fund (DAF)?

  • Your gifts to your donor advised fund entitle you to an immediate income tax deduction at the time of contribution.
  • You avoid capital gains tax on appreciated assets you place in your donor advised fund.
  • Your fund’s investment gains accumulate tax free.
  • Funds are distributed to Open Medicine Foundation in your name and immediately put to use to support our worldwide research efforts.

How do I make a donation through my DAF?

Just click on the DAF widget below. It is simple and convenient to find your fund among the over 900 funds in our system.

Still can’t find your fund? 

  • Request a grant distribution through your Donor Advised Fund sponsor
  • Be sure to use OMF’s EIN #26-4712664
  • You can also designate OMF as a beneficiary for your Donor Advised Fund
  • Questions? Give us a call at 650-242-8669 

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME / CFS) Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS), Fibromyalgia Leading Research. Delivering Hope.Open Medicine Foundation®

Averting a second pandemic:

Open Medicine Foundation leads groundbreaking international study of

Long COVID’s conversion to ME/CFS

AGOURA HILLS, CALIF.  — Open Medicine Foundation (OMF) is leading a large-scale international collaborative study investigating the potential conversion of Post-Acute Sequelae SARS-CoV-2 infection — more commonly known as Long COVID or Post-COVID Syndrome —  to Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), a chronic, life-altering disease with no known cause, diagnostic test or FDA approved treatments available.

Up to 2.5 million people in the U.S. alone suffer from ME/CFS; the COVID-19 pandemic could at least double that number. An estimated 35 percent of Americans who had COVID-19 have failed to fully recover several months after infection, prompting many to call it “a potential second pandemic.”

OMF recognized a familiar health crisis emerging, one with eerie similarities to ME/CFS. This crisis presented a unique opportunity to understand how a viral infection — in this case COVID-19 — may develop into ME/CFS in some patients. The goal is to find targeted treatments for ME/CFS patients and ultimately prevent its onset in people infected with SARS-CoV-2 or other infections.

The federal government is only now investing in Post-COVID research, with no focus on its connection to ME/CFS. OMF has already engaged researchers for the largest-scale study of its kind, solely supported by private donors who have contributed over one million dollars to date. When fully funded, the five million dollar, three-year study will be conducted across the globe at OMF funded Collaborative Research Centers, led by some of the world’s top researchers and ME/CFS experts.


In a significant percentage of patients, infections preceded their development of ME/CFS.  For example, according to the CDC about one in ten infected with Epstein-Barr virus, Ross River virus, or Coxiella burnetti develop symptoms that meet the criteria for ME/CFS.


The ability to follow the development of ME/CFS from a known viral infection is unprecedented to date and crucial to researchers’ understanding of the disease. The focus of this study is to find the biological differences between persons returning to good health after COVID-19 and persons who remained ill more than six months after infection and developed ME/CFS.  Understanding these alterations in key pathways can lead to groundbreaking discoveries including new biomarkers, drug targets, and prevention and treatment strategies.


About Open Medicine Foundation

Established in 2012, Open Medicine Foundation leads the largest, concerted worldwide nonprofit effort to diagnose, treat, and prevent ME/CFS and related chronic, complex diseases such as Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Post COVID. OMF adds urgency to the search for answers by driving transformational philanthropy into global research. We have raised over $28 Million from private donors and facilitated and funded the establishment of six prestigious ME/CFS Collaborative Research Centers around the world. To learn more, visit www.omf.ngo.


Heather Ah San

Development and Communications Manager