Creating awareness is one of the biggest challenges facing charities and non-profits. People can't donate unless they know and trust you. One of the most inexpensive -- and fun -- ways to raise awareness or your charity is the use of colored silicone wristbands.

It’s an easy way for people to show support. While many people may balk at volunteering or writing a large check, most will not hesitate to spend a few dollars for a charity wristband. There are already designated colors for certain charities, so it's important to choose a color scheme that matches your organization's identity; Pink has been designated for breast cancer awareness and support of research. Red has been used for AIDS research. Orange wristbands are used to promote a smoke-free lifestyle. Probably the most famous wristband is the yellow Livestrong band. That band shows support for cancer survivors and research.

Depending on what cause your charity supports, there may already be a color designated to it. You may even want to come up with your own color.

If the charity is a local one designating a specific color may be a good idea. That way the local community will know where their support (and money) is going.

Unique colors are also a good idea if you are trying to raise money for a specific charitable event. If you are trying to raise money for a person’s medical expenses it may be wise to use that person’s favorite color or a color that they are known for.

If you are raising money for an institution you can use the colors that they have in their logo.

There are really no limits to the amount of different charities that can benefit from the use of colored wristbands. They are a fun and easy way to raise awareness.