Make A Plan | Take time to organize a plan for reaching your fundraising goal.
Online | The internet and email have significantly affected the fundraising world. Use them to your advantage.
- Through email, let people know they can make donations on your behalf at www.okoboji200.org. Ask them to choose your name from the pariticipant list or search for your name.
- Use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other social networking sites to post information.
- Auction old items of significance on eBay or sell them on Craigslist and donate the profits.
Write About It | A personal letter usually works best.
- Tell your friends and family about your race and why you are participating. Explain that you are physically sacrificing to inspire others to sacrifice financially.
- Include some facts about the cause.
Get The Word Out Locally | Everyday you visit many local businesses: the coffee shop, the gym, the car wash, the grocery store, the dry cleaner, the doctor’s office, the deli, the bike shop, or the pizza place. These are great places to promote what you are doing. How?
- Just ask for money (sponsorship) – businesses, too, can be donors (it’s tax-deductible).
- Put a poster in the window, explaining what you’re doing and how to help.
- Display a donation box and/or letters & donation forms on the counter.
- Ask the business to donate a portion of their proceeds on a given day toward your race/cause.
Community Fundraising | Interacting with as many people as possible will be key to your fundraising. Plan some social events to bring friends & family together for a cause.
- Throw a party or an informational dialogue about your race. Ask everyone who attends for a minimum donation at the door. Have friends donate food & beverages.
- Plan a dinner; set a price, proceeds will benefit your race/cause.
- Theme Party: hold a theme party for 10 (or more) of your friends. Donation: $50 per person. Spend no more than $20 per person on the food and you’ll have $300 (or more) in donations by the end of the night.
Employees: Connect at the Office | Your place of employment is a great place to get the word out.
- Your company might be happy to donate to your fundraising goal – perhaps a “matching” program.
- Send an email to coworkers with donation information attached.
- Ask permission to set up a small display and/or hang a poster in a prominent place.
- Host a lunchtime meeting and do a presentation about your race/cause.
Use Your Creativity and Strengths
Everyone has the ability to do something well. Sell your product or skill to benefit your fundraising campaign. A few ideas: cookies, lapel pins, knit caps, poems, chili, short stories, tax preparation abilities, photographs, babysitting, car washing, drawings, language tutoring, personal training, t-shirts, designated driving, dog-walking, errand-running, cleaning, or gardening.
Garage Sale, Bake Sale, “Change In My Pocket” Box, Office Fundraising Challenge, Answering Machine Message, Have Friends Collect Pledges, Call Local Radio Stations, Mow-a-thon, Talk with the Press, House-Sit, Neighborhood Chores, Karaoke Night, Television Show Finale Party, Game Night, Bowling Nights, Used Book Sale, Church Bulletin Announcement, Children’s Party, etc.
You are brave, you are creative, you are smart – use your gifts to raise awareness and funds to impact others who desperately need it.