Here are a few tips for successful Fundraising: Sometimes the biggest barrier to overcome is just getting up the courage to ask.
Think through your extended networks—there are a lot of people you know. Then, ask them to join you! Ask them to donate! As we’ve often heard, you don’t get if you don’t ask.
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Setting a fundraising goal is the first step to success. Setting a stretch goal (one that’s just a little bigger than your regular goal) can help motivate you to fundraise even more. And the sooner you start fundraising, the sooner you’ll reach your goal!
Make your personal fundraising page about you! Tell people why you’re participating, whether it’s because of a personal experience or because you want to support someone you care about. You can even add a photo.
Be sure to set up your personal fundraising page and share the link through email, Facebook, and Twitter (and any other way you can ask!).
Suggest people forgo one small thing (a movie, a manicure) and donate what they would have spent. Let donors know that any gift - no matter the size - will make a big difference in the lives of our patients and families.
Many employers offer matching gift programs that could double your contribution: $100 could turn into $200 instantly. Be sure to remind your donors to check to see if their employers will match gifts, too.
Host a fundraising mini-event like a house party, a poker tournament, a bake sale, a sporting event (golf? tennis tournament?), or a happy hour. You’ll be surprised by how easy it is, and by how many local organizations are willing to support your efforts. Sometimes it’s as simple as asking.
We’re all busy; sometimes a simple reminder is all it takes to get someone to donate.
Be sure to motivate your team by sending emails to encourage and recognize individual and team fundraising accomplishments.
Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn can be powerful tools to aid in your fundraising. Most experts agree that it takes most people 2-3 reminders before they respond to a fundraising request. Social Media provides an engaging yet unobtrusive means to supplement your fundraising emails and in-person requests.
Once the event is over, make sure to take the time to personally thank everyone who supported you in your fundraising goals.
We’ve helped with four letters you may want to use for two of the most common outreaches: recruiting team members and fundraising. Feel free to customize to fit your tone of voice and your personal story.