Use these tips to fuel your fundraising and boost your efforts!
Take the First Steps
Kickoff Donation: Start by showing your commitment to the cause and make your first donation to yourself. By donating to your own efforts, you are showing potential supporters that you are truly committed to the cause.
Personalize Your Fundraising Webpage: Engage your networks and encourage them to donate. Adding a personal story and a photo to your fundraising profile will show donors that you are dedicated to the cause – and they will be more likely to donate to your efforts.
Know and emphasize the importance of Team Roswell donations: Inform your donors why their support is so crucial to finding cancer cures and saving lives. Start by reading about the cause and communicating the research studies and patient-care programs that their support will fund.
Send emails: Email is a great way to communicate when fundraising. When you utilize the email tools in your personalized fundraising dashboard, you can track whom you have sent messages to as well as who has already donated to you. There are also pre-written emails that you can tailor to make your own. Visit your dashboard to start sending emails today.
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GET THE WORD OUT
Expand your network: Start with the obvious donors — your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. But don’t stop there! Consider asking the following groups for their support:
- Your colleagues
- Your classmates (past or present)
- Members of your place of worship
- Members of any clubs or organizations you belong to
- People you visit often, like your doctor, dentist, hairdresser or coffee barista
- Anyone you’ve done a favor for
Start the conversation on social media: Post your fundraising goal and your progress on your social media pages, and be sure to thank your donors there, too. It’s a nice way to engage friends and recognize those who help you reach your goal.
You’re Almost There!
Big and small gestures are both successful ways to ask: Team Roswell top fundraisers are successful because they think both big and small. They reach out to as many people as they can and set their goals high, but they also pay attention to the details. They develop and update a list of people to ask for donations, track their fundraising progress and make sure to thank their donors so they can go back to them the following year.
Don’t give up: You won’t receive a donation from everyone you send an email to, but often, the second round of emails you send yields the highest results. Be sure to send an email to everyone who didn’t donate the first time around and ask for their support.
Say Thank You!
Don’t forget to say thank you to your donors and those who supported you along the way. Their generosity helped make your fundraising a success!
Going back to social media – a nice touch to a thank you is tagging family, friends and businesses who support your efforts in a shout out post on Facebook.
Some of your donors might also appreciate a handwritten thank you note expressing your gratitude. Reach out to a Team Roswell staff member for some thank you cards. We would be happy to mail them to you!