When it come to fundraising, social media works!
Post a message to your timeline with a link to your teams page…do this every-other-day until the event! Sure it is a lot of posting, but this alone has allowed many Walkers to get to 100% Goal year after year!!
Note: We may not be as tech-savvy, but don’t forget about the power of your Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media accounts!
The Mighty Pen
Send a letter in the mail to friends, family, and coworkers asking for their support. Let them know if you are walking in honor of someone. Explain why our cause is important to you. Remember to send a Thank You note to your supporters!
Snail Mail is great — but don’t forget to utilize your email contacts too!
Note: Follow up on your Letter! Life gets busy, sometimes donors just forget to drop the check in the mail or log onto their computers to complete an online donation. A quick “it’s not too late to donate!” will bolster your donations!
Pin It Up
Pin up a poster about the Walk on the bulletin board at your work, your local coffee shop, your place of worship, your school, etc. Make sure to include your name, contact info, email, and your team’s Web page address!
Techy Note: You can even create a QR Code that will take people right to your team’s page so they can donate from their phones on the spot!
Double Your Money
Many employers offer matching funds programs. Your $50 donation could turn into $100. Inquire with your personnel/HR department and remind your supporters that they too might qualify for matching gifts.
If your birthday is coming up, tell your family and friends that in lieu of a gift, you would like them to make a donation to the Save A Life Community Walk. 🙂
Spare Some Change?
Place a bucket with a SALW sign on it and your local coffee shop, laundromat, pizza joint, lunch room at work, etc. Remember to pick up the money weekly!
Contact your local high school’s Student Counsel or other “do-good” club and ask them if they would fundraise for you! Many high-schoolers are looking to bolster their college applications, and what better way than volunteering time for a good cause?!
You Gatta Eat
Many restaurants will help you reach your fundraising goals! You bring in the people, they will donate a portion of the night’s profits to your fundraising. Examples include: Applebee’s, Jamba Juice, Soup Plantation, Rubio’s, Longboard’s, O’s American Restaurant, Cold Stone… the list goes on and on! Check with you fave restaurant to see if they have a fundraising program!
With Halloween just two weeks before the event — throw a Costume Party and charge $5.00 at the door!
Scrub Down a Pooch
Hold a Dog Wash! Get some Kids & K9’s involved, and scrub down some pooches as a fundraiser! Make sure to post signs and use social media to promote your Pooch Wash!
Hold a garage sale, let perusers know that 100% of the proceeds will be donated to charity! Ask your friends and neighbors for their old items for you to sell. On site, sell some donuts or coffee to increase profits!
You can even sell your old MP3 player, your old couch, your old sporting equipment, etc. on eBay or Craigslist.
Raffle & Silent Auction
At your next backyard BBQ hold a mini-raffle or silent auction for your friends! Get a few items donated (most businesses are open to this! Think: free massage, basket of goodies from Trader Joe’s, Padres tix,etc.) and then collect $5-10 per raffle ticket (or set a minimum bid on your silent auction). Make it in to a good time, and your friends will appreciate your passion for the cause.
Create a Save A Life Walk poster (& wear your SALW shirt from last year!). Hold the sign up. Stand on a street corner with a bucket, get $. This works well outside of sporting events! Give your donors a lollipop for their donation (buy a huge box at Costco!).
Know a local band? Host a fundraising concert! Charge an entrance fee, include a raffle to raise more money!
Get Creative, Be Real, Share Your Story & help us make this year’s Save A Live Walk the most memorable yet!
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