Tip #1: Whatever you do, make sure to make it personal. Update your fundraising page with a story about why you are raising money for this cause, or maybe a funny experience during your fundraising journey this year. Add photos or a video so people can put a face to the mission. People are much more likely to support and contribute to a cause when they see a personal connection and meaning behind it.
Tip #2: Don’t be afraid to bring up the deadline. Think about the last time you scrolled through your email or Facebook feed and saw a friend asking for donations for an event that was months away. What did you do? If you are anything like me, you made a mental note to donate closer to the day of the event and then got wrapped up in life and totally forgot about it. Sending out a final email asking for donations and reminding people of the deadline gives it a sense of urgency, which may help people to act in the moment and donate to your team.
Tip #3: I have said this before and I will say it again, make social media your best friend. Post about the walk and include a link to your page on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, your blog, wherever you can! The more people see something, the more it sticks in their head. Also consider adding the link to your page in your email signature for the week leading up to the walk. Yet another reminder to donate to your team’s fundraising goal!
Tip #4: Feel free to be weird or goofy- or offer to do something in exchange for reaching a fundraising goal. If you reach your goal of $500.00, you will wear a batman suit to the walk, or something funny like that. Get your friends and family involved, and give them something more to look forward to!
Tip #5: No pressure at all, but if you have time for a last minute event, you could keep it simple with a car wash in town or bake sale at school or work.
And finally, remember to say thank you. Say it as many times as you feel you need to, because you can never say thank you enough. Thank the people in your life, whether friends, family or strangers, that have donated to your team’s fundraising efforts and contributed to the mission to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Every dollar matters and is so important to the children and their families at Make-A-Wish® Philadelphia, Northern Delaware and Susquehanna Valley.
As always, feel free to post pictures of your fundraising events and ideas to our social media pages and tag us! If you have any questions at all, shoot us an email at email@example.com. We want to hear what fundraisers work best for you, so comment below or on our social media pages with more ideas to try! Thank you for your fundraising efforts, and we look forward to seeing you soon!