First Things First: Ask for your first donation today

Once you get started, the momentum will keep you going. Asking people for donations may seem difficult, but when you ask someone for a donation to a cause, you are in effect giving them a wonderful opportunity to be a part of the solution. You’d be surprised at how many people want to make a difference in their own special way. All you have to do is ASK.



Tips


Follow the tips below to maximize your fundraising efforts! Utilize tried & true Weekend fundraising tactics along with social networking and team building to make your fundraising easier than ever.

First Things First
    Customize Your Personal Page
    Share your story and upload an inspirational photo on your Personal Page. Participants who personalize their Personal Page raise an average of 22% more than those who don't, so compel donors to contribute by sharing your reason for committing to The Weekend.

    Use Your Participant Centre and Send Your First Email
    Take advantage of the amazing tools your Participant Centre offers! Import your email contacts, send customized sample letters, track your responses and thank your donors.

    Aim High
    Strive to surpass the fundraising minimum. The more money you raise, the more good work that gets done. Pick a number that feels like a challenge and go for it!

    Start Earning Credits
    Raise $100 in your first 30 days and recruit new walkers to earn $100 Credits towards your fundraising goal!

How to Ask
    Create a List of Potential Donors
    Compile a list of EVERYONE you know. The more people you ask, the more donations you are likely to receive!

    Face-to-Face Meeting
    Asking a potential donor for a contribution in person is always more impactful. Talking with you one-on-one will allow them to experience your passion and dedication.

    Expand Your Giving Circle
    You can multiply your donations by giving additional donation forms to your family and friends who have already donated, or asking them to include a link to your Personal Page in their emails.

Activate Your Social Network


    Fundraise with Twitter
    Stay in the know with Twitter by searching for posts with the hashtags #TheWeekendMO and #PHXWeekend. Doing so will connect you directly to all tweets from our official accounts. While you are at it, follow us and use this social network to tweet your personal page links and fundraising messaging.
Expand Your Circle
    Team Up!
    Send a quick email alerting friends, family and co-workers that you’ve registered for The Weekend and invite them to join your team! Together, you’ll push each other further and have a blast while doing it.

    Bring The Weekend to Work
    Encourage co-workers to contribute or join your team by hanging a graph charting your training and fundraising progress, as well as staying stocked with plenty of donation and registration forms. Use email or inter-office memos (get permission!) to recruit new Walkers and donors. Ask them to sponsor a fundraising event, publicize The Weekend in the company newsletter, or donate to your corporate team!

    Become a Weekend Trailblazer
    Go above and beyond to support the efforts of The Weekend in recruitment and fundraising. As a special thank you, The Weekend highlights the amazing efforts of these teams, both online and on-event! Learn more about Trailblazers.

    Company Donation Matching Programs
    Visit your Human Resources representative to find out if your company or employer matches your donation fundraising efforts. Many companies are eager to support their employees, as well as the community.

    Reach Out to Your Coaches
    If you want to connect with other Walkers in your area, need a few fundraising tips, or instructions for any of our tech tools, the Weekend Coaches are just a quick call away!

Last but Not Least
    Follow Up
    If you haven’t received a response from someone you’ve asked for a donation, be sure to follow up. Make a phone call or send a quick email to make sure that they haven’t forgotten your request.

    Thank Your Donors
    It is very important that to thank your donors as soon as possible! Once you have received a donation from someone, let them know that their contribution is important to you and that you appreciate it. Invite your donors to Closing Ceremonies, so they can see the results of your hard work and experience The Weekend energy in person.

    Post Event
    People love to feel acknowledged and appreciated. Express your gratitude by sending out a newsletter or email with photos and/or video, and an additional thank you for your donors’ support. There are sample thank-you letters in your Participant Centre.



If you need more help or have any questions, call our Weekend Coaches at 514 393. WALK (9255).