Helpful Tips to Make Your Fundraising Efforts a Success
Create a target donor list.
Create a list of all the friends, families, fellow students, and colleagues you could contact. Then email them a quick note with your fundraising page link and information about the Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off and why you are supporting this cause. Keep in mind it's easier for people to ignore an email asking for money than a request in person or on the phone.
Make your request specific.
People like to donate to a charity when they know where their money is going. Make sure your supporters know that their donations will help fund vital programs and services at Boston Children's Hospital that provide help, hope, care and support to children who are fighting cancer and their families. Reference the "How We Help" section to give your donors specific examples of what One Mission will do with their donation. For example, funding patient & family support programs, arts & crafts programs for the kids, and free parking passes or food vouchers for families. We also have some pre-existing templates you could use to help craft your emails. Click here to view our fundraising templates.
Create a calendar for contacting your donors.
Spread your emails out by a couple of weeks. Try not to worry about "bothering" donors. Remember, you are raising money for sick children, and their families not for yourself! You should never feel badly about asking for their help.
Use social media outlets to help spread your word.
Post a link to your page on Facebook etc. to help bring in some donations. If you have some folks that are not social network users, then print out your letter and mail it to them asking for a check or for them to visit your fundraising page.
In the past some Buzzee's made their own T-shirts that said "Ask me why I am shaving off my hair for kids with cancer" or "Would you donate to see me bald?" They wore these T-shirts around town or on their school campuses up to the date of the event. Other Buzzees reached out to local businesses, athletic groups and parents of friends to support them. For those Buzzees in college and in high school, they reached out to their fellow students for support and helped promote the event on their campuses. Email before and after photos of yourself to show people the sacrifice you made and hopefully collect even more donations.
Ask your friends to do it with you.
It can be scary to shave off your hair, having partners may help make it more fun.
Giving back to those who are less fortunate is one of the best ways to express gratitude in life and feel proud of yourself and your accomplishments so HAVE FUN!
Raise $400 in 4 Days! All You have to do is ASK!
- DAY 1: Ask 4 family members to sponsor you for $25 each.
- DAY 2: Ask 4 friends to sponsor you for $25 each.
- DAY 3: Ask 4 businesses you frequent to donate $25 each.
- DAY 4: Ask 5 co-workers to sponsor you for $20 each. (check to see if employer matches donations – great way to double your donations)
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