First, here are RACHEL'S QUICK TIPS for fundraising success:
"Here's what I did to raise over $1,000 in 4 weeks:
Now here are the basic tips that will help you meet your fundraising goal.
TIP 1: MAKE YOUR FITNESS GOAL SPECIFIC AND SET A DEADLINE.
You have your own Fight Back with Fitness web page to state your goal and communicate with your donors. If you make your goal specific, it's easier to stick with it: "I'm going to go to the gym 3 days a week" is better than "I'm going to get into shape." Set a deadline, too, something around 2-4 months. That gives you enough time to make a difference fitness-wise, while keeping people interested (and donating!) especially as they see the deadline approaching.
The web page is all yours and the more you make it personal, the more donors will feel like this is something important to you and jump in to help. It's great to add some photos and post some comments so people can see how you're doing.
By the way, your web page can be seen by anyone who visits the FBF website and anyone can make a comment – but you get to screen them so the page is totally under your control.
TIP 2: WRITE A FUNDRAISING EMAIL THAT'S PERSONAL TO YOU
But...what will be most compelling is something that's personal to you, so feel free to start with our samples and then just be yourself!
A few things to be sure to include are:
TIP 3: ASK LOTS OF PEOPLE - THEY WILL ADMIRE YOU FOR WHAT YOU'RE DOING
Start by making a list of people and remember, you have a family…friends…co-workers…members of organizations you belong to (professional, sports, temple/church, etc.)…businesses you patronize…neighbors…the list goes on and on. Compared to what you’ll be doing (getting fit), their part (making a donation) is easy, so make the list a long one.
TIP 4: SPREAD THE WORD
If you like Facebook, you can post your FBF activities by responding to the automated prompts provided by our site, or clicking on the box labeled "Share this Page". Here's a sample Facebook post you can use. If the mere thought of Facebook sends shudders of social and technological inadequacy down your spine, don’t worry – just ignore this feature and it won’t somehow turn itself on without your knowing.
You can also send a Tweet with a link to your fundraising page by clicking on the Twitter icon under "Share This Page."
Another way you can spread the word is to create a signature that leaves a little unobtrusive message with all your emails. Whoever wants to take action will, and the others will think you’re pretty cool for being an activist. Here’s a sample and you can create one by copying and pasting to your email "signature."
I've set a fitness goal to help fight back against pediatric cancer.
Please sponsor me online at [insert your web page address]. Thanks in advance!
TIP 5: PESTER
We all have that stack of stuff we really do want to get around to doing but it’s constant triage and we overlook things. A friendly reminder, like telling people you’ve embarked on your fitness program and they’d better get their check to you before you start looking like Brad Pitt (or Angelina Jolie, depending), can get you to the top of the stack and people will feel good that you helped them cross something off their to-do list. Here is a sample reminder email.
TIP 6: REMEMBER TO SAY THANKSWe’ll send an automatic thank-you to anyone who donates on the website but it’s always nice for you to add the personal touch with a note of your own. Short and sweet is fine and your donors will remember your social graces next time around. Here is a sample thank you note that you can use to tailor your own.
That should be enough to get you going (or send you running in the opposite direction but hey, it’s still a workout.) If you have questions or problems, you can contact JeanSinger@DontLetTheCancerWin.org.
The Jake Wetchler Foundation for Innovative Pediatric Cancer Research is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and all donations are tax-deductible
For more information, visit our website at www.DontLetTheCancerWin.org