Here are a few tips to help you with your fundraising. Remember, the more creative you are, the more money you can raise!
Customize your personal walk fundraising page:
Tell people why you are passionate about raising money for the San Diego Humane Society. You can even post a photo or video of you and your furry friends!
Share your passion for the animals. Use your Participant Center to conveniently send fundraising emails out to all your friends, family and colleagues letting them you are participating in the Walk for Animals and ask them for their support. You can even import your email address book from Outlook, Yahoo, Gmail or AOL and then utilize one of the customizable e-mail templates or write your own.
Organize a fundraising event:
- Host a chili cookoff, baked potato party, or guacamole sale. You can sell tickets for $5 each for a “vote” for the best item and raise funds for the Walk at the same time! Food is a great way to raise funds, especially with hungry co-workers.
- Rummage Sales – Ask your team members to clean out their closets and garages and bring items for a team wide sale.
Use these creative ways to ask people for support:
- Use your Participant Center to send an email from your pet to all your friends asking them to donate to your team.
- Auction off a prime parking space at work!
- Change Jars – Keep change/donation jars in high traffic areas at work
Set a Fundraising Goal
Share your goal with friends, family & co-workers so that they can help you & your pet achieve it.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask
Remember that you can’t raise money to help the animals if you don’t ask for support. Be proud of what you’re doing and your supporters will be proud to help you.
Face to Face
Ask family, friends and collegues for a few minutes of their time so that you can talk without interruptions. Let them know why your participating and remember, you are not asking for the contribution for yourself, but for the thousands of individuals and animals the San Diego Humane Society provides services to each year.
Prepare a list of all your friends and acquaintances and select an afternoon to sit down and call them about your plans to participate in the SDHS Walk for Animals. Let them know about our wonderful programs - you may have personal experience in adopting a pet, or taking a training class, or receiving help in some way that you may want to share.
Personalize your letter with details about yourself and the reasons you are walking - you might even want to include pictures of your pets! Remember your audience when you are crafting your letter - tailor it to fit friends, family, business owners, colleagues, etc. And, consider enclosing a self addressed stamped envelope to make it easier for them to contribute (you'll find your response rate is much better.)
Check to see if your company offers matching gifts. This is a great way to double the money you raise. Please check your company's policy or contact your human resource office.
Let your supporters decide how much they wish to give on behalf of the animals. Don't limit yourself by asking for a smaller amount than they may have in mind. You'll be surprised at what people are willing to give!
Businesses You Patronize
Ask the places you frequent for a donation - such as your hair stylist, dry cleaner, doctor, dentist, gym, coffee shop, favorite restaurant, etc.
Remember to send a thank you note or email when you receive a donation - this is easy to in your Participant Center.
For additional fundraising ideas, questions or further information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (619) 243-3493