community_him1The most effective way to raise money for the Hope in Motion Walk/Run is to… ASK! Have fun with the fundraising and get creative. To raise $100 you can simply ask ten of your friends for $10 each or try any of these tried and true ways to hit your personal fundraising goal.

  1. Email Your Friends and Family – Send emails to everyone you know using your personal fundraising page (your team captain will tell you how). Import your address book, use one of the email templates (or create your own), track results, and follow up.
  2. The Mighty Pen Try sending a letter in the mail to friends, family, business associates or vendors, asking for their support. Let them know why you are raising money for public broadcasting. If you have a personal connection, share your story. Don’t forget to send a thank you note to people who donate.
  3. One-a-Day Take your one-a-day vitamin and make your one-a-day ask! Each day ask a different person to make a contribution. If you get four $25 gifts, you will have raised $100 in less than a week. Did you know the main reason people don’t donate is because they were never asked?
  4. Kid-Sitter/Pet-Sitter Do your neighbor a favor… all in the name of raising money for a good cause! Ask for a donation to take care of a neighbor’s pet while they are away. Put the money you earn towards your fundraising efforts. Or… offer to watch the neighbor’s kids so they can go on a date. Your “kid-sitting” money will put you a step closer towards your fundraising goal.
  5. Clean House It’s said one person’s junk is another’s treasure! Put that philosophy into motion by cleaning out your garage or home and holding a yard sale. Instead of asking people to pay for the goods, ask them to make a donation to your Hope in Motion team!
  6. Pin It Up Post your team’s fundraising web page URL on the bulletin board or in the newsletter at church or temple, in the office, at the gym, or at school. Make sure to highlight your name, phone number, email address, and team web page address. Don’t forget to tell them why you are participating in Hope in Motion. Personal stories equal more contributions!
  7. Think about the friends that you’ve donated to (for walks, fundraisers, etc.) – It’s their turn to support you. Reach out to them.
  8. Talk It Up Make your meetings work for you! Ask for a few minutes on the agenda of any meetings you attend. Explain why you are participating in Hope in Motion and ask for everyone’s support. Even small contributions will push you closer to your fundraising goal. If you are dedicating your efforts a certain initiative, tell that story.
  9. Celebrate You love the birthday cake and ice cream, but don’t really need anything else? Here’s an idea to put those gift givers to work fundraising! Tell your family and friends that in lieu of a traditional gift, you would like them to make a donation to Hope in Motion. You’ll feel good… and they will, too!
  10. Don’t Miss an Opportunity Change the recording on your voicemail to mention Hope in Motion and how callers can make a donation. Then, when you call people back, ask them to sponsor you. Ask for support in your signature line on emails you send out. Be sure to include your fundraising page link in your signature so it will be easy for them to donate.

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