Fundraising Tips

Each team has a fundraising minimum of $360. That’s only $90 each! No problem, eh? Well that’s the just the minimum. Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraiser as well as the top fundraising team, both nationally and locally. Here are nine Quick and Easy Fundraising Tips. All funds raised support Boys and Girls Clubs programs in your community.

1. Fundraise online
Register online and make fundraising easy! Set your goals and create a personal fundraising page. By customizing your personalized fundraising page your fundraising opportunities are limitless! Your friends and family can donate from virtually anywhere in the world and asking is just a click away.

2. Be committed
Make the first pledge yourself! When your friends, family and colleagues see your name and contribution, they will appreciate how committed you are.

3. Set a goal
Set individual and team fundraising goals and make them public! Challenge your team to be the Top Fundraising Team. Don’t forget to track and share your progress with current and potential donors. Many people will donate a little bit more if they know you’re close to your goal!

4. Promote yourself
Make sure everyone you come into contact with knows about your commitment. Add your personal fundraising link to your email signature. Notify local newspapers or radio stations for any additional events you’re doing to help raise funds for Capital One Race for Kids.

5. Educate donors
Potential donors may not know about Boys and Girls Clubs. Be prepared to educate them about the organization and how donated funds are put to good use. You can find more details at www.bgccan.com. Don’t forget to share your own story if you’ve got one!

6. Ask anyone, ask everyone
Ask family and friends first. Once you’ve tackled the “easy ones”, branching out is simple. Make a list of places where you spend money; don’t forget about doctors, dry cleaners, mechanics and your favourite restaurants!

7. Get matching gifts
Contact your Human Resources department to find out if your company has a corporate matching gift program. Make sure each team member asks their company as well, this is an easy way to double your total!

8. Host a fundraising event(s)
Special events can be a fun, easy and quick way to generate funds in a single day! Find out what businesses in your town offer special promotions for fundraising events. Ask companies for donations that you could raffle off like a paid vacation day from your office. Get together with friends, neighbours or co-workers and host a garage or bake sale, a penny drive, a BBQ, a golf tournament – whatever appeals to you. You’ll end up having a great time with friends and supporting a great cause too! For even more great ideas, click here

9. Thank your donors
Make sure to follow up and thank those who have helped you reach your goals! Thank them instantly as they pledge you. Follow up with a letter/e-mail after your event to share highlights, pictures and how their donations are making a difference. Get the ball rolling and thank them in advance for their continued support next year.