Fundraising Tips and Tools

How to Raise $250 in 4 Days

Day 1: Donate $25 to yourself (see the first tip below)
Day 2: Ask four relatives (Parents, Siblings, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins) to donate $25 each
Day 3: Ask three friends to donate $25 each
Day 4: Ask two neighbors or colleagues to donate $25 each

How to Raise $500 in 4 Days

Day 1: Donate $50 to yourself (see the first tip below)
Day 2: Ask four relatives (Parents, Siblings, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins) to donate $50 each
Day 3: Ask three friends to donate $50 each
Day 4: Ask two neighbors or colleagues to donate $50 each

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How to Ask for Donations

DONATE to your own efforts first. It will encourage others to give.

ASK everyone you meet, talk to, text, email, chat, or have contact with in some way. Donations do not always come from where you expect them. Some people may say no but there are plenty who will say yes — so keep asking!

TELL your own story. Tell people why you are riding and why fighting cancer is important to you. The more personal your story, the more others can relate. Cancer has affected everyone in some way. 

REMIND your supporters that 100 percent of their donation will go directly to help cancer patients and research. And, tell them the fund you’ve chosen to support and why.

SHARE stories, encouragement and updates. Send your supporters emails, letters or an invitation to an online group. If you’re on a team share this fundraising tip with your teammates and encourage them to do the same.

EXPRESS your gratitude — often! Thank your supporters often. Update them on your progress. Show them that their donation is making an impact on your campaign. And then thank them again.

FOLLOW UP with those to whom you’ve reached out but haven’t heard from. Many people are happy to give but just need a reminder.

WEAR your team gear. If you’re on a team, create something unique for your team to wear often. It can be a conversation starter to let others know the challenge you have ahead of you. It’s also a great place to list your supporters as a way to thank them! Some ideas for team gear: t-shirts, buttons, and stickers.

DOUBLE your contribution. Many companies offer a matching gift program. Ask your donors if their employers offer one. Don’t forget to ask your boss if your company offers a matching gift program for your own donation. (And while you’re there, ask your boss to donate to your ride.)

75 Fundraising — and Fun! — Ideas

  1. 4th of July Benefit – ask your friends to make a donation
  2. 50/50 Raffle
  3. Alumni Organizations/Sorority & Fraternity (Call your own college or university and them to place an ad in the alumni letter)
  4. Announcements (If you are a part of a club or group ask to make an announcement at the next meeting, church announcement, business meeting announcement)
  5. Bake Sale
  6. Birthday or Holiday Pledge (in lieu of gifts ask for them to make a donation)
  7. Bonfire Night Party
  8. Bowling Night/Tournament
  9. Brewery (ask a local brewery to donate $1 per specific beer (name the beer) for a week, month)
  10. Car Wash
  11. Charity Flyers (Ask to hang them at restaurants, gyms, places you frequent)
  12. Chile Cook-Off
  13. Clubs/Organizations (Ask any club or organization you are a part of if you can send an ask letter to other members)
  14. Coffee (Give up coffee for a month and enter those funds on your fundraising page)
  15. Colorful Sponsor Letter (mailed to family, friends and co-workers)
  16. Company Grants
  17. Concert (If you have any friends or family who are musicians ask them to host a benefit concert)
  18. Corporate Matching Gift (several companies match their employees monetary donations)
  19. Corporate Sponsorship
  20. Creative Friends (Ask a friend to donate jewelry or a piece of art to the raffle)
  21. Delegate (Give 10 friends pledge cards and ask them to help raise money)
  22. Designated Driver for a Night – Drive your friends around for the evening and ask that they make a donation to your fundraising efforts
  23. Derby Party
  24. Dress Down Day (Ask your work to host a dress down day and the employees pledge $10 or $20 toward the event
  25. eBay (Gather your own goods along with friends and family and sell them on eBay)
  26. Extra Change in My Pocket Box
  27. Florist (ask a local florist to donate a portion of holiday sales)
  28. Fundraising Booth (set up a booth at a local event and ask for donations)
  29. Fundraising Page
  30. Freelance Project (Take on a project and donate the proceeds you earn)
  31. Game Night
  32. Garage Sale
  33. Get Social – create an individual or team fundraising page
  34. Give a car
  35. Golf Tournament
  36. Green Chile Cheese Burger Cook-Off
  37. Happy Hour Party
  38. Host a BBQ
  39. Host a Movie Party at your House
  40. Host a Poker Game
  41. House/Dinner Party (possibly themed)
  42. Karaoke Night
  43. Kick-ball Tournament
  44. Local paper - Get an article in the
  45. Lunch Money (Pack your lunch for a month, save the money and donate it to your fundraiser
  46. Mail a personal letter asking to donate to your fundraising page
  47. Mow-A-Thon
  48. Neighborhood Chores
  49. New Year’s Resolution to make a donation (share with family and friends)
  50. Newsletter (if their company and or social group/church distributes a newsletter)
  51. Personal Asks – ask anyone you come in contact with
  52. Pet Sit
  53. Phone Calls – pick up the phone and start making calls
  54. Picnic
  55. Pledge Jar (Ask your salon, gym, doctor, dentist etc. to place a pledge jar at their front desk)
  56. Pledges for each mile
  57. Raffle (movie tickets, restaurants etc.)
  58. Religious Organization Bulletin
  59. Restaurant Fundraiser (several local restaurants participate)
  60. Sell Wristbands
  61. Shave your Head Donations
  62. Signing Correspondence (add a signature line to your emails)
  63. Sip and Paint Class
  64. Silent Auction
  65. Spinning Class (ash your spin instructor to hand out pledge forms or make an announcement during class
  66. Tail Gate Party
  67. Team T-shirt/Hat Sales
  68. Tennis Tournament
  69. Text friends and family
  70. Training Bike (ask a local grocery store or other business if they will allow you to set up your training bike outside for a few hours. Hang a poster or sign and have a donation jar)
  71. Used Book Sale
  72. Voice Mail Message (on your own personal voicemail state that are raising money for the Lobo Cancer Challenge and you would be honored if they would be willing to make a donation)
  73. Volleyball Tournament
  74. Wedding – in lieu of gifts ask that your guests make a donation to your fundraising efforts
  75. Yoga (ask a business or teacher to donate a portion to your campaign)

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