Fundraising Tips, Tools & Ideas
PRO TIP: Donate to yourself first. It will encourage others to give.
• All funds raised for the Lobo Cancer Challenge must be submitted by midnight, Monday, September 21, 2020.
• Funds raised through midnight, Monday, September 21, 2020, will count towards earning the jersey or vest incentive.
• Only the funds raised by noon on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 are counted towards recognition as a Top Fundraising Team or Individual at the Kickoff Celebration on September 18, 2020.
Fundraising Page Guide
Your Personal Page can be Your Best Tool for Fundraising.
Your registration in the Lobo Cancer Challenge includes your own online Participant Center where you can:
- Set up a customizable fundraising page.
- Accept donations online by inviting visitors to your page, where the “Donate Now” button is prominent.
- Share the page on social media with the “Share This Page” icons at the bottom of the page.
- Email the link to your page to reach your contacts. Include a link to the page in your email signature and it will be a part of every email you send out!
- Check your fundraising progress and see a list of your donors and their gift amounts.
First, set up your Page:
This can be done in just a few minutes!
- Upon registration, click the “Access Your Participant Center” button, OR upon a return visit:
- Log In. (You may still be logged in if you selected this option during registration.) While logged into the site:
- Use the “Go to my Page” link in the top red navigation to visit your Participation Center. While there:
- Click on #1 in the list, “Set up your Personal Page,” use the tab at the top, or the “Edit Personal Page” link on the right.
- You may edit or add to the default text.
- Tell your story. Everyone has been affected by cancer and you can share why challenging cancer is important to you.
- Is there something you want to say about the fund that you chose?
- Upload a photo or two. Share a photo that adds to the meaning of your page for you... your team, yourself, the people in your story.
- You may replace the default photo if you prefer.
- Set up your own custom URL! Click on “URL Settings” at the top of your Personal Page editor. Enter up to 20 letters.
- You can have a URL that is easy to find — lobocancerchallenge.org/goto/myname — and easy to share on the web, in print, or in conversation.
- Don’t forget to Save your Page! You may preview your page at any time, but this won’t save your changes!
Then, share your Page — its impact may surprise you.
Your page can tell your story for you over and over: online, with new contacts, colleagues, old friends and loved ones.
- Send emails to prospects. Use your own email or set up a dedicated gmail or other account for your solicitation and thank you emails. You may copy-and-paste from the examples in your Participant Center to simplify composing the email messages.
- Sharing your page on social media provides an effective way to reach more people with your story. Clicking through to your page provides a way for someone who sees your post to take action.
- Use the convenient Social Media icons in the footer of your page that will link directly back to your Personal Page from the post.
- Your Page makes it easy for site visitors to make donations to you online. There is a “Donate Now” button right on your page!
Use your Personal Page to boost your other fundraising efforts.
Referring to your page can make it easier to get your message across, and it's an effective tool to share with people who want to support you.
Flyers Can Spread The Word
Flyers can do the Talking for You.
Flyers are handy to leave with someone who is interested after you finish your conversation. You may also be able to leave them in your favorite places — you can ask the manager if you may leave a stack, or post one on the window or bulletin board. In places with a lot of foot traffic, many more people may see your flyer than you can talk to in person.
Make the best use of the custom URL to refer people to your Fundraising Page from your flyer. The custom URL feature lets you set up a URL for your own page like “lobocancerchallenge.org/goto/myname” that is easy to find. (See Fundraising Page Guide above.)
How To Ask For Donations
It’s easier than you think, and after a while you are on a roll!
MENTION it to 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 including your participation in the Lobo Cancer Challenge in your conversations!
- Add a signature to your email with a link to your Personal Page. Set up a custom URL for your Personal Page to make it easy to write the URL in your signature.
- Customize your Personal Page with your story for a simple way to make your purpose known to many people.
TELL your own story. Tell people why you are participating and why challenging 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.
How to Raise $250 in 4 Days
How to Raise $250 in 4 Days:
Day 1: Donate $25 to yourself.
Day 2: Ask four relatives (parents, grandparents, 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:
How to Raise $500 in 4 Days
Day 1: Donate $50 to yourself.
Day 2: Ask four relatives (parents, grandparents, 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.
75 Fundraising — and Fun! — Ideas
75 Big Ideas to jump start some FUNdraising:
- 4th of July Benefit (ask your friends to make a donation in the spirit of the occasion)
- 50/50 Raffle
- Alumni Organizations/Sorority & Fraternity (call your own college or university and ask to place an ad in the alumni letter)
- Announcements (if you are a part of a club or group, ask to make an announcement at the next meeting, or as part of the next church or business meeting announcements)
- Bake Sale
- Birthday or Holiday Pledge (in lieu of gifts, ask for a donation)
- Bonfire Night Party
- Bowling Night/Tournament
- Brewery (ask a local brewery to donate $1 per specific beer (name the beer) for a week, month)
- Car Wash
- Charity Flyers (ask to hang them at restaurants, gyms, places you frequent)
- Chile Cook-Off
- Clubs/Organizations (ask any club or organization you are a part of if you can send an ask letter to other members)
- Coffee (give up coffee for a month and enter those funds on your fundraising page)
- Colorful Sponsor Letter (mailed to family, friends and co-workers)
- Company Grants
- Concert (if you have any friends or family who are musicians, ask them to host a benefit concert)
- Corporate Matching Gift (several companies match their employees monetary donations)
- Corporate Sponsorship
- Creative Friends (ask a friend to donate jewelry or a piece of art to a raffle)
- Delegate (give 10 friends pledge cards and ask them to help raise money)
- Designated Driver for a Night (drive your friends around for the evening and ask that they make a donation to your fundraising efforts)
- Derby Party
- Dress Down Day (ask your work to host a dress down day and the employees pledge $10 or $20 toward the event)
- eBay (gather your own goods along with friends and family and sell them on eBay)
- Extra Change in My Pocket Box
- Florist (ask a local florist to donate a portion of holiday sales)
- Fundraising Booth (set up a booth at a local event and ask for donations)
- Fundraising Page
- Freelance Project (take on a project and donate the proceeds you earn)
- Game Night
- Garage Sale
- Get Social (customize your individual or team fundraising page and share it on social media)
- Give a car
- Golf Tournament
- Green Chile Cheese Burger Cook-Off
- Happy Hour Party
- Host a BBQ
- Host a Movie Party at your House
- Host a Poker Game
- House/Dinner Party (possibly themed)
- Karaoke Night
- Kick-ball Tournament
- Local paper (write a letter to the local paper or write an article and submit it)
- Lunch Money (pack your lunch for a month, save the money and donate it to your fundraiser)
- Mail a personal letter asking to donate to your fundraising page
- Neighborhood Chores
- New Year’s Resolution to make a donation (share with family and friends)
- Newsletter (if your company/social group/church distributes a newsletter, ask to be included)
- Personal Asks (mention your participation in the Lobo Cancer Challenge to anyone you come in contact with. It starts a conversation that leads naturally to an ask, and sometimes people offer)
- Pet Sit
- Phone Calls (pick up the phone and just start making calls)
- Pledge Jar (ask your salon, gym, doctor, dentist etc. to place a pledge jar at their front desk)
- Pledges for each mile
- Raffle (movie tickets, restaurants etc.)
- Religious Organization Bulletin
- Restaurant Fundraiser (several local restaurants participate)
- Sell Wristbands
- Shave your Head Donations
- Signing Correspondence (add a signature line to your emails)
- Sip and Paint Class
- Silent Auction
- Spinning Class (ask your spin instructor to hand out pledge forms or make an announcement during class)
- Tail Gate Party
- Team T-shirt/Hat Sales
- Tennis Tournament
- Text friends and family
- 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)
- Used Book Sale
- Voice Mail Message (on your own personal voicemail, state that you are raising money for the Lobo Cancer Challenge and you would be honored if they would be willing to make a donation)
- Volleyball Tournament
- Wedding (in lieu of gifts, ask that your guests make a donation to your fundraising efforts)
- Yoga (ask a business or teacher to donate a portion to your campaign)