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 27, 2021.
• Only funds raised through midnight, Monday, September 27, 2021, will count towards earning a participant incentive.
• Only funds raised by noon on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 are counted towards recognition as a Top Fundraising Team or Individual during Lobo Cancer Challenge weekend, on September 24 or 25.
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Fundraising Page Guide
Your Personal Page can be Your Best Tool for Fundraising.
Your registration in the Lobo Cancer Challenge includes your own Fundraising Page. Your Page makes it easy to accept donations online and by mobile device, including smartphones.
Personalize your Fundraising Page.
- Tell your story. Everyone has been affected by cancer in some way, and you can share why uniting against cancer is important to you.
- Is there something you want to say about the fund that you chose?
- You may edit or add to the default text.
- Upload a photo or two or three. Share photos that add to the meaning of your page for you... your team, yourself, the people in your story.
- Embed videos or livestreams. Videos are a compelling way to tell a story. Invite your followers to your livestream(s)!
- Set up your own custom URL that is easy to find and easy to share on the web, in print, or in conversation.
This can be done in just a few minutes!
You may complete these steps upon registration or at any time by using the Account Login found at the top of the website to access your Fundraising Portal.
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.
- Accept donations online by inviting visitors to your page, where the “Support Me” button is prominent.
- Share the page on social media.
- 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.
- You may raise your fundraising goal to stay ahead of your fundraising total (to help motivate donations) at any time during registration and after.
- Invite others to join your fundraising team!
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.
Asking For Donations
It’s easier than you think, and after a while you are on a roll!
MENTION your participation in the Lobo Cancer Challenge to EVERYONE you meet, talk to, text, email, chat, or have contact with in some way. Donations don’t always come from where you expect, so ASK everyone you encounter! 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!
- Customizing your Fundraising Page with your story is a simple way to make your fundraising goal and its purpose known to many people.
- A custom URL for your Fundraising Page (to make it easy to share) is a feature found in the setup for your Page.
- PRO TIP: Add a signature to your email with a link to your Fundraising Page (which includes access to the code you need to do that!)
- PRO TIP: Raise your fundraising goal on your Page to stay ahead of your fundraising total as it accumulates at any time during registration or after. This will continue to help motivate donations.
TELL your own story. Tell people why you are participating and why uniting against 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% 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.
SHOUT OUT on social media. Acknowledge your donors and their gifts and share it with your following!
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 $100 in 3 Days
How to Raise $100 in 3 Days:
Day 1: Donate $20 to yourself.
Day 2: Ask two relatives or friends to donate $20 each.
Day 3: Ask two neighbors or colleagues to donate $20 each.
How to Raise $250 in 4 Days:
How to Raise $250 in 4 Days
Day 1: Donate $100 to yourself.
Day 2: Ask two relatives (parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins) to donate $25 each.
Day 3: Ask two friends to donate $25 each.
Day 4: Ask two neighbors or colleagues to donate $25 each.
50 Fundraising — and Fun! — Ideas
50 Big Ideas to jump start some FUNdraising:
- Facebook Live Fundraiser
- Virtual Cooking Class Fundraiser
- Online Auction
- Alumni Organizations / Sorority / Fraternity (call your own college or university and ask them 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)
- Birthday or Holiday Pledge (in lieu of gifts, ask for a donation)
- Brewery (ask a local brewery to donate $1 per specific beer (name the beer) for a week, month)
- Clubs/Organizations (ask any club or organization you are a part of if you can send a letter to ask other members for a donation)
- 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 (ask your employer for a grant for your chosen fund)
- Corporate Sponsorship (ask your employer to sponsor you in your Challenge)
- Creative Friends (ask a friend to create and donate a piece of jewelry or art for you to raffle)
- Delegate (give 10 friends pledge cards and ask them to help raise money)
- Dress Down Day (Ask your employer to sponsor a Dress Down Day, during which employees who dress casually also pledge $10 or $20 toward your fundraising goal)
- eBay (gather your own goods along with friends and family and sell them on eBay)
- Extra Change in My Pocket Box
- Fundraising Page (Make yours shine!)
- Freelance Project (take on a project and donate the proceeds you earn)
- Game Night (you could decide to play video games to follow physical distancing guidelines)
- Garage Sale (while following physcial distancing guidelines)
- Get Social (customize your individual or team fundraising page and share it on social media)
- Give a car (raffle off a car — working or not!)
- Happy Hour Zoom Party
- Host a Movie Party at your House (maybe outside to follow physical distancing guidelines)
- Host an online Poker Game
- House/Dinner Party (possibly themed)
- Local paper (write a letter to the local paper or write an article and submit it)
- Mail a personal letter asking your family, friends or colleagues to donate to your fundraising page
- Neighborhood Chores - ask for a donation to your Challenge for a Chore
- 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
- 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)
- Shave your Head Donations
- Signing Correspondence (add a signature line to your emails)
- Sip and Paint Class (follow physical distancing guidelines or hold it on Zoom)
- Tail Gate Party (while following physical distancing guidelines)
- 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)
- Zoom Karaoke Night