5 Favorite Fundraising Tips!!
1. Picture Postcard
Halfway through your training send a postcard (use a picture of yourself in your training gear and have it printed on postcard paper) to everyone on your mailing list updating them on your progress. Remind them to send their contribution. Also, update your social networking site!
2. Answering Machine Message
"I can't come to the phone right now. I'm out training for the Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon and raising money for The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. If you haven't made your contribution yet, it's not too late! Leave your name and phone number after the tone and I'll call you back as soon as I receive your check!"
3. Let's Party
Host a party for friends and charge admission. What better excuse to have a party? Wine and cheese party, movie night, award show party, holiday theme, etc!
4. Drawing for a Day Off
Ask your boss or the owner of your company to donate a paid day off to the winner of a drawing. This is an easy way for most companies to make a donation without giving any cash. Sell tickets to the drawing to all the employees. Many people will buy lots of tickets for the chance to win a day off.
5. Get Your Landlord Involved
Ask your leasing office if the neighborhood can over-write their rent checks by the amount they would like to donate. The office can keep track of the overage and write you the check. Then, write your apartment complex letters letting them know about your mission and the giving opportunity!