How Competitors Can Fundraise
- Sign up for Crowdrise here! It’s easy and you might already have an account from a previous fundraiser.
- Link your Crowdrise account to the Iron Maidens Stay Strong Scholarship by going to our Crowdrise page and clicking on “join the team.” https://www.crowdrise.com/ironmaidensstaystron/fundraiser/graceoutreachbronx
- Tell everyone you know about the Iron Maidens competition and scholarship! We’ve written a sample letter below for you to use if you want. Send out an email to your network, a tweet, a facebook post, or even an instagram using this donation link: https://www.crowdrise.com/ironmaidensstaystron/fundraiser/graceoutreachbronx
- Make sure donors click on your team member profile to make their donation.
- Thank your donors!!
Below are some fundraising tips, adapted from Convio. Please refer to the Stay Strong Scholarship About page to personalize your request.
Tip #1: Start early. The sooner you start asking for donations, the more money you will raise.
Tip #2: Set a challenging but attainable goal. Your fundraising goal should be a stretch, but doable. If you are getting close to your goal, then raise it so people continue to donate.
Tip #3: Contact everyone you know. Start with your email address book, then your regular address book and member lists from clubs you belong to. You’ll be surprised who gives!
Tip #4: Customize your emails. Make the email template yours! Include a personal story—why you’re raising money, why it’s important to you, and where the money goes using the information about Grace Outreach and the Stay Strong scholarship listed above.
Tip #5: Create an email schedule and stick to it. Set dates to send a first email announcing your participation, a second email asking for donations, an update email, and a ‘last chance’ email.
Tip #6: Ask, ask, and ask again. People can only make a donation if you give them the opportunity. Don’t be shy about asking more than once. People need to be reminded!
Tip #7: Add social media to the mix. Use status updates in Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn to update friends on your fundraising and provide a direct link to your fundraising webpage.
Tip #8: Get creative. Add the URL for your fundraising webpage to your email signature. Give out “piggy banks” and ask people to save their change for a month. Hold an auction. Throw a party!
Tip #9: Stay focused. Remind yourself of why you are participating in the event, and how the money you will raise will help others. Turn to other fundraisers for inspiration and ideas.
Tip #10: Send a personalized thank you. After you’ve completed your fundraising, send your results to donors and thank them again for their help. You might need their support again next year!