The following tips, tricks, and tidbits will help you meet and exceed your fundraising minimum. Remember, the more we raise at Pan-Florida Challenge, the more people we can impact.
- 1. Emails
Send out a high-energy email to your friends, family, and work colleagues sharing how excited you are to be participating in a great event supporting a wonderful cause, feeding hungry children. For most riders, if you send an email to a decent sized group of people, this tip alone will fulfill your fundraising requirement. Once you register, you will be given the opportunity to create a personal page. You will also be given access to email templates for “asks” and thank you notes.
2. Social Media
Social Media is a popular way to encourage donations. Connect a Facebook Fundraiser to your personal page and make it easy to reach your followers. When a donation is made to your Facebook Fundraiser it will be credited to your personal page in the Participant Center.
3. Text Messages
Pan-Florida Challenge gives registered riders a personal webpage to promote their ride. It is easy to cut and paste your personal page link into a text message. Type a brief sentence Decorate your text with emojis to make it fun. Add contacts and send it to 1-3 people at a time.
4. Telephone Calls
Telephone calls are another terrific way to engage your friends and family to tell them what you’re doing and how important the cause is to you. Don’t be shy about picking up the phone and making a personal pitch.
5. Host a Fundraising Party
Host a fundraising party or similar event and watch the donations roll in. Invite your friends, neighbors, and family members to celebrate your ride with you. Hold a ping pong tournament, organize a potluck at your community center, plan a wine tasting, make a presentation to your homeowners association, or host a brown bag lunch at your workplace to educate people about the cause. Be creative and have fun!
6. Selling Something
Selling something, especially consumables, is a great way to encourage donations. Put a giant container of chocolates or peppermints from your local warehouse store on your desk and charge $2-$5 each. Do you like to bake? Sell your best homemade treats such as bread, cookies, cakes, or pies. Organize a neighborhood yard sale and get others involved.
7. Matching Gifts
Matching gifts are a great way to raise funds. In addition to any matching funds your employer may offer, many of your friends and family members may be eligible for matching funds from their employers. Be sure to remind your contacts in any communications to take advantage of any matching funds programs.
8. Cool Signatures
Add a signature line to your personal email. Below is a template to use. You can add it automatically to your emails by going into your email settings and modifying your gmail or hotmail signatures. You also can insert your fundraising page link in the highlighted area and copy and paste at the bottom of your emails.
9. Raffle Something Awesome
Memorabilia from sports events or famous people often are popular raffle items. Ask a local sports or cycling shop to donate items to raffle, such as wheel sets, bike lights, computers, helmets, or tools.
10. Use Your Noodle
Go for that crazy idea that keeps popping into your head. The sillier your idea, the more attention it will bring to your effort. One rider organized a “Pie Me in the Face” fundraiser where people donated money to buy a whipped-cream pie to throw at him. Beyond the event, the organizer shared photos on social media to bring more attention to his cause and bring in more donations