Fundraising Tips & Tools for Bravehearts
Use Social Media
There is tremendous power in social networks – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and You Tube will help you surpass your fundraising goal and spread awareness about this cause. We recommend directly linking your Bravehearts personal fundraising page in your Facebook profile or in a status update!
Many employers offer to match gifts made by employees. Check with your HR Department to see whether your company participates and when sending thank you notes to your donors, ask them to check in with their employer as well.
Online fundraising is the quickest and easiest way to raise valuable funds! Follow these steps to get started today:
- Visit our ride registration page. Decide whether to register as an individual, create a team or be part of an existing team.
- Upon completing your registration your personal fundraising page will automatically be created for you.
- Customize your personal page. Share your story and include pictures or a video.
- Upload your address book and send an email to all your friends, family and co-workers. Ask to support your ride with a gift in any amount. We’ve already created email templates for you so they’re ready to go.
- Follow up with your contacts.
- Thank your donors.
Beyond Online Fundraising
Here are a few ideas to help you raise money:
- Hold a garage sale, and make posters to let people know that sales will support the your ride.
- Do you know a chef? Photographer? Musician? Ask your friends and family to donate items or services, or create your own. Sell tickets for a drawing, and make sure to let everyone know that the proceeds will support your ride. You can even host an event with a live or silent auction.
- Fundraising with Food - Ask the manager at your local restaurant to donate a percentage of the day’s proceeds to support your fundraising efforts. Work with the restaurant to create a flyer and make sure to let everyone in your network know.
- Baking for Bucks - Let the smell of fresh baked cookies, cakes, and cupcakes entice your friends into giving, or get them all involved and hold a bake sale at your school, community center, or work.
- Get Crafty - Are you a great photographer, avid knitter, jewelry maker, or do your kids enjoy making projects? Sell your art to raise money or consider organizing a raffle or auction.
- Change for Change - Are pennies, nickels, quarters, and dimes weighing down your wallet? Set up a change jar at your home or in your office, and invite folks to lighten up by getting rid of their extra change. You’ll be surprised by how fast all those coins add up! A little imagination goes a long way!