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Tip 1: Connect!
E-mail family and friends at least three times:
- As soon as you register
- 2-3 weeks after you register
- 1 week prior to the fundraising deadline
Let them know that by raising money you’ll be helping others and giving yourself the chance to meet someone extraordinary!
Here’s an example e-mail:
SUBJECT: Please help me help others AND meet a hero!
As you know, I am crazy about gymnastics!
I’m participating in a fundraiser with Laurie Hernandez to raise funds to benefit the Special Olympics and for new gym equipment.
Besides helping others, as I raise money, I’ll win awesome prizes, including the chance to spend the day with one of my heroes: Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez!
Please consider making a donation to this fundraiser today.
Donating is really easy. To donate on-line go to: AmericanAcademyGymnasticswithLaurie.org
If you’d rather send a check, write my name in the memo field, make the check payable to American Academy Gymnastics and mail to:
American Academy Gymnastics
1845 Raymond Dr
Northbrook, IL 60062
Thank you so much for your support!
Tip 2: Share Your Cause
Make sure to tell all of your donors that their donations will help benefit the Special Olympics and for new gym equipment.
Tip 3: Make it Personal
Tell your story! Explain why it’s important to you to raise money for a charitable cause, and what it will mean to you to meet Laurie Hernandez.
Tip 4: Ask Often & Freely
It sounds simple, but people will only give if they are asked to give… So make sure you ask! And, best of all, the worst thing that can happen is this: They’ll say no. That’s it! Make each “ask” personal, and reach out to everyone you know. Be persistent and follow up your e-mails with phone calls.
Tip 5: Show Your Gratitude
Be sure to thank your donors as soon as possible after they donate. Update them on your progress and show them the impact they are making.
Tip 6: Get Social
Make sure you promote your fundraising efforts on all of your social media pages. For extra impact, make a fundraising video!
Tip 7: Follow Up
Many people need to be reminded to give. Don’t be discouraged if your first contact doesn’t get a response. It’s okay to follow up!
Tip 8: Match for More
Some of your donors may work for companies that will match their donation. Whatever amount your donor gives, the company will give the same! Make sure you mention this to your donors. If the donor’s employer has any questions, they can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tip 9: Special Events
Consider donating money from your birthday or other special occasion to earn additional moments with Laurie Hernandez at the event while helping raise funds to benefit the Special Olympics and for new gym equipment.