The money you and your friends raise will help a variety of families and individuals in your community. This includes youth struggling to find a place to live, or folks battling to house and feed their families. When you understand who you are helping, you'll fundraise better. (Read more about who CNOY is helping.)
In case you hadn't done this already, we wanted to mention it again - your personal fundraising page is where donors will go to give to you online. Make it even better by writing a short message to explain why you're walking, and upload a picture of you while you're at it! Login to Fundhub and click on profile to get started on this.
Take a few minutes and write the email you'll send to each donor personally. Use our donor email templates in the FundHub for inspiration, and remember to include the link to your personal fundraising page so they can respond online. Your email should explain:
Once your email is done, take a few minutes to make a list of potential donors you could ask. Here's a quick list to help you brainstorm below:
Ask your spouse, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, and sisters.
Ask your #BFF, the friend you walk to the gym with, and the dude who sits behind you in lunch. We bet you know lots of friends to ask.
Yup, like the nice couple who live beside you, your yoga instructor, bus driver, piano teacher, or life coach. They are all good potential people to ask.
Don't send a mass email! Resist the urge to fire off emails to a big group - they almost never work! Take the time to carefully write your email and edit each one personally, even if it's just adjusting something you copy-and-paste. That way, your friends will know you are serious, and will likely respond by giving seriously to you too.
Make sure you say thank you, whether by email, text, or phone. It's more than good manners - it lets your donors see your gratitude, and prepares them to say yes next year when you ask them again.