Top 12 Fundraising Tips
Start Immediately – don’t wait until tomorrow. The sooner you start, the higher earning potential and the more Cerebral Palsy (CP) awareness you will create.
Personalize Your Fundraising Page – You will notice there is already a story written for you to share, but take it a step further and edit the current information and share why you are doing this, your story or what inspired you to get involved. Results are better when you provide the human side to it. That’s what people will connect to.
Add CP Facts to your Page – By adding CP facts, you are helping to spread seeds for CP awareness and educating them. People can’t believe what they’re hearing when they learn about Cerebral Palsy. Did you know there’s federal funding for CP research? It affects 17 million people worldwide. CP is the number one motor disability found in children. It’s caused by a brain bleed in utero up to age 3 years old. Some children with CP with never walk, talk, dress or feed themselves. Some children have seizures and others may not reach adulthood.
Ask community leaders for support – Reach out to your local police department, fire department, doctors, dentists, community social groups (ie - Knights of Columbus, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts), local political leaders etc. Ask them to support your CP Warrior’s Zest for Life Fundraising team. Their organization can fundraise for your team or start a fundraising team under your Zest for Life fundraising team. Ask them to show support the day of the race and walk or register for the 1 M race with your CP Warrior. Let’s celebrate your CP Warrior.
Additional ways to raise funds for your Zest for your Life team fundraiser:
Ask you school or business to host a dress down jeans day, or fundraiser whatever idea you come up with. The funds can be applied to your Zest for Life Fundraising team. Ask now as it takes time for approvals.
Host a lemon Aide Stand. Ask at a business to partner with you. (have it at a restaurant, Lowe’s, Grocery Store etc. Maybe they will even donate the supplies.) Funds raised will go to you Zest for Life fundraising team.
Paper Lemon Sales. Ask local businesses to participate in a Donate a Dollar paper lemon sales to participate in your Zest for Life Fundraising team to support the Make Lemon Aide Foundation for CP. They ask everyone to donate a $1 and the person’s name is written on the lemon. They hang the lemon to show who support. Funds raised will go to you Zest for Life fundraising team.
Ask a business if they would host a raffle like a hair salon. If they would donate a basket to include hair products/hair service that they will sell raffle tickets to win the basket for a month or whatever agreed time period to their clients. Once all the funds are raised and turned over to you, make the donation on your Zest for Life Team page. Let us know so we can promote the business on our social media.
Setup a Facebook birthday fundraiser for Make Lemon Aide, Inc. Proceeds will go to your Zest for Life fundraiser page.
Ask and Share – Don’t be afraid to ask people for donations. It’s a well need cause and the funds will help improve the lives of children and adults who Fight CP. Share your link with family, friends, co-workers, school, church anywhere people gather and support you. Share it on all social media outlets, email, text messages, phone calls and face-to-face.
Add photos and continue to share weekly – Not everyone sees your most when you make it or forgets to support at the time they see it due to busy lives. Friendly reminders are always helpful. Tagging your family and friends is helpful too. Use hash tags #CP, #CerebralPalsy, #CPWarrior, @ to achieve greater outreach. Someone who doesn’t even know you might make a donation because they connect with your story or have a loved one affected by CP and are not affiliated CP foundation. This just might there opportunity to support and connect with our foundation.
Share your Goal and Set it High! You can reset your suggested goal of $250 by editing it on your page
Matching Funds – Ask your employer if they provide company matching funds. This is a way to double a donation.
Follow Up – Don’t be afraid to follow up if somebody you’ve reach out doesn’t say yes right away. Again, people are very busy and appreciate friendly reminders.
Think big & small – Don’t ask only close friends and family. Cast a wider net that includes everyone from your fitness instructor, doctor, dry cleaner, to your child’s teachers and parents of classmates. Also remember that every dollar counts, implement tactics, such as “spare change” collections and watch your impact add up.
Say Thank You – When you receive a donation be sure when you reply with a thank you to also select the FaceBook icon because it’s not automatically done without clicking it.