Top 10 fundraising ideas:
10. Do not think of fundraising as asking for money or a loan. You are asking as an advocate for those in need.
9. Do not discount anyone. While you may not have talked to that high school friend for awhile, it’s never too late to resume a friendship by telling them about your involvement with Youth Homes.
8. Use those who are close to you as a “mini-committee” to reach your goal. Ask them to share their Rolodex, send out letters, help plan a party.
7. You do not need to know all of your potential donors; it’s okay to accept donations from people you do not know. Just remember to thank them. By carrying fundraising letters everywhere you go, you may see that you can receive donations in bars, the bus and from passengers in elevators.
6. Ask your boss.
5. The best way to fundraise is to use a combination of techniques, including a fundraising letter, a party, corporate involvement, etc. .
4. Start early! There’s a lot to be said for those people who get all of their fundraising done so that they can concentrate on their training as event weekend nears.
3. Involve everyone you know. Most people see that their daily contacts supply plenty of potential donors. You’d be surprised at how many people you know – even casual acquaintances – who will support your efforts.
2. Youth Homes’ Run 4 Kids is a program that allows people to experience the joy of helping others vicariously through you. When you participate in Missoula Marathon you represent not only a child, you also represent all those who donated to your campaign. Make sure everyone realizes that their contribution will last much longer than the 30 seconds it takes to write a check or make an online donation. Mention your efforts whenever possible – you never know when someone has $20 burning a hole in their pocket.
And the No. 1 fundraising tip is…
1. Ask, ask, ask!