Boost Your Fundraising!
The first step is to set up your Participant Center where you can add your personal story and photos, send emails out to friends and family and track your fundraising progress.
- Share on social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram is NUMBER ONE.
- Tell your story. How does epilepsy affect you? Why are you participating in this event?
- JUST ASK. It will be hard at first. Then easy! Ask everyone to donate or join your team!
- Get creative with your team. Does someone have a corporate connection you can use? An event space for a fundraising party?
- Be the first person to donate to your team. Set the example for others!
Other Fun-raising Ideas
Come up with a weekly goal and compete with your teammates to reach it.
Bake sale or yard sale or any type of sale!
Approach your company: many will match your goal if you ask.
Work email: add the link to your participant center to your email signature.
Recycle! Ask your neighbors, friends, and family if you can collect their recycled cans and bottles each week
Sell bottled water at local sporting events
Cut out epilepsy: ask your hair salon if they will donate all or part of the cost of each haircut.
Hold an auction or raffle: auction a prime parking spot at work!
Themed party (possibly costumes) for your friends and ask for a small door donation
Spare change bottles: distribute empty bottles or jars to all of your co-workers, friends, and families and at the end of every week or two roll the coins for cash (or most credit unions have free coin counting machines)
Jeans day: larger businesses will frequently agree to letting you advertise your cause by the clock-in machine and they would pay a small fee for the opportunity to wear jeans all week (we did this at Hilton for a wounded warrior campaign)
Change your voicemail to advertise the event and ask for donations
Have your kids do chores for neighbors for donations (mow their lawn, rake leaves, take out trash cans to curb, walk dogs, etc.)
Babysitting/house sitting/ pet sitting in exchange for a donation
Gym: ask the front desk/check-in desk at your gym if you can place a donation jar and flyers there
Host a scavenger hunt for the neighborhood kids or an adult version and charge a participation fee
Designated driver in exchange for a donation
Poker game for proceeds going to your team
Curse jar at the office
Wal-mart sunshine fund which will support an individual with proceeds
Breakfast in bed: solicit local businesses to donate breakfast foods, have supporters and their networks place ordes, and deliver the goods
10 Ways to Raise $1,000
1. Lead by example and sponsor yourself - $75
2. Ask 5 family members to contribute $20 each - $100
3. Ask 5 co-workers to donate $10 - $50
4. Ask 10 friends to sponsor you for $10 - $100
5. Invite 10 Facebook friends to donate $10 - $100
6. Ask your company's supplier/vendor to donate - $75
7. Ask everyone in a club/organization (10 people for $10) - $100
8. Ask businesses you frequently visit for donations - $200
9. Ask your boss to donate on behalf of the company - $100
10. Reach out to someone who's asked you for a donation - $100