- Put your money where your heart is. Make the first donation yourself so that people see that you really believe in the cause.
- Make it personal. Send handwritten or emailed messages to friends, family, and business associates. Ask them to ask their employer to match their donation, doubling their gift. Always send a thank you note to donors telling them how much you appreciate their support.
- Share your story. Unfortunately, we all know someone who is living with cancer. If you feel comfortable, share your story and your connection to the cause with potential donors to show why this cause is so important to you.
- Track your progress. Put up a chart of your training and fundraising progress thermometer in your workplace or community center. You could even put up a map of your route and auction off miles, kilometers, or sections.
- Be visible. Customize your email signature by adding a direct link to your Personal Webpage. Ask to be featured in your company or organization’s newsletter or internal website.
- Remember holidays and special occasions. In lieu of gifts, ask that a donation be made to your Dempsey Challenge fundraising effort. You can also put your donation link in holiday cards—it might inspire some added holiday cheer.
- Use corporate team support. Ask a company executive in your office to send an endorsement memo announcing that he/she is participating in The Dempsey Challenge. Look into matching gift policies.
- Get people involved – don’t take it all on yourself. Ask friends if they would be willing to sell raffle tickets, bake for a bake sale, or help otherwise. This is a great way for people who cannot make a monetary donation to get involved. If you know of an independent distributor (of houseware items for example), negotiate hosting a show at your home or office with a percentage of the sales being donated to your fundraising goal.
- Know the cause, and be prepared to answer questions. Know who is benefiting from their donations: cancer patients and their families through The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing. Visit dempseycenter.org for more info.
- Set your goal high – make it fun, be creative, and see where it takes you.
- Visit dempseychallenge.org for additional fundraising opportunities and to view upcoming IFE events!
Want more? Additional fundraising resources are available on the Fundraising Documents page.