Boost Your Fundraising

Fundraising Tips

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.
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.

Pro Tips

  1. Tell your story. How does epilepsy affect you? Why are you participating in this event?
  2. JUST ASK. It will be hard at first. Then easy! Ask everyone to donate or join your team!
  3. Make it personal. People will donate because YOU asked them to.
  4. Get creative with your team. Does someone have a corporate connection you can use? An event space for a fundraising party?
  5. Be the first person to donate to your team. Set the example for others!
  6. Share on social media including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Other Fun-raising Ideas

Set goals: 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.

Sporting events: 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: Host a party for your friends and ask for a small door donation (costume party, movie themed, etc.)

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).

Voicemail: Change your voicemail to advertise the event and ask for donations.

Company/school newsletter: Ask to publish a donation advertisement in your company or school newsletter.

Chores: Have your kids do chores for neighbors for donations (car wash, mow their lawn, rake leaves, take out trash cans to curb, walk dogs, etc.).

Babysitting/house sitting/ pet sitting: Offer to sit 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: Gather together the neighborhood kids or plan an adult version and charge a participation fee.

Designated driver: Offer to be the designated driver in exchange for a donation.

Poker game: For proceeds going to your team.

Curse jar: Make it a policy at the office to put in a dollar in the jar every time you curse.

Wal-mart sunshine fund : 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

Create incentives for money donated:  Announce different donations levels on your social media, along with something you will do once each specific level is reached. See the example below:

For every $10 donated, I will write you a handwritten letter. For every $20 donated, I will post an embarrassing childhood photo of myself. For every $50 donated, I will post a video of me doing an embarrassing dance to a song of your choice. For every $100 donated, I will wear onsie pajamas to work/school and post a photo!

How to Raise 1,000 in 7 days

Day 1: Sponsor yourself for $50

Day 2: Ask 5 family members to contribute $20 each

Day 3: Ask 10 friends to contribute $20

Day 4: Ask 10 coworkers to donate $10

Day 5: Ask 10 neighbors to donate $10

Day 6: Ask 5 local business to sponsor you for $50

Day 7: Ask 10 Facebook friends to donate $20