Boost Your Fundraising
- 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!
- Make it personal. People will donate because YOU asked them to.
- 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!
- Share on social media including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Other Fun-raising Ideas
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!
10 Ways to Raise $1,000
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