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We've put together a list of tips to help you with fundraising. Remember: the more creative you are, the more money you can raise!
Tell people why you're passionate about raising money for the animals at San Diego Humane Society. You can even post a photo or video of you and your furry friends!
Share your passion for helping animals. Use your Participant Center to send emails to your friends, family, and colleagues, letting them know you're participating in the Walk for Animals and asking for their support.
We've created message templates and animal success stories for you to use when talking to family and friends about why you want to raise money for the animals at San Diego Humane Society.
If you prefer to send emails from your personal email account instead, you can include your personal page link's URL in your message and direct people to your fundraising page that way.
The easiest way to jump start your fundraising efforts is to be the first to donate! It's easier to ask for a donation if you can speak from experience. Simply visit your personal page and click the blue "donate now" button at the top.
Share your goal with friends, family, and coworkers so that they can help you and your pet achieve it.
Remember that you can't raise money to help the animals if you don't ask for support. Be proud of what you're doing and your supporters will be proud to help you.
Ask family, friends, and colleagues for a few minutes of their time so that you can talk without interruptions. Tell them why you're participating in the Walk and explain to them how their support will help the animals at San Diego Humane Society. Let them know about our wonderful programs - you may have personal experience in adopting a pet, taking a training class, or receiving help in some way that you want to share.
Personalize your letter with details about yourself and the reasons you're walking - you might even want to include pictures of your pets! Remember your audience when you are crafting your letter - tailor it to fit friends, family, business owners, colleagues, etc. And consider enclosing a self-addressed, stamped envelope to make it easier for them to contribute (you'll find your response rate is much better).
Check to see if your company offers matching gifts. This is a great way to double the money you raise.
Let your supporters decide how much they want to give. Don't limit yourself by asking for a smaller amount than they may have in mind. You'll be surprised at what people are willing to give!
Ask the businesses you frequent - your hair stylist, dry cleaner, doctor, dentist, gym, coffee shop, favorite restaurant, etc. - for a donation.
Remember to send a thank you note or email when you receive a donation - this is easy to do in your Participant Center.
For questions, info, or more fundraising ideas email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 619.243.3493.