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Fundraising Tips

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!


Customize Your Personal Fundraising Page

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!

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Send Emails

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.

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Organize a Fundraising Event

  • Host a Fun Food Fundraising Event
    Host a Chili Cook-Off, Baked Potato Party, or Guacamole Contest. Sell tickets for $5 each for a vote for the tastiest item and raise funds for the Walk at the same time! Food is a great way to raise money, especially with hungry co-workers.
  • Rummage/Garage/Yard Sales
    Ask your team members to clean out their closets and garages and bring items for a team-wide sale.
  • Host a Fundraising Night at a Restaurant or Bar
    Many restaurants and bars have fundraising programs for charities. Our event staff would be happy to provide more information or suggestions on this type of fundraiser. Email walk@sdhumane.org.


Use Creative Ways to Ask For Support

  • Use your Participant Center to send an email from your pet to your friends asking them to donate.
  • Auction off a prime parking space or other perk at work!
  • Change Jars and Bottles
    Keep change/donation jars or bottles in high traffic areas at work. One regular-size water bottle full of dimes adds up to $100!
  • Fill a Boot for Homeless Pets
    Dig your galoshes out of the closet and put them to good use! Ask friends, family, and coworkers to help you fill it with donations for homeless pets.
  • Throw a Bingo or Board Game Party
    Prizes can be silly! Get them donated or find knick-knacks you don't mind parting with. Charge an entrance fee to play. Remind guests it's for a good cause.


Self Donate

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.


Set a Fundraising Goal

Share your goal with friends, family, and coworkers so that they can help you and your pet achieve it.


Don't Be Afraid to Ask!

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.


Face to Face & Telephone Asks

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.


Letter Writing Ask

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).


Matching Gifts

Check to see if your company offers matching gifts. This is a great way to double the money you raise.


Choosing Donor Amounts

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!


Businesses You Patronize

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 walk@sdhumane.org or call 619.243.3493.