There are some companies that offer matching gifts programs. Ask your company if they’ll make a corporate donation to your effort, or perhaps they’ll sponsor a fundraising event for you. You may be surprised how the corporate culture will embrace a worthwhile charity idea, especially considering that most employees have been touched by cancer in some way
Don’t underestimate the use of social media. Post your participation on your Facebook site and tweet about your progress on Twitter.
If you don’t receive a response right away from someone you’ve asked for a donation, don’t fear – Follow up! Send a quick reminder to ensure that they received your request and/or haven’t forgotten.
The individual inquiries will go a long way towards reaching your goal, but that is not the only method by which you can raise funds. Think about events – garage sales, barbecues, card nights, car washes. Or, set aside a day or two for a well-publicized neighborhood bottle drive. Any of these activities, with planning and good publicity, can quickly drive up your fundraising total.
Going into training camp in the NHL, 30 teams all have their sights set on but one thing - the Stanley Cup. You should set your fundraising goal high in ROAD HOCKEY TO CONQUER CANCER, too. Set a goal. If you don’t have a target to shoot for, how can you hit it? Once you’ve set the goal, stay on track and achieve it. There is huge satisfaction in accomplishing an ambitious goal – can you do it?
Sit down at the computer and make a list of your potential donors: family members, friends, neighbors, hockey teammates, work colleagues. Go through your address book and include the professionals you deal with – maybe your doctor, dentist, mechanic, dry cleaner.
You are not asking for donations selfishly, but in fact, you are giving donors the opportunity to do their part in the fight against cancer. So ask and ASK OFTEN! As Wayne Gretzky so aptly stated, "You miss 100 per cent of the shots you never take!"
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Get those letters or emails sent out as soon as possible and start your fundraising quest. There are easy-to-use sample fundraising letters in your Participant Centre. Give yourself plenty of time to reach your goal and stay positive – you’ll get there!