Did you know that 50% of the money raised last year at the Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Race for the Cure® came from your fundraising efforts? That is the power of what you can do! To kick off the fundraising spirit this year, we’ve dedicated our blog post to a compilation of the most popular (and successful!) fundraising ideas. Remember, most apply to an individual and/or team!
Best Fundraising Idea: Send emails from your participant center. Customize your Personal Page (inside your Participant Center) with a picture and your personal story. Email your fundraising letter to friends, family and coworkers and ask them to support you. Your email will have a direct link right back to your website and when they donate online, they will automatically receive a receipt for tax purposes. Ask everyone to forward your email on to 10 more people!
Office Fundraising Ideas:
- Casual Fridays: Ask your team members and other department representatives to collect a $5 fee from employees who would like to dress down on Fridays. The donations will benefit your Komen Race for the Cure® Team!
- Raffle off a reserved parking spot or a larger office space.
- Auction off dinner for four, sports or event tickets, gift certificates, etc.
- Post team and individual fundraising thermometers in the break room showing the company’s current fundraising status and place a donation jar nearby. Check out our team’s page to download a customizable poster and thermometers!
- Host a bake sale – everyone loves desert!
- Announce a “Loose Change Day” and have all employees donate their loose change.
- Add a link to your Personal Page (found within your Participant Center) to your personal and work email signature.
- Add to your voicemail message that you are participating in the Komen Race for the Cure® on October 20th. This will be news to some and a reminder for all!
- Create (or order) return address labels and/or business cards that state, “I’m participating in the Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Race for the Cure®. Will you sponsor me?”
- Ask your company about matching gifts. Many companies will match whatever amount each employee raises on his or her own.
Family & Friends Team Fundraising Ideas:
- Delegate! Give your close friends donation forms and ask them to get donations for you.
- Host a mini golf tournament.
- If your birthday falls in the months leading up to the Race, in lieu of a gift for your birthday, ask your friends and family to make a donation to the Komen Race for the Cure®.
- Host a garage sale.
- Host a car wash.
- Have your friends and family donate their used books and choose a time and place to have a used book sale — maybe your local farmer’s market, school carnival or community fair.
- Hold a theme dinner party for at least 10 of your friends with a donation of $50 a person. Spend just $20 per person on food and you’ve raised $300 in donations. Better yet, have all of the food donated!
Additional Team Tips
- Brainstorm with your team. Be creative and think of things that can involve everyone. Advertise your participation as much as possible and JUST ASK PEOPLE! Too often people just don’t know how to get involved.
- A poster on a bulletin board may not get noticed, so make sure your event information stands out.
- The more excitement you can create, the more people will want to be a part of it! If you are having fun, your co-workers/family/friends will too!
Tips for Your Team Members:
- Customize your Personal Page (inside your Participant Center) with a photo and a story on why you are raising money. Participants who customize their Personal Page far outperform those who do not!
- Remember ANYONE is a potential donor.
- Ask people who you have daily contact with or who you’ve established a relationship with in one way or another — parents, friends, classmates, co-workers, neighbors, grocer, banker, mechanic, lawyer, dry cleaner, fellow parishioners, etc.
- Start with the person whom you think will give you the largest donation, which will establish a high baseline of giving.
- Ask at least 1 person per day to make a donation.
- If you’re uncomfortable asking face-to-face, use your Participant Center instead. In the Participant Center we’ve provided sample letters to help you.
- Aim high — ask for $50 and settle for $25, instead of asking for $25 and settling for $10. Base the amount you’re asking for on your prospects’ ability to give.
- Carry your collection envelopes with you at all times.
- Tribute Donations: Encourage your donors to make their donations in “honor of”, “support of”, or “in memory of” someone they know who has been affected by breast cancer. This is a great way to let them feel very much a part of your experience.
Good luck and remember to HAVE FUN!