The golden rule of fundraising is: if you don’t ask, you won’t get. So, the key to getting dollars in the bank is to make sure you are actually asking people to support you!
We know it’s not always that easy, though. Asking for money can sometimes be a bit awkward – we get it! That’s why we have collated some helpful fundraising tips and tricks to help you get on your way.
Make a self-donation
Back yourself! By donating to your own effort, you show others you are committed to the challenge and that you care about the cause. This is the sure-fire way to get your tally off zero and build a bit of momentum. Plus, it helps set a benchmark for future donations.
Ask the one person who can’t say no
We’ve all got one. A parent, friend, partner, family member, colleague, neighbour, or someone who owes you big time. And if you’re lucky, you might even have more than one. Remember that these people want to support you, they just need to be asked. So, give grandma a call. Flick a text to your dad. Call in the favour from the friend you dropped at the airport.
Update your fundraising page
It might surprise you to learn that the small act of updating your fundraising page to include a picture and a little about why you are fundraising will have a huge impact on your overall fundraising. Why? Because if people see that you care, they are more likely to care too. So, head over to your fundraising page and give it a quick update before you share via social media or email. Make sure you update your fundraising target, too!
Share your page to socials
By sharing your fundraising page to socials, you not only show everyone that you will be fundraising but you help shed light on mental health challenges and the importance of better recovery. By sharing on your socials, you can inspire others to join in, or donate to you for your impressive effort!
Make sure to include a link in your posts to make it easier for people to donate.
Pop a link to your personal fundraising page in an email and send away. If there were ever a time people truly understood the importance of mental health recovery, it’s now!
Often asking can be the hardest part of fundraising, but it’s surprising how many people will come out to support you when you do. So put it out there and let everyone know about your fundraiser. By sharing your journey, you help bring attention to Orygen’s critical work with young people. And for that we want to say a big THANK YOU.
Leverage your workplace
Asking your colleagues for support is one of the easiest ways to have a big impact. And you don’t need to stick to simply asking for a donation – what about holding a fundraising event? Trivia nights, auctions, movie nights, swear jars… the options are endless. Want an extra boost? Create some old-fashioned competition between colleagues! Bragging rights are a very strong motivator.
Even your best-intentioned friends and family may actually forget to donate! Don’t be afraid to remind them.
After someone has donated to you, make sure you thank them. It sounds so simple, but it goes a long, long way to making them feel good about supporting you. And who knows? They might donate again, or tell others to throw a few bucks your way. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant, even sending a quick text or an email will do wonders.