Your personal fundraising page is where donors will go to give to you online. Make sure it's ready by uploading a picture of you smiling (people love that!) and write a short welcome message to explain why you are participating.
To fundraise well, you need to ask well. So, take a few minutes and write the email you'll send to each donor personally. Use the email templates in Fundhub for inspiration, and definitely remember to include the link to your personal fundraising page so they can respond online.
Once your email is done, take a few minutes to make a list of potential donors you could ask. Here's a quick list to help you brainstorm below:
Ask your spouse, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, and sisters.
Ask your #BFF, the friend you walk to the gym with, and the dude who sits behind you in lunch. We bet you know lots of friends to ask.
Yup, like the nice couple who live beside you, your yoga instructor, bus driver, piano teacher, or life coach. They are all good potential people to ask.
Sending a mass email is easier, but sadly, they almost never work. Take the time to carefully copy and paste your email and edit each one personally. That way your friends know you are serious and will likely respond by giving seriously to you too. If they don't respond right away, don't assume they're saying no - ask one more time to remind them.
Make sure you say thank you by email or phone. It's more than good manners - it lets them know that you noticed their generosity and are thankful for their help. It rewards your donors with your gratitude, and may even help them say yes next year when you ask them again!