Fundraising can be a challenge sometimes but the thing to remember is that you are not asking for yourself, you are asking for thousands of Central Texans that are dealing with breast cancer day in day out. Some will live with and fight the disease for the rest of their lives. Your fundraising matters. You make a difference. You help improve and save lives. You provide a level of support and care that people facing this disease 15 years ago didn’t have. Is it hard to ask sometimes? Yes. Should you still ask? ALWAYS. Here are some ideas to help you in your fundraising efforts so that no one in Central Texas has to go through breast cancer alone.
- Email Your Donation Link to Everyone You Know
Yes everyone. Breast Cancer affects 1 in 8 women. The chances of everyone you email knowing someone who has been affected by breast cancer in some way are extremely high. Give them a chance to say yes. Find your link here.
- Make a List and Check It Twice
Make a list of potential donors. Include everyone you know. Start by making a donation to yourself online. Your gift will set the tone for others to give.
- One a Day
Ask a different person each day to make a contribution. If you get four $25 gifts, you will have raised $100 in less than a week. Don’t be afraid to ask for larger gifts. Cancer is an issue that affects us all, and most people are happy to donate.
- Double Your Money
Many employers offer matching funds programs. Your $50 donation could turn into $100. Inquire with your personnel/HR department to complete the paperwork required to get your gift matched.
- The Mighty Pen
Send a letter in the mail to friends, family, and co-workers asking for their support. Let them know if you are walking in honor of someone. Explain why the cause is important to you; heartfelt messages get the best response. Don’t forget to send a thank you note to people who donate.
- Talk It Up
Ask for a few minutes on the agenda of any meetings you will be attending. Explain why you are riding and ask for everyone’s support. If you are dedicating your efforts to someone who has had cancer, tell that person’s story.
- Set Up Two Donation Jars at Work with a Different Challenge on Each One
Offer to do an ice bucket challenge on one jar and shave your head or color your hair on the other one and set a date for your challenge. Whichever challenge receives the most donations is the one you do. Take it a step further and see if your boss won’t do it for you! Employees love to see the people in charge take up the challenge to help others in this way.
- Clean House
Clean out your garage or home and set up a Mamma Jamma donation booth in exchange for your finds. Ask your friends and neighbors to donate their stuff to you, explaining that all proceeds go to the fight against cancer.
If a birthday or holiday is coming up, tell your family and friends that in lieu of a gift, you would like them to make a donation to the Mamma Jamma Ride.
- Send the Message
Change the recording on your voicemail or answering machine to mention the Mamma Jamma Ride and how callers can make a donation. Then, when you call people back, ask them to sponsor you. When emailing friends, add a “PS” asking for their support.
Need help with anything? Call the Mamma Jamma Ride at 512-765-5526 and schedule a time for some one on one help. We’ll come up with a fundraising plan that works for you and help you implement it!