Kick Off Your Online Fundraising
1. Get the Ball Rolling
Nobody likes to be first. That’s why it’s always a good idea to get your fundraising off to a good start by making the first contribution. Other people are more likely to donate when they see that someone has already contributed. An opening tally above $20 is a great start.
2. Personalize your Fundraising Page
Add your own text, pictures or video to give a personal touch to your fundraising page. Maximize impact by sharing your personal connection to mental health. Let your family and friends know why you are fundraising and why children's mental health matters to you, that’s what they care about most!
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3. Start with your Closest Contacts
Ask your family and closest friends for donations first. Getting your “inner circle” to donate to your page will help you build up some momentum. Next, use the e-mail templates that are available on your fundraising page to ask as many people as you can to support your cause. Reach out to co-workers, friends of friends, distant relatives, or even your entire address book.
4. Expand your Audience with Social Media
Start fundraising through social media after you’ve sent your initial e-mails. One of the best strategies to use on Facebook and Twitter is tagging and thanking people that have already donated while you are still asking for new donations. This spreads the message further and lets the people you are asking know that people are already getting behind you.
*Always link back to your personal fundraising page so people can easily donate.
5. Follow Up
Don’t hesitate to send a few follow up e-mails. E-mails are easily to overlook and people often open them up quickly and then forget to get back to them. Include progress updates on your follow up messages.
6. Continue Thanking and Updating Social Media
Keep thanking your donors on social media and make sure you continue to share your progress towards your goal.