Here are some fundraising tips to get you across the finish line.
when you have a great cause, people get behind you.
Ask friends, family and co-workers to support you. You’ll find that people will admire you for standing for a worthy cause. Most people will be glad to help — you just have to ask. And if they support you with $25, great. You’ll find that a lot of average donations add up pretty quickly to meet your goal.
Stroke and heart disease are personal.
Chances are, almost everyone you ask has had a family member or friend who has been affected by stroke or heart disease. It touches a nerve. So they’ll have a personal connection to your cause. They’ll be motivated to donate out of love, respect or admiration for a loved one. And they’ll welcome the opportunity to express it.
Tell them where the money is going
100% of the funds raised through CycleNation go toward creating a health revolution in America. Together, we can beat stroke and heart disease. Our tools are new research to find cures and better treatment. Public awareness on how to live heart-healthy. Advocating for legislation geared to improve health across America. And it’s powered by you. To see the details of what we’re accomplishing together, see About Us.
We make it easy to get the word out
Login to your Participant Center to use our templated emails to let family and friends know about your cause. Communicate early and often. Contact friends, family and co-workers — you never know who is going to donate big. Rally your team members by creating a Facebook group. Tell your personal stories. Use Facebook profile picture badges and cover images to draw attention to your cause on social media.
What’s your story?
Customize your personal fund-raising page with the story of why you feel driven to participate. Is there someone you are riding in honor of? Share your personal feelings and anecdotes about that person. Specific details create motivation — and your donors will have a more personal connection to your cause.
It starts with you
Kick things off by donating to your own fundraising effort. There’s something psychological about not wanting to be the first to donate—so break the ice! Plus it shows that your heart is really into it— people admire that!
Thank you, thank you, thank you
Show appreciation for those who are supporting you — respond with a quick email using our templates in your Participant Center. But make sure you add a personal touch, even if you use the “canned” copy. And continue to stay in touch — give them updates on your progress. People may find that it’s within their means to give again. Your enthusiasm is contagious!