Raising $500 can sound like a big task, but the team at Ronald McDonald House Charities WA has put together some tips to get you well on your way!
Set up a compelling
The key to a successful online fundraiser is an engaging webpage. It’s a great way to tell your friends and family family that you’re doing a night walking marathon, and why fundraising for Ronald McDonald House is important to you:
What motivated you?
What are you doing and when?
What do you want people to do?
Put this information together in a story withheart and passion, and don’t forget to ask people to donate! Remember, fundraisers who use their webpages to tell a story, and explain why they are supporting a charity, raise more money than people who don’t.
Everyone is busy these days, and it can be easy for your supporters to forget to donate, so it’s up to you to remind them. Ask, then ask again - they really don't mind! Don’t be discouraged by the lack of an early response as most people make their donations just before and just after an event – if you remind them!
Use the blog function on your Fundraising Page to update your supporters. Don’t forget to share your page on social media - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn
Host a charity
This might take a bit more time and effort, but your friends and family would very likely a) attend and/or b) help out. Be it a morning tea, dinner party, sausage sizzle, casual sporting event/competition, movie night, or car wash – the possibilities are endless! Find something you’re good at and get your friends and family behind it. It can be easier for your supporters to part with their hard earned cash if they get something in return.
Approaching local businesses to help out with venue requirements and supplies not only helps with your bottom line, but also gets the message out about the charity and increases interest in supporting your fundraiser.
Kick-start your donations by donating to your own page first. This shows that you're happy to "put your money where your mouth is" and also gives people an amount to match!
This is a great service, provided by companies where your employer may offer to contribute an additional donation to your event or match what you have already raised, particularly if you are part of a corporate team. We'd encourage you to chat to your HR department today!
Thank your donors and supporters regularly along the way - either through email, on your fundraising webpage, or in person. Acknowledging them will make them feel good about supporting you and encourage others to follow suit.