Make the first donation yourself so that people see that you really believe in the cause.
Use your tools
We provide you with a Participant Center that includes a personal fundraising page that you can update, tell your story, send out via email, and share via social media. Take advantage of these tools by logging in to your Participant Center.
Share your story and tell people why you’re raising money. Send personal emails and notes whenever possible. Always send a thank you note to donors telling them how much you appreciate their support.
Track your progress
Put up a chart of your training and fundraising progress thermometer in your workplace or community center. You could even put up a map of your route and auction off miles, kilometers, or sections.
Customize your email signature by adding a direct link to your Personal Webpage. Ask to be featured in your company or organization’s newsletter or internal website.
Remember holidays and special occasions
In lieu of gifts, ask that a donation be made to your Dempsey Challenge fundraising effort. You can also put your donation link in holiday cards—it might inspire some added holiday cheer.
Use corporate team support
Ask a company executive in your office to send an endorsement memo announcing that he/she is participating in the Dempsey Challenge. Look into matching gift policies.
Get people involved
Don’t take it all on yourself. Ask friends if they would be willing to sell raffle tickets, bake for a bake sale, or help otherwise. This is a great way for people who cannot make a monetary donation to get involved. If you know of an independent distributor (of house ware items for example), negotiate hosting a show at your home or office with a percentage of the sales being donated to your fundraising goal.
Know the cause, and be prepared to answer questions
Know who is benefiting from their donations: Cancer patients and their families through the Dempsey Center.
Set a high goal
Make it fun, be creative, and see where it takes you.