Top 5 Tips for New Fundraisers

Whether you’re a wary new fundraiser or a fundraising champ, keep these tried-and-true tips in mind as you make your game plan for Obliteride:

bullet-1 Just ask.

bullet-2 Just ask. There’s a reason this tip is #1 and #2! Everyone you know is a potential donor. You’ll be surprised by who wants to help you. Think of it this way ― by asking, you’re giving your donors a gift: the opportunity to help you. (And if you don’t ask, the answer is always no.)

bullet-3 Make it personal. Share your story of why you’re riding. And avoid mass emails ― people will be inspired by the effort it took you to write them personally.

bullet-4 Make it easy. Include a link to your fundraising page when you send your email, and be ready to share the link in person. You may want to make a short, easy-to-remember URL for your page using a service like The easier you make it to donate, the more likely people are to do it. (Download the Obliteride app and start fundraising from your phone or Facebook.)

bullet-5 Offer incentives. For $100, write your donor’s name on your Obliteride jersey. For $250, deliver a dozen cookies to the donor. For $500, make a video of yourself singing and dancing at the finish line. The possibilities are endless! Get creative, and don’t be afraid to get a little silly — it’s for a good cause.

Remember: Your fundraising deadline is a month after Obliteride: Sept. 15, 2017 at 11:59 p.m., but some of the fundraising incentives have earlier deadlines. So start early, and send reminders often.

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