PERSONALIZE YOUR ASK.
Send emails asking for monetary donations with links to your personal fundraising page. Remember to share your personal connection to donation and why you are supporting the cause. Encourage your team to do the same.
Keep an eye on your personal and team goals. As you see your fundraising totals increase, consider raising your goals. The higher your goal, the more people tend to donate.
This is a fun, family-friendly event for the whole community. We want everyone to come out and enjoy themselves. YES, we want to INSPIRE others, but we also want to have a great time celebrating organ, eye and tissue donation.
Get to work early setting objectives and deadlines for your team’s size and fundraising goals. We encourage you to use your personal fundraising page through the Green 5K registration page to help with this. Make sure to customize your page with your story and photographs. Your story is powerful. We encourage you to use it.
ASK, ASK, ASK.
Ask anyone and everyone to join your team. The more people involved, the more fun we have! When asking for donations, ask multiple times. People are forgetful and deadline driven! The sweet spot is to ask 3-5 times, with the last time being 1 day prior to the event.
BUILD A PYRAMID.
Ask each person you recruit for your team to invite three more people to join. You’ll find your team growing in no time!
Use the power of social media! This can be key in spreading your message. You can reach your circle far and wide. Even if family and friends can’t join, many will want to support you from afar.
Send weekly e-mails to touch base with your team and to maintain momentum. If a teammate quickly meets or exceeds their fundraising goal, share it with the group in an e-mail or on Facebook. Don’t be afraid to create a little competition among your team members. Everyone will work harder and you will increase team enthusiasm leading up to the event.
THANK YOU NOTES.
You can’t say thank you too many times. Thank your team members and monetary donors. Encourage your team members to do the same. Be timely in your thanks. Make everyone feel appreciated and let them know their hard work is paying off as you work towards meeting your goal. If donors feel appreciated, they are more likely to give again and increase their gift!
Show the spirit of your team by creating custom posters and signs to carry at the Green 5K. If honoring a donor or recipient, this is a great way to share your loved one's story.
Design your team t-shirts with photographs, artwork, quotes, or memories in honor of a donor or recipient.
CHORES FOR CHARITY.
Some organizations will sponsor your campaign in return for cleaning, serving, repairing, etc.! Check with local businesses to see if this is something they would like to participate in.
SHOP LOCAL PARTNERSHIP.
Reach out to local bakeries, meat lockers or other shops and see if they will partner with you! Many will do fundraising opportunities of selling specific items for holidays and they will donate a portion of the profits!
GREEN 5K FUNDRAISING PAGE.
You have the opportunity to develop and share your story with family, friends and supporters. Using your personal fundraising page is a great way to seek donations for the cause and spread awareness about organ, eye and tissue donation.
SELL SPACE ON A T-SHIRT.
Sell small blocks of space on a shirt you plan to wear to the race for a suggested $20 donation. Encourage donors to write a tribute to you or in honor of a donor or recipient.
SOCIAL MEDIA TAKEOVER.
Reach out to local businesses and ask to do a social media takeover for a day or time period to share your story and link to your fundraising page.
GAME NIGHT FUNDRAISER.
Whether its board games, cards or trivia, family-friendly or adult only, trivia nights can be a great way to raise funds!
Gather some friends and start collecting all those unwanted items in search of a new owner. It’s a great way to clear the clutter and raise funds!
DRESS DOWN DAYS.
Work with your company on hosting a “Dress Down” day where employees can pay $5 to dress causal for a day and the funds can go to your goal.
Help wash cars and watch dollars flow into your fundraising bank.
When you empty your pockets at the end of the day, where does all your spare change go? Create a “Change for Change” jar in your house or office, encouraging yourself, friends, family and co-workers to donate spare change. This will add up!
PANCAKE BREAKFAST OR SPAGHETTI DINNER.
Work with your local school or house of worship to host a pancake breakfast or spaghetti dinner. With small out of pocket costs, you can charge $5 per person for a plate, increase your fundraising efforts and fill some bellies!