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Fundraising Tips

Thank you for supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters' mission through your fundraising efforts. We absolutely could not do the work we do with out our generous community member - people like you!

Here are 10 tips to help lead your fundraising campaign to success ...


(1) Get the ball rolling

There's no need to feel shy about asking for pledges. After all, what's the worst they can say? Start by asking people you know well either in person, e-mail or text. Take a pledge sheet with you everywhere. If you don't have a pledge sheet, we are happy to mail one to you. Contact natalie.michlewicz@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca

(2) Share your inspiration

Tell people the story behind your participation. What inspired you to get involved? How did you choose which charity to support? Why this fundraising event in particular? Use photos, videos or a website.

 

(3) Matching Gift Programs

A matching gift is a charitable gift made toward a non-profit organization by a matching donor, such as an employer. (For example, if you raise $75 in pledges, your employer may match that number so you have in fact raised $150.) Click here to see if your employer has a matching gift program …

 

(2) Share your inspiration

Tell people the story behind your participation. What inspired you to get involved? How did you choose which charity to support? Why this fundraising event in particular? Use photos, videos or a website.

 

 

(4) Keep it simple

People are more likely to donate if they know where their money is going. So tell people what you're trying to achieve. For instance, "My fundraising goal is "X." Every dollar I raise will help Big Brothers Big Sisters provide mentoring programs and services to local children." TIP: It helps to give a sense of urgency too, so make sure people know when you need their donation by.


(5) Get Creative

Host a bake sale, lunch time trivia or dress down day at work to raise pledges.

 

(6) Know your charity

It’s vital you are able to provide information or answer questions from sponsors about your charity and what donations will be used for. Have a good look at our website and contact us directly if you have any questions.

(7) Go viral

Be proactive. Why not add a link to your fundraising page to your e-mail signature? Blogs and networking sites like Facebook and Twitter are also useful for asking people indirectly, but also to remind them of how your project is going, and requesting those final additional donations to help you reach your goal.

(8) Make things personal

Sending out blanket requests for sponsorship to everyone you know isn’t the best way to make people feel wanted. You don’t need to send out individual requests, but it’s worth customizing your messages by groups such as family, friends and colleagues.

(9) A thank you goes a long way

Don’t forget to send a thank you message to your sponsors. They’ll really appreciate it.

(10) Keep it up!

Just because you’ve met your fundraising goal, it doesn’t mean you have to stop fundraising. The more you raise, the more you and Big Brothers Big Sisters’ win!

120 CHILDREN ARE WAITING!

We currently are incurring a long waitlist, and are in need of volunteer mentors.

  • Are you 18 years of age or older?
  • Are you interested in positively benefitting the life of a child?
  • Do you have 2-3 hours a week to dedicate to a rewarding friendship?


Click here to apply to be a mentor today!