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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Tips & Strategies to Reach Your Fundraising Goal!

Looking for ways to boost your fundraising efforts? Not sure how to motivate your members to reach your team goal? Check out these tips and strategies to help you reach (and excced) your individual and team fundraising goals! And remember, every chance you interact with someone is an opportunity to promote your passion and dedication for stronger, healthier babies, and an excellent way to encourage someone to support our mission.
Maximize Your Contacts:
Utilize email signatures and badges to expand your network. Include fundraising badges in your email signature and use banners on your website, blog or Facebook page to promote your efforts to friends and families.

Update everyone on how close you are to your goal to encourage additional donations. Send emails and letters to those who already donated thanking them for their support and updating them on your fundraising efforts. Follow up with people who were interested in donating, but haven’t yet committed. Use benchmarks in updates and on social media, such as “I’m just three $10 donations from my goal!”

Encourage Donations Everywhere You Go:
Download the iPhone & Android App to take your fundraising with you. Tap your way to your best campaign by seeing up-to-the minute online donations, adding cash and check donations and getting the latest information on March for Babies all from your mobile device.

Accept credit cards, in addition to cash and checks, by utilizing the mobile March for Babies website, in order to give people more options to donate.

Keep Your Team Motivated:
Send updates to your team every week and include both the team’s progress and share stories from those with a connection to our mission, such as our National Ambassador’s Story. If your team is walking for a specific family, include a special message from the family.

Build team spirit by setting up a day to make signs and t-shirts for the day of walk. Arrange for a pre-March for Babies pizza party or outing. Go the extra mile and offer a party as a reward to the whole team if you collectively reach your goal.

Highlight members (fundraising leaders, those who received matching gifts, and/or members who reached a specific milestone in fundraising) through word of mouth, print and at your next team meeting. Create competition by awarding those who raise a certain amount of donations by a specific date with free coffee or homemade baked goods.

Remember, your efforts and the donations raised are helping babies, everywhere. Remind donors that by donating to your walk they are giving to those who are too young and too little to ask for it.

Now let’s hear from you:
What advice do you have for teams and individuals trying to reach their goals?

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