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Fundraising for Health Causes: 10 Tips
Throughout the year, you're probably invited to participate in, or donate to, fundraising events for health causes -- walks, runs, happy hours, and more. For example, on May 6, Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure, a Case Foundation partner, is hosting the Race for Hope in Washington, D.C. (Find out how to support the event here.)
More and more of these events encourage people to not just walk, run, or party, but also to become fundraisers themselves. For many people, it's the first time they've asked anyone to contribute to a cause. With these tips, fundraising can be simple, fun, and fulfilling:
1. Make it personal: If you have a personal reason for supporting your cause, such as a family member who's affected, share your story. When the cause is important to you, your friends, family members, and colleagues will be more likely to support your event.
2. Keep a positive attitude: By being optimistic, you will see great accomplishments!
3. Spread the word: Talk to friends, family, co-workers, and folks in your community/civic groups.
4. Ask in different ways: Remember, people are busy, so call and write a letter or e-mail requesting support. And don't forget to remind people as you approach the event date.
5. Host a fundraising party: A great way to kick off your drive is to host a party.
6. Ask vendors: Go to places where you spend money (restaurants, medical offices, dry cleaners, etc.). People know your face and will respect your efforts.
7. Set a goal: When asking for pledges, tell people the amount that you'd like to raise. They will naturally want to help you get there.
8. Get matching gifts: Ask your employer if they have a matching gift program.
9. Educate yourself: People will ask you about the cause you are supporting and how their contribution will be used.
10. Build a team: Delegate the fundraising and logistical duties to your teammates to share the load.