In 2010 our average online fundraising participant raised over $3,000 each. When considering your fundraising goal, set your sights high. We know with the right effort you will not only reach your minimum but surpass it! Strive to be a part the Hockey Helps team!
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On your personal page you can tell your story, explain why you are participating, post a photo, and accept pledges. Using the link to your personal page is an easy way to direct people to your fundraising efforts and keep them up to date on all of your progress and training.
Take time to make a list of all the people you know- friends, family, neighbours, co-workers. Go through your address book and friend lists. Think about the people who have asked you for fundraising support before. Don’t leave anyone out. Once you have a list written, write the method by which you will contact each person for a donation. This can include an email, a letter, a fundraising party, or a face-to-face meeting.
Word of mouth is a great way to increase your fundraising. Give your friends and family extra donation forms to pass out or provide them with your personal URL for you online fundraising page. Ask them to talk to people about the event and your participation in it. Ask close friends if they know of anyone who might be interested in pledging you.
Get the word out about Hockey Helps The Homeless. Include a link to your HHTH “Personal Page” in your email signature. Post a note or link to HHTH on Facebook, and take time to explain the importance of HHTH to friends so they can help you solicit others for gifts.
Use the online follow-up tool on your personal page to keep track of your donors so you know who to follow-up with and who to thank. This is a great tool to keep you organized and on target.
After you have initially contacted people, it is important to follow-up. People these days are busy and are often asked to donate. By making a real effort to get in contact with people, they will know you are serious about this event and cause. Making follow-up phone calls will dramatically improve your fundraising progress.
Thanking those who have made donations is another important part of the fundraising process. You should let people know how their funds have helped your fundraising efforts as tens of thousands of homeless men, women and youth. After they donate, follow up with a thank you note and any updates on your efforts.