Breast Cancer Fundraising Ideas
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Here are some tips for fundraising:
Breast cancer is a devastating disease, and worldwide, breast cancer is the 5th most common cause of cancer death. Here are some proven strategies that will help you raise more money than you ever thought possible. To maximize results, follow these instructions in this order:
1. Plan an event - there are so many ideas for great events: Car wash, dog wash, bake/craft sale, garage sale, golf tournament, karaoke competition, Ladies' night out, bowling, etc. Narrow your selections down to 2 or 3 (or more depending on how much money you wish to raise). Set a date, at least 1 month out, this will give you time to book a location, give people advanced notice and purchase a few fundriaisng items.
2. Purchase 'pink' fundraising gifts - There are so many to choose from. Select the right ones and you'll raise a lot of money. There are t-shirts, hats, ribbons, stainless steel water bottles, etc. However, to maximize money for your event, you'll want to sell items in the $10-20 range. This is because people are comfortable spending money in that range. If you have 5 items to choose from that are between $10-20 and one that is $2, you're giving some people an easy way out! Please avoid this! This is for a great cause, and people are willing to help out! Obviously we're bias, but if you're looking for the hot item for 2009, it's pink drum sticks. Let's face it, drumming is so popular (thanks to Rock Band), than everyone at your event has a reason to buy this item because we all have a friend or family member who plays drums.
3. Facebook - Create a Facebook group and invite all your friends, coworkers, neighbors, etc. Tell them about your cause, perhaps share a story about a person in your life that is affected by breast cancer. Tell them about your upcoming events (from Step 1). Get them talking and sharing stories.
4. More Advertising - After you have decided what event(s) you will hold, you need to advertise more. Post a flyer in any place that will let you. Some ideas include: gyms, schools, seniors centers, daycare, hobby groups, book clubs, and community centers.
5. Wear a pink ribbon - simply by wearing one, it will start the conversation. It will also attract people who have been affected by breast cancer. Those people can help you with your event.
6. Fundraise at work - ask your company to match the money you raise - often companies will support charities because there are tax benefits. In addition, send an email to your coworkers or plan an event at lunch in the boardroom where you can sell 'pink' merchandise (discussed in Step 2).
7. Loose change jars - leave this at your desk, tell your co-workers about where the money goes, and watch it fill up.
8. Host a movie night - invite your friends, and ask them to donate money that they would have spent on a night out at the movie. Provide some drinks and popcorn. You could also host a Rock Band (the video game) night. If you don't own the game, ask your friend to lend you his/her equipment. Invite your friends over and rock out to your favorite songs. This is a great chance to sell your merchandise like pink drum sticks.
9. Instead of gifts, fundraise - Ask for a donation to your charity instead of getting gifts for your birthday, Christmas, or anniversary. This action alone can help your raise a few hundred dollars!
10. Thank your donors - send a personal note or email to each one telling them about your journey or event, and let them know that this will be happening again next year!
I hope you found this list useful, if you have any ideas about how we can make it better please email us. Thank you.
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