So you don’t think you can fundraise?
Having a disease, disorder, or disability – or having a loved one that does, (such as T1D) very often brings us to seek out opportunities to raise money and awareness for the cause. But it’s not always easy to approach others! Asking for their time, money and participation can seem awkward and uncomfortable. It is also sometimes tough to find the time and energy to dedicate ourselves to fundraising as much as we’d like.
Here are some ways to put your best foot forward and navigate the obstacles while fundraising for a cause like Type 1!
Bring People Together!
One of the simplest way to get the word out to a large number of people is to get them all in one vicinity. Here are some ideas to start you off:
- Host a BBQ, block party, picnic, afternoon tea or another fun, themed party during which you can make your presentation.
- Host a class (i.e.: pottery, painting, yoga, meditation, crafts)
- Arrange an assembly at your school or other local community venue.
Motivate & Inspire
After you’ve wrangled a group together – inspire them with your words – whatever that means for you, and motivate them by any means necessary! Create a presentation that will convey your passion and connection to Type 1. Share your passion for your cause, and others will listen.
- Tell your personal diagnosis story, or that of your loved one.
- Be detailed and accurate. Share details about T1D that people might not have known before, or that would surprise them.
- Create trivia or guessing games that reveal the facts.
- Come up with incentives and fun prizes for the person that raises the most.
Utilize Social Media
These days, social media is certainly the way to reach the most people if used efficiently! If you are on the shy side, it is also a way to approach people about donating without a face-to-face encounter.
- Facebook: Create groups and/or pages for your event – invite everyone!
- Twitter: Post updates, links and images that encourage your followers to join in.
- Instagram & Snapchat: Post photos/stories that document your progress and calls for action.
- Blogging: Go more into detail about your experiences! Share photos, videos and stories that will inspire readers to find out more and to pitch in.
- Perhaps most importantly: The #HASHTAG is your friend!!!
Set Goals & Time Limits
- Fundraising websites such as GoFundMe and CrowdRise are excellent ways to set goals for yourself, both time wise and monetary. Your fundraising page can be sent to friends and loved ones via e-mail or by posting on your social media pages. You can also set a time limit on your fundraising efforts to maximize the urgency to contribute.
- Downloading calendar/reminder/countdown apps on your phone (PocketLife Calendar, DreamDays, Countdown Star, Alarmed) is a good way to remain accountable and diligent.
Most importantly, have fun with your fundraising efforts! Raising money and awareness can strengthen a cause’s community in so many ways.