1) Start by asking your former donors and teammates to get involved. Ask them to donate again or increase their gift.
2) Remember the cause. Big Brothers Big Sisters matches children from one-parent households with caring, adult mentors. Kids who have Bigs are more likely to graduate high school and college, less likely to use drugs and alcohol and have higher self esteem than their peers. Tell potential sponsors about the cause behind the event and they will be more willing to donate.
3) Build a personalized web page. Building a fundraising page is easy and fun. Participants who use their webpage to raise funds typically raise more money because it’s easy to pay with a credit card online. Sponsors can pay by check, credit card or cash. Get started at www.bowlforkidssake.org and email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help with your site.
4) Use Facebook, Twitter, and email. Make sure to utilize social media and email. It’s really easy to post your webpage’s URL directly in your posts. The average online gift is $45!
5) Ask about company matches. Many companies will match an employee’s contributions to a charity. Ask your HR director or Office manager if your company participates in a Company Match program. If so, your donation will go even farther. Usually it’s a simple form that you fill out and bring with your pledge sheet the day you bowl.
6) Shoot for $20 donations or higher. The quickest and easiest way to meet the $100 goal is to ask 5 people to sponsor you for $20 each. Make your personal pledge the first one listed on your sheet. Tell your personal story. Tell your sponsors the reason why you support Big Brothers Big Sisters. Let them know about the amazing outcomes and personal experiences you may have had with BBBS.
7) Plan a unique fundraiser. A lot of teams have success by hosting fundraisers for friends, family or at their work place. Sine examples of successful past fundraisers include: happy hours, trivia nights, garage sales, backyard BBQ where you bring donations instead of a side dish, selling breakfast burritos or ice cream sundaes at work, corporate challenges where the boss of the organization takes the winning team to lunch, and event participants doing crazy antics such as shaving a mohawk or getting dunked in a dunk tank if they reach their goal. Be creative, use your contacts and raise money however you can!
8) Try asking face to face. Bowlers have a lot of luck by simply walking around their office or neighborhood and asking their contacts to support them with a donation.