A figure like $250 can seem daunting at first. It can help to make a plan by breaking your goal down into manageable amounts. Can you ask a friend to donate $25? Great! Can you ask 10 friends? Then you are well on your way to reaching your $250 target. Remember, thousands of people just like you have successfully fundraised for MS. Check out our fundraising ideas for inspiration on how you could reach your goal.
Get informed about multiple sclerosis and its effects. Did you know that approximately 4 Australians are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis every working day? That people are usually diagnosed in their 20s and 30s? That three quarters of people with MS are women? Educate yourself about what it's like to live with MS and what we do to help, and you'll find it easier to ask for donations.
When you register for an MS event, we give you your very own online fundraising page. Please use it! It is one of the simplest and most effective ways to kick-start your fundraising. Tap into your social network by sharing the link on Facebook and Twitter. Email the link to your friends, family and colleagues and ask them to help you spread the word. You may be surprised to receive donations from people you've never even met.
People are more likely to donate if they can see that others have already done so. Set an example right from the start by making the first donation your own.
Don't miss an opportunity to tell your friends, family and colleagues how far you're cycling and why. Tell them about MS, update them on your training and fundraising, and ask them what they can do to help. Spread the word even further by downloading and printing our posters and putting them up at your school, workplace, gym, or at a local business.
Many companies now offer 'matched funding' as part of their corporate social responsibility programs. This means they support their employees' charitable efforts by matching their fundraising dollar for dollar. Check with your human resources department to see if matched funding is an option for you, then contact us. We can help you with any paperwork, send your company a tax-deductible receipt, and prepare letters and certificates of appreciation to acknowledge their contribution.
Even if your employer doesn't have a matched funding program, there are many other ways they can support you in your fundraising efforts. Why not form a team with your colleagues? Fundraising together can be a fantastic team building activity. Your company could supply branded uniforms and help you spread the word. You could also find out who manages your company's social media presence and ask them to share or 're-tweet' your calls for fundraising on Facebook and Twitter.
When people participate in MS's events but don't fundraise, the most common reason they give is that they were afraid to ask people for money. We understand! Asking for money can be nerve-wracking. We worry that people will think we're pestering them, or that things will be awkward if they say no. It's okay to feel anxious at first. In fact, some of our top fundraisers tell us that they, too, were once afraid to ask.
The truth is that when you ask for donations on behalf of a charity like MS, you are telling people that you have compassion for others. You're saying you care so much that you're willing to ask for help, even though asking makes you nervous. Not everyone you approach will choose to make a donation, and that's okay. But they won't think any less of you for asking; in fact, their opinion of you will probably go up. So, don't be afraid. Open your contacts list, take a deep breath and just ask.
Our fundraising team are experts at helping you reach your fundraising goals. If you need advice, ideas, or practical assistance with your fundraising, please contact us. We're here to help!
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