MAKE THE ASK
First things first! Many of our riders find success in reaching out to their networks directly with an ask to support their ride. We’ve even heard stories of riders going to a family dinner with a few Donation Ask Letters [link to PDF] and coming home with their goal complete! Other ways that you can ask your community for support are:
- Send your potential supporters an e-mail through your Fundraising Page. Find this when logged into your Ride for Cancer account. Under My Page, click Get Support and find an email that template you can use and send directly through your account!
- Post an ask for donations on your favorite social media channels. You can do this through your Ride for Cancer account under My Page and by clicking Get Support.
- Set up a mini call-centre for a weekend and give your friends a call or text asking them to support your ride
HOST A PARTY OR GATHERING
Put the FUN in fundraising by hosting a party for your friends. Bringing people together to support a cause close to everyone’s heart is a great way to work towards your fundraising goal. Here are a couple ideas on how you can rally your community around Ride for Cancer this year:
- Invite friends over for a barbeque and charge for burgers and treats
- Turn a celebratory event like a birthday or wedding into a way to raise funds by asking people to support your ride instead of giving gifts
- Band together with your Ride team and host a dinner for family and friends. Each team member can prepare part of the meal and charge admission at the door for a “set-menu” experience in support of a great cause!
- Have your team put together a golf tournament with the proceeds benefiting your team goal.
- Host a lunch-break social in your workplace like an ice-cream social or potluck, and charge for access to the goodies!
HOLD A COMPETITION
Do your friends and family love a friendly competition? Why not leverage that competitive edge to help you reach your fundraising goals! Here are a few ideas that might work well for your network:
- Who doesn’t love a good karaoke night? Bring your friends and family together for a night of entertainment (and a lot of laughs). Have entrants pay a fee to hit the stage, recruit a team of judges and give the winning entertainment a special prize!
- Hold a Costume Contest at your workplace or next social gathering! You can even incorporate a theme like “Superheroes”. Charge admission, and have little prizes for most creative costume, etc.
- Organize a cook-off or bake-off! Have contestants pay a fee for entering their prized dishes. Have a panel of judges choose the best dish and the winner gets a prize.
SELL GOODS OR SERVICES
Offering goods or services in exchange for donations provides value to your supporters AND gives them the opportunity to support a great cause. There are so many ways that you can provide value but here are just a few examples:
- Look no further than the parking lot! There’s bound to be someone in the office who wants their hubcaps polished at lunchtime!
- Ask employees to donate used books to sell from $1 to $5, depending on the title and condition.
- Have your team walk the neighborhood dogs. Many pet owners would be grateful for the opportunity to let someone take their dog for a long walk!
- Work as a team to set up garage sales – clean out your attic and raise money to advance cancer care in our region!
There’s no right or wrong way to fundraise! Everyone is different and has different types of networks so it’s all about finding the path that’s right for you.
Teamwork makes the dream work! Pull your team together and organize fundraising initiatives together to make the most impact.
DRIVE HOME THE CAUSE
Your supporters will be even more inspired to give when they know about where their donation will be making an impact. Don’t forget to refer to our Impact page to include those messages in your communications about your ride.
SHARE PERSONAL EXPERIENCES
With one in two Atlantic Canadians receiving a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime, most of us have a connection to the disease. If you are riding in honour of someone who has had cancer, or if you are a survivor yourself – be sure to share that story as part of your fundraising strategy. Helping people understand why you are riding will inspire them to support your ride and be a part of your journey!