I recently completed FebFast, the charity movement which challenges you to take a 28 day break to raise funds for youth addiction. There’s 4 fasts to choose from: alcohol (in the same vein as Dry July), caffeine, sugar and digital screens; two of which are a little easy for me (and one almost impossible) so I went with sugar.
Was interested in their fundraising tips, so I’ve copied a few of them below.
HOW TO RAISE $400 IN 7 DAYS!
The golden rule of fundraising is to simply ‘ask’. Have a plan, break it down into bite size pieces, and you’ll quickly see the love coming in!
Day 1 – $84
Do two quick basics. Go to your fundraising page, and add a pic and a bit of blurb. Let people know this is going to be a challenge! Now, send an email to 3 family members. (Click on the left hand side ‘email sponsors’) and ask for $28 each – that’s just $1 per each day of your Fast.
Day 2 – $140
Now do the same thing and email 5 mates. Send an individual email rather than a 101 round-robin blast. Gets results!
Day 3 – $75
Now ask 5 co-workers to throw $15 your way. A good line here is this: “I’m doing FebFast so that you don’t have to – now pay up!”
Day 4 – $60 (if 20% of mates respond)
Jump onto Facebook and divide your weeks fundraising target (say, $300) by the amount of friends, say 80. Equals – $6 each. Add a status that asks for just $3.76 per person. You’ll be amazed how often distant pals donate!
Day 5 – $56
Ask 2 people at a local club or business you frequent for 28 each (use the ‘$1 per each day of your Fast’ line)
Chances are not everyone above responded. Don’t reinvent the wheel! Send another email. It’s been proven that emails under 3 lines get a 65% higher response rate: just a quick nudge will get them over the line.
Day 7 – Total $415
A Day of rest! Rather than ask anyone for a donation, go to your Facebook, and create a Facebook event for the last day Feb 28th. This sits in pals calendars as a reminder to donate. Don’t forget to add your fundraising page url in the ‘details’ section.