Make sure to tell all of your donors that 100% of their donation to Cycle for Survival will go directly to rare cancer research.
Rare cancers touch most of our lives. While you are asking for donations, you’ll be surprised at who might thank you for this opportunity to make an impact.
Create an email or Facebook group to share stories, words of encouragement, key fundraising learnings—and encourage your teammates to do the same.
The best way to encourage others to give is to show them that you've donated to your own efforts first. Make a kick-off gift!
Tell YOUR story about why you ride. The Participant Center provides you with templates of suggested language, but the more personal you make your asks, the more people will relate—everyone has been touched by cancer.
You don't get what you don't ask for, so make sure you are asking! Donations don't always come from where you expect them, so cast a wide net and make each ask personal! See email templates in your Participant Center.
Say thank you early and often to your donors. Update them on your progress and show them the impact they are having. Help encourage others by saying thank you publicly as well. Facebook is great for that! See email templates in your Participant Center.
You'll be surprised at the support you'll receive from a Facebook post, Tweet, Instagram photo, or Cycle for Survival YouTube video. Use the Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail share buttons on your personal fundraising page, and if you’re still looking for social media tips e-mail Lea@cycleforsurvival.org!
Ask for specific amounts from people you know can make bigger gifts, and don't be afraid to follow up with a phone call or an in-person meeting. Need advice on how to ask for these gifts? Just e-mail our team at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Most people are willing to give, even just a small amount, but need the reminder. Just because they didn't initially respond doesn't mean that they don't want to support you. It's okay to follow up!
Meet face-to-face with some of your potential donors. Nothing is more personal or effective than sitting down and having a conversation.
It's a great excuse to talk to people about the event, the cause and why you ride.
As a public way to thank your donors, have team t-shirts made to wear at your ride and list all donors on the back!
Matching gifts are a great way to double, and sometimes even triple your impact! Make sure you and your donors check with your respective Human Resources departments to see if they'll match. Questions? View our matching gifts guide >
Donate your birthday, anniversary or any other special occasion to Cycle for Survival—and ask people to give in amount of the year you are celebrating (or more!). We’ve even had a bride-to-be host her bachelorette party at Cycle for Survival.
Our videos are a great tool for spreading the word about and fundraising for Cycle for Survival. Subscribe to our YouTube page and choose a video to send to potential donors and teammates. Then follow up with another video a few weeks later!
Check out the Resources page on our website for downloadable assets like Facebook cover photos, profile pictures, sharable images, branded photos, and more. Doing so will help build awareness about the movement to beat rare cancers.
Is a holiday coming up? How about a special event? One participant integrated a donation ask as part of her Thanksgiving table setting!
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