One Walk, Big Strides for Autism

Sat April 17 - Sun April 25, 2021 Madison, WI 53719 US
Fundraising Tips

Welcome to the One Walk Big Strides for Autism annual event and thank you for joining us!

One Walk Big Strides for Autism is more than a walk. It’s an event to spread awareness and increase acceptance. It’s about respect and empowerment. By participating in the event and fundraising for the Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin you are supporting our mission to improve the lives of all who are impacted by autism by providing information, resources and support while raising awareness and acceptance in our community. Our programming provides services in the areas of support, education, advocacy, social activities and special events for those on the spectrum and their families.  Through donations and fundraising events we are able to offer most of our services free of charge to individuals and families affected by autism.

We want to make this experience easy and successful for you. Perhaps you have never fund raised before or maybe you are nervous about asking for donations. Don’t worry. The people who care about you will respond to you because it is a cause you care about. You just need to give them the opportunity to support you.

Let’s get started!

Personalize Your Fundraising Page

Personalize your fundraising page by uploading a profile photo and sharing your personal photos and videos. Tell your potential donors why you are getting involved. Share your personal connection to autism with them. Remember, your friends and family are interested in the cause, but it is you and your story they are primarily interested in.

Set a Goal and Deadlines          

Goals lead to results – when your supporters see what you are trying to achieve, they’ll be motivated to help you reach your goal. Always make sure to provide a deadline to your donors as well.  They’ll be motivated to act quickly if they must meet a deadline. Follow-up with your friends that are slower to respond. Many people may want to donate, but if they are busy they may just forget.

Use Social Media to reach more people. Highlight your participation in the 10th annual One Walk Big Strides for Autism and ask for support.

  • Always include your personal fundraising page link.
  • Post regularly and often. Messages can quickly get missed with everyone sharing their own statuses.
  • Include pictures and videos
  • Don’t forget to add #onewalkbigstridesforautism on your posts.
  • Remind everyone that we are a 510c3 charity and that all money raised stays local to help individuals affected by autism in south central WI.  

Pledge forms: If you like to do things the old fashion way you can print out a pledge form and mail it in along with the checks you have collected to Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin, 437 Yellowstone Dr. Suite 217A,  Madison, WI 53719. Pledge forms are available here

We find that those who approach their family and friends for support are often the most successful fundraisers. Your supporters will want to help you because the cause is important to you! Don’t forget that people give because they are asked! 

Click here for our Fundraising Toolkit!

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