Boost Your Fundraising

Fundraising Tips:

  • The first step is to set up your Personal Fundraising Page where you can add your personal story and photos, send emails out to friends and family and track your fundraising progress.

Pro Tips:

  • Tell your story. How does epilepsy affect you? Why are you participating in this event?
  • JUST ASK. It will be hard at first. Then easy! Ask everyone to donate or join your team!
  • Make it personal. People will donate because YOU asked them to.
  • Get creative with your team. Does someone have a corporate connection you can use? An event space for a fundraising party?
  • Be the first person to donate to your team. Set the example for others!
  • Share on social media including Facebook, Tik-Tok, SnapChat, Twitter, and Instagram.  

Other Fun-raising Ideas:

  • Set goals: Come up with a weekly goal and compete with your teammates to reach it. 
  • Bake sale: Or yard sale or any type of sale!
  • Approach your company: Many will match your goal if you ask.
  • Work email: Add the link to your participant center to your email signature.
  • Recycle!: Ask your neighbors, friends, and family if you can collect their recycled cans and bottles each week.
  • Sporting events: Sell bottled water at local youth sporting events.
  • Cut out epilepsy: Ask your hair salon if they will donate all or part of the cost of each haircut.
  • Hold an auction or raffle: Auction a prime parking spot at work!
  • Spare change bottles: Distribute empty bottles or jars to all of your co-workers, friends, and families and at the end of every week or two roll the coins for cash (or most credit unions have free coin counting machines).
  • Voicemail: Change your voicemail to advertise the event and ask for donations.
  • Company/school newsletter: Ask to publish a donation advertisement in your company or school newsletter.
  • Chores: Have your kids do chores for neighbors for donations (car wash, mow their lawn, rake leaves, take out trash cans to curb, walk dogs, etc.).
  • Babysitting/house sitting/ pet sitting: Offer to sit in exchange for a donation.
  • Gym: Ask the front desk/check-in desk at your gym if you can place a donation jar and flyers there.
  • Host a scavenger hunt: Gather together the neighborhood kids or plan an adult version and charge a participation fee.
  • Designated driver: Offer to be the designated driver in exchange for a donation.
  • Poker game: For proceeds going to your team.
  • Breakfast in bed: Solicit local businesses to donate breakfast foods, have supporters and their networks place orders, and deliver the goods
  • Create incentives for money donated:  Announce different donations levels on your social media, along with something you will do once each specific level is reached. See the example below:
    • For every $10 donated, I will write you a handwritten letter. For every $20 donated, I will post an embarrassing childhood photo of myself. For every $50 donated, I will post a video of me doing an embarrassing dance to a song of your choice. For every $100 donated, I will wear onsie pajamas to work/school and post a photo!

10 Ways to Raise $1,000

  1. Lead by example and sponsor yourself – $75 
  2. Ask 5 family members to contribute $20 each – $ 100
  3. Ask 5 co-workers to donate $10 – $50
  4. Ask 10 friends to sponsor you for $10 – $100
  5. Invite 10 Facebook friends to donate $10 – $100
  6. Ask your company’s supplier/vendor to donate – $75
  7. Ask everyone in a club/organization (10 people for $10) – $100
  8. Ask businesses you frequently visit for donations – $200
  9. Ask your boss to donate on behalf of the company – $100
  10. Reach out to someone who’s asked you for a donation – $100

          TOTAL $1,000

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