Step Into Autism 54-Day Challenge

Sat April 24 - Thu June 17, 2021 Akron, OH 44311 US
Fundraising Tips and Ideas

Fundraising events like Step Into Autism fund our programs and services throughout the year. We appreciate your efforts and please reach out to leslie@autismakron.org if you should have questions or need help with your fundraising. 

Build a Team
You can't do it alone--ask friends, family members, and colleagues to join your team! Each team member will get an individual page that links to the team. Set a goal together, inspire some friendly competition, and build toward your goal.

Tell Your Story
Personalize your fundraising page by adding a photo, sharing your story, setting your goal, and making a donation. Help your donors understand why ASGA is so important to you and how their support makes an impact.

Start a Facebook Fundraiser
Once you register you have the opportunity to set up a Facebook fundraiser that is connected to your Challenge fundraising page. Make sure to start it from your page and not directly on Facebook. Creating a fundraiser is an easy way to tell your story and share your fundraising with your friends list, so people can donate from wherever they are. Remind donors that their gift is tax-deductible and supports the community right here in Greater Akron. 

Ask for Support
Remember, the best way to raise money is to ASK! Write letters, send emails, and reach out by phone or text. Use our pre-written social media posts, letters or emails, or create one of your own, and send them to all of your friends, family, and coworkers. Share your link on Facebook and in email signatures.

Follow Up
Remind your network--ask more than once! Everyone does it--you see the email or Facebook post, tell yourself you will respond later, and keep scrolling. You forget to come back to it. It can take multiple asks before you catch them at the right time, so keep following up. Silence is not a "no." And be sure to thank them when they do donate!

Take advantage of matching gifts
Many companies have matching gift programs that will match all or part of their employees’ donations to charitable organizations like ASGA. Programs vary by employer, so ask your donor to check with their Human Resources department to find out if they are eligible!

Share Your Success
Keep track of your donations and keep sharing progress toward your goal. It can help motivate others to give and show your donors their impact on your goal.

Fundraising Ideas

Make sure to read our Third-Party Fundraising Toolkit for important information on creating a fundraiser. Here are some exciting fundraising ideas! 

Online Garage Sale: Know all that stuff that’s been hanging out in your garage/attic/basement? Gather it up and post online or in Facebook Marketplace! Make sure to post that all proceeds will go to the Autism Society of Greater Akron #StepIntoAutism event.

Product Parties: Do you sell or have a friend who sells Tupperware, Pampered Chef, Color Street, Mary Kay, Jewelry, or another product?  Host an online party and invite all your friends and family to order. Ask the presenter to donate a percentage of profits or sales from your online booking.

Raffle: From pamper hampers, weekends away, and nights in with your favorite takeout and drinks provided, the choices for prizes are endless.  You could ask people to donate prizes or put them together yourself as your own contribution. 

Go virtual: Why not hold a virtual bingo or trivia game and charge a donation for tickets?

Use your skills:  Sing, sew, craft, and create - using the hobbies you enjoy to help! Sell your items and donate some or all of the proceeds to your fundraising.

Birthday or Celebration Fundraiser: Celebrating something? Create a Facebook fundraiser through your Challenge fundraising page or share your link, while asking for people to donate in honor of your celebration instead of giving gifts. Use your celebrations to help others when it matters most.

Bake: If you’re a whiz in the kitchen, put your talents to good use.  Ask friends, family or neighbors for a donation in return for making their favorite treats!

Online classes: Do you do something well or have a skill that you can share? Organize an online class and invite people to join in by making a donation. Fitness, cooking, DIY, etc. 

Fundraising Programs: 
Krispy Creme
Nom Nom Popcorn Fundraiser
Malleys Chocolates Candy Bar Fundraisers
Little Caesar's Pizza Fundraiser

Restaurant Give Back days: Many franchise and local establishments will let you sign up to have a give-back night. This means you pick a day and time frame that your fundraiser will happen, they will give you a flyer or you can make one yourself to share with your people, and then people going in on that day to eat in or pick up their food, and partial sales will go to your team fundraising!

  • Visit this site to put in your zip code to see what area establishments are having give-back days. https://www.groupraise.com/
    Here are some examples: 
    Chipotle, Chick-Fil-A, Potbelly's, IHop, Danny Boy's

If you would like to set a give-back night up but have questions or need info from ASGA, please contact Leslie@autismakron.org. 

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