|11th Annual WALK TO TALK
for the Aphasia
Center of California
Saturday June 15,
to Walk |
a Walker | Learn
Volunteer | Fundraising
money before? Trust us, it's a LOT easier to
raise pledges than you think! The secret
is to ask, Ask, ASK. Ask everybody you know,
share your passion for the cause, and you'll
be surprised how much you can raise..
So get out there
and contact everybody you know to pledge to
you. All proceeds go to your favorite
cause, the Aphasia Center of California..
Research shows that the
number one reason people do not donate is that
no one ever asked them! Whether you are an
individual fundraiser or are fundraising with a
team, the goal is to reach out to as many people
as possible and to remember you are not doing
this alone. The bigger the network, the more
money we'll raise.
Below are some great fundraising tips to get you
started in spreading your personal passion for
WALK TO TALK for the Aphasia Center of
Fundraising Tips for
First step: Sign Up online to Register to walk
Email your Friends and
to everyone you know. Soon, credit card
donations will start rolling in.
Make a List and Check It
Make a list
of potential donors. Include everyone you
know. Start by sponsoring yourself on your
walk paper and by making a donation to
yourself online. Your gift will set the tone
for others to give.
One a Day
person each day to make a contribution. If
you get four $25 gifts, you will have raised
$100 in less than a week. Don’t be afraid to
ask for larger gifts. Your cause is an issue
that affects everyone, and most people are
happy to donate.
Double Your Money
employers offer matching funds programs.
Your friend'see $50 donation could instantly
turn into $100 with the help of their
employer. Inquire with your personnel/HR
department and remind your supporters about
The Mighty e-Pen
email to friends, family, and co-workers
asking for their support. Let them know if
you are walking in honor of someone. Explain
why the cause is important to you; heartfelt
messages get the best response. Don’t forget
to send a thank you note to people who
Talk It Up
Ask for a
few minutes on the agenda of any meetings
you will be attending. Explain why you are
walking and ask for everyone’s support. If
you are dedicating your efforts to someone
you know, tell their story.
healthy treats to your friends, family and
co-workers for a small gift to your cause
through WALK TO TALK. The best way to most
people's wallet is through their stomach.
your garage or home and set up a WALK TO
TALK donation booth in exchange for your
finds. Ask your friends and neighbors to
donate their stuff to you, explaining that
all proceeds go to your cause, the Aphasis
Center of California.
birthday or holiday is coming up, tell your
family and friends that in lieu of a gift,
you would like them to make a donation to
your cause through WALK TO TALK.
Pin It Up
Post your walk paper
on the bulletin board at church or temple,
in the office, at the gym, or at school.
Make sure to highlight your name, phone
number, email address, and team Web page
Send the Message
Change the recording
on your voicemail or answering machine to
mention WALK TO TALK and how callers can
make a donation. Then, when you call people
back, ask them to sponsor you. When emailing
friends, add a “PS” asking for their
Hold weekly challenges within a
company that has two or more teams. Drive your
fundraising effort through healthy
Dress down for a cause. Arrange for your
office or school to allow people to dress
casual in support of WALK TO TALK by giving
a dollar or two or even five.
Find a masseuse through a health
club, training school, or chiropractor’s
office. Have them come to your business and
provide five or 10-minute neck and shoulder
massages for a gift of $10. Have employees
sign up beforehand, and the masseuse will
come right into their office.
Give out ribbons for a gift of $1 or more.
Employees can take home a ribbon in honor of
a friend or loved one. Create your own wall
to list the names of these people.
Ask your boss to offer an extra vacation day
to the team member who raises the most
money. If your team is the highest
fundraising team within the company, see if
everyone on the team can have a day off.
Get some great prizes donated to your team.
Try gift certificates at a restaurant or
spa. Then auction them off to the highest
Honor Loved Ones
Create quilt squares in honor of,
or in memory of people. Accept varying
donations for different sizes: a 4” square
for $5, an 8” square for $15, and a 12”
square for $25. Display the quilt in the
lobby at work, school, health club, or place
of worship. If you can’t use fabric, try
something else like card stock.
in just six weeks: <Top>
- Take the first step: Sponsor yourself
- Send out at least 25 emails to
friends and family (ask for a minimum donation
of $20) = $500.
- (Note: the AVERAGE pledge in most
similar events is $50 / pledger. $20 is
do-able by just about everybody.)
- Follow up on your fundraising letters
- Ask four additional family members
(minimum donation of $25 each) = $100.
- Ask five friends to sponsor you
(minimum donation of $25 each) = $125.
- Ask three co-workers to sponsor you
(minimum of $25 each) = $75.
- Check with your company's human
resource department to see if they offer
- Ask three additional co-workers to
sponsor you (minimum donation of $25 each) =
- Plan a fundraising party with at least
25 people (e.g. 50% of split cover charge of
$20 for a happy hour) = $250.
- Ask eight neighbors to sponsor you
(minimum donation of $10 each) = $80
- Ask your boss for a company
contribution = $100
- Ask three businesses you frequent for
a donation (e.g. doctor, dentist, dry
cleaners, etc., $50 each) = $150
CAN DO IT!
Sample Emails <Top>
Here is one sample of
emails that work. More
are coming soon. Got a great one of your own
to share with us? Send it to email@example.com
Hi Friends and Family,
I hope this
finds you all well and having a great 2013!
I have spent the past several years working with
a great non-profit organization called Aphasia
Center of California, which provides speech
therapy for stroke survivors, helping them
rediscover their inner strength and spirit by
reconnecting them with their communities.
Part of the work I'm doing with Aphasia Center
of California includes participating in the 10th
annual walking benefit called "WALK TO TALK"
on Saturday June 15, 2013. The event is
raising money for programs at the Aphasia Center of
California. The course will be
around Oakland's Lake Merritt. I'm
excited about this new fundraising opportunity
and a chance to really help give back!
I am sending this to you to see if you can
support me by entering a pledge - any amount is
incredibly helpful and greatly
appreciated. If you can't - that's okay, I
understand - your moral support is welcome also!
Aphasia Center of
California is fighting an important battle for
an important cause. I want to raise as much as I
can to better enable them to do that through
"WALK TO TALK". If you can, please go to
the following link, select me as your walker to
sponsor, and make a pledge.
Even a few bucks would
help, whatever you can spare . . .
you mind spreading the word to your friends
& family & coworkers etc. by forwarding
this e-mail! If even 100 people pledged
$20, that would be an amazing gesture of support
for individuals in need.
Also, if you are in Oakland, come on out and
cheer me on, on June 15, 2013. Here are the
Thank you, in advance,
for your generous support. Together we will make
someone made a pledge to Lisa, she sent an e-card
to thank her donors.
Here's another letter
from another participant.
I am writing in
anticipation of my participation in a the 10th annual "WALK TO TALK"
to benefit the Aphasia
Center of California on June 15,
2013. All proceeds from pledges I raise go
directly to the Aphasia Center of
California. The course will be around Lake Merritt in
Oakland to raise money for the cause. I
have never walked in an event like this, so I am a
little nervous. But I'm excited about
participating in something new.
I am asking everyone support me by entering a
My goal is to set a
fund-raising record before I hit the pavement on
June 15, 2013. Proceeds of all pledges made in
my name will go directly to the Aphasia Center of
WALK TO TALK
is an ongoing
effort to enhance awareness and education
about aphasia, a communication disorder that
occurs as a result of stroke or other brain
<add blurb about
your relationship to Aphasia Center>
The Aphasia Center of
California is fighting
an important battle for an important cause. I
want to raise as much as I can for the cause
through "WALK TO TALK". Please go to the
following link asap, select me as your walker to
sponsor, and make a pledge. Even a few bucks
would help, whatever you can spare.
Also, would you mind
spreading the word to your friends & family
& coworkers etc. by forwarding this
email! If only 500 people pledged $20, that
would be an amazing gesture of support for
individuals in need. Also, if you are in Oakland,
come on out and cheer me on, June 15, 2013. Here
are the directions:
Thank you, in advance,
for your generous support. Together we will make a
forward to seeing you at the walk! <Top>