Aphasia Center of
              California

 

        Rebuilding communication.
        Transforming lives.


  
Aphasia
                Center of California

15th Annual WALK TO TALK  for the Aphasia Center of California
    
Saturday June 24, 2017 - 8:45am

FUNDRAISING HINTS


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Never raised 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 California..



Fundraising Tips for Individuals <Top>


First step: Sign Up online to Register to walk at
http:/www.regathon.com/aphasia/register.htm


Email your Friends and Family
Send emails to everyone you know. Soon, credit card donations will start rolling in.

Make a List and Check It Twice
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
Ask one 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
Many 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 matching gifts.

 

The Mighty e-Pen
Send an 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 donate.

 

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.

 

Offer Food
Offer 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.

 

Clean House
Clean out 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.

 

Celebrate
If a 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 address.

 

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 support.

 



Fundraising Tips for Teams  <Top>


Challenge Each Other

Hold weekly challenges within a company that has two or more teams. Drive your fundraising effort through healthy competition.

Go Casual
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.


Reduce Stress
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 Ribbons
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.

 

Give Rewards
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.

 

Give Prizes
Get some great prizes donated to your team. Try gift certificates at a restaurant or spa. Then auction them off to the highest bidders.

 

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.



How to raise $1,500 in just six weeks: <Top>

Week 1:

  • Take the first step: Sponsor yourself for $25.
  • 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.)

Week 2:

  • Follow up on your fundraising letters and emails.
  • 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 matching gifts.

Week 3:

  • Ask three additional co-workers to sponsor you (minimum donation of $25 each) = $75.
  • Plan a fundraising party with at least 25 people (e.g. 50% of split cover charge of $20 for a happy hour) = $250.

Week 4:

  • Ask eight neighbors to sponsor you (minimum donation of $10 each) = $80

Week 5:

  • Ask your boss for a company contribution = $100

Week 6:

  • Ask three businesses you frequent for a donation (e.g. doctor, dentist, dry cleaners, etc., $50 each) = $150

VOILA!  $1500 YOU 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 walktotalk@regathon.com

Hi Friends and Family,

I hope this finds you all well and having a great 2017!

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 15th annual walking benefit called "WALK TO TALK" on Saturday June 24, 2017.  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 . . .

http://www.regathon.com/aphasia/sponsor.htm

Also, would 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 24, 2017. Here are the directions:

http://www.regathon.com/aphasia/map.htm

Thank you, in advance, for your generous support. Together we will make a difference.

Warmly, Lisa


When someone made a pledge to Lisa, she sent an e-card to thank her donors. 


Here's another letter from another participant.

Hi Friends,

I am writing in anticipation of my participation in a the 15th annual "WALK TO TALK" to benefit the Aphasia Center of California on June 24, 2017.  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 pledge!

My goal is to set a fund-raising record before I hit the pavement on June 24, 2017. Proceeds of all pledges made in my name will go directly to the Aphasia Center of California

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 injury.

<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.

http:/www.regathon.com/aphasia/sponsor.htm

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 24, 2017. Here are the directions:

http:/www.regathon.com/aphasia/map.htm

Thank you, in advance, for your generous support. Together we will make a difference!

Sincerely,

Paula Walkeref


 walktotalk@regathon.com

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the walk!    <Top>