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26 Mar
Volunteers

Making “the ask”

Posted by Volunteers

A big question we receive during March for Babies is “Who should I ask for support (either to walk with me or to donate)?” The answer is – everyone and anyone! Here are a few tips to help you come up with a list of potential supporters.

Getting Started – Make a list of ten people you know that you could ask for support.
Then write down ten more.  Keep going until you can’t think of anyone else.  Start simple with your immediate family and close friends. Expand the list to include extended family, classmates, teachers (past and present), and coworkers. Think about everyone you talk to on a daily or weekly basis. Are you part of a community or school club/organization? Add their names to the list. Go even further by including neighbors and additional members of the community (like your family doctor or dentist). When you begin to make your list, don’t leave anybody you know out – sometimes you’ll be surprised at who gives you a donation.

Incorporate this activity at your next team meeting. Make it a competition to see who can come up with the most names!

Reaching Out – Be creative when reaching out. One technique may not work for all audiences.
Online fundraising is an easy way to fundraise. The easiest way to fundraise online is sending emails to potential donors with a link to your personal page.  You can do this directly from your Online Fundraising Page at marchforbabies.org. But don’t stop there.  Use social media to post a link to your fundraising page – you can reach people who might not have donated to you otherwise.  Dedicate your Facebook or Tweet about your progress. Use benchmark words to encourage more donations – “I’m just three $10 donations away from my goal!”

In some cases, adding the personal touch of a hand-written letter will be an incredible and thoughtful surprise to potential supporters. Mail letters to family and friends. Go the extra mile and ask classmates and teachers in person – it’s much harder for someone to say no to you in person. If you want to reach the most potential donors as possible, using a variety of fundraising methods will help you get there.

The Snowball Effect – After you’ve asked someone to donate, ask them to refer you to others they know who might be interested in donating.
Ask friends to share or post your fundraising efforts on Facebook and Twitter. This will help you not only reach people in your network but outside of it as well. Asking donors to refer you to others is an easy way to expand your network and will not only help you raise more money this year, but also when you participate in March for Babies in the future.

Ask Everyone – The important thing to remember when you decide who to ask to support you is that there is no such thing as asking too many people.  Besides, someone can only say yes if you ask them first!

21 Mar
Volunteers

The “Ask”

Posted by Volunteers

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The first step to having someone donate is to ask


As you continue to raise funds for March for Babies, remember that there are a variety of people you can ask to donate. But keep in mind the first step to getting someone to donate is to ask, and there are multiple ways to even make this ask!

Here are a few tips to help you find who and how to ask.

Getting Started: Who to Ask

Make a list of ten people you could ask for a donation. Then write down ten more. Keep going until you can’t think of anyone else. Start simple with your immediate family and close friends. Expand the list to include extended family, classmates, teachers (past and present), members of your sports team and/or school organization. Go even further by including neighbors and your community (like your family doctor or dentist). When you begin to make your list, don’t leave anybody you know out – sometimes you’ll be surprised at who will donate.

Incorporate this activity at your next team meeting. Make it a competition to see who can come up with the most names!

Reaching out: How to Ask

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Ask your friends to share your Online Fundraising Page link on Facebook and Twitter to reach even more people!


Online fundraising is the easiest way to fundraise, but you’ll find that you may need to ask people to donate in different ways. Send emails to potential donors with a link to your personal page. You can do this directly from your Online Fundraising Page at marchforbabies.org. Use social media to post a link to your fundraising page to reach more friends and family members. Dedicate your Facebook or Tweet about your progress. Use benchmark words to encourage more donations – “I’m just three $10 donations away from my goal!” When someone donates, thank them through your social media channels by tagging them in your post. They will feel special and this may encourage others to donate as well.

After you’ve asked someone to donate, ask them to refer you to others they know who might be interested in donating. Ask friends to share or post your fundraising efforts on Facebook and Twitter will help you not only reach people in your network but outside of it as well. Asking donors to refer you to others is an easy way to expand your network and will not only help you raise more money this year, but also when you participate in March for Babies in the future.

Take your fundraising to the next level by sending personal letters in the mail to family and friends. Consider asking classmates and teachers in person– it’s a lot harder for someone to say no to you in person.

The important thing to remember is that there is no such thing as asking too many people. Remember in order for someone to say “yes” you have to first ask.

Now Let’s Hear From You!

What are some creative ways you have asked for support?

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