Friday, January 13, 2012

Fundraising 101?

This week, along with my normal running/workout schedule and my mommy duties, I have been learning how to fundraise.  Last week, I told you I joined Team in Training with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to do the San Diego Half Marathon on June 3rd.  As part of the team, each runner is required to raise $2900.  I am a total newbie at this fundraising thing, so I have been reading as much as I could find and I have been getting ideas.  Here are a few of them:

·         Zumbathon

·         Virtual 5k

·         Bondi Band Sale (love them!!!)

·         Guest Hostess at local restaurants

·         31/Pampered Chef/Tastefully Simple Party

·         Super Bowl Pool

·         50/50 Raffle

This is the list I have come up with so far.  Many of the ideas, like the Zumbathon take a lot of planning—like finding the instructor and venue.  The virtual 5k would not require a lot of logistical planning, but would require a great deal of technical knowledge that I do not yet possess. One totally crazy idea I read was about an auction where the highest bidder gets to choose where the runner gets a tattoo!  If I get desperate, I may have to do that one, LOL. 

I would appreciate any fundraising help or tips you have to offer.  Have you ever done a fundraiser?  What worked and did not work? 

A dream is a wish…


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  1. Just made a donation. Thanks for making that possible. On March 5th, 2009, I went with my mother to the doctor and sat across the table from the doctor while he told her, although she was at that moment seemingly in perfect health, she had four to twelve months to live. She had a disease I'd never heard of but became intimately familiar with over the next 15 months of her life - acute myeloid leukemia. Any effort to raise funds is (hopefully) a step closer to the end of this disease.

  2. Wow Sue, Thanks so much! You are my first official donor. I am sorry to hear about your mom. That must have been a very difficult time for you and your family. I have spent a lot of time at Children's Hospital in Philadelphia with my daughter--not cancer related thankfully. You could see the fear in the faces of the parents of cancer patients. That is what inspired me to join TNT. Hopefully we will find a cure one day.

  3. I sent you an email. You've got some great ideas! I love the bondi band sale- always need more of those!

  4. Zumbathons can be very successful! Good luck on earning your money!!

  5. You could reach out to some running gear companies on twitter or email about donating items and having people's names entered into a drawing each time they donate $5. So you know a $50 gets you 10 entries....

  6. I agree with reaching out to running companies but you could easily do a Virtual Run of some sort. Everyone seems to love doing those!