The Dan River Autism Awareness 5k exists to increase awareness about autism; to show support for individuals with autism and their families; and to fundraise for The Autism Education Fund. Your individual and team fundraising efforts help us to achieve these goals.
Develop a list of potential contributors. Decide how you will ask each person, and how much you will ask them to give. You can ask for contributions face to face, online using email or social media, or with a personal letter.
Share your passion! Think about your reasons for participating in the Dan River Autism Awareness 5k. When you are asking for contributions, be sure to tell people why you are raising money for the Dan River Autism Awareness 5k.
Share Your Story Online
Write a short description of your connection to autism and your motivation to raise money for the Dan River Autism Awareness 5k. Email the story and a personal photo to email@example.com, and we’ll share it on our blog. Then, you can share the blog with your friends via email or social media. For inspiration, read The Team Piano Man Story
Conduct an E-Mail Campaign
E-mail family and friends to ask for donations. Add your personal touches to the e-mail templates provided before sending them. People are more likely to respond to a personal and passionate story. Ask your friends and family to forward your message – you may end up getting a contribution from someone you don’t know!
- Download the contribution request email template (coming soon)
Use Social Media
Encourage your Facebook friends and Twitter followers to support the Dan River Autism Awareness 5k. Post and tweet updates about your fundraising efforts. Share status updates from our Facebook page on your wall. Retweet our tweets on Twitter. Use our images as your profile and cover pictures:
- Download the Facebook cover picture
- Download the Facebook profile picture
- Download the Twitter profile picture
Conduct a Letter-Writing Campaign
Create a personal letter to send to prospective supporters. Be sure to add your personal story and motivation for raising money for the Dan River Autism Awareness 5k. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your letter to make it easy for your supporters to contribute. Place a follow-up call to all friends and family who have not responded.
- Download a Contribution Request Letter Template
Puzzle Piece Sales
Print puzzle pieces on colored paper, cut them out, and sell to family, friends, or co-workers. Write each contributor’s name or reason for contributing on a puzzle piece, and hang all of the puzzle pieces at your workplace. If you cannot hang your puzzle pieces at a work or in another public place, take pictures and share them on Facebook or Twitter. On the day of the event, bring your puzzle pieces to post on our puzzle board.
On event day, our post-event celebration includes a silent auction. Get items donated from family, friends, and vendors that can be sold in the silent auction. Proceeds from the sale of your items will be added to your fundraising total. Popular items include gift certificates to local restaurants, autism themed artwork, and kids’ activities. If you have an item for the silent auction, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Percent of Sales
Ask local merchants if they will donate a percentage of their sales on a specific day to your fundraising campaign for the Dan River Autism Awareness 5k. For example, you can request to schedule a Spirit Night fundraiser at Chik-Fil-A.
Host a Party
Invite everyone over for a dinner/dessert, and ask them to make a contribution equal to what they would have paid for a dinner/dessert at a local restaurant. Or, celebrate any holiday (Valentine’s Day, 1st Day of Spring, St. Patrick’s Day, Daylight Savings Time, Independence Day, Labor Day, etc.!) by having a theme party and asking everyone to buy a ticket or make a contribution to attend.
In Lieu of Gifts
Do you have a birthday, anniversary, wedding or other special occasion coming up? Instead of bringing gifts, ask your friends and family to make a contribution to your fundraising goal.
Huge Yard Sale
Get your friends and contacts to donate their goods to your yard sale, with all proceeds going to the The Dan River Autism Awareness 5k. Ask people who have recently held yard sales to donate what didn’t sell to your sale. Publicize your yard sale in the Piedmont Shopper and local newspapers.
Ask your workplace or local merchants to let you set up a canister to collect money near the cash register. Print up a flyer that explains that your efforts are on behalf of the Dan River Autism Awareness 5k.
Cover Charge at Local Venue
See if a local venue (comedy store, club, etc.) would be willing to have the cover charge for a particular night go to the Dan River Autism Awareness 5k.
Host a Sports Event or Tournament
Cornhole, disc golf, mini-golf, tennis, bowl-a-thon, and other sports can all be set up as events or tournaments with all proceeds from entry fees, refreshments and silent auctions going to the Dan River Autism Awareness 5k. For example, the Center for Pediatric Therapies and Averett University hosted Zumba for Autism in 2012.
Bake batches of cookies or other goodies, and sell them in individual portions. Or, buy healthy snacks and other items at wholesale price and sell them at regular price. Pay yourself back the cost of the items, and the rest goes to your fund-raising goal! Host the sale at work, church, or at a vendor. For example, Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart allow groups to set up tables outside of their stores if you reserve a date ahead of time.