Lead by example. Make the first donation yourself so that people see that you really believe in the cause.
Make it personal. Send handwritten or emailed messages to friends, family, and business associates. Ask them to ask their employer to match their donation, doubling their gift. Always send a thank you note to donors telling them how much you appreciate their support.
Share an Angel Flight NE story. This site has several videos that showcase Angel Flight NE and patients that they help. This is a great way to draw people in emotionally to the charity you are supporting. Tell them to have a box of tissues handy.
Track your progress. Put up a chart of your training and fundraising progress thermometer in your workplace or community center. You could even put up a map of your route and auction off miles, kilometers, or sections.
Be visible. Customize your email signature by adding a direct link to your Personal Webpage. Ask to be featured in your company or organization’s newsletter or internal website.
Remember holidays and special occasions. In lieu of gifts, ask that a donation be made to your Ride for Angels fundraising effort.
Use corporate team support. Ask a company executive in your office to send an endorsement memo announcing that he/she is participating in the Ride for Angels. Look into matching gift policies.
Get people involved – don’t take it all on yourself. Ask friends if they would be willing to sell raffle tickets, bake for a bake sale, or help otherwise. This is a great way for people who cannot make a monetary donation to get involved. If you know of an independent distributor (of houseware items for example), negotiate hosting a show at your home or office with a percentage of the sales being donated to your fundraising goal.
Know the cause, and be prepared to answer questions. Know who is benefiting from their donations: Children and adults that need access to life changing medical care. Visit www.angelflightne.org for more info.
Set your goal high – make it fun, be creative, and see where it takes you.
REMINDER: The individual who raises the most money will receive 2 Round Trip Airline Tickets from Jet Blue for anywhere they fly within the Continental United States.
* All fundraising prizes are subject to change without notification.
** Please note that participants reaching a certain benchmark, but do not get selected for a prize from the raffle within their fundraising level will then be included in the lower benchmarks raffle as well.