3 Easy Steps to Getting Started
As a fundraising athlete for the 2017 Navigators Stamford KIC IT Race Series, monies you raise will provide free, round-the-clock crisis intervention, counseling, and emergency shelter, prevention programs in local communities, and advocacy throughout Connecticut. It’s never too early to start collecting pledges from supporters. Here are some helpful hints to get you on your way.
1. Set a Goal
“My goal is to raise X dollars to help protect our children.” You will be able to set up your own personal fundraising page on Firstgiving.com so that you can drive people to your webpage and tell potential supporters your goal.
2. Identify Who and How
Make a list of potential supporters you may want to approach, and the best way to do so. Facebook? Twitter? Personal emails? Phone calls? Some companies will even match gifts made by their employees. Share your goal and explain that you are taking part in the race because you feel passionate about the need to protect the safety, health and well-being of children in our community.
3. Send Friendly Reminders
Many people need a few, friendly reminders before they actually make a pledge or a gift. Send a few rounds of emails to your list via Firstgiving.com, informing people about your progress and reminding them how many days you have left to meet your target.
Copy the text below into an email, customize it and then send to your friends, family and coworkers!
Dear Family and Friends:
On Sunday, July 16, I will be participating in the 2017 Navigators Stamford KIC IT Triathlon (or 5k) to benefit Kids in Crisis. All proceeds from the event go directly to support newborns, children and teens in crisis.
Kids in Crisis provides free, round-the-clock crisis intervention, counseling, emergency shelter, and prevention programs in local communities, and advocacy throughout Connecticut.
Please join me in helping Kids in Crisis protect the safety, health and well-being of children and families in our community. I hope that you will support my race by making a tax-deductible contribution and visiting my personal fundraising page at [insert link to your personal Firstgiving.com fundrasing page].
Thank you for your meaningful support!
After you have registered as a fundraising athlete, you will be provided with additional resources which you may find as helpful tools. These include:
Access to free webinars and/or conference lines to help you in “Making the Ask”
Sample Templates and useful tips for your solicitation emails and letters