The sooner you start, its better. You will learn from your own experiences, so give yourself that extra time by starting early. Register soon and get going.
You'll be surprised who gives! While you use your discretion, but don't be prejudiced. Do go through your email address book and other contacts to make sure you don't miss out on anyone.
Make the email template yours! Include a personal story or an inspiring story. Why you're raising money, why it's important to you, and where the money goes.
Set dates to send a first email announcing your participation, a second email asking for donations and a 'last chance' email. Add updates, if necessary.
People can only make a donation if you give them the opportunity. Don't be shy about asking. Several donors feel thankful for being asked to donate.
Include a personal story why you are participating, along with your photo. Tug at the heart strings of prospective donors!
Use status updates in Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn to update friends on your fundraising and provide a direct link to your fundraising webpage.
Add the URL for your fundraising webpage to your email signature. Give out "piggy banks" and ask people to save their change for a month. Hold an auction.
Remind yourself of why you are participating in the event, and how the money you will raise will help others. Turn to other fundraisers for inspiration and ideas.
It's good to thank your donors. Appreciate and acknowledge their support by sending them a personal note.