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Fundraising tips to help your personal challenge go further

 

The power of the Internet is amazing. Now you can create your own personal fundraising web page, send your message worldwide, promote your cause, collect donations and thank contributors, all from the luxury of your own computer.

  1. Set A Goal
    Set a personal target and aim high - you're more likely to strive to achieve your goal if its slightly more than you think you can achieve.
     
  2. Personalise your page
    If you fundraising for your event on Fundraise Online make your page as compelling as possible by adding your own photograph and text. Make sure your page communicates the reason you have chosen to raise money, and why you believe your chosen charity deserves support. Be creative!
     
  3. Promote your event
    The easiest way to do this is to add a link to your fundraising page into your email signature line. You could also update people on your own and the MSNZ facebook page.  Let us know what your doing and we'll let everyone know what a great job you are doing.
     
  4. Keep a Blog
    Family and friends will love to read about your journey and adventures. Try and keep them coming back to your site regularly to learn about what you are doing and to see your fundraising tally grow. If anything unusual or exciting or amazing happens in your journey to your event, then send out another email, inviting people back to your website.
     
  5. Make it personal
    Share your story or that of a person you are trying to help. Remember that your supporters are keen to help you and are more inclined to donate if they can relate to your cause. Post regular updates on the MS facebook page
     
  6. Follow up
    Just before your big day send a last reminder to your supporters and don't forget to keep fundraising after your event. Some 20 per cent of all donations come in after event completion. So don't stop fundraising once you've cross the finish line. Update your page and email your supporters with news of your success. Remind those who haven't yet donated to do so, and ask others to donate again in recognition of your achievement.
     
  7. Start with a bang
    Make sure the first person on your website gives you a large donation as this sets the level for everyone else.
     
  8. Ask for help
    Email your address book using the template email available online with your webpage. Ask your supporters to forward it on to others that they know also.
     
  9. Stay Positive
    Keep a good attitude. Remember the reason. Fundraising comes with a lot of "No's." Forget those and keep going for the "Yes's." Plan for this so it doesn't take you by surprise.
     
  10. Get a manager
    Raising money can be a breeze with the help of your family and friends. Ask a few people to help you brainstorm some ways they can help you fundraise. Form a "mini- committee", and have FUN. Maybe ask a close friend to support you by driving your fundraising campaign for you.
     
  11. Communicate the difference
    Let your supporters know how their donations will help people with MS. 
     
  12. Reassure your Supporters
    Be sure to tell them that your website is secure and that any donations they make will be transferred directly to the charity's trust account .