Originally published on March 7, 2013.
The Cure SMA spring event season is already making huge progress toward our goal of raising over $1.6 million to fund exciting new spinal muscular atrophy research and critical family support programs.
Our Development Team here at Cure SMA is here to help you meet and exceed your personal and team fundraising goals. Here are some great resources and tips to help you along the way.
Online Event Registration and Fundraising
Cure SMA provides each of our events with their own customized event website where you can register or purchase your ticket online with just the click of a button. Register and create your team today by checking out our Events Calendar.
Once registered, you can personalize your fundraising page, add a picture and email friends and family to sign up under your team or make an online donation. We’ve even made it easier by adding a feature that allows you to simply upload your accounts from any external email account such as Gmail, Yahoo!, AOL and more! Just click on “Invite Donors” and following the easy steps.
Fundraising is easier than ever thanks to social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Simply post your personal fundraising page’s direct link and focus your ask on a specific call to action such as making a donation or joining your team.
Asking people to join your team or donate can be difficult. To help provide you with tools to be successful, the Development Team at Cure SMA has created workshops to help train you best practices.
Team Captain Packet
We now have a great packet to provide to all of our amazing team captains. It includes team member recruitment and fundraising tips, timeline and more.
Develop Your “Ask”
It’s important to let people know why you‘re fundraising for Cure SMA and how their support can make a difference, but also be sure to have a call to action. Make it easy for donors to know exactly what do to. For example, “Help fund a treatment and a cure for SMA, the #1 genetic killer of children under the age of two. Make a $50 donation today.”
Thank Your Donors
Thanking your donors is the most important part of fundraising, and will greatly enhance your chances of them donating again next year and maybe at a higher level. You can do this by writing them a personal thank you note, emailing them or do it publicly by posting it on their Facebook page. This could also push the donor’s Facebook friends to also see your page and make a donation.
Host a mini-fundraiser
If you’re still concerned with asking for donations directly, here’s a great alternative. Host a smaller fundraiser to help you and your team meet their fundraising goals. Some great and easy to organize ideas are Jeans Day at your office, car washes, bake sales, Cure SMA bracelet sales, etc. For more ideas, contact the Cure SMA Development Team at [email protected] or call 800.886.1762.
How can you get involved? Check out the Cure SMA Events Calendar to get registered today and help make a difference in the lives of those affected by SMA.
For more information on any these resources or tips, please feel free to contact our Development Team at 800.886.1762 or [email protected].