Fundraising Tips


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Use Online Registration Tools

By registering online you can use many different (new and improved!) tools to make your fundraising easy and maximize your impact. You can personalize your Walk Webpage with your own story and photo, send personalized emails asking for contributions, and track both your online and offline gifts.

Set a Fundraising Goal

Whether you are volunteering or walking as an individual or part of a Team, set a goal. This gives you a target to work toward and allows you to track your progress. Teams raising $1500 or more will be listed on our official Walk t-shirt.
Bonus tip: pledge yourself first so that others can see that you are on your way.

Ask Everyone to Help

Not everyone you ask will be able to give or they may not be able to give as much as they would like to, so ask a few more.
Bonus tip: people who have pledged you in the past are more likely to donate to you again, so keep track of past sponsors.

Make Contact Three Times

Successful Walkers make a point of reaching out to everyone three times. The first email lets everyone know that the Walk is coming up, a follow-up call or in-person chat shows the prospective donors how important the cause is, and a final call just before the Walk serves as a thank you to donors who have committed and a last chance for those who have not.

Use Multiple Sponsor Sheets

Track large and small pledges separately. If you use a sponsor sheet with large donations on it, others will feel as though they should match the donations already listed.

Double Your Impact

Ask your sponsors if they have an Employer Matching Gift Program. Contact us to see if your companies will match your gifts and how to apply for the match.

Send a Personalized Thank You

Thank you messages are important. In these tough economic times, it’s more important than ever to differentiate yourself by sending a personalized thank you to anyone that donates or helps you reach your fundraising goal.

Raise Money in Creative Ways

In addition to asking people they know to sponsor them, some of our Walkers hold pre-Walk events designed to raise money. These events are fun ways to involve more people in Stamp Out Parkinson’s 2102 and allows Walkers to reach out to people they might otherwise not ask for sponsorship.

  • Pre-Walk parties- many Walkers hold parties as the Walk approaches. Instead of hostess gifts, they ask your gifts to bring donations to sponsor the Walk.
  • Bake Sales, Car Washes, and other time-tested fundraisers are a great way to get more people involved.

Every Bit Helps

Not everyone will be able to make a large donation, but remind them that every dollar counts.