Suicide Prevention & Memorial Walk
Things to Remember
- Give some of your friends donation forms and ask them to help you fund-raise. Reward the friend with the most donations with a prize of your choice. The Donation Forms are available on the Forms, Flyers, Fundraising Letter page.
- Keep your materials readily available, especially donation forms – you never know whom you will run into.
- Don’t be shy! Ask anyone and everyone – people might surprise you, and you never know who has been affected by suicide.
- You’re not asking for this money for yourself. These donations are helping save lives, and very often, people are happy to donate! People enjoy being charitable.
- Fundraising comes with a lot of “No’s.” Keep a positive attitude and go for the “Yes’s.”
- Follow up on your fundraising letters and emails. There is a fundraising letter available to personalize and download and print on our Forms, Flyers, Fundraising Letter page.
- Remember to check out the Incentive Prizes page!
REMEMBER TO THANK YOUR DONORS.
Ask people to contribute.
- Ask for a specific amount, or a range of amounts, based on your previous "guestimate" of what the person you're asking may be able to give. If you ask for $5 from someone with the resources to give $50, you're giving up on the opportunity for 45 extra dollars.
- Learn to be comfortable with silence after you ask someone for support. If you fill the air with chatter, you're giving the person time to think of a reason why they can't give. If you ask for $20 and then wait for their response, they will be more likely to agree to support you.
- Make it easy for people to give. If you are approaching them in person, offer to take their check or cash right then and there. If they want to pay by credit card have them visit the web site and click on the "Donate Now" button. This will take them to a secure site for making online donations. Include a return envelope when you send letters. If you send an email, provide them with the link to the walk website www.messagesforhope.com .
- You should be able to clearly and concisely present your case for why the person you're asking should support you. To practice, imagine you're riding an elevator with a person you'd like to recruit and you have only the ride to pitch your cause. Tell them specifically what you're doing, for what cause, why that cause is important to you, and how they can support you in your efforts. Practice your "elevator speech" so you can use it at any time.
Use this PayPal button to donate directly to the "Suicide Prevention & Memorial Walk" Fairmont, WV. Please remember to note the Team/Participant you want your donation to support if applicable. Also, each participant who donates or, raises $25 or more will receive an event tee shirt. (limited availability)