Suicide Prevention & Memorial Walk
Things to Remember
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.
Pictures below are from our Huntington and Charleston Events in 2015