· Start early. Have fun with your fundraising efforts!
· Set a fundraising goal and let your potential sponsors know what that goal is.
· Don't be afraid to ask! You're not going to dinner with this money - you're working to find a cure for cancer!
· Write a personal letter; create a newsletter or press release; hang up pledge sheets at your office; make in-person solicitations. If you write a letter, include a donation form and a self-addressed stamped return envelope.
· Ask for pledges from family members, friends, people at work, people nearby, people far away, people you do business with.
· Suggest a minimum gift amount or put down options ($100, $50, $25, other).
· Write a personal note of thanks to each of your sponsors. This will go a long way, especially when you approach them next year.
· All donations are tax deductible. The tax ID is 26-4812335.
· If you run in memory or honor of someone, say so—telling a personal story about someone with cancer is a way for people to relate to you and your cause.
· If you run in memory of someone, ask that person's friends and family for pledges.
· Ask your supporters about matching funds from their employers.
· Find out whether your own employer offers matching funds.
· Double your fun: Challenge a friend to run with you and raise her/his own pledges.
· Form a team at work, or with friends. Select a captain, choose a theme, wear matching shirts or hats, make a statement!