How To Raise Money For Charity While Training For A Race
Raise Money For Charity While Training For A Race
Help those less fortunate is always rewarding, especially if you don’t expect anything big in return. That’s why charity races are so popular. You get to join a large group of people while engaging in an activity you enjoy. Most importantly, you’ll be helping raise much-needed funds for a cause you are passionate about.
The thing to remember is that you can’t just show up on race day and expect great results. To ensure you get the most out of your efforts, you need to start early. Here are some effective ways you can raise money for your favorite charity while training for a race.
Start By Choosing The Right Charity
If you are passionate about a cause, you’re more likely to try harder to do well. Choose a charity you have a definite affinity for. You may be on the board of this charity or a member, which will make choosing the charity instant, but even if you’re not otherwise involved, it’s time to get active and see what else you can do to help out. If it’s a charity you believe in, your family and friends will be more likely to help you out with the donations.
Set Your Goals
The most obvious goals you will set will be the distance of the races you want to run. Many charity races have a long circuit to run as well as a shorter one. Pick a goal you are comfortable with and stick to it. Also, pick the right running gear and some neutral running shoes. If you’re new to charity races, you don’t want to enter a really lengthy race and not be able to cross the finish line. The same applies to the amount of money you’re hoping to raise. Set a target amount that shows your donors you’re serious. Too low, and they’ll toss you a few coins, if any at all. Too high and you may scare some donors away.
Give Yourself An Anonymous Donation
One of the easiest ways to get your family and friends to be generous is by showing a donors list with some impressive pledge amounts. Write yourself in as an anonymous donor and make the amount a significant one. Not all of your potential donors will pledge high, but some will be inspired to at least match your anonymous one.
Be Creative With Your Requests
Avoid passing around the same old tired campaign every time you enter a charity race. Make your request as individual as you are. People are more likely to respond to something unique that they can relate to you as a person. Mention the charity you are running for and the amount of money needed, along with the amount you are hoping to raise. Pass letters to your family and friends, but also use your social media accounts to get your message out there.
Hand Deliver As Many Requests As Possible
As part of your training, be visible in your local community. Make yourself a flyer detailing your intentions to raise funds for your chosen charity and have enough copies printed to pass around. Then walk around your neighborhood and knock on as many doors as you can. Introduce yourself to neighbors you don’t know and let them know how they can help you raise the funds for your chosen charity. You can also drop your fliers in letterboxes, pass them around at local sporting events and work directly with your charity as well.
Connect with other charity runners. Door knocking alone isn’t much fun and neither is standing at the entrance of your local shopping center passing around fliers. Work with other charity runners or enlist the help of family and friends. The more positive people you have working with you, the easier it will be for you. It’ll also be a lot of fun.
Arrange Your Own Fundraising Event
If you’re a regular charity runner, your fundraising pool won’t really appreciate you hitting them for a donation time after time. To make things more interesting, arrange your own fundraising event. You can organize a fundraising party and charge a small admission fee. Many restaurants, spas and cafes are happy to work with fundraisers and will offer to donate a percentage of any business you bring them during your fundraising efforts. Some businesses may also offer you goods you can pool together as prizes so you can even have a raffle going.
Use Yourself As A Billboard
While you’re training for your charity race, why not advertise the race on yourself. Some charities have t-shirts, caps and jackets with details of their upcoming event but even if they don’t, have your own items printed. Your local community will see you training for your race and if the details of the charity are on your clothing, they’ll be more aware of what you’re doing and they’ll also know you’re very serious about your participation in the charity race.
Talk To Local Businesses
Many businesses like to be seen doing good in their local communities so approach them to see if they’d be willing to match some or all of your other donations. When it comes to fundraising of any kind, every little bit helps, so take what you can.
Show Some Gratitude
If you’re planning on joining charity races on a regular basis, you’ll want to be able to approach your family, friends and local businesses each time. Sometimes you’ll be successful with repeat donors and other times you won’t. To increase the likelihood of getting people to donate in future events, remember to thank them for helping you in the previous race. Print off a thank you note or hand write them personally if you don’t have too many. By showing a little gratitude, people are generally more receptive to help you again.
Raising money for charity while training for a race doesn’t need to be all serious business. You can have a lot of fun in the process and meet new people. Just because you’re in the business of helping, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself.