|SET A GOAL for yourself – It will give you something to aim for.
START RAISING MONEY EARLY – It’s never too early to start asking and use the time around the holidays when families are gathered to ask for a donation.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK – The #1 reason that people don’t give is because they aren’t asked.
USE YOUR FACEBOOK PAGE and other social media – Be sure to include regular updates on your Facebook page and post the link to your Bowl-a-Rama fundraising page! Use Twitter, Foursquare, Google+, etc. to reach your friends and family.
BE POSITIVE and AMBITIOUS – It will encourage others to support you.
GET PERSONAL in your emails – If you’re as passionate about the animals as we are, say it! Tell why you are involved in raising money for the animals and why it is important to you.
MAKE YOUR OWN PLEDGE and tell your donors you are doing so – It shows your level of commitment.
GO OFFLINE – Use a paper pledge form for your doctor, dentist, next-door neighbor, kids’ sporting events, book club, dry cleaner, church group, etc. – or anyone else that you would not normally contact via email.
SEND A REMINDER to everyone you email – Some people have just forgotten to donate and will appreciate a reminder.
AT WORK ask your suppliers – Your photocopy company, coffee company, office supplier – chances are they are animal lovers too!
LOOK FOR MATCHING FUNDS – Find out if your employer and your donors’ employers have a “matching gifts program,” which will in effect double the amount you raise.
DONATIONS are 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE – Another reason to give!
THANK YOUR DONORS – When you receive a donation, please personally thank each donor. Remember, as a Bowl-a-Rama participant, you are an ambassador for the Humane Society of Harford County. We appreciate your help in making people feel good about their connection to our mission.