Oh hello there! I have a lot of thoughts in my brain, so I thought I'd put them somewhere.
I recently took on a huge task: fundraising $10,000 for a charity. A lot of people I talk to consider fundraising but are totally daunted by the amounts, and $10,000 sounded like a lot to me too, but I decided to do it anyway so I could race the 2017 Boston Marathon, a race that I've felt connected too since I was a little kid. Here are some things that helped me be successful in fundraising:
1) Pick a charity you feel connected to
The charity I chose, Youth Enrichment Services (YES), has a mission that I strongly support: getting kids outside, particularly through skiing. I've been a life long skier and also a scout leader. Additionally, I had gone to a bunch of their events in the past with a couple of my friends that have volunteered for YES so I was really familiar with a lot of people involved.
2) Talk to other people that have raised similar amounts
My best ideas for fundraising came from my friends on my tri team. A couple of them have raised tens of thousands of dollars for different charities for races, they had a lot of great ideas and also kept an eye out for me for other fundraising opportunities in the community. For example, I had an ice cream fundraiser earlier this year that my friend sent me because she saw the ice cream store was looking to hold fundraisers for marathoners.
3) Use social media! A lot!
It really helped that my friends from near and far already knew I was fundraising and offered to help. You forget how many people you're actually broadcasting to on Facebook until you see people from college at a wedding and they say things like "oh! I saw you're fundraising! I want to help!" My roommate Katie was super nice and did a photo shoot with me to help me promote my fundraising. Looking good in pictures is hard.
4) Have a budget in mind
My charity required me to do this, but with an amount that high it's smart to write down how much you'll think you can raise at each event you hold and have some back up events if you don't hit those goals. Here are the events I did:
I am SO grateful to all of my friends and family that have helped me reach my goal! I'm still fundraising until the end of May if anyone wants to donate here