Fundraising Tips

Use your status update to inspire and fundraise
Inspire your friends to sponsor you by posting a hunger fact on Twitter or Facebook. Click here for more information on hunger. Be sure to include a link to your personal fundraising web page in each status update.

Include your Walk for Hunger team information in your email signature 
Include a message about your Walk for Hunger team in your signature. Each time you send a message, the recipient will be provided with a reminder to sponsor you.

Give thanks & get sponsors at the same time 
When somebody sponsors you, thank them publicly by updating your status with a message of thanks. This not only lets that donor know how grateful you are for their kind donation, but also inspires others to donate!

Advertise your events
Use the “Events” application on Facebook to create an invitation for your Walk for Hunger fundraising event. Send it out to all of your friends, and make sure you make it an open event so it appears in searches and so guests can send it to their friends.

Follow the Food Bank of the Albemarle on Twitter (@FoodBankerEC) and retweet posts, with the addition of your fundraising web page link.

Fundraise “in person” 
Record a personal message asking for a Walk for Hunger donations and post it on YouTube, Facebook, etc. You can even thank sponsors via videos.

Remember Matching Gifts
Many employers will match the charitable donations made by their employees. You may be able to double every donation you get!

Post a Walk for Hunger Poster or Sign
Put up a sign by the coffee maker, copy machine, vending machine, break room, or bathroom letting everyone know that you are having a fundraiser for the Walk for Hunger and that you would be grateful for their donation.

Use Incentives. Get Creative! 
From a free dinner to tickets to a football game, entice people to sponsor you for prizes they can’t resist! It can be as simple as offering to bake a batch of cookies for your largest donor of the day.

Raffle it Off! 
Use your connections to get prizes donated for a raffle. You can ask businesses that you frequent (restaurants, spas, hair salons) to donate. Sell tickets at $2 each or 10 tickets for $15. People won’t be able to say no to that bargain!

Organize a 50/50 Raffle 
Anyone can organize this type of raffle, it’s easy and the prize is CASH! Let everyone know that half the proceeds from tickets sales will go to your Walk for Hunger fundraising total and half will go to the lucky winner. Make your own raffle tickets, so you don’t spend anything!

Ask Your Payroll Department 
Spread the word about your Walk for Hunger team fundraising by including promotional flyers with every paycheck. The flyers should include information on how to register as part of the team and how to donate.

Auction Your Skills 
Are you a trained massage therapist? Can you organize a closet like no one else? What about cleaning house or re-vamping someone’s resume? You can even be the “designated driver” for your friends for a night out on the town. Let people know that you are willing to trade your services for a Walk for Hunger donation. Set your price high – it’s for a good cause!

“Denim Days” or “Dress Down Days” at Work 
Ask management if you can plan Denim Days to benefit your team at work. Accept donations for $1 or $5 for people to wear jeans to work on Fridays or any other specified day. This is a quick and easy way to raise big bucks. Everyone wants to be casual at work; help people be comfortable on the job and contribute to a great cause.

Office Potluck 
Ask everyone to cook and donate an item for a theme luncheon in the office. Take a vote on the theme, and then ask everyone who partakes in the lunch to donate $5 to the Walk for Hunger.

Dinner with Friends 
Ask your favorite restaurant to help you fundraise. Is there a local restaurant that you frequent? Are you friendly with any restaurateurs? Ask the owners to donate a portion of one evening’s proceeds to your Walk for Hunger team. Then make flyers with the information and invite everyone you know to dine there on that evening. You’ll bring in more business to the restaurant and more money to your Walk for Hunger fundraising total.

Bake Sale 
Simply make some of your very best cookies, cupcakes, or pies. Be sure to advertise your charity bake sale – who can resist buying a treat for a good cause?