Here’s a great way to raise a lot of money in a short period of time. Participants have raised tons using email-writing campaigns. A few weeks prior to Philly Spin-In, set aside an hour or two to get it all done.
Compose a quick email.
Write as if you are sending the email individually to a close friend. Include an introduction saying, as a friend, you thought they would be interested in this important cause.
Balance fact with feeling.
Include what Philly Spin-In is (fact); why you are involved/what it means to you (feeling); and remind them to seek a company gift match if their employer offers that benefit (fact).
Early on, make the “ask.”
Don’t limit your donors, but ask for a specific range. Ask for “$10, $20, $50 or whatever your budget will allow.” Give a deadline for response. People tend to respond when there is a sense of urgency. Make sure to include a link to your personal fundraising page and a photo.
Send it to EVERYONE you know!
Make sure you blind copy (bcc) all recipients. They don’t need to know who else is receiving your note.