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Monday, 01 December 2014 01:23

Fundraising Kits

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Fundraising Kits

Here are some kits to help with your fundraising efforts:

1. Movie Night Kit

 

2. Luncheon Kit

 

3. Raffle Kit

 

4. Trivianight Kit

 

5. Letter Seeking Donations

 

Monday, 27 May 2013 23:30

Fundraising Resources

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Email Templates

Stuck with how to get sponsors but don't know how to ask? Use our email templates and send it to everyone in your address book. Don't forget to include the link to your fundraising page!

Email Template #1

Dear friends, I’ve once again signed up to ride in the Queenstown Classic on March 8-10. Like last year it will be 290km of pain and more pain. But it will be worth it, because every pedal I push will help assist vulnerable families at home and overseas. This year we have a record breaking 55 riders and

our goal is to raise $100,000. To do my bit I’ve set a target of $4000 and I need your help to raise it. Now for the penguin on a plane part. If you help me reach my target of $4000 I will board my plane to Queenstown wearing nothing but my cycling outfit. I’m talking about tights, cycling jersey, gloves, helmet, sunglasses, etc. Now if you think wearing cycling gear is embarrassing enough, how much more embarrassing will it be to wear it on a plane with no other fellow penguins to blend in with. If you are not so sure how much of a big deal this is, ask yourself this – would you do it? If your answer is NO, then please give generously. If it’s YES, then we have 5 places left, why don’t you sign up and I’ll reserve a place on my flight for you. To register: http://queenstownclassic.gofundraise.co.nz/ To make things even more interesting,I also pledge the following:

  • Help me raise $1500 and I will give up my car for a week and ride my bike to work
  • Help me raise $3000 and I’ll shave my legs
  • Help me raise $5000 and I’ll shave my head To support my ride and to be a change
    champion donate today by clicking on the below link:
    http://queenstownclassic.gofundraise.co.nz/page/MattSiliga Thank you for your support and I will be sure to keep you posted.

Email Template #2

Dear friends, It’s been a cracking last two weeks and while I’ve been able to clock up a couple hundred kilometres on the bike, I’m been more impressed with the support I’ve received from YOU! So far you’ve helped

me to $2380 in online and offline donations. Thank you to those of you who have supported me, it’s been great encouragement to get on my bike. Staying true to the pledge I made a couple of weeks ago, next week I will leave my car at home and ride to work every day - a big effort considering

the amount of hills that lie between my home and work. If you are planning on supporting me, I have three weeks til the ride and three more pledges to honour. If you think dressing up like a penguin and boarding a plane couldn’t be more embarrassing, then how about a penguin with a shaved head. Join me in my journey to humiliation AND CHANGE by clicking on the following link: http://queenstownclassic.gofundraise.co.nz/page/MattSiliga To remind you of the pledges, please see below: 

  • Help me raise $1500 and I will give up my car for a week and ride my bike to work
  • Help me raise $3000 and I’ll shave my legs
  • Help me raise $4000 and I’ll board the plane to Queenstown wearing nothing but my cycling gear
  • Help me raise $5000 and I’ll shave my head Thanks again for your support and I’ll be in touch soon.

P.S Thank you Murray Jennings for taking up the challenge and joining me on the ride. There is still space for a couple more people. If you are interested, sign up here: http://queenstownclassic.gofundraise.co.nz/ Let’s get those emails out and if you need assistance with fundraising please let me know. I’m happy to give you ideas and help out where I can. Happy and safe riding.

Email Template #3

Hey,

This month, my training for the Great Ocena rd challenge has begun to help fight kids poverty! I am aiming to ride [xyz] km this month in training for the ride in February.
Why am I doing this? Because 23,000 children die everyday from things that money can solve. It will be tough, but nothing compared to the difference what I am doing will have on the people I am supporting. 

And so I am taking on a personal challenge to raise $2,500 to give these kids the brighter futures they deserve. But I need your help. Please sponsor me to support my challenge and help these kids.

To make a donation, simply view my page by clicking on the link below: [www.25000spins_donationLink]

All funds raised will go directly to [CHARITY COMPASSION, ADRA, Botswana Orphan Project or Fred Hollows Foundation].

Thank you for your support.

Email Template #4

Hi,

As most of you know, I have been raising money for [Charity Name]. This year I have changed my focus a little. I have entered the [Event Name] bike ride and will be riding [Distance]kms to fight for people living in poverty on [Event Date].

Poverty is a problem which impacts much of our world. I am lucky enough to be an Australian. I can make a difference by taking part in this ride, because so many people cannot.

Did you know...

  • Around 27-28 percent of all children in developing countries are estimated to be underweight or stunted. The two regions that account for the bulk of the deficit are South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Water problems affect half of humanity. Some 1.1 billion people in developing countries have inadequate access to water, and 2.6 billion lack basic sanitation.
  • Number of children in the world - 2.2 billion
  • Number in poverty - 1 billion (every second child)

Survival for children

  • 10.6 million died in 2003 before they reached the age of 5 (same as children population in France, Germany, Greece and Italy)
  • 1.4 million die each year from lack of access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation

But I need your help.

Can you PLEASE support my efforts by sponsoring my ride?

As per previous years, I should point out the following:

1.     After countless demands I am willing to supply photos of me in Lycra (keep in mind they will be of the new & improved 2013 version of me so I expect to see your appreciation reflected in increased donations...)

2.     I will be hounding you with weekly emails until you make a donation

On a serious note, I understand that not everybody is in a position to donate, but if you can, I would love your support in my endeavour. So even if you think you can’t donate, sacrifice a few coffees (preferably many) and make a donation to help me make a difference.

To sponsor my ride, simply click on the link below to view my fundraising page and make a donation:

[www.25000spins_Your_donationLink]

A tax deductible receipt will be sent immediately when your donation is completed. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Many thanks,

Email Template #5

Hi All

Wow!!! What an awesome response from my first email last week. Here is the weekly follow up email as promised. I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all of you who have sponsored me over the last week. I really appreciate you getting behind this cause and sponsoring me for the ride.

For anyone who didn’t read the email properly last week, it is below,  so please if you didn’t, have a read. For all of you who have not yet donated, here is the link to save you scrolling down to the bottom of the email:

[www.25000spins_Your_donationLink]

A few other points to note:

1.       I have attached a photo of me in lycra – you know you want to look...
2.       No there is not an unsubscribe button as was requested by one cheeky future generous donator (hint)...
3.       There will be an email each week until the ride
4.       Thanks to those generous donations, I am currently sitting in [Your Position] Spot in the fundraising leader board, but I need your help to ensure I stay up there as there are plenty of other riders hot on my tail...

Chat soon

 

Email Template #6

Hi All

I want to pass on my thanks to all of you who have given so generously over the last 2 weeks. Honestly, thank you so much!!! In 2 weeks I have raised over $[0000 ] so thank you, thank you, thank you!

I have included the link below for those who have not yet donated & would like to.

[www.25000spins_donationLink]

A few more points to note:

1.       As stated in the title, I will not email you for the next 2 weeks & will not be contactable  (I am going into a secret training camp to prepare me for the ride) so WHEN you make a donation during this time, please know that it will be received with thanks even though I may not email you to say thank you for 2 weeks.

2.       Because of the outstanding response I got last week after sending out the photo of me in lycra, I have decided to attach another one – this one is not just of me, but also of some of the many team members I will be riding with on the day.

3.       To the Anonymous donor that asked that I take the donation off their bill, unfortunately I cannot work out from the photo you left who you are so I will not be able to do this...

Have a wonderful weekend everyone & I will be in contact with you in just over 2 weeks!

Regards

 

Facebook Template #7

Hey mate! So... I've become one of you. I've become a cyclists in the name of child poverty. But fear not - unlike the rest of the crew that are raising money .... I refuse to wear lycra!

And for that reason alone I think you should sponsor me if you can ; ) (No worries if you're not in a position to). So as you may or may not know i'm riding 300kms for child poverty in February along the Great Ocean rd. As you also may or may not know I'm a crap rider and have been busting my ass to try and get ready for this!!
 
And ... as you may or may not know we have a sponsorship target of $1,250 - currently I'm sitting pretty at $430. arrgghh!!!
 
So - I'm on the hunt for a donation ... of $10 or more ($1,000 would be useful at this stage hahaa). I'm riding for [Charity Name], the child sponsorship agency coz I sponsor a little girl called Yamerlin in the Dominican Republic. Its so awesome to see that a little bit of money goes so far and is so greatly appreciated.
 
I'm paying my own way to [Event Location], and taking a few days off work to do it - so if you wanna sponsor me I'd be heaps thankful!! You can sponsor me online here: 
[www.25000spins_donationLink]

 

Email Template #8

Dear friends,

I’ve once again signed up to ride in the Queenstown Classic on March 8-10. Like last year it will be 290km of pain and more pain. But it will be worth it, because every pedal I push will help assist vulnerable families at home and overseas. This year we have a record breaking 55 riders and our goal is to raise $100,000. To do my bit I’ve set a target of $4000 and I need your help to raise it.

Now for the penguin on a plane part. If you help me reach my target of $4000 I will board my plane to Queenstown wearing nothing but my cycling outfit. I’m talking about tights, cycling jersey, gloves, helmet, sunglasses, etc. Now if you think wearing cycling gear is embarrassing enough, how much more embarrassing will it be to wear it on a plane with no other fellow penguins to blend in with. If you are not so sure how much of a big deal this is, ask yourself this – would you do it? If your answer is NO, then please give generously. If it’s YES, then we have 5 places left, why don’t you sign up and I’ll reserve a place on my flight for you. To register: http://queenstownclassic.gofundraise.co.nz/

To make things even more interesting, I also pledge the following:

Help me raise $1500 and I will give up my car for a week and ride my bike to work
Help me raise $3000 and I’ll shave my legs
Help me raise $5000 and I’ll shave my head

To support my ride and to be a change champion donate today by clicking on the below link:
[www.25000spins_donationLink]

Thank you for your support and I will be sure to keep you posted.

Email Template #9

While most people have been relaxing over the Summer over long weekends I’ve been up early training hard on my bike. Steep hills just like this one. This will be my second Tour 300km over 3 days.
Why? I’m committed to doing something about the terrible global issue that’s also affecting Kiwis, called child sex trafficking or modern day slavery. It is enslaving an est 4.5 million women & children today.
Children and women are cruelly tricked and then forced to perform unspeakable acts with their bodies. It’s a terrible, betrayal that is robbing them of their childhood and their innocence.

They’re made to feel dirty and full of shame. Broken! Most victims are kept in a drugged compliant state and 7 years is their life expectancy. Less than 1% are ever rescued. So I’m cycling for them.

I would love your support – please support my ride and the victims.


Your donation will go towards [CHARITY DETAILS and cause]

Here’s the impact of your donation:- To donate please Click here to support me and I will do my best to keep you updated with my training and my challenge.

But make sure you leave me a nice note so I know to thank you and to keep you informed.

 

 

 

Tuesday, 09 April 2013 06:56

Offline Fundraising

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Your grandma or other friends and colleagues might want to give you cash, rather than sponsoring you online. Also you may find yourself with a wad of cash after a fund raising event.  Whenever you have any cash donations here is what you need to do: 

You can go to your sponsorship page and make the total payment of monies collected with your credit card. If your offline sponsors require a tax deductible receipt, simply fill out their contact details and pay with your credit card and they will receive their receipt. 

 

 If you prefer not to use your credit card, download the donation form and fill in the personal details of all your sponsors that require a tax deductible receipt. Receipts will be issued directly to them. 

Send this form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and post the cheque or deposit the money with your chosen charity. If you require the charities bank details 25000spins will be happy to pass on the charity contacts details so they can give you the relevant bank details. 

Tuesday, 02 April 2013 05:34

Fundraising Tips

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Fundraising Tips

Here are some tips to help with your fundraising efforts:

1. The higher your fundraising goal, the more you will raise!

People respect an ambitious goal and are keen to help you achieve your target. The higher your fundraising goal the more inclined people are to show their support to help you on your way. Think about it, would you donate more to your friend if their goal was $100 or $10,000?

2. Make the first donation yourself

Put your money where your mouth is and start your fundraising campaign by sponsoring yourself first! If you are asking others to support you, then you should always be willing to make the first donation to show them you mean business (and the higher the first donation, the more inclined others are to follow).

3. Personalise your page and have some fun!

Make the effort and upload images, videos and a personal message as your friends and family want to know what is going on and how you are involved. Entertain them! People always show their support if you can make them laugh.

4. Use our emails template.

Send out one of the templated emails to all friends and colleagues in your address book. For simplicity you can keep your email simple, and one version can go to everyone. Or you can tailor this to address different subsets of your contact list such as friends / work colleagues / clients etc.

Schedule to send this email to everyone at least 3 times! Experience shows that many will mean to sponsor you when they see it the first time, and are happy to be reminded! The final email you send in the week of the event generally brings the greatest response especially if you have sent the email a number of times before!

5. Share your page with everyone!

Quite often the largest donations are by the people you least expect (it is really quite astounding), so share your page with colleagues, suppliers and clients and tell everyone what you are doing to support a great cause. The more people you communicate with, the more support you will receive.

6. Ask your employer if they match funds!

It is a great idea to apply for matched funding from your employer. By matching your team's fundraising your money is instantly doubled! We have prepared some information that might support you in making the request.  Click here for more information about corporate dollar matching. 

7. Organise an event

Organising a fundraising event is an effective way of gaining support, raising your profile and increasing the amount of funds you collect. We have prepared a few ideas of some of the fundraising events you could organise.  Click here for more ideas for your own event.

"We are in the finance industry and when we emailed our colleagues we had great support. We have also decided to run a raffle at work with a Kindle Fire, which is not yet available in Australia, as the prize! Tickets will be $10 each and we expect to sell lots. 

"We are in the fitness industry and did the event last year and are pretty excited about this year! The team is going well with training and fundraising. We are offering a 3 hour adventure class to our clients for a set fee which will go towards fundraising."

8. Contact your local media

Don't forget to contact your local newspaper - media coverage is a great way to increase the impact of your fundraising. Local media love stories about local people doing interesting things, especially when it's for a good cause. Ask them to send a photographer to capture your team in training, or to your fundraising event - a photograph grabs people's attention. You can use media coverage as a platform to advertise your fundraising events or to solicit sponsorship from your local community. You would also be supporting us to get the word out about the event.  

9. Promote sponsors on your webpage

Sell logo space on your webpage to corporations and other businesses and give them something for their money!

10. A list of ideas to help.

  • Auction
  • Book sale
  • Comedy night
  • Donation drives (chocolate, lamingtons, pies)
  • Email ‘online donation’ link to friends and family
  • Fashion parade
  • Golf day
  • Helping Hearts
  • In-house colouring in competition
  • Juice day
  • Karaoke night
  • Lolly jar guessing competition
  • Movie night
  • Name that baby (photo comp)
  • Office massage therapist
  • Poker night
  • Quit something for sponsorship
  • Raffles
  • Sausage sizzle
  • Trivia night
  • Unwanted gift sale
  • Variety talent show
  • Wine and cheese night
  • Xmas early party
  • You think you can dance comp
  • Zany dress da
  • Shave or wax something crazy. Head, legs, back. Let your imagination run wild. 

 

 

Tuesday, 02 April 2013 05:28

Online Fundraising

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Online Fundraising

How to sponsor a participant or team online

1. Find the team / participant you wish to support by going onto their sponsorship page

Each 25000spins rider has their own sponsorship website.  You can access it by clicking on our riders. Then selecting the event and the rider. Click on Sponsor next to the rider


2. Fill in your personal details and payment details

Click on the "donate now" button and enter all the necessary personal and payment details (see our privacy statement for information how we protect your privacy).

 

3. Get your receipt! 
Once you have confirmed your donation an instant receipt will be sent to you.

Tuesday, 02 April 2013 05:26

Get Some Media

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Get Some Media

Get some media for your team, encourage fundraising, motivate your team and crew, thank your sponsors & celebrate your achievement!

One way to assist your fundraising efforts and get some exposure for your team and the 25000spins cause is to communicate with your local media and your social media networks.

Social Media  

Consider linking your team's or individual page to the 25000spins Facebook page.  You could even set up a team Twitter account and tweet about your training and even during the race itself! Inspire your friends and family to donate by sending them the 25000spins video.

Encourage them to enrol their contacts to support you and become engaged with the cause and the competition.

Local Media 

Generating local media coverage is a great way to publicise and motivate your team's efforts as well as encouraging your local community to donate to and support your team.  The 25000spins team is available to provide assistance when it comes to writing your press release, finding contacts at your local media and helping you to get media coverage generally. 

 There are four main news stories you can focus on during the lead up to the event: 

1.                        Announce that your team has registered to compete in a 25000spins event: 

Things of relevance and interest to cover in your press release would be:  your team name, who is in your team, what is your goal and why you are participating in a 25000spins event.  As well as how you intend to approach your training and fundraising.  A good quality interesting team photo will also boost your chances of getting coverage.  If you have an interesting or unusual story or angle to build your story around....even better!

2.                        Cover your fundraising events/efforts: 

One way to achieve your fundraising target is to hold a fundraising event - cake stall, boot sale, trivia night etc.  You can use your local media to publicise your event and even afterwards you can share your results.  Another great publicity opportunity is to recognise the support of your business or a local business either through making a sizeable donation or through dollar-matching.  This is a great way to recognise your supporters and give local businesses an incentive to support you by creating some publicity for their business.

3.                        Pre-event build up:

You can submit a final story before the race occurs announcing it will happen soon.   Summarise your training efforts and restate your goals as a team leading into the race.   Again, include a compelling team photo that is high-res with a caption of who is in the photo.

4.                        Post-event wrap up:

Report back on how your team got on in the race.  Where you were placed, your time, the highs and lows, the drama, the fun, the lessons learnt and what you got out of the experience.   Most importantly...a last call to action for fundraising donations, or a tally of the money you have raised for the cause.   And of course, a fabulous photo from the event, or at the finishing line.   The 25000spins official photographer may also be able to help supply you with a team photo from the event for you to use.

Post-event questions for team media release:

  • What is your team name and number? 
  • Who is the team captain?
  • Who are your team members? 
  • Where are you from?
  • Why did you enter 25000spins/ what was your motivation? 
  • What are your thoughts about the 25000spins experience? 
  • How did you find it? 
  • Did you complete it and what was your time? 
  • What was a standout fantastic moment? 
  • What was the most difficult part of the journey?
  • How did you stay motivated? 
  • How much training did you do and what was your training strategy?
  • Is this your first time in this event?
  • Would you do the event again?
  • What is your local paper you would like to see this story in?
  • Do you give permission for the 25000spins office to send your story and your team photo to the press?
  • Who will be the person to attribute any quotes to in the story?
  • How did you hear about 25000spins? Through the paper, internet, a friend etc?

 

Tuesday, 02 April 2013 05:24

Corporate Dollar Matching

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Corporate Dollar Matching

Many companies have programs where they match dollar for dollar money raised by employees for charity.  The charities you are riding for  are all registered charities and every donation is tax deductible.  If your company does not have a matching program, many organisations are prepared to make a donation to a charity to which their employees have committed. 

Ask your Human Resource department or your Corporate Social Responsibility section if your company has a fund matching program.  If not suggest that it might be a good thing to establish.  Not only will they reap the tax benefits, but now is a good time for your company to be seen to support people in need.

If no fund matching program exists ask your company if it would be prepared to support your effort by making a donation to help you. 

25000spins can put you in contact with the charity representatives if you require this. They will be able to provide all the paper work on their  charity status if your company needs this.  We will also be sure to thank the company for their support after the event.  Do not hesitate to contact us if you need any further information.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013 04:40

Facebook Fundraising Email

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Hey mate! So... I've become one of you. I've become a cyclists in the name of child poverty. But fear not - unlike the rest of the crew that are raising money .... I refuse to wear lycra!

And for that reason alone I think you should sponsor me if you can ; ) (No worries if you're not in a position to). So as you may or may not know i'm riding 300kms for child poverty in February along the Great Ocean rd. As you also may or may not know I'm a crap rider and have been busting my ass to try and get ready for this!!
 

Thursday, 15 April 2010 12:48

Fundraising tips

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Fundraising tips to help your personal challenge go further

The power of the Internet is amazing. Now you can create your own personal fundraising web page, send your message worldwide, promote your cause, collect donations and thank contributors, all from the luxury of your own computer.

Set A Goal

Set a personal target and aim high - you're more likely to strive to achieve your goal if its slightly more than you think you can achieve.

Personalise your page

Make your page as compelling as possible by adding your own photograph and text. Make sure your page communicates the reason you have chosen to raise money, and why you believe your chosen charity deserves support. Be creative!

Promote your webpage

The easiest way to do this is to add a link to your page into your email signature line. Maybe like this. "I've decided to do XXX and need your help to make a difference. Visit my webpage to learn more. http://www.justgiving.com/ or http://www.everydayhero.com.au/"

Make it personal

Share your story or that of a person you are trying to help. Remember that your supporters are keen to help you and are more inclined to donate if they can relate to your cause.

Follow up

Just before your big day send a last reminder to your supporters and don't forget to keep fundraising after your event. Some 20 per cent of all donations come in after event completion. So don't stop fundraising once you've cross the finish line. Update your page and email your supporters with news of your success. Remind those who haven't yet donated to do so, and ask others to donate again in recognition of your achievement.

Start with a bang

Make sure the first person on your website gives you a large donation as this sets the level for everyone else - guilt works very well. Maybe this first person could be YOU. Show a commitment to your cause.

Ask for help

Email your address book using the template email available online with your webpage. Ask your supporters to forward it on to others that they know also.

Stay Positive

Keep a good attitude. Remember the reason. Fundraising comes with a lot of "No's." Forget those and keep going for the "Yes's." Plan for this so it doesn't take you by surprise.

Get a manager

Raising money can be a breeze with the help of your family and friends. Ask a few people to help you brainstorm some ways they can help you fundraise. Form a "mini- committee", and have FUN. Maybe ask a close friend to support you by driving your fundraising campaign for you.

Keep your page updated

Encourage people to re-visit your page by continually updating it. Change your picture, post updates on your progress or keep a training diary. Make your page as interesting as possible so your fundraising efforts remain at the forefront of people's minds.

Communicate the difference

Let your supporters know what their donation will buy for your chosen charity. It is more compelling to tell someone $10 will buy a school desk, than to ask people to support a generic cause. 

Reassure your Supporters

Be sure to tell them that your website is secure and that any donations they make will be transferred directly to the charity's trust account . They will also be issued with a tax receipt for their donation immediately.

 

Wednesday, 06 July 2011 04:28

A-Z of Fundraising ideas

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  • Auction
  • Book sale
  • Comedy night
  • Donation drives (chocolate, lamingtons, pies)
  • Email ‘online donation’ link to friends and family
  • Fashion parade
  • Golf day
  • Helping Hearts
  • In-house colouring in competition
  • Juice day
  • Karaoke night
  • Lolly jar guessing competition
  • Movie night
  • Name that baby (photo comp)
  • Office massage therapist
  • Poker night
  • Quit something for sponsorship
  • Raffles
  • Sausage sizzle
  • Trivia night
  • Unwanted gift sale
  • Variety talent show
  • Wine and cheese night
  • Xmas early party
  • You think you can dance comp
  • Zany dress da

 

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