Fundraising Tips & Tools
Here you’ll find all of the important resources, proven to work by other MG Walkers, to help maximize your efforts and get us one step closer to a world without MG.
Utilize these materials in your fundraising process!
The MG Walk needs you in our efforts to reach a world without MG. The following materials can help you raise awareness, and increase your fundraising!
Download these helpful forms and tools:
- Tips For Fundraising
- Download the MGFA Mobile Fundraising App
- Team Captain Tips – Recruitment & Retention
- Memory Jogger
- Donation Tracking Form
- “What is MG” Flyer
ACCESS YOUR PARTICIPANT CENTER
Once you register, you will be sent an e-mail with log in instructions to access your personal fundraising webpage (participant center). Your participant center contains important resources to help you maximize your fundraising efforts! This includes a personal fundraising page, a team fundraising page (if you are the Team Captain) and the ability to send e-mails through our website. While both pages come completed with information about the MG Walk, we highly recommend investing a few minutes here to share your personal connection to myasthenia gravis and add a picture!
After you have personalized your page, share it! Take advantage of the “Spread the Word” tab found in your fundraising webpage, and easily send e-mails to everyone you know. If you are looking for additional suggestions on ways to share your fundraising page, contact Tasha Duncan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHARE YOUR STORY
SET A GOAL
Log into your personal fundraising page and set your goal. You’re not obligated to reach that goal, but it shows your donors you are reaching for the stars and they’ll want to help you get there.
Tip for Success: Be the one to make your first donation. Donors will see you are even more involved and be inspired to give.
MAKE A LIST OF ALL YOUR CONTACTS, AND SEND THAT FIRST EMAIL
The number one reason people do not donate to a cause is because they were not asked! Tell them you are participating in the walk and, most importantly, tell them why you are getting involved. Be sure to include the link to your personal page in your email. Use our Memory Jogger to make sure you’re not missing anyone in your network and to ensure everyone is given the opportunity to invest in your success and invest in a world without MG.
Tip for Success: Personalize the messaging for different groups/persons on your list.
Sometimes it can take 2 or 3 asks before a person makes a donation.
Tip for Success: When you send a reminder email, tell your potential donor how close you are to your goal or the walk to give a sense of urgency.
ASK ABOUT MATCHING GIFTS
Many companies have matching gift programs, matching any donations made by their employees to nonprofit organizations. This can double (or sometimes even triple) the money raised! Check with your employer to see if they offer a matching gift program, and what needs to be done in order to get your donation matched! Some companies will match gifts made by retired employees and spouses. Don’t forget to follow up with your donors’ companies about matching gifts too!
Tip for Success: Some companies will match an employee’s fundraising and some will even give a donation for hours volunteered. See below for more information on Matching Gifts.
Many companies encourage their employees to fundraise, donate, and volunteer with non-profit organizations important to them. As an added benefit, companies will match donations or award grants for volunteer hours completed.
HOST AN EVENT
Bake sales, donation jars at work, happy hours, etc. are all great ways to raise funds and awareness in a short amount of time.