Why I’m Fundraising For Friendship Circle: 14 Fundraising Tips to get you started today!

Walk4Friendship 2011


Noah participates in Miracle League with his volunteer

Michelle Moberly, A Friendship Circle parent describes why she became a Power Walker and is raising money for Walk4Friendship

My family discovered Friendship Circle shortly after Noah was diagnosed. Much to our surprise a fellow parent of a child with special needs, who had already been a part of FC for years, decided to gift my family a free membership; a benefit she had earned by becoming a “Power Walker” in Walk4Friendship 2010.

Over the past year, our family has witnessed the life changing power of The Friendship Circle. Noah and his buddy meet weekly to attend, “[email protected]”- a program has greatly bolstered his social skills. But it is not only Noah who benefits greatly. My daughter Sophia attends “SibShop” where she is able to express her emotions about having a sibling with special needs. My husband Chris and I are

now immersed in a community of fellow parents, volunteers and staff that truly understand our life and provide a precious support system.

Power Walker

This year we are “paying it forward” by trying to raise $1,800 to give the gift of membership to another family who has special needs and has yet to experience Friendship Circle.  It is our personal goal to give the same magical gift that we received last year.

Join my family in paying it forward at www.walk4friendship.com!

The Money that is raised from Walk4Friendship provides crucial programs for children with special needs. Every dollar collected is very much appreciated! Take the plunge and ask your friends and family to support Walk4Friendship! To get you started here are 14 ways to raise money for Walk4Friendship.

  1. Host a giving party. Choose a cause, throw a party and ask friends to pay a “cover charge” and donate all proceeds to the cause.
  2. Instead of birthday gifts, ask people to donate to your cause.
  3. Ask a friend to match your donation.
  4. Getting married? Ask people to contribute to a cause as part of your registry.
  5. Ask a friend to donate and also recruit one more donor to the cause.
  6. Make a video about your cause and why you believe in it. In the video, ask friends and family to donate. Share the video at your next family gathering.
  7. Get adventurous. Set a goal to climb a mountain, run a 5k or face your fear if you meet your fundraising goal. This way you’re asking people to donate–while also asking them to help achieve your goal. It’s a 2 for 1.
  8. If friends can’t give, ask what they can give. Sometimes, people can give smaller amounts in a more frequent basis versus a one-time ask.
  9. Hold a garage sale and donate the profits to a cause. Invite friends and family to attend–and donate items to–the sale.
  10. Host a dinner party. Cook a nice meal and invite all eating to donate the cost of the meal to a cause.
  11. Go canning. In some towns, you can get a permit to go canning. You stand outside of popular restaurants, shops and bars asking people to donate. Personal note: When you do this with a group of friends, it’s extra fun.
  12. Write a handwritten letter to friends and family asking for their support. In an age of expanding email inboxes, a handwritten note goes a long way.
  13. Challenge groups of friends against each other. Make it a competition and see who can raise the most support. Bragging rights go far when it comes to personal relationships.
  14. Engage in social fundraising. On average, people who use social channels raise six times more than those that don’t.

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