What is my Personal Page? How do I set it up?
Your personal page is your very own webpage dedicated to your fundraising efforts for the Sandy Sprint. Setting up your Personal Page is easy, and we've already gotten you started - all you have to do is make it your own!
From the Participant Center, click the Personal Page tab at the top of the screen.
Here you can customize your Personal Page that we've already set up for you. You can:
1. Edit the title of your page.
2. Edit the URL of your personal page. Shortening the URL will make it easier to remember and share.
3. Personalize the content. We automatically provide information we think you might want to include, and you can change it as much or as little as you'd like. Here are a few suggestions to make your fundraising page more personal:
- Include how your life has been affected by ovarian cancer. This could be your story or the story of a family member or friend.
- Explain why participating in the Sandy Sprint is important to you.
- Share a personal story or anecdote that will draw others in to either join you as a participant or donate to your fundraising efforts.
4. Change the default photo to a more personal photo:
- You could use a picture of the woman you are participating in honor of or in memory of.
- You could use a photo from a previous Sandy Sprint if you are a returning participant.
FUNDRAISING TIPS AND IDEAS
- Request and collect your pledges as quickly as possible.
- Be creative and spontaneous in your fundraising. When it comes to fundraising, anything is possible. For some specific ideas see the section below titled Fundraising Ideas.
- Take your pledge form with you wherever you go and email your link to all of your email contacts.
- Be persistent, but considerate! Make follow-up telephone calls or send an email note to remind your potential donors how important the Sandy Sprint is to you.
- If you reach your fundraising goal and think you can go even higher, change your fundraising goal in your Participant Center to drive more people to donate to your efforts. You can even share with your friends and family that you reached your first goal and have bumped it up because you know you can raise even more.
- If you get frustrate or discouraged for any reason, remember why you are participating in the Sandy Sprint. Find a positive focus and run with it.
- Remember you can always call us at 610-446-2272 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need our help.
How to Reach People:
- Send an email to your friends and family. You can do this under the “Email” tab in your Participant Center on the fundraising website or from your personal email account, whichever is easier for you. You can also do the same thing via snail mail, if you know that certain family members and friends would prefer to be contacted that way or if you don’t know their email address. There are some specific tips for email/letter writing below.
- Personalize the photo and story on your personal fundraising page. It has been shown that adding a personal touch to your fundraising site will encourage more people to donate to your fundraising efforts.
- Use all of your social networking accounts to reach the most number of people. Your fundraising page link is very easy to share on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. You can share on these sites directly from your Participant Center (on the right-hand side), or you can post your personal page link within your account on those platforms. Don't forget to highlight your participation in the 13th Annual Sandy Sprint by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter.
- Keep your friends and family updated throughout your fundraising journey. Providing updates on your fundraising efforts, especially if you are close to another fundraising milestone, tends to push others to donate. For example, if you are only $10 away from your goal and you share that information with someone, it is likely that they will make the $10 donation to help you reach your goal.
- Share your story with everyone you know and let them know why the Sandy Sprint is so important to you. Word-of-mouth is often the most powerful tool for spreading awareness and garnering support.
- Consider everyone a potential donor or sponsor. Be sure to include friends, family, and associates. You can even enlist them to help you spread the word.
- Solicit your local coffee shops, restaurants, gyms, or any other business you visit frequently.
- Offer those you ask to also join you at the Sandy Sprint as part of your team. For each team member you recruit, you expand your network of potential donors. If they can't participate on April 21st, they can even join your team as a Sleepwalker.
Tips for Email/Letter Writing:
- Include your personal fundraising goal.
- Share why you are participating in the Sandy Sprint to raise money for the early detection and prevention of ovarian cancer.
- If you have a connection to ovarian cancer, discuss how this has affected your life and the lives of your family and friends.
- Emphasize the impact of your fundraising. Share the research being done on ovarian cancer because of the Sandy Rollman Foundation with your potential donors or share with them any personal impact the Sandy Rollman Foundation or the Sandy Sprint has had on you specifically. You can always direct potential donors to the Sandy Rollman website for more information.
- Include the link to your online fundraising page and where to send checks for offline donations (Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation Inc., 2010 West Chester Pike Suite 410, Havertown, PA 19083).
Specific Fundraising Ideas:
- Hold a fundraiser at a restaurant. Many local and chain restaurants will allow you to hold a fundraiser there where a portion of their proceeds for that day will go toward your fundraising efforts. Some of the restaurants that have been known do this in the past include California Pizza Kitchen, Buffalo Wild Wings, Applebee’s, Chipotle, Bertucci’s, and more. Here is a more comprehensive list found online. All you have to do is reach out to your local restaurant location and ask if you could do a fundraiser through them for the Sandy Sprint. Then be sure to share the date and location of your fundraiser with everyone you know.
- Host an event that is low (or no) cost and charge a small donation as the admission fee. Some great ideas for low-budget events are trivia nights, board or card game get-togethers, a bake sale, or a golf outing. You could event host something bigger like a carnival or live music event in your community. Nothing is too small or too big, just be creative and utilize what you have available already.
- Sell something homemade, such as baked goods, candles, art, or crafts, and donate the proceeds. Try to think of what you are good at and then figure out how to use that to raise money.
- Have a yard sale and donate the proceeds. Odds are that you have things lying around the house that you don’t need or want anymore. Why not sell them and increase your fundraising total?
- Set up something as simple as a jar or container at your work (or another public location) where people can place cash donations. Be sure to include a note explaining where the money is going and why it matters to you. Remember, personal touches make all the difference.
- Provide your donors with some sort of incentive. This obviously doesn’t need to be monetary or even a tangible object. One past fundraiser allowed the biggest donor to pick their costume/outfit for race day. Another fundraiser did personal shout-outs to each of her donors via a video through their social media.
- Here is a great article full of specific ideas for fundraising. Some of the ones mentioned above are on there, along with many more.
Raise $300 in Just 10 Days:
- Put in your own $30.
- Ask your significant other for $30.
- Ask your boss for $30.
- Ask 2 co-workers for $15 each.
- Ask 2 friends for $15 each.
- Ask 2 neighbors for $15 each.
- Ask 2 relatives for $15 each.
- Ask your favorite business for $30.
- Ask another co-worker and another friend for $15 each.
- Ask another relative and another neighbor for $15 each.
Many companies will match donations made by their employees. Most often, it only takes a quick email to the Human Resources department to find out if your company matches gifts. Ask your donors to check with their employers to see if there is a matching gift program. Doubling donations really helps to maximize your fundraising efforts and helps you reach your goal sooner.