Fundraising 101 2018-06-27T04:47:12+00:00

FUNdraising 101

Fundraising for the Vancouver AIDS WALK is easy, fun and rewarding. Here you’ll find useful tips and tricks that will help you reach your goals and make your WALK a big success!

  • Step 1: Set up your personal donation page & donate to yourself!
    • To get your campaign started, make a donation to yourself! Any amount will get you started and will show the people you’re asking to contribute that you’re committed to the cause – which will help inspire them to donate themselves! TIP: Add a photo and a bio to your fundraising page to personalize it and make it your own!
  • Step 2: Make a list of supporters
    • Every successful fundraising campaign starts with a plan about who to ask. Don’t be shy! You have signed up to support a good cause and should be proud of what you’re doing. Anyone can be a potential donor, so don’t sell yourself short! Friends, family, coworkers and classmates all make fantastic people to ask. It’s worth it to spend a little time thinking about who you’re going to ask.
  •  Step 3: Strategize! Send emails & make phone calls! Host an event, hold a bake sale or garage sale!
    • Once you’ve figured out who you’re going to ask, you’ll need to decide how you’d like to ask. Some folks, like your close friends and family, it’s better to just ask them in person. Say something like “I’ve signed up to raise money for the AIDS WALK! Are you able to make a donation to support me.” For other folks, try sending a letter or an email. The Fund Development Department at Positive Living BC has tools to help you with this, such as sending out bulk emails. If you’re interested in taking advantage of this, please contact us!
    • Personalized messages on Facebook are a great way to reach out to coworkers or classmates to encourage them to support our cause. You can even include a link to your personalized donation page!
    • Try holding a dinner party and asking your friends who attend to make a donation, or having a bake sale at your office or school or place of worship.
    • There are many different ways to raise donations, but the most important thing is to think about who you are going to ask, and how.
  • Step 4: Gratitude! Don’t forget to say thank you!
    • Along the way, remember to personally thank those who have made a donation.  Donations made online receive an email confirmation and thank-you, it’s important that you acknowledge the generosity of others. Give your supporters a call, send a text or e-mail or thank you card, or acknowledge them on social media. Most importantly, don’t forget to say thanks!

Creative Fundraising Ideas* to Consider

*Ideas courtesy of ACT, Toronto, 2006

Raise money on the job. We’ve created an entire list of ways to help you raise money while at work – check out the suggestions by clicking here. (Please upload the following form: Raising Money on the Job 2018.docx and link to it here)

Bring a registration form to your gym. If you work out or attend fitness classes regularly, bring along your form and ask fellow members to support you.

Change your voice mail message. This will alert everyone who calls you at home that you’re up to something special. Let them know that you need their support.

Ask your local bartender or servers to donate a portion of one day’s tips. You can create a sign for the bartender to place on the bar or a slip to put with checks that reads, “All tips collected tonight will go directly to Joe Walker who’s walking to raise money for people living with HIV/AIDS.” When people see the sign, they may be willing to dig a little deeper in their pocket!

Hand out business cards. Print some inexpensive business cards on your computer so that you can hand out the web address of your personal fundraising webpage and get more online donations. Hand them out to everyone you meet!

Charge for chores and assistance. House sitting? Helping someone move? Dog walking? Yard work? Cat sitting? Collecting mail while someone’s on vacation? Ask for a small donation in lieu of a gift or freebie, and put the money in your Walk pledge fund!

Find your creative outlet. Do you love to cook? Can you make the most fabulous brownies? What about creating stationery or designing t-shirts? Use your creativity to work for you! Sell to your family, friends and co-workers with proceeds going to the Vancouver AIDS WALK.

Bring a registration form to your place of worship, social or team sporting events; ask fellow members or participants to support your efforts.

Include the AIDS WALK information as part of your auto signature in your emails. Include a link to your AIDS WALK webpage in your signature.

Awards Show Fundraiser. Nearly everyone watches The Oscars, The Grammy’s, The Golden Globes and The Tony Awards. So, consider turning your awards show viewing party into a fundraiser. Charge a cover and hand out ballots to see who can guess the most trophy winners.

Reverse Raffle. Hold a non-raffle raffle — the raffle that no one wants to win. Intriguing, yes? Everyone at an event is issued an equal number of tickets in the raffle for free but they have the opportunity to buy back their tickets stubs and reduce their chances of winning. Why? The first prize is one that no one wants to win, e.g. having their hair dyed green for a week!

Benefit concerts/gigs. If you know a rock band, comedian, jazz group, DJ or string quartet, ask them if they will do a benefit evening for the AIDS WALK at a local club or coffeehouse.

Murder Mystery Dinner. Use one of the scripts from the board game, ‘How to Host a Murder Mystery’. Decorate your home in accordance with the theme for the murder mystery. Follow the characters and scripts. Perform ‘Scene One’ and then serve the salad. Perform ‘Scene Two’ and then serve dinner. Dinner is followed by ‘Scene Three’, then dessert, then ‘Scene Four’. All who come are then invited to guess who the murderer is. Charge $15.00 per ticket for the dinner. Make sure your meal is low-cost, even donated if possible.

Television Show Finale Party. RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10 Finale? Tune in to watch a big season episode. Provide snacks and charge admission or ask your friends to chip in with proceeds going to your AIDS WALK fund. Or, ask your friends to pitch in at your weekly viewing party?

Karaoke Night. Sell tickets for an evening of awful singing at a local bar or at home. Get people to donate money to stop their friends from singing or have a singing contest. Charge an entry fee and have proceeds from the ticket sales go to your AIDS WALK fund.  Have a pop idol competition with your friends and coworkers. Everyone gets to perform a song and you choose your own panel of judges, making sure at least one of them is as nasty as Simon on American Idol! Charge cover at the door.

Disco Party. Plan a Disco party on a Saturday night. Sell tickets in advance, have a raffle during the evening, appoint judges, and give a prize to the winners. Have refreshments, a costume contest, and a dance contest. Relive the glory days of disco and raise money for the AIDS WALK.

Television Show Finale Party. RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Finale?  Tune in to watch a big season episode. Provide snacks and charge admission or ask your friends to chip in with proceeds going to your AIDS WALK fund.

Karaoke Night. Sell tickets for an evening of awful singing at a local bar or at home. Get people to donate money to stop their friends from singing or have a singing contest. Charge an entry fee and have proceeds from the ticket sales go to your AIDS WALK fund.  Have a pop idol competition with your friends and coworkers. Everyone gets to perform a song and you choose your own panel of judges, making sure at least one of them is as nasty as Simon on American Idol! Charge cover at the door.

Disco Party. Plan a Disco party on a Saturday night. Sell tickets in advance, have a raffle during the evening, appoint judges, and give a prize to the winners. Have refreshments, a costume contest, and a dance contest. Relive the glory days of disco and raise money for the AIDS WALK.