Thank you for making a difference in the lives of animals in our community! By fundraising for the Walk for Animals, you’re helping give animals in need the food, shelter, medical treatment, and most importantly, the love and care they deserve. Every dollar you raise goes directly toward creating happier, healthier lives for animals in our shelters.
Fundraising comes easily when you do it from the heart. Be creative and make it personal. And remember, you’re working hard for a wonderful cause — to help animals that can’t help themselves.
Check out the fundraising tips below and get started today!
Fundraising ideas for everyone
Start early. The sooner you start asking for donations, the more time you'll have to grow our fundraising efforts.
Set your fundraising goal. Give yourself something to aim for. Many people who do this raise more than they thought they would!
Make a personal donation. Be the first to show your commitment to animals in need.
Update your personal fundraising page. Share your love for animals by telling your story and uploading a picture of you and the animals in your life.
Send emails. Whether using the email tools in your Participant Center or your personal email account, sending emails to your friends, family, and coworkers is a great way to get your message out. Share your story and include the link to your personal fundraising page if you’re fundraising online. Don’t be afraid to follow up if people don’t respond!
Reach out on social media. Send messages and share your fundraising progress on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. And don’t forget to thank donors on social media, too! Download a profile image and cover photo you can use on Facebook.
Write letters. A personal letter always goes a long way; share your message about why you are walking!
Ask your employer (and your donors) about matching gifts. Many companies match their employees’ donations. Ask your donors if their company will match their gift.
Ideas for family and friend teams
Host a movie night. Host a movie night at your home, a local gathering space, or park for your friends and family. Make some popcorn and ask them to support animals in need.
Party with a purpose. Invite all of your friends (and their friends) over and charge a few dollars for a good cause!
Place a spare change jar in high-traffic areas. Ask family, friends, and your place of employment to place a change jar for people to drop their spare change in as they pass by. Leave the jar out all the time or just during Walk season.
Plan a game night. Invite your friends out for a night of games, donations and prizes.
Coordinate a charity night. Work with a local restaurant or coffee shop to host a charity night where a percentage of proceeds go back to your AHS fundraising total.
Ideas for corporate teams
Get organized. Organize a get-together with your team! A coffee break, dinner, or happy hour is a great way to discuss a variety of creative ideas to collectively reach your team goal.
Coordinate a jeans/casual day. For a donation, employees can dress casually on a designated day.
Collect “extra change.” Collect change near the register in the cafeteria, lunch room, or conference room.
Announce prize drawings. For a $10 donation, coworkers are entered into a drawing for gift certificates, prime parking spaces, or tickets.
Sell stuff. Bring old DVDs, CDs, and books to sell for a good cause. Or, cookies, donuts, popcorn, muffins, pizza, ice cream, and smoothies always go over well. You can also sell homemade dog treats for all the four-legged friends!
Lunch in. Encourage employees to bring lunch for a week (or see if your company will supply) and donate savings.
Offer candy grams. Sell candy grams to coworkers that want to show someone how appreciated they are.
Jail a manager. Place a management employee “under arrest,” charging $1-$5 a minute to keep them in jail.
Host an executive dunk tank or pie-throwing event. One toss for each donation made to support animals!
Plan a staff cook-out. For a $10 donation, coworkers dine on food prepared by the team.
Take the 10 Days and 10 Ways Challenge
Day 1: Show your commitment! Start by making your own donation of $25, $50, or more. Set up your personal fundraising page and unlock fundraising tools that will help you get the word out.
Day 2: Ask two family members for $25 each.
Day 3: Ask a business you frequent to donate $25.
Day 4: Ask five coworkers to sponsor you for $20 each.
Day 5: Ask your boss for a company contribution of $100.
Day 6: Ask five people you know from your extracurricular activities, such as sports, book club, or your child’s activities, to donate $10 each.
Day 7: Ask five friends to donate $20 each.
Day 8: Turn it around! Ask someone who has asked you to support their cause to support you with $25.
Day 9: Ask your company if they offer matching gifts.
Day 10: Activate your social media networks! Once you get the word out, you’ll be surprised at the individuals who will support you — a high school friend, a college roommate, a former coworker. Give everyone you know a chance to say "yes!"
Did you know that hundreds of companies, large and small, will match the charitable gifts made by their employees or retirees? Ask your donors if their employers will match their gifts. It's easy and it doubles the impact for animals in need (and matching gifts count toward your fundraising total)!
Matching gift forms should be mailed to: