Here are some tips:
- Sign up for the MDA Muscle Walk nearest you.
This will give you access to all of our newest online
tools and give your friends a reason to support you.
- Start a team (or join one). Research
shows that teamwork greatly increases your chances of fundraising success. Send
invitations to your family, friends and coworkers so they can sign up under
your team. If you can’t start your own team, find one to join. Encourage your
team members to use the same online tools and help them get started.
- Set a goal and share it. Tell your
family, friends, neighbors and co-workers what
you’re trying to do. According to studies, shared goals are the most likely to
be realized. Use words like “donate” or “share” so friends know exactly what
you want them to do.
- Use the MDA Muscle Walk Online Toolkit to
help spread the word and raise funds. Our Online Toolkit has everything you
need to build a personal or team Web page, send customized emails and letters,
track your donations and use Facebook for fundraising.
- Ask. Then ask again. Send customized
MDA Muscle Walk emails to everyone you know and ask for contributions. Include
a simple explanation of how and where people can donate and other specific ways
they can help. Use “donate” or “share”
so friends know exactly what you want them to do. Remember: The No. 1 reason people give to a worthwhile
cause is because someone they know asked. And keep sending those emails!
Research shows that 1 in 4 results in a donation.
- Make it personal. Use your emails and
personal fundraising page to tell why you are walking, and share meaningful
photos of those who inspired you to join the MDA Muscle Walk. Give people a
reason to care about your goal. The more fun and unique your personal page, the
more money you usually raise!
- Use social media like Facebook and Twitter
to support your mission. Participants who use social networking tools raise
significantly more money to support their cause. Make sure you spread the word
via your social networks, and add our Muscle Walk Facebook app to help you fundraise with Facebook. Our Muscle Walk Facebook app makes it easy to enlist support
from your Facebook friends.
- Boost the impact of your donation with
matching gifts. Many companies provide matching gifts for employee
charitable contributions — some will even double your contribution! Click here
to learn how to make your gift go even farther!