Team Fundraising Tips
Why fundraise alone when you can raise money and walk with your family members, friends and co-workers? Below are some tips for recruiting as many people as you can to walk with you on your team.
- Download the Team Hope Walk Team Captain Guide.
- Decide on a Team Theme & Name. You can do a work team, a family team, a friends team, a school club team, any other kind of team you want. If you belong to any associations, clubs or organizations, this is a great way to get them involved and raise awareness about HD with people and groups that may not otherwise be familiar with the disease.
- Set a Team Goal. You should have two goals in mind – how many people do you want to recruit for your team, and how much money do you want your team to raise for the walk?
- Get To Know HDSA. Make sure you review HDSA’s mission, programs, and services. The more you know about HDSA, the more awareness you will be able to raise.
- Tell Your Story. Sharing why you walk with your family members, friends, and especially people you may not know very well why you are walking - it can be a very powerful motivator. Remember, you don’t have to share any stories or personal information if it makes you uncomfortable.
- Recruit Team Members. What kind of team did you create? If you created a team for a specific group, like a company or school team, then you will want to recruit as many people within the group as possible to walk with you.If you are recruiting fellow employees for a corporate team, you can:
- Ask HR to email everyone in the company about the walk and your team (with links).
- Post flyers about the walk and your team in the company break room.
- Ask HR to put flyers for the walk and your team in payroll envelopes.
- Ask to speak about HDSA, the walk, and your team during a staff meeting.
- Ask For Donations. As soon as your team is up and running, start asking for donations. As you recruit new participants, make sure they have a copy of the Team Hope Walk Participant Packet to help them with their fundraising efforts. For more information and tips on fundraising, visit Fundraising Tips & Tools.
- Host A Wrap Event. A wrap event is a fundraiser you can do with your team to help raise money for the team. Below are some suggestions for different kinds of wrap events.
Team Hope Wrap Event Ideas
Restaurant Fundraisers: Satisfy your hunger and raise a portion of proceeds from the night for HDSA! Restaurant fundraisers are a great way to raise money by dining out. All you have to do is visit your favorite local restaurant and ask the manager if they would be willing to donate a percentage to HDSA. Most restaurants have some type of program in place for this, and will likely create flyers or coupons that people must bring in and show so that a percentage of their check should be donated to HDSA. Buffalo Wild Wings, Pizzeria Uno and California Pizza Kitchen are two common chain restaurants that have done restaurant fundraisers for HDSA in the past.
Pin-Ups: Pin-ups are great way to raise awareness throughout your community while collecting donations. HDSA’s signature pin-up campaign in Hearts for Huntington’s. Simply visit local business in your area, like drug stores and grocery markets, and ask the manager if they’d be willing to sell Hearts at their cash registers and checkout counters. Customers make a small donation and then sign their name on the Heart, which the business then hangs or tapes to their windows or on a display wall.
In Your Genes: In Your Genes is another great idea for the office or for your school. Speak with your supervisor or Principal and ask if they’d be willing to allow anyone who makes a donation to HDSA during a specific week to dress down on that Friday.
Penny Wars: A little competition never hurt anyone! Penny wars are especially fun to do at your company or at schools. Pick a specific week and then ask different departments (or classes if you’re doing this at a school) to compete to see who can collect the most pennies in their penny jar for HDSA in that week. Spice up the competition and offer a prize to the department or class that wins – like a pizza party or casual Friday!
Car Wash: It’s a time tested method that is always a blast – have a car wash! Pick a day that your team members can devote a few hours of their time to washing cars for a suggested donation to HDSA. Be sure to promote the car wash a few days in advance on your team member’s social media accounts and get together the night before to create signs to hold up and lure passing cars in!
Pizza Lunch/Ice Cream Social: Plan a pizza lunch at your office or school where a local pizza shop donates a few pies and then you sell them for a few dollars a slice. You can top off the lunch with an ice cream social as well! Invite your executives or Principal to scoop and serve the ice cream to employees or students who make a donation.
Reminders For Team Captains
- Download the Team Hope Walk Team Captain Guide.
- Send the HDSA field team and/or walk coordinators your team updates.
- Have regular meetings with your team members leading up to the walk to discuss recruiting more team members, fundraising tips and goals, team prizes (if you have any), making signs and banners for the day of the walk to represent your team, and where to meet on the day of the walk.
- Provide support and guidance to your team members, especially new members. This includes making sure each of your team members has a copy of the Team Hope Walk Participant Packet.
- Remind team members to follow up with potential donors and send thank you notes to everyone who has already donated.
- After the walk is over, be sure to personally thank all team members and invite them to walk again next year.