How to solicit?
An important aspect of fundraising is knowing how to ask. Here are a few tips.
Get involved! Make the first donation. This will make your approach more credible to potential donors.
Be enthusiastic! Your conviction is contagious. Being passionate about your cause will help you raise funds.
Know your cause! Speak about your cause with emotion, know all aspects of your project and be prepared to answer questions. Don’t forget to share your activity’s financial goal.
Solicit everyone! Start off with loved ones or close contacts. Don’t forget to reach out through social medias, suppliers, colleagues or members of a club you belong to. Identify a few key companies in your network and approach them directly. They may even agree to entirely sponsor your activity.
Make a list of places where you spend money. Don’t forget anyone: your hairdresser, your grocery store, your favourite shop, your dentist, your doctor, your chiropractor, your vet, small businesses you deal with, etc.
Ask the right person the right amount at the right time. In order to ask for an appropriate amount, you have to size your target well. Don’t ask for $100 if you know they can spare $1000... And vice-versa.
Solicit donations on payday. Can you imagine a better time?
Work in teams. Don’t hesitate to ask for help in your environment to solicit donations. Surround yourself with convincing ambassadors!
In your email signature, include a few words about your project and add a link towards your personal page.
Social media: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Use them to tell your contacts your motivation for initiating or participating in this activity. Tweet or update your status on your activity’s progress. Frequently remind people of the importance of donating. Spread the word – invite your contacts to share information about your activity in their respective networks.
Email solicitation – By using the service provided on the YoyomoloTM website through your personal page.
Create a profile and tell your story, unveil the motivation behind your involvement. Send emails to friends and contacts inviting them to click on your personal page to make an online donation.