Many people are uncomfortable asking for money. That's normal -- and can also be overcome. You may even be surprised to discover that, with a little help, you are quite good at it! The resources on this page will help you get comfortable, set and achieve higher goals for yourself, and ultimately raise more money for WCRC and the women we serve.
A good thing to remember is that people give money to people. People will give money to you because they trust your judgment, because you support the cause, and because you asked.
Before asking people to sponsor you, it helps to know all the services of WCRC. View a quick synopsis of WCRC's services to the community (pdf).
Whether this is your first or fifth or seventeenth Swim A Mile, if you would like some one-on-one support from an experienced participant around fundraising, training, or other aspects of the Swim A Mile, get more information about the Lifesaver Program and to request to be paired with a Lifesaver.
Create an email/mailing/phone list of people you want to ask to support you. Select people from your…
Write a letter or email that shares your personal reasons for getting involved in advocacy for women with cancer and their families and friends. Provide a link to your giving page, which you can also personalize with your own reasons for swimming.
Facebook is a great way to let your friends know you are swimming a mile for women with cancer. You can post a note and tag your friends in it. Your status updates can alert friends to your fundraising and swim training progress.
Sample Status Updates:
Again, when you ask for contributions, share your personal reasons for getting involved. Carry your donation tracking sheet with you at all times. Remember, it really doesn't hurt to ask. You will find donations and generosity in some unexpected places. Sample Script (doc).
Here are some more ideas for you to try.
When you have a sponsor's support, be sure to follow up. This will let your sponsors know you are committed to this event. Send updates or newsletters about your training and/or fundraising progress. Make phone calls or send email updates.
Be sure to send a thank-you letter after the Swim thanking your sponsors for their support and letting them know how you did. WCRC will send an acknowledgment letter too, but sponsors would love to hear from you directly. We have created Swim A Mile thank-you stationary (doc) for this specific use.
Get one-on-one support from an experienced swimmer through our Lifesaver Program.
8 Ways to raise $3500 or less (pdf) by Kim Klein and Stephanie Roth, Grassroots Fundraising Journal Editor