Tips and Ideas

Fundraising Tips & Ideas

All your fundraising efforts, big or small, are truly appreciated and go towards programs that help people with MD live their best lives. We’ve got some tips and ideas to help you kick things off!

SET A FUNDRAISING TARGET Aim high, you’ll be surprised how many people will get on board when you set a big target. You can always change your target later if you reach it. 

DONATE TO YOURSELF Nothing shows commitment to the cause and challenge like donating to yourself. Plus, you'll unlock our exclusive Sugar Free E-cookbook when you make a self donation! It’s also a great way to lead by example - if you’re asking friends and family to make a donation, it makes sense to donate to yourself as well! Top tip: people who donate to themselves raise twice as much as people who don’t. 

DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK Start by asking your closest friends and family to support you with donations. Emails, texts, social posts, phone or video calls are all great ways to tell friends about your challenge and ask for their support. Then when you’ve got the momentum going, ask your wider networks – they’ll be keen to help you reach your goal. Don’t worry if promised donations don’t appear immediately. Check back in with a friendly reminder – your friends will be grateful for the follow up. 

ASK YOUR WORK TO MATCH YOU Many workplaces will match their employees fundraising dollar for dollar – meaning you can double your fundraising with half the work! Speak to your HR team for their support and let them know we can provide any documentation they might need including receipts, verification letters and acknowledgement of thanks. 

TELL PEOPLE WHY YOU’RE DOING THE CHALLENGE Share your passion with people and tell them why you are involved. People are more likely to support you when they are connected with your goal. 

SUPERCHARGE YOUR SOCIALS Posting on your social media channels is the best way to raise awareness and funds far and wide – you never know who will be inspired by your challenge. Make sure to make your posts engaging with emojis, photos and a personal note about why this matters to you. Most importantly, include your page url and ask others to help by donating at your page. Instagram and Facebook stories are a great way to keep people updated on your progress. 

CREATE SOME INCENTIVES Encourage donations by making it fun! Let everyone know that if they donate in the next 24 hours, or donate at all, one lucky winner will have the privilege to make you do something ridiculous. Get creative with things like allowing donors to change your team name, decide what recipe you'll cook tonight, or what song to sing along to on social media. Have a little fun and smash your goal at the same time! 

FOLLOW UP WITH FRIENDLY REMINDERS We all need reminding every now and again. You’re doing something great for yourself, and for others, so don’t hesitate to follow up, and remind them to make a donation. Even if you’ve asked before, people get busy or simply forget and will be grateful for the reminder. 

USE OUR TEMPLATES & RESOURCES Reaching your fundraising goal is as easy as copy/paste with our email and social media templates and artwork. You can also use our email signature, zoom backgrounds, newsletter tile, Facebook banner, editable flyer to get the word out and encourage donations. All these resources can be downloaded at our Resources page. 

ASK THE FUNDRAISING GURU Have a question or need ideas? We've got you covered! Reach out anytime for personal support, or just look out for all our guru’s tips in your emails and on social. Get in touch at fundraising@mdnsw.org.au or 02 8986 9003.