Tips on asking for sponsorship
Nervous about asking for donations for the 21Challenge? Don’t be!
Here are some helpful tips on the best way to approach the question:
- Show them how easy it is to donate by showing them our user-friendly app.
- Start asking for sponsorships as early as possible! If you leave it too late someone else will get in first!
- Start with your friends, family, co-workers… even your local coffee guy.
- Do you know the number 1 reason why people donate to charities? - Because they were asked, don’t be shy.
- Kick start your fundraiser by giving yourself a donation! Others will see this a follow suit.
- Get fired up!... be enthusiastic… its infectious.
- Get your head around the issue, know what cause you are supporting and why. Visit www.openfamily.com.au.
- Explain what you are giving up and why.
- Inject a bit of humour and personality into your statement.
- Use social media, and be sure to send reminders as some people may have missed it or forgotten.
Here are some ways to word your donation request:
“I am giving up all hair styling tools for 21 days. It may not seem like a difficult challenge to you, but it is going to be very difficult for me as I use a straightener every day. All money raised will help Open Family Australia, an organisation that supports homeless and at-risk youth in Australia”
“Have you ever given something up or taken something on for 21 days?! Well, I am and I would be greatly appreciative if you could help me raise funds for Open Family Australia by sponsoring me in The 21 Challenge”
Ask specifically, "Would you consider a gift for $___."
Fundraising activity ideas
- Clear out your old junk with a garage sale.
- Get in the kitchen and have a cupcake sale at your workplace or school.
- What’s that table tennis table doing just sitting there? Hold a tournament and charge an entry fee.
- Hold a morning tea.
- How about a good old fashion guess the number of jelly beans in the jar? It’s still a winner!
- Hold a clothes swap with your friends. Ask your friends to donate all their unwanted clothes, and then sell them to each other for a few dollars each. Hey presto - new wardrobe!
- Hold a book/DVD/CD/computer games swap day at your workplace or school – ask your friends and colleagues to bring in their unwanted books/DVDs/CDs/computer games throughout the week. At the end of the week have a stall with them all!