Start Your Fundraising Journey Here - Table of Contents
- Before We Begin: What is Relay For Life?
- One More Thing: What's Your Team Theme?
- Why I Relay by JenOfChicago
- Let's raise some money to fight cancer!
- 1. Use the American Cancer Society's online fundraising resources.
- 2. Write a letter to your family and friends.
- 3. Guess how many Jellybeans!
- 4. Sell food!
- 5. Clean cars for a cure!
- 6. Grocery Store Days
- 7.Yard Sale / Garage Sale
- 8. Casino Night / Bingo Night
- 9. Bowl for a cure!
- 10. Raffle, raffle, raffle!
- 11. Dress down for the cure!
- 12. Chili Cook Off For A Cure
- 13. Cigarette Vending Machine Demolition
- 14. Easter Egg Hunt
- 15. Flower sale!
- 16. Ice Scream For A Cure!
- 17. Karaoke Against Cancer
- 18. Movie Night
- 19. House Party
- 20. Massage For A Cure
Why I Relay by JenOfChicago
Let's raise some money to fight cancer!
Set a goal!
What is your personal fundraising goal?
1. Use the American Cancer Society's online fundraising resources.
Click your way to cash!
Once you locate your page, fill out your profile. You can put up a photo of yourself, your team, or the person who you are Relaying in honor of. You should also fill out the box where it asks why you are Relaying, and explain your reasons for getting involved. The more of your personal story you can tell, the more engaged the readers will be, and the more likely they are to donate.
After your profile is complete, you can write a note, and email it to your friends and family through the website. Follow the easy to understand directions, and send the link out to everyone in your email address book. Be sure to follow up in several weeks.
If you use social networking websites such as MySpace, Facebook, or Twitter, post the link there and encourage your contacts to donate!
2. Write a letter to your family and friends.
Your letter should have some basic components -
- Opening paragraph explaining that you are participating in the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life, when and where, and a brief explanation of what Relay For Life is
-Middle paragraph about your personal motivation and reasons for Relaying. For example, you might explain that loosing a relative or friend made you want to do something to help find a cure. Make this paragraph personal.
- Last paragraph that asks for a donation. Be sure to include where people should send their donation (mailing address for checks, your online profile's website for online donations).
Be sure to thank your donors after the Relay and give them a total of your fundraising!
More on how to write effective fundraising letters
How to Write Successful Fundraising Letters, with CD
3. Guess how many Jellybeans!
You can buy your jellybeans in every color under the sun here -
4. Sell food!
These can take a lot of different forms, for example -
pancake breakfast a church
pizza night at the community center
dinner party at your home
bake sale in the cafeteria
BBQ in your yard
Some recipe ideas for your food fundraiser...
The Pancake Handbook: Specialties from Bette's Oceanview Diner
Pizza: More than 60 Recipes for Delicious Homemade Pizza
BBQ USA: 425 Fiery Recipes from All Across America
5. Clean cars for a cure!
Get started with these car wash supplies...
Meguiar's Classic Wash & Wax Kit
6. Grocery Store Days
7.Yard Sale / Garage Sale
Check out this link for a step by step guide for more tips -
How To Hold A Garage Sale For Charity
This is a good resource for garage sale newcomers...
Everything You Need to Know about Garage & Yard Sales: Be Better Organized, Have Fun, and Sell More
8. Casino Night / Bingo Night
Get your Bingo set here...
Complete Bingo Game
9. Bowl for a cure!
10. Raffle, raffle, raffle!
Raffle tickets, cheap!
Double Raffle Ticket - Red
11. Dress down for the cure!
Why not make it even more interesting - come up with a theme! Teachers wear jeans with crazy patches, students wear their favorite historical figure's costume, employees dress as they did in the 80s, or anything else you can think of!
12. Chili Cook Off For A Cure
Chili Recipes to make your mouth water...
Championship Chili: Top Cookoff Winning Recipes
13. Cigarette Vending Machine Demolition
14. Easter Egg Hunt
Easter Egg Hunt supplies...
Value Pack Fillable Eggs 48ct
Easter Egg Hunt Filler Value Pack 96ct
Egg Hunt Boundary Tape
15. Flower sale!
16. Ice Scream For A Cure!
17. Karaoke Against Cancer
Do It Yourself Karaoke party supplies...
Singing Machine SMG-137 CD+G Karaoke System
Billboard Top 10 Karaoke, Vol. 1
Party Tyme Karaoke-Oldies 1 (16 Song)
18. Movie Night
19. House Party
20. Massage For A Cure