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Fundraising can be easier than you think! Here are some tools to help you get started:
Donation Form [PDF]
Donation Log [PDF]
Ask Everyone Checklist [PDF]
101 Fundraising Ideas [PDF]
Sample Appeal Letter [DOCX]
Sample Thank-You Letter [DOCX]
BCAM October Appeal Letter [DOCX]
Matching Gift Instructions [PDF]
Know the Cause: About YSC [PDF]
Know the Cause: Facts & Issues [PDF]
Tips on Getting Started
Wondering where to start? Here's how!
- Set up your personal fundraising page – Your page is your headquarters for managing and promoting your campaign. This page is your main advertisement, so use it to inspire others with your passion.
- Make it personal – Whether on your fundraising page, in an email or social media post, tell your story. Personalize the template emails provided or use your own. What brought you to YSC? How has YSC helped you? Why do you want to attend the Summit? Tell your friends and family how the work that YSC does for young women with breast cancer is meaningful to you. Give them a good reason to help. If you would like to, include stats on breast cancer in young women.
- Add pictures – They could be from your personal journey with breast cancer, experiences from other YSC events, or perhaps just something inspirational to you. Pictures help tell your story. Add them to your campaign page, emails and social media posts.
- Break it into small steps – Raising money can be daunting, especially if you have a high goal. Set several smaller goals, instead. Plan to raise a certain amount each week and it will feel much more manageable.
- Educate yourself – Visit youngsurvival.org for Summit details and learn about YSC’s history, programs, resources and overall influence. YSC is the premier organization addressing the unique needs of young women facing breast cancer. Along with the services YSC provides to young women, YSC continues to play major roles in legislation and advocacy for breast cancer research.
- Ask, Ask, Ask! – People want to help. YSC’s mission is an important cause that many people will want to support. If you are passionate and committed, then many of your friends and family will be, too. All you have to do is ask. People are busy and can forget. Research shows that it often takes six reminders before someone will donate.
- Donate to yourself – It’s a great way to get your campaign started, and it will show your commitment to the cause and the importance of the Summit.
- Use social media – Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube are free and easy ways to market your campaign. Use them! And use them often. Simple posts with links to your page are a quick way to get the message out.
- Corporate support – Yes! This is not just a fundraiser for you: it is a fundraiser for a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that is helping you. That means corporations with charitable giving initiatives can donate to your page, including employers who match gifts.
- Say “thank you!” – Your donors will receive a tax receipt from YSC, but you should always thank your donors for giving to your campaign. They gave because of YSC’s important mission but, more importantly, they gave for you. Thank-you emails are available in your "My HQ" center for your personalization.
Tips on Spreading the Word
- Send several rounds of emails – Progress updates keep your campaign in your supporters’ minds; send them every two weeks. Think of them as your status reports, not just a solicitation. Use the opportunity to educate people about breast cancer in young women and YSC, perhaps including a different fact in every email. Reaching out as the fundraising deadline approaches will add a sense of urgency.
- Add a link to your fundraising page to the signature of your emails – This is an easy way to promote awareness of your fundraising. For example: “I am raising money to attend the YSC Summit – the most important conference for young women with breast cancer. Click here to learn more!”
- Ask your supporters to forward information to their friends – In your solicitation and thank-you letters, remind your supporters to spread the word and forward widely.
- Research shows that most people must be reminded six times before they will give to a cause.
Raise $500 in One Week
- Start at home – Donate to yourself.
- Send out at least 30 emails asking for $25. Ask your friends, relatives, neighbors and co-workers. Also consider places you spend money–doctors, dentists, hair dressers, dry cleaners, vets, gyms, etc.
- Remind everyone to ask if their business offers a company match.
- Ask your own employer for a company donation.
- Ask for tribute donations – Encourage your donors to make their donations in “honor of,” “support of,” or “memory of” someone they know who has been affected by breast cancer. Invite them to personalize their gift.
- Host a fundraiser – Try having a bake sale, lemonade stand or “Pink Cocktail Night” at a local restaurant; your event will both raise money and boost awareness of your campaign.
- Ask at least one person for $250 (or more) – It doesn’t hurt to ask, and you may be surprised by the positive results!