When someone’s team raises over $100,000 in a single year—like Team Slugfish did in 2015—they’ve got some secret fundraising sauce that others must absolutely hear.
Slugfish’s team captain, John Tietjen, shared this tasty fundraising morsel:
Whenever I meet someone new, especially where I feel I’ve been able to connect with them (sometimes in the course of volunteer work with other non-profits), I like to let them know about my work for the National MS Society.
During the conversation, I slip in a little bit about Bike MS. I then ask if I can add them to my “team” (as a rider or contributor). Even if they don’t jump up and down right away, I almost always get a good vibe, the story starts, and I make a mental note to follow up with a solicitation.
RUFF! I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but I am a pug. Pugs like treats. And the way we get treats doesn’t have to involve sneaking up to the table and grabbing your bacon burger (though I do love bacon). It’s actually through smiling, wagging our tails, and making some happy noise.
So, make a little happy noise–tell people about the progress their donations made possible–and then ask, ask, ask.
People will take notice. They will give. And heck, they might even get you a new doggie blanket.
P.S. Please email me some bacon.
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Bike MS Manager