Ruff! This cool app installs in just a few seconds on your Facebook page. It empowers your entire Facebook network to donate directly to you. Fundraising has never been quicker or easier.
Download the Fundraising with Facebook app.
PS. Bonus tip: After someone has made a donation, thank and tag them on Facebook. It’s such an easy way to make them feel good about supporting our cause. I may also wag my tail. Ruff!
Ruff! Share a photo from this year’s Bike MS ride. If you didn’t have the chance to take a selfie, check out our Flickr albums – there’s a good chance we did! Then, tell people why you care about ending MS forever. The more personal you make it, the more impact it will have.
Example: I’m riding for my Mom who lives with MS. The disease may have taken away her ability to move, but it hasn’t changed how much she cares about our family. Join me in supporting my Mom through Bike MS. Make a donation of $35. It only takes a minute.
[INCLUDE YOUR BIKE MS DONATION PAGE URL]
Ruff! Those good humans at Bike MS think of everything, including this super neat way to add a custom graphic to your emails that shows how much you’ve raised and your goal—with a direct link to your donation page.
Here’s how the signature looks. Pretty sweet, eh?
Login to your Bike MS participant center to learn how to add the signature to your emails. The information is towards the bottom of the landing page.
PS. I’m listening to Rush right now. Can you believe it?
RUFF! “Ask! It sounds so simple, but a lot of people hesitate to directly ask for a donation. They might feel it’s too personal, or fear it will hurt relationships. We all have reasons to be scared of asking… but they rarely reflect what actually happens when you ask.
It’s amazing when you start talking with someone about MS and then someone sends you a check for three grand. You never know who might want to give and is just waiting for you to say something. You just have to ask. You have to get it out there.”
Big thanks to Mr. Harmon for sharing that tasty snack.
P.S. I’m looking for new fundraising snack ideas. If you have one to share, please email me (I also accept Amazon.com gift cards so I can buy a new doggy sweater).
RUFF! Anytime you get a donation, thank and tag your friend with a quick wall post. It’s an easy way to recognize your friends (everyone loves recognition). It also generates more awareness of our shared mission with your friend’s community.
Example: “My good friend Dutch Barker, who I haven’t seen since high school, just donated $35 bucks in honor of my Mom who lives with MS. Thank you, Dutch, for bringing me closer to my Bike MS goal…and a world free of MS.”
P.S. Can someone please scratch my noggin? I can’t reach it with my tiny paws.
RUFF! My pal J.R. says, “No matter how big or how small, their donations are incredibly generous (BTW – “generous” is a powerful word to use when thanking donors). If thanking via email, use the Thank You template available on your Bike MS participant center and personalize your message. Let people know how much you appreciate their contribution and how it’s helping you to reach your goal.”
P.S. I wish J.R. would send me a gift certificate to the Dawg Spa. I need my nails trimmed.
Jump on Facebook and talk about why you joined the cause – whether it’s to support a friend, loved one or even yourself.
As many humans have learned, just sharing the “Why I Bike MS” is enough to start a bigger conversation that will lead to friends joining their teams, volunteering and making donations.
However you frame your story, make it personal.
Okay. Got to go. Mom says the neighborhood possum stole my chew toy (again).
P.S. I just read Tolstoy’s War & Peace. Time for a year-long nap.
RUFF! According to my pals over at DonorDrive, if you ask for a $20 donation, research shows you’re more likely to get $20 donations than $5 and $10 donations.
So, ask for $1 MILLION DOLLARS! Aha!!
Or maybe just $100,000.
P.S. I like bongos.
RUFF! Launching your personal fundraising at $250 is way easier than starting with $10 million.
So, login to your Bike MS participant center > enter a goal you know you can attain > then when you reach that number, raise the woof.
Get it? I just said “woof.” I’m very smart for a pug who lays around all day snoring.
Ok. Time to go. Mom says it’s time for supper.
P.S. I am so gonna raise $10 million…. [DOUG FALLS ASLEEP AGAIN]
RUFF! When your fundraising page says “$0 RAISED,” it might scare off the neighborhood squirrel who wanted to give.
Here’s a great tip I’ve learned (and based on our research, will likely increase your overall fundraising by 3.5x): start off your fundraising with a personal donation. It shows you care, and it instantly changes that $0 to $35 (or more).
How: Login to BikeMS.org > Sign in to your participant center > Make a personal donation.
Speaking of squirrels…have you seen any? I’m hungry.