As you get started with your fundraising for Relay For Life, we want to share some simple tips to help. Following these steps will make your Relay experience fun and meaningful and will also help you raise even more to support the fight against cancer.

Tip #1 – Go online
Your friends and family will appreciate the option to make their donations online AND they will likely give more. In fact, last year, the average offline donation was $30.47 and the average online donation was $53.27!

Tip #2 – Set a goal
Setting a fundraising goal is one of the easiest and most effective ways to motivate yourself and your donors to raise more money. The visible goal and progress meter on your personal fundraising page encourage your donors to help you be successful and also help them to feel part of that success.

Tip #3 – Personalize your page
Why do you Relay? Sharing your story and a photo with your donors results in a stronger personal connection and motivates them to give more. Participants that take the time to customize their personal fundraising page raise more money. A lot more money. Here’s the proof:

Average amount of money raised by participants who did not personalize their page: $194.21
Average amount of money raised by participants who did personalize their page: $452.81

Tip #4 – Get started early
With the snow flying and months of winter ahead of us, your Relay event may feel very far away. But, by getting started today, you have more time to raise more money. Relay participants who register early and start fundraising right away typically raise twice the amount of those participants who start closer to their event.

Average total raised online by participants who registered between April and their event: $242.61
Average total raised by people who registered before the end of March: $469.98

Tip #5 – Pledge yourself!
Put your money where your heart is and show your donors that you have invested in achieving your own goal. Motivate them to give by giving yourself.