1. Ask, ask, ask!

People won’t say yes if you don’t ask them the question! We know it can be a bit intimidating, but the more you ask, the easier it gets. Who can you ask for donations? Everybody!! Ask your friends, family, social media contacts, neighbours, dentist, doctor, lawyer, personal trainer, hairstylist, florist, the owner of your favourite restaurant and so on.

2. Share your story!

People give to people. They are more likely to donate to someone they share a common interest with. Share why you Relay and let people know why the fight is so important to you. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #WhyIRelay when sharing your story on social media.

3. 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. Set your goal to $100 to start, and make adjustments each time you reach your goal.

4. Make use of a hobby or talent

Maybe you bake, teach yoga, sew, cook, sing, dance…whatever it might be, offer an evening of entertainment or lesson to your friends, family or colleagues in exchange for a donation to your Relay team.

5. Matching gifts

Ask your employer if they have a matching gift program. They just might be able to double your efforts!

6. 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.

7. Hold a pre-event fundraiser

Relay For Life is the main event, but that doesn’t mean you can’t hold team fundraisers leading up to event day! Invite supporters to a garage sale, community car wash, chili cook-off or golf tournament to help raise funds for your team. With endless event possibilities, the key is to be creative, organized and to have fun!

8. Show impact

Tell your potential donors where the money goes! They may be more likely to give if they understand how their donation will help in the fight against cancer.

9. Fundraise on Facebook and email

Did you know that you can raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society through Facebook? Download our Facebook app today and extend your fundraising efforts to your network of Facebook friends. Send and schedule Newsfeeds, update your profile picture with the Relay For Life logo, and keep your Facebook friends up to date on your fundraising progress.

Facebook is a great way to collect additional donations from family and friends near and far, but don’t forget to send personalized emails asking for a pledge. Research tells us that as many as 1 in 4 emails will result in a donation!

10. Don’t forget to say thank you!

The best way to make your donors feel good about pledging you at Relay is to thank them (and thank them again!!). Share a photo of you and your team on event night, post on their Facebook wall, and of course, say thanks in person if you get the chance. It’s the best way to make sure they donate again.