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The 15 Best Medical Fundraising Tips Of 2015

Feel like you’re in a fundraising slump? Here are 15 tips from our fundraising experts that will help you start 2016 on the right foot. Find additional fundraising tips from HelpHOPELive on Facebook and on Twitter every #TipTuesday!

1. Add a picture when you share your HelpHOPELive Campaign Page on social media! On Facebook, posts with pictures cause users to take action 87% of the time! A link posted without a picture only receives engagement 4% of the time.

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2. Fundraising doesn’t have to end once you reach a certain milestone or receive specific care. Continue fundraising to help offset a lifetime of uninsured medical and related expenses.

3. Ask your friends and family members what they are best at. That way, you can request their help with fundraising projects that involve their skills or interests. Your best friend may be far better at approaching local businesses than designing homemade thank-you cards.

4. Thank the friends and volunteers who made your fundraiser successful with personalized Exceptional Service Awards from HelpHOPELive! Everyone appreciates acknowledgement and a sincere thank-you.

HelpHOPELive Exceptional Service Award

5. When you’re reaching out to potential donors, help them crunch the numbers. Tell them how much a particular item or procedure will cost so they can see the tangible impact of their donations. You can find a list of average expenses on your HelpHOPELive Campaign Dashboard.

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6. Make a support video for someone you love who is struggling with a medical condition. Feature encouraging messages from friends, family members or co-workers. This small gesture can have a huge impact. Check out this example video for ideas.

HelpHOPELive support video

7. Start contacting local news outlets as soon as you have a date for your fundraiser. Plan to follow up two weeks before the event. Ask your HelpHOPELive Fundraising Coordinator if you need help creating a press release.

8. Create a bumper sticker or car magnet so you can draw attention to your HelpHOPELive campaign wherever you go! We can help you design a memorable logo and create a shortened link to include on your materials.

HelpHOPELive sample bumper sticker

9. Personalize your HelpHOPELive Campaign Page with pictures of you, your family, your pets, your passions and your recent fundraisers! Show supporters how donations and participation have impacted your life.

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10. When you’re helping a friend or family member to fundraise, give what you can, whether it’s your time, your dollars or your networking skills. Remember that emotional support can be as important as financial support.

11. Fundraising events should fit your community. From dogsled rides to special concerts and tournaments, we can help you figure out which fundraisers will work best in your region.

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12. Think beyond your city and state. You can enlist friends and family members who live anywhere in the country. Encourage anyone who may be willing to help you with fundraising to reach out to HelpHOPELive for support. No experience necessary!

13. Enlist the tech-savvy teens in your life to help you promote your HelpHOPELive Campaign on social media. Teens spend about 9 hours per day with the media, including platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Put these statistics to work for you!

14. Not all fundraisers have to be galas or events. How about a community project, like building an accessible home for a family coping with a spinal cord injury? Here’s an example from our client Andy Barlow.

Andy Barlow HelpHOPELive home renovation

15. You might be able to secure a free venue for your next fundraiser. Talk to a family member who belongs to a community organization like the Knights of Columbus or a Moose Lodge. If your children attend a school with a gym or auditorium, get in touch with school administrators to ask about using the space. See if your place of worship has an auditorium or large meeting space that may suit your needs.

Looking for more medical fundraising ideas? Reach out to your HelpHOPELive Fundraising Coordinator for support and follow our Blog for additional insights.

Fundraising With HelpHOPELive: Your First Steps

Once you have decided to move forward with fundraising, it’s time to start engaging your community! Talk to your HelpHOPELive Fundraising Coordinator about your family, friends and local area so we can help you decide which fundraising approach will work best for your campaign.

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If you’re not sure where to begin, these ideas will get you started:

  • My aunt Mary is a teacher. Could I ask Mary about holding a fundraiser through her school?
  • My friend Joseph is an avid golfer. Could a golf tournament be our big fundraising event for this year?
  • My town holds a yearly Strawberry Festival and a 5K Race to benefit a local citizen. How can I contact my town administration to find out more about getting involved in these upcoming events to raise money for HelpHOPELive?
  • I’m active in my church or faith community. Could we have a special collection in my honor or distribute my HelpHOPELive appeal letter to members?
  • My 10-year high school reunion is coming up. How can I get in touch with some of my former classmates who are local or live out-of-state?
  • A friend of my parents sells kitchen storage containers. Would she be willing to hold a container-buying party in my honor?
  • Before I worked with HelpHOPELive, my friends helped me hold a local Dinner Dance. Since that was a big success, maybe we can hold a similar event this year?
  • My cousin, my sister and my friend Marie all asked how they could help or support me as soon as I was diagnosed. Can I reach out to these contacts first to ask for help with planning, promoting and staffing my next event?

You can find a list of fundraising event ideas online in your HelpHOPELive Dashboard. Contact your Fundraising Coordinator today if you’re ready to start planning your event!

25 Medical Fundraising Tips You Can Use Today

Need to give your campaign a boost? Here are 25 powerful fundraising tips from HelpHOPELive Fundraising Coordinators that you can start using right away.

Asking For Auction and Raffle Items


1. Think about the local businesses you visit on a regular basis, like bakeries, family-owned grocery stores, restaurants, hair salons, boutiques or even your dentist’s office. Ask each for a gift certificate donation.

2. When asking for item donations from local businesses, bring your HelpHOPELive Appeal Letter and Gift In Kind Form to help explain your story and the tax advantages of donating to your HelpHOPELive campaign.

3. Ask local organizations to sponsor your next fundraising event. You get reduced-cost products or services, and local businesses get exposure!

Getting More Donations


4. Engage former classmates for donations.

5. Update your HelpHOPELive Campaign Page regularly, and edit the About section of your Campaign Page if you reach a major medical milestone. Pictures and updates help contributors feel more connected to your cause.

6. Create a YouTube video that explains your personal journey and asks viewers for donations.

Improving Events


7. Coordinate your fundraisers with upcoming holidays. How about a first day of summer car wash, or a Father’s Day outdoor barbeque?

8. Sell chocolate bars with a custom HelpHOPELive label at outdoor events. Set up a table at your town’s next community fair or summer festival.

9. Add bonus events! Add a bake sale to your garage sale. Add a silent auction to your spaghetti dinner.

10. Sell HelpHOPELive wristbands at your next event. Ask your Fundraising Coordinator for details.

11. Use customized HelpHOPELive materials like flyers and brochures to spread the word. Your Fundraising Coordinator can show you how.

12. Turn a fundraiser into an eating competition. Bump up your next fundraising barbeque with a burger eating challenge! Charge admission for teams or individuals and offer prizes for the winner(s).

 Uniting Your Community


13. Create a t-shirt for your supporters that includes a shortened link to your HelpHOPELive Campaign Page.

14. If donors have questions about HelpHOPELive, send them a helpful infographic.

15. Share your Campaign Page with extended family members so they stay in the loop.

16. Personalize thank-you notes for people who donate to your campaign. A small gesture goes a long way.

17. Thank event attendees and sponsors in social media posts. On Twitter or Facebook, use the @ sign to “tag” businesses or friends in a post.

 Fundraising On A Tight Budget


18. Create a donation coin bank with the HelpHOPELive logo on it. Ask local businesses to display it. You Fundraising Coordinator can give you a customized coin bank label to support your HelpHOPELive campaign.

19. Auction off time instead of items! Ask friends to donate tax preparation help, house cleaning, babysitting or even piano lessons.

20. Share event registration pages on Facebook and Twitter so your friends can easily RSVP.

 Getting Help


21. Engage your local Moose Lodge, Elk Club, Masonic Temple or Knights of Columbus organization for volunteers to serve as event staff if you or someone you know is a member,

22. Ask National Honor Society students, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to volunteer as staff members at your event.

23. Check in with your Fundraising Coordinator if you are planning an event. We can provide customized HelpHOPELive materials, press releases, creative event ideas and much more!

Thinking Big


24. If an event is successful, make it an annual affair! Ask your Fundraising Coordinator for tips.

25. Through pictures, videos or updates, show donors exactly how they have improved your life with their contributions.

Find more campaign-boosting tips from HelpHOPELive’s expert Fundraising Coordinators on Facebook and on Twitter. Fresh tips are posted every Tuesday.