“I felt really anxious about asking for donations to some people I barely knew, but I drafted a list of likely contacts. If people like the charity/like what you’re doing and have the funds, they’ll donate. Make a bit of a joke of it too – be open that it is something ‘new’ that you’re doing (for me the running) and I said something about ‘well I’ve got to do it now!’”
Use social media
“I used Twitter and Facebook and re-tweeted, and reposted the info several times. I also posted updates on my Just Giving page.”
Use the power of email
“I emailed a mass of people, with their email addresses hidden under the ‘BCC’ bit of the email form. I will re-email everyone that hasn’t donated when I come to do my next challenge in May – I’ll make the email look like it’s going to everyone by saying ‘Thanks to everyone who has already donated and if you’ve not yet done so, now’s the chance to make a pledge’ – in fact I won’t email those people who’ve already donated at all, but hopefully the words might encourage others!”
Don’t forget thank-yous!
“Finally – make sure you thank everyone who has donated no matter how small an amount. It could be a simple PM on Facebook, an email or a formal handwritten letter – I’ve done everything – a thank you is very important and should not be overlooked.”
You can read more about Alexis’s challenge here.
For more information on My Peak Challenge and how to get involved please visit www.mypeakchallenge.co.uk