Fundraising Tips

You’ve taken the first step to Go the Distance for Autism and we're so happy you’ve joined our team. We want to make it fun and easy for you to raise essential dollars for our four programs.  Try some (or all!) of these tips and let us know if you need more help by clicking here.

Make It Personal
Research shows that when you personalize your fundraising page with your story about your reasons for Going the Distance, your fundraising increases significantly.  Tell your story briefly and be sure to use photos and remember to MAKE AN ASK for donations at the end.

Involve Your Donors
Being connected makes donors feel the power of their support for you and for the cause. Let your donors and supporters know where you are in reaching your goal, how hard you’ve been training for the ride and other personal milestones.

Creativity Counts
Make sure your personality shows in your updates! Use electronic media, printed flyers and phone calls to spread the word.

  • Hang a flyer in your gym telling people what you are doing and why.
  • Have your donors sponsor you for certain miles within the ride. What is it worth to them to make sure you reach the 25 mile mark...or the 50 mile mark?
  • Host a casual evening at your home and ask people to support your personal journey.
  • Talk to your club or community of faith and see if they will sponsor you or your team.
  • In lieu of gifts, ask friends and family to donate to your team

Your Company Can Help
Start with your supervisor or human resources contact to see if they will allow you to publicize your efforts within the company. Other ideas include: requesting for a corporate contribution or sponsorship, asking your company to match every dollar you raise, and encouraging other riders from the company to form a corporate team.

Celebrate Your Donors
Make sure to thank donors as soon as they donate to you or your team. The system automatically generates a thank you email to all donors, but a personalized message is always appreciated. We’ve created templates for you that can be accessed in your participant center.

  • Thank donors on your Facebook page with a general statement like “thank you to all my supporters for helping me Go the Distance for Autism.”
  • Thank them again. And again.

Let People Know How They Can Help
People are more likely to give when they know that the cause is important to you.

  • Don’t limit your mailing list! You never know who will be interested in participating.
  • Ask your spin instructor to host a free spin class and donate the proceeds to your team.
  • Request a matching gift from your company.
  • Become a team captain and get your friends to join the efforts. More people...more power!
  • Ask again...and again. The tools on your fundraising page make it easy to see who has donated and who hasn’t.

Easy Giving
Make it simple for your supporters to donate by including your personal fundraising page link on all communications. Once you register, you can quickly and easily update your Facebook status and Tweet about your progress.