Fundraising Tips and Tools
Fundraising is an important part of the Climb for Alzheimer's as it helps the Alzheimer Society of B.C. to offer support services, education and research for a cure for the estimated 70,000 British Columbians facing dementia.
When you register, you receive an online personal fundraising page, which you can customize with photographs and your story and share with your networks. This is an effective tool as:
- It’s easy for you to share with your friends and family. You can also use this portal to send thank you emails to those who have donated to you.
- It makes it easy for friends and family to donate, as they can do so at their convenience and receive an automatic tax receipt.
Fundraising can be exciting, but at times it can also seem a little daunting. However, there are a few key things that can make this process not only easy, but also enjoyable:
- Start with a clearly laid out fundraising plan. Have an idea of how much you want to fundraise and how you will reach your target. Remember that you can always increase your target, so it can be best starting with a realistic one.
- Lots of people can feel a little nervous the first time they ask for a donation. But remember, the more you ask people, the easier asking gets. Once you have developed a strong story about why you are asking for the donation, and feel confident, the process will be a lot easier and people will be more likely to respond.
- Do not discount anyone within your circle of influence. You never know who Alzheimer’s disease has touched. If you are passionate about your commitment to fundraising, your prospective supporters will see this and be inspired to donate.
Let your donors know how your fundraising impacts those who are on their dementian journey:
- $26 connects someone affected by dementia to knowledge and understanding through a First Link® support call.
- $56 allows someone to attend a two-hour dementia education session, opening the door to a better understanding of dementia and the road ahead.
- $100 provides someone in the early stages of dementia with the opportunity to join others for five hours of Minds in Motion®, a social and fitness program.
- $500 funds someone to attend a dementia support group for a year, so they can share their experiences and learn from others.