You’re helping us. So we’d like to help you. Here are some tips and resources to get your fundraising campaign off and running.
1. You’re a star. Give your supporters more of you.
Fundraisers that personalise their campaign raise more than those who don’t! Your fundraising page is about you. Show people who you are…
- Include a short story about why you’re splashing out with YMCA Swimathon. Show people why you’re passionate about the cause!
- Photos and videos are an awesome way to tell your fundraising story. Upload them to your fundraising page and social networks, and share, share, share!
- Thank your supporters as they donate to you directly on your page and by tagging them in a Facebook post. It’s a great way to publicly show your gratitude and make them feel special.
2. Donate to your own campaign
Donating to your fundraising page is a great way to show your commitment to the cause and a great way to kick off your fundraising. Donate the amount you want others to donate to you. Share your page on social media and ask your friends to match your donation.
3. Sharing’s caring
Did you know the reason most people donate is simply because they were asked? Share your link to your fundraising page and ask for donations through your social channels.
Let people know why you’re doing it and what sort of difference their contribution will make. We’ve found people who do this receive more donations!
4. Put it in an email
- Copy one of our email templates, or create your own and let your contacts know why you’re raising funds so people with disabilities can learn to swim
- Send to everyone you know, don't assume that someone won't give – you won’t know until you ask
- Don't forget to include a link to your fundraising page
- Send a follow-up email a few weeks before the event to provide them with an update of your fundraising efforts and to remind those who haven't donated yet – people don’t mind being asked twice!
5. Get the most from being a host
Make YMCA Swimathon the theme for poolside BBQs, dinners or any other social engagements you’re organising. Motive your workmates to splash out by hosting a morning tea, lunch or after work celebrations.
6. ‘Swimathon’ your workspace
Turn your workspace into a YMCA Swimathon shrine. Pin up posters. Add a wallpaper to your laptop, MacBook or desktop. Download all resources. Talk to your local YMCA about getting hold of some stickers, sun hats and sunscreen.
- Email Signature
- Facebook Cover Photo
- Social Share Image 1
- A4 Poster
- A3 Poster
- Word template for letters
People with disability deserve to enjoy swimming. But not everyone has access to the right instructors or equipment to learn how to enjoy water safely.
That’s why I’m raising money for YMCA Swimathon on Sunday 5 March 2017 at
<insert centre>. Every dollar I raise will support people with disability in my local community by providing access to swimming programs, services and equipment at the YMCA.
I want to raise
<insert fundraising goal> and I need your help!
You can donate quickly and easily online by visiting my fundraising page
<insert link to individual or team fundraising page> and clicking donate.
All information is secure and you’ll receive a tax deductible receipt right after you’ve made a donation.
Give me a shout on
<insert contact details> if you’ve got any questions.
Thanks for your support!
We’d love for you to join our swimming team in the YMCA Swimathon on Sunday 5 March at
<insert centre>. This fundraiser supports people with disabilities in our community by providing access to swimming programs, services and equipment at the YMCA.
Together, we’re aiming to raise
<insert fundraising goal> that will go directly to the
You can view and join our team,
<insert team name> on this link:
<insert team page URL>
It’s easy and will only take a few minutes.
If you have any questions, give me a shout on.
<insert contact details>