Fundraising Tips

 

  • SHOW ENTHUSIASM

Excitement shows potential donors that you are enthusiastic about their support.


  • REQUEST A SPECIFIC AMOUNT

Tailor your request to the individual’s financial capacity and investment in AIDS Vaccine Research. Remember that fundraising is all about personal relationships.  Even fundraising with a corporation, a school, or a church is really all about your personal relationships with people in each organization.  The cause for which you are fundraising is, of course, a big determinant, but many people overlook the fact that the most influential factor is the personal relationship(s) between the person asking and the potential donors


  • ASK FOR DONATIONS ON PAY DAY

Timing is very important.  When you ask is almost as important as whom you ask.  Likewise, knowing your donors and asking them in the right manner is hugely important.  For some, the right manner is a formal written request or a presentation in person.  For others, it may be a relaxed conversation over e-mail, phone or in person.  Generally a request made face-to-face is always preferred, and stands a much higher chance of being accepted.


  • HAVE A PARTY

For donations, throw a party.  Invite 10 friends, ask for a $50 donation, and you’ll have $500 in pledges.


  • HOST A DINNER PARTY

Throw a dinner party and treat your guests to a home-cooked meal in exchange for donation to your cause.


  • AV200 NIGHT OUT

Organize a night out at a local restaurant or bar, where a portion of the proceeds go to your efforts for the AV200.  Get a band that is willing to donate their services and charge a cover at the door.


  • BIRTHDAY PARTY

Throw a birthday for you or someone you know, but instruct the guests to give donations to the ride in lieu of gifts.