Fundraising in 5 Easy Steps
Step One: Tell Your Story
Ask yourself “Why am I raising money for Parkinson’s disease research?” This will prove to be one of your best tools as you move forward. Write a paragraph or two about how PD has affected you. Creating this statement of purpose will give you focus and organize your thoughts. It will enable you to communicate your goals effectively to rally supporters.
Step Two: Choose How You Will Raise Funds
You are really passionate about raising awareness about Parkinson’s and funds for research, but what else are you passionate about? Art? Sports? Food? It can be anything. Get creative!
Step Three: Set Goals and Plan
When setting your goal take into consideration the scope of the fundraiser you are planning and how much effort you and your team are willing to put into it. You know your community best and you know what you are comfortable asking of people. Be sure your goal reflects your reality. Set a realistic goal, and then set it a little higher – dream big!
Step Four: Recognize Your Network of Support
Be it fantasy football league, Zumba class or book club, you are connected to so many people and everyone wants join a worthy cause. Ask your immediate circle to ask two people to your event, and so on. For those who can’t donate, put them to work! The person who serves your morning coffee can become your biggest spokesperson, children can put up flyers, and friends can help on the day of the event. You are surrounded by a huge support network; all you have to do is activate it!
Step Five: PDF is Here to Help
PDF Champions are the inspiring individuals who are raising funds to improve the lives and futures of people touched by Parkinson’s. Big or small, your fundraiser is going to make a difference. $150 dollars answers 10 phone calls on our National Helpline. $3,000 will fund a Summer Research Fellowship. Whatever type of event you decide on, we’ll provide you with the support you need to make it a success.