Here are some of the things I have learned while fundraising for the past few months.
1. Choose a charity that has specific meaning to your life: When looking through a list of potential charities find one that you can easily relate to that has a cause you truly believe in. The National Osteoporosis Society wasn't my first choice initially, but it resonated with me because my mother, sister and I all suffer from the disease. I've seen many of my mothers friends fracture bones and Osteoporosis causes thinning of bones which can cause these breaks. I love little furry pets and one of the animal charities would have been my first choice, but after careful thought, this one had better meaning for me and so it was easier for me to support.
2. Be the first to donate to your charity It is important to show those who you are asking for donations that you believe strongly in the cause and are willing to donate your money before anyone else. Oops, my page went live and a friend donated before Tom/Pam had a chance. If I ever do this again, I will be better prepared. Thanks Lois!
3. Work hard training If someone, especially a friend or relative is donating their hard earned money so you can run the race of your dreams, make sure you are training to the best of your ability. It is really unfair to slack on training if you are asking people to support your race. Training for London has been a weekly challenge for me, not because I did not want to but due to my IT Band injury back in early January. Thankfully my coach has included alot of cross training and I should be ready on April 24th.
5. Keep in touch with your charity contact My contact in the UK changed recently, but when I first started out, Claire could not have been more supportive and kind. She suggested some things to get started and also called to wish me a Merry Christmas and make sure I had gotten my race vest (singlet) and package of materials. That call made my day.
6. (a bonus) Thank you I'm old school and write thank you notes, but even a nice email would be appropriate to thank anyone for their contribution to your chosen charity. No one is required to donate and their support should be appreciated in a thoughtful way.
Last of all, I am so thankful to everyone who has donated so far to my charity. There are just a few days left until I draw for some awesome prizes so if you would like to donate, here is the link.
We are linking up with Mar, Courtney and Cynthia for the Friday Five. This week the topic is free Friday! Please check out some of the other blogs.