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Fundraising Tips

Adopt a positive mindset

MND is a serious condition and it’s OK to share that part of the story, but when we focus on how working together brings hope, it makes people feel their contribution will make a meaningful difference.

Share your story

If you have a personal connection to MND and are happy to share it, do. When people understand why walking matters to you, they will give more and might even ask to walk too.

Share how their donation will help

You can download our 'Where the money goes’ factsheet to help people understand what their support means in a tangible way.

Just ask! 

Whether you want a prize, a venue, or cash donated, don’t be shy, speak up. Many people are happy to have an opportunity to help.

How to raise funds without hosting an event

You can raise $680 in a week in these 6 simple steps:

  • Get the ball rolling by donating $40 to yourself.
  • Ask your bestie to match your donation.
  • Ask 3 of your relatives to donate $40 each.
  • Ask two businesses you frequent to donate $50 each.
  • Offer to mow a neighbour’s lawn or walk their dog for $40.
  • Ask your boss to match your fundraising.

Here are some other easy fundraising ideas:

  • Ask for a donation instead of gifts for an upcoming birthday / special occasion.
  • Ask businesses to donate prizes and put together a raffle to sell at work.
  • Send an email to your colleagues and connections asking people to donate.
  • Ask people to sponsor you on social media.
  • Ask people who attend the same club, gym or groups you belong to for a donation.
  • Hold an ice-bucket challenge with friends and family.
  • Host a morning tea at work.
  • Gather your friends for a movie night or a quiz night.
  • Plan a sausage sizzle at your local markets or school.
Tips on hosting a fundraising event

If you do decide to plan an event, here are some things to keep in mind.

Keep it simple. Your fundraiser doesn’t have to be complicated to be a success. Focus on a realistic project that you can manage and enjoy, that your audience will support.

Don’t let your costs creep up. Give yourself a fundraising target and stick to your budget. Some people can get carried away and spend more than they raise!

Spread the word. Tell everyone you know what you’re doing and ask them to tell everyone they know. Use your social networks and contact local businesses and work connections for support. Anyone can donate and good deeds travel fast!

Maximise your funds! Lots of employers run dollar-matching schemes where they’ll match the total amount you’ve raised. It not, ask if they can donate in any other way.

Online fundraising. You may create your own Walk to Defeat MND online fundraising page when you register for the walk where you can collect donations from anyone, anywhere, anytime.

Tax deductions. Tell your supporters that donations over $2 are tax-deductible.

Say thanks. Fundraising is a community effort. Be sure to thank everyone who’s helped with your fundraising, whether their donation was time, money, goods or support and advice – it all counts!