Whether you’re brand new to fundraising or a seasoned pro, these three simple tips will get you moving. Just remember—every dollar you raise provides support for families, shatters stigma, and saves countless lives. You ready?

Step #1. Set a Realistic Fundraising Goal and Make It Known

Research suggests we’re more comfortable with even, or round, numbers because they’re easy to understand and remember. Plus, potential supporters are more likely to give when they can see your progress.

With this in mind, start with $100.* It’s an achievable goal and once you reach it (which you will!), double it to $200. Then continue to increase your goal as you gain momentum. 

*If you’re fundraising event requires a minimum to participate, use the minimum as your initial goal.

Update Goal

How to Update Your Goal

Login to your fundraising page (My HQ) then:

  1. Select “Update Goal Amount”
  2. Enter new amount
  3. Select “Save”

Step #2. Make a self-donation to demonstrate your passion

Potential donors know you’re serious about making a difference when you make a personal investment. Plus, participants who make their own contribution raise 3x more than the average fundraiser.

Self Donate

How to Make a Self-Donation 

Login to your fundraising page (My HQ) then:

  1. Select “Donate to Own Goal”
  2. Enter donation amount
  3. Enter credit card info
  4. Enter CVV # (on back of your credit card)
  5. Select “Donate”

Pro Tip: If you set your initial goal for $100, donate $50. Now, all you have to do is raise $50 through your network and you’re golden!

*We do not store your credit card information in our secure system.

Step #3. Email 10 of your closest friends and family 

In most cases, those who intimately know how addiction has touched your life are eager to support your campaign. We’ve made it effortless for you to reach out. 

Send Email

How to Send Emails from Your Fundraising Page

Login to your fundraising page (My HQ) then:

  1. Select “Fundraise via Email”
  2. Enter emails manually (or import contacts from your favorite email app for even faster and greater reach)
  3. Choose a fundraising template
  4. Enter "Subject Line"
  5. Personalize the beginning of your message or use the pre-populated content
  6. Send away!

Alternative: Use our pre-existing content in your favorite email app: If you’d rather communicate directly through your own email system, feel free to copy and paste content from our templates.

Pro Tip: Though we’ve included pre-formatted content, your campaign will have deeper meaning and more impact if you include a short, personal, “This is why I’m fundraising” statement at the beginning of your email. 

For instance, your lead-in might read:

“I’m raising money for Shatterproof in memory of my son, Kyle. I’m emailing you because I know you loved him, appreciated his wonderful sense of humor, and miss him as much as I do.” 

Whichever method you choose to connect with your network, we’re grateful for your commitment to change the conversation about addiction.

Amplify Your Outreach!

Visit Power Fundraising to learn how. #weareshatterproof

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