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Fundraising Tips and Tools

Thank you for making a difference in the lives of animals in our community! By fundraising for the Walk for Animals, you're helping give animals in need the food, shelter, medical treatment, and love they deserve. Every dollar you raise goes directly toward creating happier, healthier lives for animals in our shelters.

Fundraising comes easily when you do it from the heart. Be creative and make it personal. And remember, you're working hard for a wonderful cause — to help animals that can't help themselves.

> Fundraising ideas for everyone

Start early. The sooner you start asking for donations, the more time you'll have to grow our fundraising efforts.

Set your fundraising goal. Give yourself something to aim for. Many people who do this raise more than they thought they would!

Make a personal donation. Be the first to show your commitment to animals in need.

Update your personal fundraising page. Share your love for animals by telling your story and uploading a picture of you and the animals in your life.

Send emails. Whether using the email tools in your Participant Center or your personal email account, sending emails to your friends, family, and coworkers is a great way to get your message out. Share your story and include the link to your personal fundraising page if you're fundraising online. Don't be afraid to follow up if people don't respond!

Reach out on social media. Send messages and share your fundraising progress on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. And don't forget to thank donors on social media, too!

Write letters. A personal letter always goes a long way; share your message about why you are walking!

Ask your employer (and your donors) about matching gifts. Many companies match their employees' donations. Ask your donors if their company will match their gift.

> Ideas for family and friend teams

Host a movie night. Host a movie night at your home, a local gathering space, or park for your friends and family. Make some popcorn and ask them to support animals in need.

Party with a purpose. Invite all of your friends (and their friends) over and charge a few dollars for a good cause!

Place a spare change jar in high-traffic areas. Ask family, friends, and your place of employment to place a change jar for people to drop their spare change in as they pass by. Leave the jar out all the time or just during Walk season.

Plan a game night. Invite your friends out for a night of games, donations and prizes.

Coordinate a charity night. Work with a local restaurant or coffee shop to host a charity night where a percentage of proceeds go back to your AHS fundraising total.

> Ideas for corporate teams

Get organized. Organize a get-together with your team! A coffee break, dinner, or happy hour is a great way to discuss a variety of creative ideas to collectively reach your team goal.

Collect extra change. Collect change near the register in the cafeteria, lunch room, or conference room.

Announce prize drawings. For a $10 donation, coworkers are entered into a drawing for gift certificates, prime parking spaces, or tickets.

Sell stuff. Bring old DVDs, CDs, and books to sell for a good cause. Or, cookies, donuts, popcorn, muffins, pizza, ice cream, and smoothies always go over well. You can also sell homemade dog treats for all the four-legged friends!

Offer candy grams. Sell candy grams to coworkers that want to show someone how appreciated they are.

Plan a staff cook-out. For a $10 donation, coworkers dine on food prepared by the team.

> Take the 10 Days and 10 Ways Challenge

Day 1: Show your commitment! Start by making your own donation of $25, $50, or more. Set up your personal fundraising page and unlock fundraising tools that will help you get the word out.

Day 2: Ask two family members for $25 each.

Day 3: Ask a business you frequent to donate $25.

Day 4: Ask five coworkers to sponsor you for $20 each.

Day 5: Ask your boss for a company contribution of $100.

Day 6: Ask five people you know from your extracurricular activities, such as sports, book club, or your child's activities, to donate $10 each.

Day 7: Ask five friends to donate $20 each.

Day 8: Turn it around! Ask someone who has asked you to support their cause to support you with $25.

Day 9: Ask your company if they offer matching gifts.

Day 10: Activate your social media networks! Once you get the word out, you'll be surprised at the individuals who will support you — a high school friend, a college roommate, a former coworker. Give everyone you know a chance to say "yes!"

Looking for additional ideas?The Walk for Animals Fundraising Toolkit is filled with creative ways to make your fundraising efforts easy and successful.

Fundraising tools

Donation Tracker Form
Are you raising money via cash and check donations? If so, you may find the Donation Tracker Form helpful in keeping track of your donors.

Walk for Animals Poster
Download and print the Walk for Animals Participant Poster. Hang outside of your office, cubicle, or other high-traffic areas.

Fundraise on the go with Social and Mobile

Boost your fundraising and go social by sending messages via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more. Get started now.

Plus, registered event participants can fundraise on the go by sending emails, monitoring their fundraising progress, and updating their page via the Walk for Animals mobile app. Download the app to your iPhone or Android phone today!


Offline donations (checks and cash)

As you collect offline donations, please send checks to Animal Humane Society (845 Meadow Lane N., Golden Valley, MN 55422) with a completed Donation Tracker form. Do not send cash. In order to ensure your gifts are verified before the Walk, please mail all offline donations no later than April 19. If you receive cash or check donations after April 19, please bring them with you to check-in.

It's important to use the Donation Tracker form so that donors (especially those making cash donations) receive acknowledgement and a donation receipt.

If you have additional questions or need assistance tracking down a missing donation, please contact us by emailing walk@animalhumanesociety.org or calling 763-432-4841.