HYDROCEPHALUS WALK TIP OF THE MONTH – August 2011

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by Randi Corey, HA Director of Special Events

Thank you! As we enter into the heaviest part of our annual Hydrocephalus WALK season we extend special thanks to all of our WALK Chairs, our Team Captains and our walkers! Your participation in the WALK program helps to ensure Hydrocephalus Association (HA) can continue its vital work in the areas of support, research, and advocacy. HA continues its search to find the answers to this complicated, complex condition. We couldn’t do it without you!

Put some “fun” in Fundraising!

We know, fundraising doesn’t sound like “fun!” But it doesn’t have to be hard – reaching your goal can be as simple or as elaborate as you want to make it — it’s up to you!

How to raise $100 in just 5 days (Simple version)

You can reach your goal of $100 (which is how much the average walker raises across the U.S. and we know you’re well above average!) very easily and in just a few days. Here’s a day-by-day plan.

Overall Plan: Raise $100 in 5 days — ask 9 friends or family for $10 each.

Day 1
Start by making your own donation of $10

$10

Day 2
Ask four family members to sponsor you with a contribution of $10 each (mother, father, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, grandparent)

$50

Day 3
Ask your employer to contribute $20 or more*

$70

Day 4
Ask your spouse to contribute $10

$80

Day 5
Ask 2 co-workers to sponsor you for $10 each or more*

$100

You’re doing so well – keep going!
Day 6Ask 2 neighbors to sponsor you for $10 each

$120

Day 7 Ask people you do business with for $10 each(dry cleaner, hairdresser or barber, pharmacist, doctor or dentist, grocery, yoga instructor, personal trainer, teacher)

$150

You’ve just raised $150 in just one week! Wasn’t that easy?

Now that you’ve collected from local friends and family, raise more using HA’s online fundraising tools! Follow these steps:

  1. Go to www.hydroassoc.com
  2. Click on WALKs (at the top of the page)
  3. Click on Schedule of WALK Events
  4. Click on your local event and
  5. Click on “Register Here”

When you register your own personal WALK web page will be automatically generated. Use the templates available to email everyone in your email address book and ask them to sponsor you (online with a credit card or by mailing a check.)

* Matching gifts – if your employer has a Matching Gift Policy (check with your HR Department) find out if the plan has any minimum donation requirements. If so, ask your boss and co-workers to make a contribution that meets or exceeds the minimum – their contribution will be automatically doubled with a matching gift from the company! Matching gifts must be initiated by the donor so ask any colleagues or co-workers to fill out the matching gift application available from your HR Dept. Turn in any matching gift applications with money raised at the WALK. HA will take it from there.

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