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Fundraising Tips

Start with friends and family

  • Develop a list of friends and family to ask to support you. Include people from your holiday card list, people you see often, people whose fundraising efforts you have supported, etc.
  • Instill passion!  Share your “Why I Walk” stories so that people know what an impact Summit has had on individuals and families affected by autism.

Raise money online
  • When you register, you automatically create your own personal fundraising page.  Be sure to add your own photo and story to raise money for the Walk!
  • Add your own personal touch to emails before sending to friends and family.  They are much more likely to respond to a personal and passionate story.

Send a fundraising letter
  • Create a letter to mail.  Be sure to add your personal story and motivation for being a participant in The Summit Center Autism Walk.

Set aside time to call
  • Refer to your potential list and identify those individuals you want to call and ask for a donation.
Ask in person
  • Identify those individuals you will see in a meeting, at the soccer field, in church, at school or work, and ask for a donation.

Involve your company
  • Start a corporate team!  Corporate teams build team spirit and camaraderie-they provide a great opportunity for employees to work together on a non-work project.
  • Host a “dress down day” at work to raise money for your team.  Ask co-workers to donate $5 (or more) in support of your fundraising goals.
  • Double your donations!  Many businesses will match their employee’s charitable donations.  Be sure your donors know Summit accepts matching gifts and to ask them to check if their employer has a Matching Gift Program.