Fundraising Tips & Tools

Here you’ll find all of the important resources, proven to work by other MG Walkers, to help maximize your efforts and get us one step closer to a world without MG.

If you have any success stories from your fundraising and recruitment efforts, we want to hear them! Please e-mail the MG Walk office at Info@MGWalk.org or call us at 1-855-MG-WALKS and share your suggestions. We are also here to help you start or increase your fundraising efforts and help you to reach all of your goals this year!

 

ACCESS YOUR FUNDRAISING PORTAL

Once you register, you will be sent an e-mail with log in instructions to access your personal fundraising portal. Your portal contains important resources to help you maximize your fundraising efforts! This includes a personal fundraising page, a team fundraising page (if you are the Team Captain) and the ability to send e-mails through our website. While both pages come completed with information about the MG Walk, we highly recommend investing a few minutes here to share your personal connection to myasthenia gravis and add a picture! For some tips on how to develop your story, click here.

SHARE YOUR STORY

After you have personalized your page, share it! Take advantage of the “Spread the Word” tab found in your fundraising portal, and easily send e-mails to everyone you know. See below to view sample e-mails you can send to friends and family. Don’t forget to share the link to your fundraising page on your social media accounts! For tips on how to maximize your fundraising through your social media, click here. If you are looking for additional suggestions on ways to share your fundraising page, contact the MG Walk Office at 1-855-MG-WALKS.

SET A GOAL

Log into your personal fundraising page and set your goal. You’re not obligated to reach that goal, but it shows your donors you are reaching for the stars and they’ll want to help you get there.
Tip for Success: Be the one to make your first donation. Donors will see you are even more involved and be inspired to give.

MAKE A LIST OF ALL YOUR CONTACTS, AND SEND THAT FIRST EMAIL

The number one reason people do not donate to a cause is because they were not asked! Tell them you are participating in the walk and, most importantly, tell them why you are getting involved. Be sure to include the link to your personal page in your email. Use our Memory Jogger to make sure you’re not missing anyone in your network and to ensure everyone is given the opportunity to invest in your success and invest in a world without MG.
Tip for Success: Personalize the messaging for different groups/persons on your list, and try sending your email around the 15th or end of the month when most people get paid.

FOLLOW UP

Sometimes it can take 2 or 3 asks before a person makes a donation.
Tip for Success: When you send a reminder email, tell your potential donor how close you are to your goal or the walk to give a sense of urgency.

ASK ABOUT MATCHING GIFTS

Many companies have matching gift programs, matching any donations made by their employees to nonprofit organizations. This can double (or sometimes even triple) the money raised! Check with your employer to see if they offer a matching gift program, and what need to be done in order to get your donation matched! Some companies will match gifts made by retired employees and spouses. Don’t forget to follow up with your donors’ companies about matching gifts too!
Tip for Success: Some companies will match an employees fundraising and some will even give a donation for hours volunteered. See below for more information on Matching Gifts.

HOST AN EVENT

Bake sales, donation jars at work, happy hours, etc. are all great ways to raise funds and awareness in a short amount of time.

LOCAL SPONSORSHIPS

One of the best ways to raise money for your local MG Walk is to research, identify and secure cash sponsors. It’s a great way to spread awareness about MG throughout your community, and for local businesses to be highlighted at an up and coming event! To learn more about identifying businesses for sponsorships and how to make the ask, view our Sponsorship Packet.


Utilize these materials in your fundraising process!

The MG Walk needs you in our efforts to reach a world without MG. The following materials can you help raise awareness, and increase your fundraising!

Download these helpful introductory forms and tools:

  1. Fundraising Tips
  2. Memory Jogger
  3. Donation Tracking Form
  4. 2017 MG Walk Sponsorship Packet
  5. MG Walk Snowflake Campaign
  6. 2017 MG Walk Media Sponsorship Packet

Sample Letters

We know that writing (and asking for money!) can be hard, but we’ve made it easy for you with these pre-written letters! Just print, sign and send as many copies as you’d like!

If you’d like editable versions of any of these, or a letter you don’t see here, contact the walk office by email or call 855-MGWalks (855-649-2557).

  1. Donation Letter to Family, Friends, and Community Members
  2. Donation Letter to Local Businesses
  3. Donation Letter to a Physician
  4. Thank You Letter

Workplace Involvement

Many companies encourage their employees to fundraise, donate, and volunteer with non-profit organizations important to them. As an added benefit, companies will match donations or award grants for volunteer hours completed. Learn more about these programs below, and let us know if your place of employment has a similar program or new initiative.

  1. Matching Gifts Information
  2. Volunteer Grant Program

MG Walk Flyers

Upon registering, Team Captains are sent a “Welcome Kit” that has postcards and flyers, but anyone can always request that more be sent by calling 855-MG-Walks (855-649-2557) or emailing Info@MGWalk.org.

You can also download and print your own copies of the flyers on this page.

Upcoming MG Walks
Northern Wisconsin MG Walk – May 6, 2017
Southern Wisconsin MG Walk – May 6, 2017
New England MG Walk – May 6, 2017
Janesville MG Walk – May 6, 2017
TriState MG Walk – June 10, 2017
Connecticut MG Walk – June 11, 2017
Indiana MG Walk – September 10, 2017
Ohio MG Walk – September 23, 2017
Portland MG Walk – September 30, 2017
Seattle MG Walk – October 1, 2017
Delaware Valley MG Walk – October 1, 2017
Southern Illinois MG Walk – October 14, 2017
Sacramento MG Walk – November 18, 2017
Bay Area MG Walk – November 19, 2017
Arkansas MG Walk – December 2, 2017
Arizona MG Walk – December 3, 2017

Past MG Walks
Hawaii MG Walk – February 18, 2017
Tampa Bay MG Walk – March 11, 2017
Georgia MG Walk – March 11, 2017
South Florida MG Walk – March 12, 2017
Tallahassee MG Walk – March 12, 2017
New Orleans MG Walk – March 25, 2017
North Carolina MG Walk – April 8, 2017
South Carolina MG Walk – April 8, 2017