Fundraising Tips for you, your family and friends

You never know if someone will donate unless you ask.  Although it seems simple, it’s true!

Start now.
It’s never too soon to ask for a donation. Once you’ve met your goal, keep on asking.
Be Passionate!
Why are you involved with The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital? Tell your story.  The more passionate you are, the more passionate your donors will become. It’s infectious!
Expand your audience.
Include a wide circle of friends, relatives, business associates and people at your church, synagogue, school, etc. Ask both in person and via email. Before you know it, support for the cause will spread and spread. Connections outside of New Jersey can support too!

Ask for help. 
You don’t have to do this alone! Ask your family, friends, and teammates to get involved. Create pledge sheets with your information at the top, and ask others to collect on your behalf.
Set a GOAL and SHARE IT!
Others will want to help you get there and succeed.
Keep your donors informed.
Update them regularly on your fundraising progress. Remember to send "thank you" letters to each and every donor and to follow up after the Walk is completed. Expressing your gratitude for their generosity will help support future giving.
Expand your fundraising methods.
Host a fundraising party, launch an email/social media campaign, mail letters, and solicit a corporate sponsorship. Maybe you have a special hobby or talent that you particularly enjoy? Baking cookies? Knitting? Babysitting? Turn these talents into fundraising opportunities!

Use Social Media
Studies have shown that promoting your cause through social media can increase fundraising efforts up to 40%.  You don't have to make every post an ask for a donation, but every post should reflect the fact that this is a fundraiser and include the link to your fundraising page. Helpful Hint: The best time to post on social media is 1:00pm-4:00pm during the week and 8:00am-8pm on weekends. Like us on Facebook! 

Matching Gifts: Double the Impact of Your Donation
Your gift to BMSCH could be matched dollar for dollar by your employer! Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions or volunteer hours made by their employees, retirees and/or employees’ spouses. Ask your employer today if they will match your support or review the list below of common employers that have matched in the past. 

AIG Matching Gifts Program  Alliance Bernstein Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty     
Automatic Data Processing  AXA Foundation Bank of America Matching Gifts Program
Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Inc. The Broadridge Foundation  Build America Mutual 
CA Technologies Matching Gifts Program  Carnegie Corporation of New York Chubb & Son, Inc. 
Citizens Charitable Foundation Colgate-Palmolive Company   Dell Giving
Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation  FM Global Foundation GE Foundation
Goldman, Sachs & Co. Home Depot Foundation  Humana Inc.
IBM Matching Grants Program Intuit Foundation J.P. Morgan & Co. Inc. 
Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies JP Morgan Chase Foundation Kimberly- Clark Foundation 
Macy's Foundation Magnitude Capital, LLC The Merck Company Foundation
Microsoft Matching Gifts Program Mizuho USA Foundation, Inc. Mobil Foundation, Inc.
Moody's Foundation Novartis Matching Gifts Program  Och-Ziff Capital Management
Ogden CAP Properties Pfizer Foundation PNC Foundation 
The Prudential Foundation Matching Gifts Program  PSE&G Power of Giving Campaign RBC Foundation- USA
The Rockefeller Group Susquehanna International Group, LLC Tiffany and Company 
Travelers Community Connections UBS Matching Gift Program Verizon Foundation
Wallwork Brothers, Inc. Walt Disney Company Foundation  

We can help you on your journey. Give us a call at 732-729-7169.
Together we can set a goal, set up your page, build your contact list, and help you get the word out.