Fundraising Tips

"I am walking for... "
Keep in mind who you are walking for and you will succeed!

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!
Who are you walking for?! 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. Consider writing donors’ names on your event day t-shirt and let them know they are with you every step of the way. 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 1-4 p.m. during the week and between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on weekends. Like us on Facebook! 

Matching gifts: Double the impact of your donation!
Your gift to Miracle Walk 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 fundraising journey! Together we can set a goal, create your page, build your contact list and help you get the word out. Give Gia Gagliardi a call at 973-322-4320 or email to get started.