Fundraising Tips and Tricks

  • Use the email function in your Fundraising center. Import ALL of your email contacts into your fundraising center and send out a quick, personal email blast asking for their support. We absolutely guarantee that you’ll be pleasantly surprised by unexpected gifts from folks you would not have thought to ask for support from!
  • Change your fundraising goal. Did you start with a goal of $500 and are hanging out at $350? Up your goal to $750 and people will be much more likely to take out their wallets and help you out. Supporters are less likely to donate when you appear close to your goal as they assume you do not need their support. Change your goal and nudge them along!
  • Tell a good story! Let people know why you’re walking or running. Make it personal and let them know if you’re participating in honor of your most beloved late cat or on behalf of homeless animals everywhere. Use one of our current victories like Frank the terribly injured cat that survived on the street after being hit by a car and was recently adopted or Coco the hospice Rottweiler with a heart of gold that has just been given the gift of a family for the few short months she has left. The MSPCA-Angell and MSPCA at Nevins Farm Facebook pages are excellent sources of inspiring, heartwarming and motivating stories that you can use to tell folks why their support matters!
  • PUSH as we ramp up to the final days! We always see a flurry of fundraising in the week or so before an event. Folks that had intended to support you, but just hadn’t gotten around to doing so will see that it’s now or never. Don’t miss out on those folks remind them that you really are counting on them, that this is important to you and REALLY important to the animals!
  • Are you having a birthday party? Wedding? Anniversary? Your guests or loved ones can give to your Fast & Furriest fundraising efforts in lieu of gifts!
  • Are you part of a girl scout or cub scout troop? Consider a local bake sale or lemonade stand & donate the proceeds! Arrangements can even be made to host your event at one of our adoption centers where there’s LOTS of visitors, especially on the weekends.
  • Are kids on your team? Kids can hire themselves out to mow a neighbor’s lawn, do yard work, baby-sit or even run their dog.
  • Enjoy hosting dinner parties? Invite friends to join you at your home for wine & cheese and ask them to donate a few dollars as a ‘cover charge’.
  • Clean out your attic or garage and hold a yard sale.
  • Are you a school teacher? Organize a competition between classrooms or grades with a penny war, and see who can raise the most money!
  • Candy! Stock your desk with tempting treats like full-size candy bars and sell them to hungry co-workers for a profit.
  • Collect your loose change in a tin at the end of every day and make a donation to your own fundraising efforts!