Set a goal (be ambitious) and let everyone know what it is; they will want to help you get there.
Know the cause and spread the passion.
People respond when you show passion for the cause. They say a photo is worth 1,000 words, so feel free to use any photos you find on this site or on our Facebook page to help you spread the passion.
Make a donation yourself.
People like to see that you are willing to put your money behind this cause too.
Don’t be bashful.
Tell everyone you know about what you are trying to accomplish; consider putting a “signature” on your e-mails letting people know what you are up to, maybe with a link to the Tour de H2O website (www.tourdeh2o.org).
Feel free to hand-out or e-mail this flyer to people so that they can quickly learn a bit more about the cause.
Network, network, network.
Use social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to help spread the word.
Double your money.
Check with your HR department at work to see if they have a matching gift program where all donations by their employees are matched by the company.
Make it easy.
Encourage people to make their donations directly on-line by either going directly to your fundraising page or to Donation Page (make sure they put in your name when asked who they are supporting with their donation).
Remind people this is good for their taxes.
These donations go directly to Global Partners for Development and are tax deductible.
Ideas for Reaching Your Goal
Ask lots of people for small donations. $10 donations add-up.
Ask a few people for large donations. Target your wealthy friends and relatives and hope they make big donations
Go one drop at a time.
Put a change bucket near the coffee machine at work and ask co-workers to drop in their pocket change.
Pack your lunch for a week instead of eating out and donate the money you save.
Make a plate of cookies and put them by the coffee machine at work with a cup and request for donations.
Feed ‘em again.
Order pizza for your friends or co-workers and suggest that instead of going out to lunch, they donate $10 and share the pizza with you.
Clean it out.
Have a garage sale and donate the proceeds. This accomplishes two things: you get your closets and basement cleaned-out AND you help achieve your goal.
Tell your friends you will match any donation they make, up to a certain amount.