Friday, June 21, 2013

Fundraising Friday...Forward Progress

Here I am three weeks out from when I made the leap of faith and signed up to be a charity runner via St. Jude Heroes for Wine & Dine Half Marathon.  Being a cancer survivor and also being a Mom, St. Jude's has become one of my favorite charities and I am so honored to be representing them at Wine & Dine.

I waiver between being super excited and super scared.  I am excited because I am running for a charity that I believe in and the scared is because I'm having to step outside of my comfort zone yet again.  This is bold for me, I'm generally not good about straight out asking people for money.  I sort of like to hint, heavily, and hope for the best.  But I can't do that this time.  This is important to me and the children and families of St. Jude are depending on me for the support.  I am committed to raise 3500.00 for St. Jude and I will reach that goal.

I'm finding though as I'm trying to find my way in the world of fundraising that I'm getting discouraged by my lack of progress.  So I started thinking of the good things that have happened since I started and not so much on the what I don't have yet.  I wanted to share with you all as well the steps that I've taken too.  I know that if you know me on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter you have seen the pleas for help but not so much the results.

So here it is Fundraising Friday a brief overview of where I'm at and what's coming up.  I will keep most of my fundraising information to this post.

Probably the most bold thing I have done so far is to Tweet Lisa Rinna.  Why?  Because she is a huge fundraiser for St. Jude.  Also, it was more of a lark to see what would happen, and maybe subconsciously hoped she would donate.  See the hint heavily comment above.  The amazing thing is that I did get a response from her and a re tweet. That pretty much made my day.    Her advice to me was simple "Have no fear and hit everyone up! Ask".  Whenever I get nervous I go back to that.  It has become my mantra for this particular journey.  I'm finding it's particularly good advice for other things as well.

Less hinting, more asking =an uncomfortable Suzanne.  But every time I do step out it gets easier and have been pleasantly surprised by the results.

I have just wrapped up my first Thirty-one fundraising Party, where 20% of the proceeds will go towards my St. Jude fundraising goal.

I currently have my amazing tutu giveaway going on for all of my Princess friends courtesy of the lovely Kristal @atutudes.  Ten dollars ladies for a chance to win a one of a kind tutu.  It's never too early to think costumes.

Coming up we have a group fundraising Garage Sale at my house next weekend.  We've gotten some great things donated to us and I'm excited to see how it turns out.

I've got another really exciting raffle planned and this one is not just for the ladies.  I'm sharing the love on this one.  Stay tuned for more details on this one.

I'm also working on a personalized letter and including my initial blog post on why I'm running for St. Jude and mailing that out to friends on our Christmas Card list.  Also planning on mailing it to my friends that are not online and would prefer a more formal and personalized approach.

I'm trying a little bit of everything and anything and hoping for the best.  But the bottom line is that I believe in St. Jude and I believe in myself to not only reach my goal but to smash past it.

So as of today, I am currently at 16% of my goal.  I'm very happy with that as I have seen progress even since the beginning of the week.  I can only go up from here right?

If you would like to donate, here is the link to my personal page.  No donation is too small to help make a BIG change.

So what are some of your favorite charities?  If you have run as a charity runner or have done a lot of fundraising, what advice would you give a newbie like me?