I’m in the beginning stages of my fundraising and feel great, but at the same time I am still overwhelmed. Everyone knows how difficult it is to get into the Boston Marathon, and they’ve made it harder this year for both qualified and charity runners. Starting this year, your qualifying time isn’t good enough (for my age group, the time is 3:40:00; next year it’s 3:35:00). The fastest of the qualifiers get accepted first. They also raised the fundraising amount to $4,000. Now, neither 3:40:00 nor $4,000 is impossible, but they are both extremely difficult to attain. So for those attempting to go down the charity route, I’ll share some of my methods along the way.
My first attempt: Sending out letters (or cards in my case)
For some reason, I now view letters as impersonal. I can print 100 copies of the same template, sign my name at the bottom, and send away. I’m not that type of person. At first, I tried to search greeting cards that I could send out. I found a few that I liked, but spending more than $50 to send out didn’t seem worth it. If you’re not sending out that many, I would suggest looking at the below sites:
- http://www.chirply.com/ (my favorite is the Run Forrest Run)
- http://www.zazzle.com/running+cards (look for the Cute and funny marathon greeting card)
I wasn’t in love with any of them, so I decided to make my own. I can be crafty when times call for it, so I took a trip to Michaels (my local arts and crafts store). I bought cardstock, stickers, and wavy scissors. The Michaels website has instructions, so I played around and came up with this:
I was so proud of my final product, but I realized I hadn’t even thought about mailing them out. So I decided to make my own envelopes. Since I will be promoting my race, I decided to use advertisements from running / health magazines. Seems to be a nice way to send the message.
I still need to actually write in the cards and mail out, but what do you think? What fundraising activities have you done that were successful?