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Animal Welfare Association of New Jersey

Paws and Feet Doggie FunDay Fundraising Tips and Tricks!

New to fundraising? Looking for some fresh ideas? Here are some resources to get you started in reaching your fundraising goal.

Give people a reason to donate!

Friends and family will be most likely to donate if they know how passionate you are towards the cause. Expressing a personal example of your love for animals is especially powerful.

Ask for a specific amount.

Asking for a specific amount, like $50, gives people a target. Shoot high! They may give it to you!

Ask everyone you know!

You’ll be surprised as to how many people are compelled to donate for the love of animals. Family members across the country, friends at the dog park, colleagues at work and friends on Facebook. The sky is the limit!

Take advantage of the PERSONAL or TEAM web page that is provided to you when you register for Paws and Feet.

It’s a great system that can help you reach out to everyone. Make sure you include a picture of yourself or your pet on your page with a touching story to help motivate people to donate!

Personally thank everyone who donates as soon as they donate.

Your donors will appreciate a thank you and they will most likely donate again next year!

Host a pizza party and ask guests to make a donation.

Throw a fun dinner party (dogs invited, too!) and ask guests to bring a donation. At the party, thank everyone for coming and share a personal story about your love for animals and how their donation will help AWA’s homeless pets.

Gather your team’s unwanted items and have a garage sale.

Proceeds will go towards your team’s fundraising goal.

Donate your birthday.

Ask party guests to make a donation in lieu of birthday gifts.

Host an office casual day.

Coordinate with your office to host a Paws and Feet Day, where co-workers who make a donation can dress casually that day.

Matching gifts: Did you know that you may be able to double your fundraising total?

Many companies offer a matching-gift program that is designed to support employees who give to non- profit organizations. With a few easy steps and proper documentation, your company may double or even triple the amount you have already raised. Ask your employer if they have a matching gifts program – and be sure to ask teammates and donors if their employer offers a matching gift, too!