- Make coffee and bring it to work to sell to people who usually buy it.
- Have a “Wear Jeans to Work Day” that people make a donation and they get to wear jeans to work that day. Take photos and do it again!
- Make a “Healthy Lunch for Work Day” and sell it (crock pot of veg chili for $2/scoop!! )
- Ask for donations and tell them whatever donation they can manage then double it.
- Make a corp. challenge out of it in your office or club. Whoever can do more hours, plus more $$ raised, can get a prize----like a day off, free lunch, trophy, etc...
- Sell parking spaces to the employees for reserved parking up front to the building and make a sign that says MAJOR BREAST CANCER DONOR $$$
- Have a “Shop for
Day/Night!” Go to a local store, ask them if you can organize a day (and night) where 10% of all purchases go to the .
(Wspt = Soleil du Toile, Lulelemon; Darien=Blue Tulip). Try January or February.
- Pick a day, such as a Tuesday or Thursday during the week.
- Have photos & posters of
Committee Members can be there to talk to shoppers.
video on a wall or screen in a continuous loop.
Benefits for the store:
• Generates more traffic for the store
• Creates new and maybe repeat customers
• Goodwill for the store
• The store gets to write a tax deductible check to SpinOdyssey!
• Advance PR on the SO website, in our email newsletter
• Post event press release & PR as above.
We can come and take digital photos and send it to the papers if you can’t!
Have be a special project for a girls/boy scout troop, sports team or a class in school (you may have to get permission) or some other club/group. Have the kids help you with a direct mail campaign to raise money.
First you need to meet with them and explain what is and the fight for breast cancer research.
Then the project!
You address 100 envelopes to friends/family/dentist/OBGYN etc. These are “prospects”.
If you had a neat list that they can copy from, then have them address the envelopes.
Give each kid 7-10 “prospects”.
Kid records each prospect on a pledge sheet.
Kid personalizes letter “Dear Jane” (see letter)
Kid signs his/her name next to yours at bottom letter
Kid stuffs envelope w/ letter, article from SO 2010, copy of research page, SASE.
The students actually did not know what a SASE was!
2-3 weeks later you meet with students with the replies! Call out the name on the envelope and the student shouts if that was his/her prospect, and then they get to open the envelope! You may also have to print off active.com donations, as a few people did go online and donate to me.
It is a very exciting and gratifying moment for the kids to see the fruits of their labor and how they helped! Encourage them to come to the event and have fun and volunteer!
Ask 3 teachers to do a 3 hour training ride (teach for free) and then the people who come charge them $20. If there are 15 bikes, that is $300. You can make muffins and buy some banana's to make it a special ride.
Members of the Committee can also help teach an hour at such a ride, if your club permits. Email us at if your club will allow guest instructors if we are not on staff. This is also great PR for your club ---- to let you use the Spin room for a special ride like this for charity. This also helps your team total and makes the club look even better if your club has a team!
You could also do this with a YOGA or Pilates (2 or 3 hour) Session at the club.
Or make it a Spin/Yoga Combo. Or an indoor triathlon training session Swim ½ hour,
Spin ½ hour, Treadmill or Elliptical or Rower ½ hour.
Maybe your club can also donate a massage or special service to anyone who also buys a $5 ticket/chance to win that you give out at that event.
Or do a ride and show a movie! Charge admission ($10-15).
Our Spin students have a CD Committee that is collecting CD’s from our members. In February at a home swim meet, we are going to set up a table in our lobby and ask people to donate $3 for every CD they take.
We may set this table on Saturday when people pre-register or at SO itself or another time in our lobby and at our team party. We can also do this in our own Spin room.
Go to 3-4 local wine stores and ask each of them if they will donate some wine for a wine tasting at someone’s home (explain the cause, have a sponsor kit). Tell them 20, 30, 40(?) people might come. Maybe they will even send an employee. Ask everyone you know to come and charge $20/person (or more!) Have them write out the check to ACS. Two people from the Y did this at a local establishment and we also have a handout “Special Events” that is more extensive on this idea.
Get 2-3 cases of water donated from a local store per week leading up to . Ask your front desk or club manager if you can sell it for $1 in the Spin classes. Ask all the other teachers to mention it. It does not only have to be the Spin students. You need to have a box for the money, and also have teachers or someone who would check the box daily.
This may not work at a club that sells its own water. Ask if February’s water sales go to ! If so, make a sign and talk it up!
We have ordered car magnets in the past. We sold them for $3-$5. Want to order key chains or something else?
- E-mail all your friends, families and co-workers. Suggested text is below.
- You need to ask everyone...ASK...if you don't ask they will NEVER give.
- Ask for $1, remember $1 is better than $0.
- If they ever ask what to give, ask them to think what they can afford, then ask for double that. Example, if I asked you for a donation I would expect $25, then you can give $50. See? Easy!
- Have a dinner party and tell everyone about the event and let them make donations that night. Show them the website, your bike outfit for the day, and the video on the www.spinodyssey.org website.
- Auction things off to your friends in return for donations to SO.
- Find old stuff that you are just about to throw away, then put it on EBAY!! Use the cash to help raise money for SpinOdyssey. Make certain to put that in the item description.
- Have a bake sale at a school, grocery store or your club. Use the proceeds for your fundraising.
- Announce that you are riding in the SpinOdyssey at work and get people to donate, if not money, maybe a door prize or silent auction prize or top fundraiser prize or maybe come volunteer.
- ASK EVERYONE!!
i.e. cupcakes, peppermint creams (candies), pink beaded necklaces.
How about a crew of volunteers to wash car windshields on a day and the money goes to the ?
Maybe your club can sell something pink? Look on for ideas.
Or contact Kris Podber), she will need the current logo and artwork, and she’ll help you with ideas of items you can buy and then mark up to sell.
When sending out letters to friends and family, I include a self-addressed, stamped return envelope. I use a breast cancer stamp on both my letter to the potential donor and on the return envelope. I think people find it hard to throw away a self-addressed stamped envelope from a personal contact.
Even though I send my letter with the return envelope, in the body of my letter I also give people the option to donate on-line by directing them to www.spinodyssey.org.
This year, in addition to my return envelope and the letter, I’ve also included a page with the photos of the researchers and a description of their work that we funded last year. I am hoping that people will connect with either the photos, the research, or my attempt to show them where their money went last year.
Below is my sample letter and the researcher attachment. The letter isn’t great, but I figured I’d send it in case you see a phrase or sentence you feel is worth sharing.
January 25, 2012
I am writing to let you know that once again, I will be participating in the SPINODYSSEY fund-raiser, which benefits the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer research program. The event takes place on Sunday, March 6, 2011, and I will be riding a stationary bike for six hours.
SPINODYSSEY has become an important part of my life over the past few years, as I have been a part of the organizing committee which sponsors the fund-raiser (SPINODYSSEY is a 100% volunteer-run organization), and I have participated in the event for the past 10 years. It has also become a family event, as (insert my wife and son’s names) both volunteer the day of the event.
The cause, breast cancer research, has also touched my life for many years. First, a dear and brave aunt of mine was a breast cancer survivor. I have had three friends diagnosed with breast cancer, and recently, a co-worker at one of the YMCA’s where I teach Spinning has been told that she has breast cancer. Although my Aunt Joan has since passed away, I am raising money and volunteering my time in her memory, as well as these other three strong and courageous women.
Last year, raised over $410,000 for the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer research, and we funded 3 talented young researchers:
p53 Signaling Axis and Triple Negative Breast Cancer
(Vanderbilt University Medical Center 7/1/10-6/30/2013) $150,000
Impact of APC loss in mouse models of human breast cancer
(University of Chicago 7/1/10 – 6/30/2012) $102,000
The role of Abl kinases in cancer and metastasis
(Duke University Medical Center 7/1/10 – 6/30/2012) $102,000
This year, we hope to exceed $450,000.
My goal for this year is to raise $________ (a 15% increase over last year).
I hope you are able to sponsor me in this year’s . I have enclosed is a self-addressed envelope (please make a check out to the American Cancer Society) or you may donate on line by going to www.spinodyssey.org/donate. If you are affiliated with an organization that would match your contribution, that would also be appreciated.
Thanks very much for taking the time to read this letter and considering contributing to an outstanding cause.
Sincerely, Your Name
Regarding "time line": In November, I start talking about the SPINODYSSEY to everyone I see and know. I try to reach certain people to donate in late 2011, so I email some of them in the beginning of November. Some people need year-end tax deductions, so I mention that as to why I am writing. This also catches them before the big holiday rush and holiday spending. It is also good to approach people in January, I try for the latter part. You can also send a note with your holiday cards to plant the seed! I usually send the recap article from the newspaper, w/a post-it that says "Hope you can come on March 6, 2011!" Just about the 1st or 2nd week in February I make a BIG PUSH.
- Set a $ Goal
- Have a plan with a time line (when you ask is important, too!).
- Make a list of people you ask. Keep track and send thank you's ASAP, and after the ride w/ an accompanying post-event article.
Dear Friends, It is that time of year again when I ask for your support for SPINODYSSEY. We need to raise $XXX,000 this year to bring our total in nine years to over $2 MILLION! I hope you can help and click on (insert my donation page) or please mail your check made out to the American Cancer Society by March 1 to my new address: FILL IN ADDRESS. I spend a great majority of my time volunteering for this event that raises money for breast cancer research. 100% of the pledges we collect is given to a researcher(s) we designate through ACS. From our SPINODYSSEY store & silent auction we also raise money for national breast cancer clinical trials at Norwalk Hospital. Thank you for your donation. Please come on Sunday, March 2 and meet SEVEN researchers we have funded in the past! Read more on www.spinodyssey.org My Name 2. About 5 days later I send a self addressed stamped envelope to the ones who did not donate. Use the Breast Cancer stamp inside & out!! This year I am also including a sheet we are creating featuring the 3 researchers we funded in 2010.
- First I email people my online donation page with a very SHORT note. . . .
You can print it off from www.spinodyssey.org and use it, too! I write each person a personal quick note on a 3 x 5 card . . .
"Tom, Hoping you can send me a check for the American Cancer Society, 100% which goes to the breast cancer researcher.
Please come if you can----it is very inspiring!"
- Try #2 to people like your OB/GYN, dentist, car mechanic, a store manager or restaurant owner where you frequent, physical therapist, old high school friends.
Think outside your email address book and your holiday card list!
- FYI it is against YMCA policy as well as many other clubs to solicit members for donations. So I don’t. Unfortunately that is a huge group I can't ask. I may try to plant a "mole" that urges the fellow members to donate!
- I have a glass jar that says "Spare Change for SPINODYSSEY". I am keeping it and a on an end table when people visit me at my condo. I ask people if they have spare change when they come over. I collected $175 last year with that!