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Q on Charity Rides

Old 08-30-04, 02:29 PM
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Q on Charity Rides

Hey guys,
I'm interested in trying to raise money for charity rides next year and was wondering how do you exactly go about collecting donations? The Camp Laurel one doesn't seem too bad at $500 minimum, but the Amgen Charity rides and such are awfully steep at $2900 minimum....any advice?

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Originally Posted by MelloBoy
Hey guys,
I'm interested in trying to raise money for charity rides next year and was wondering how do you exactly go about collecting donations? The Camp Laurel one doesn't seem too bad at $500 minimum, but the Amgen Charity rides and such are awfully steep at $2900 minimum....any advice?

melloboy
Hi Melloboy,

I got started in cycling due to being invited to do a charity ride. My entry minimum was $1600, and I've never done any fundraising at all, but I'm having a good bit of luck with my efforts so far. Here's what I've done to this point:
1- wrote a letter to friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors telling the story of a little boy I knew with juvenile diabetes and how it affects his life, family, future. asked for donations and explained about the charity ride.
2- invited several couples to my home for italian dinner. served wine, bread, salad, great meal! then i told them all about my charity ride and asked them to consider sponsoring me. if they agreed, i asked them to consider donating the amount they would have spent on their Italian dinner out somewhere.
My friends are cool, but this might not work for everyone. You don't want folks to feel ambushed and put on the spot. My friends kinda knew what I was up to, so you may want to give them a heads up that you're looking for donations at the dinner party.

Hope this is helpful.
good luck...
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