A ninja was a covert agent in feudal Japan as far back as the 14th century and possibly even in the 12th century. They underwent extensive training, which involved long distance runs, climbing, stealth methods of walking and swimming. Some legendary abilities of ninja training include invisibility, walking on water and control over nature. We know some of their techniques today because they were recorded on ancient scrolls. In an attempt to match the skillful arts of the Ninja, we have put together this guide. Below, you will find ten effective ways to raise money for childhood fitness.
Before we get into the actual ideas, we just wanted to pass along one other point. Many individuals in the United States already recognize that Childhood Obesity is a huge problem. When you explain what you are doing and why you are doing it, don’t be surprised if people are very eager to donate or sponsor you. If you look at another way, you are actually doing them a favor because they want to help but haven’t yet found a way. You are offering them a low-cost, sustainable, proven and effective way to stem the tide of obesity for the coming generation. We are partnering with Fit To Be Kids, a 501(c)(3) organization that is stemming the tide of childhood obesity! If you are new to fundraising, our Ninja Guide to Fundraising will help! If you are unable or unwilling to fundraise, you can make the donation to your own fundraising page before the race starts. Help us to spark a renaissance of student health and fitness. For more information, visit fit2bekids.com.
Donor letters: Send out a personalized email to all your email contacts telling them about the event and the cause. In the email, suggest an amount that would get you closer to your goal (example, $50). Make sure to emphasize that all donations are tax deductible. Some fundraisers have had better luck with handwritten letters.
Garage Sale: Instead of monetary donations, you can also suggest item donations. Everyone has that treadmill or an old sweater from the 80’s that they don’t want anymore. By collecting donations from your neighbors, friends, co-workers and family, you have items for a garage sale that will make a considerable dent in your fundraising goals!
Sponsors: Look for local sponsors in your hometown. A small mom and pop coffee shop might be willing to donate a larger amount if wear their logo on your running jersey.
Car Wash: Car washes can be a great way to generate money fast. Make sure to find a location on a busy street with a large parking lot and water available. If possible, call several local youth groups for volunteers.
Dinner Party: Invite friends and family over for a night of good food and lots of fun. Try to get the food donated from several local restaurants. Another option is to ask a friend to host the party at their place. During the event, make sure to get everyone’s attention for a few minutes to explain that you are running across the entire state (or entire country!) to help address the county’s childhood “inactivity” problem.
Games: Some fundraisers have had success with charging to play certain games of chance or skill. These games can be played at lunch, after work or on the weekend.
Special Event: If you have a birthday or anniversary approaching, host a party and ask that guests provide you with a donation to Fit To Be Kids in lieu of gifts.
Extra Change: Put an extra change jar next to the cash register of a cafeteria or restaurant. Be sure to note that donations will go to Fit To Be Kids.
Bake Sale: If you like to bake and your work in a large office, you can raise money by selling cookies in the breakroom.
Matching Gifts/Matching Grant Programs: Ask if your company has a matching gifts program. Companies like Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club offer matching grants so stop in and ask for an application.
If you have successfully used one or more of these ideas, please post your experience in the comments below with the goal of helping others to be their best.