Online Fundraising: How to Ask for Donations

ANNUAL SUPPORT-A-WALK ~ SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2017

Tips for Online Fundraisers


Have you asked people to donate yet? It’s never too early to start asking for donations. We rely on these donations year-round to sustain our free services.

Need tips about how to ask? Here are a few ideas:


Ask everyone you know

Email everyone in your address book and ask them to donate. Remember to include the URL to your fundraising page. Here’s a sample email you can use.

Explain why you care

One woman wrote this on her fundraising page to explain her personal connection to our cause:

“Without Support Connection, my incredibly difficult journey would not have as many high points. It is important to me that this resource is available to others, and your donation will make that happen.”

Maybe you or someone you know has been affected by breast or ovarian cancer. Maybe you’ve volunteered for us. Maybe you just want to make a difference in the lives of the people we help. Share your commitment, your passion!

Set a goal

Choose a fundraising goal. Post it on your fundraising page. Then, ask people to help you meet it!

Set a goal you think you can reach. As you get close, update friends and family. Ask them to help you reach or surpass it!

Encourage donations of all amounts

One young lady raised $500 in one week by telling her friends: “If everyone could donate $5, it would make a huge difference.” She compared a $5 donation to the cost of a sandwich.

PS: Plenty of people donated more than $5!


Frequently Asked Questions

I started a fundraising page but now I can’t find it.

Search for your fundraising page here.

I don’t know what a “URL” is.

The URL is the address at the top of your fundraising page and looks like this: https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/your-page-name/walk2017. Include this URL in your emails. When the recipient clicks on it, your page will open up for them.

What can I do to increase my contribution?

Take advantage of Matching Gifts. Many employers will match contributions made by their employees. This can double or even triple your donation! Check here to see if your employer has a Matching Gift Program. Support Connection is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit.

I’d like to learn more about the Support-A-Walk.

It’s all here in our Support-A-Walk Overview.

I still have some questions.

Check out our Donate and Fundraise FAQ’s. Or, contact us and we’ll be happy to help! walk@supportconnection.org, 914-962-6402.


Read all of our Support-A-Walk fundraising blog posts here.

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