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  1. I have signed up for a half marathon for The Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. :eek: If you knew me, you'd know that running is not something that I do on a regular basis. Just wanted to do something meaningful for myself and raise funds for a good cause.

    That being said....

    Has anyone done any fundraising for themselves/an organization close to them? Did you send invites to customers as well as friends and family? I've never done a fundraiser before, and I didn't know if it would be appropriate to ask my customers to support a fundraiser on MY behalf.

    Another thought is this: The Society gives us personal websites to share with friends, families and businesses so that they may go online and make donations on my behalf. I could send out mailings offering the fundraiser OR going out to the site and making a donation.

    Any thoughts would be greatly appreicated.


    Aug 11, 2005
  2. rwesterpchef

    rwesterpchef Advanced Member

    I did a simple fundraiser that I was involved in, called "Refuse to Lose". (You can check it out at www.refusetolose.org). We were raising money for Cook Children's Hospital in Ft. Worth to get and intraoperative MRI machine. Total cost...4.5 million.
    I set up a show on my website, with the host's name as Refuse to Lose. I sent out emails to all of my friends and family, and even other email addresses of friends of friends that were listed on previous entertainment/junk mail that my friends send me. The email gave a brief overview of what Refuse to Lose was about, what I was doing, and how to order. Students in one of my classes at TCU also passed out flyers to their friends and emails to their family. The fundraiser was successful, given we only had 1 week to complete it. Obviously, I did not raise 4.5 million, but so far, everyone involved has raised almost 3 million for the cause through various fundraising activities.

    I would say both websites should include your information and the society's website (if you can customize) can provide a link to your Pampered Chef site as well.

    And in your emails, as your friends to forward to theirs. I got orders from people I don't have a clue where they came from. I contribute it to people simply "passing it on" like they do so many other emails.
    Aug 12, 2005
  3. chefjill

    chefjill Member

    How big did your fundraiser end up being?

    Jil Wright
    Director, Benicia, CA
    Aug 15, 2005
  4. rwesterpchef

    rwesterpchef Advanced Member

    $850 for the one week effort. Over the course of the semester, we raised about $12,000. As a "thank you" (and a marketing ploy to stir corporate donations), Garth Brooks performed a concert and we got free tickets for our help. Lot's of fun.

    Also, I was reading my prior post and sounds confusing about the 2 websites. Your PC Website should have information about the fundraiser and going to the fundraiser's website if they have one. Because of PC policy, the fundraiser's website cannot refer someone to your website...but it can provide a paragraph about the fundraiser oppty and a link to email you. I meant to contact HO about this and simply didn't (short on time). But I would think that the fundraiser's website could list your website as part of the promotion...because it is part of the "temporary" thing. Like if you are a booth at a fair and the fair flyer lists Pampered Chef as one of the stations.
    Aug 15, 2005
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