It is less than a month until the ride. You’ve accepted the “20 for 20” challenge. You stepped out of your comfort zone by asking everybody you know (and a couple of strangers) for donations. You’ve maximized your donations using corporate matching programs. What else can you possibly do? Tell people about the charity!
Don’t be this guy: “I sign up for Flag2GC. I train. I ask people for money. I do the ride. I drink beer. I win raffle prizes. But, I’m not really sure what the Marine League Charities actually do.”
People are more likely to donate (or donate more!) if you explain the impact Toys for Tots has on Northern AZ
Let’s start with the basics…
Last year, we raised $67k which allowed Toys for Tots (T4T) to provide 20,192 toys, books and educational items to 9,792 children in Northern Arizona.
That’s pretty awesome, huh? Well, let’s dig a little deeper…
Turns out there is a high number of low-income families in Northern Arizona, including many on Indian Reservations. The primary goal of T4T is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.
Did you know that Flag2GC is their biggest fundraiser of the year? It represents 40 to 45% of the annual budget. This is critical because – as opposed to Phoenix, they do not have the infrastructure to accumulate toy donations – therefore, 85% of the gifts are purchased. According to Program Coordinator, Gary Smith, “It is only by raising funds and volunteerism that we are able to provide a Christmas for children who might not otherwise have one. We are extremely grateful for your longtime support.”
If you haven’t watched video of the Toy Drop by helicopter to the Havasupai Indian tribe, check it out. Better yet, include the link in the next fundraising email that you send.
Remember, every $17 we raise means T4T can support another deserving child at Christmas. If successful, the “20 for 20” challenge means we can impact more than 1000 additional children.
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Do you know of sponsors who want to contribute swag for the raffle? Send us an email!
Now – get busy raising and get busy riding!