As a Step Beyond Celiac participant you make a difference: 100 percent of the proceeds you raise support our work to accelerate treatments and a cure for celiac disease.

Tips for successful Fundraising

Personalize your message: Your supporters want to hear why you care about finding a cure for celiac disease and how they can help. We have templates to get you started, but your words, photos and inspiration are what will connect you with your supporters and bring your story to life.

Set a clear fundraising goal & gather support: Share your goal with friends and family and get them involved to help you reach it! As a team, identify talents and skills that can help your fundraising efforts. Brainstorm people and groups you know, your network is bigger than you realize. Don’t limit yourself – remember that there are many people whose lives or loved ones are affected by celiac disease and have interest in supporting you and the cause.

Be the first to donate: Inspire others by making the first donation yourself. This helps kick things off and shows potential supporters that you are serious about the cause. Consider asking others to match your gift.

Keep your donors engaged: Keep the people who give up to date on your efforts with emails, social media posts, and regular communication. Don’t be shy about asking them to help spread the word. They want to know how your fundraising and training is going and when you hit those milestones!

Follow up on donation asks: Most of us are bombarded by emails and social media alerts, so it’s easy for your fundraiser to slip through the cracks, even if people are invested. Don’t be shy, keep reminding them! The majority of donations come in within the last two weeks.

Don’t forget about matching gift opportunities: Encourage your supporters to explore their employer’s matching gift programs. Many corporations will match their employee’s donations to an accredited charitable organization. It’s an easy way to double or even triple the impact of a personal contribution.

Say “thank you!”: Take the time to express your gratitude in a meaningful way.  Make your supporters feel a part of your efforts. Send a personal thank you note or email to everyone who donates.  Make sure to send a final update post event with fundraising totals that shares your gratitude and experience too!

Remember, you already have everything you need to be a successful fundraiser! If you’d like additional help getting started – let us know!


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