Early on, we like to touch base with each of our registered participants and conduct what we call a consultation. It’s a conversation between you and a People Helping People coach (in person if you live near our local office and over phone if you don’t) to develop a solid training and fundraising plan. Here’s what we’ll cover:
- Why you’ve committed to doing the Wine Country Bike Trek.
- How to train properly.
- How to create and implement a successful fundraising plan to help meet and exceed your pledge raising plan.
- Important dates and People Helping People Wine Country Bike Trek policies.
- What to expect on the Wine Country Bike Trek weekend.
An Important Note About Fundraising
The thing we’ve found that makes our participants successful is that they ask for their first donation within 24 hours of registering for the event. Asking others to support you now is an immediate statement to them, and to yourself, of your commitment.
At www.winecountrybiketrek.com you’ll find an abundance of resources – training schedules, fundraising tools, e-mail postcards, and more information about the event. You can send your donors to the website, where they can donate directly to your account online. All they need to do is click Fundraising Guide to get started. If you have friends and family who want to join you on the People Helping People, Wine Country Bike Trek, this is also a great place for them to register on the spot, or just get more information.
- Many Trekkers are doing well this year by mailing letters to out-of-town family and friends. You can write your own letter or use the one from your handbook. Just send a letter, a return envelope (if you can), and a pledge form already filled out with the sponsor’s name and address. It works!
- Don’t forget to go to people and places where you do business. They can be great sources of donation—your dentist, doctor, hairdresser, dog trainer, dog therapist, etc.Click here for additional suggestions
- Some businesses will match pledges. You agree to collect $100, for example, and then your company donates the same amount.
- Game Tournament – Have players pay an entry fee to compete in a tournament for a donated prize. Groups can easily raise funds within a very narrow timeframe. The game can be anything from one-on-one basketball to Scrabble. Ask a business you frequent to donate the prize. Invite friends and family to participate and encourage them to bring people. Download free tournament bracket sheets from www.darters.com and let the games begin.
- Party or Coffee Reception. – Have guests pay a fee to attend a fundraising party held in your home. Charge an entry fee and keep a donation jar out for people to drop money into during the event.
- Have a bake sale at your office – This has been a very successful way of teams raising dollars for their team.Not only are people helping you out, they are also getting a yummy treat!
We are here to help in any way we can. Once you have registered, the Guide to Fundraising will be emailed to you andshould give you lots of great fundraising tips and ideas.