The Bridge wants to reach some of the children who've fallen through the cracks during the pandemic. Would you help us do that? Donate now.
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Here's a template you can use to craft an email for inviting friends and family to donate to your campaign.
Subject line: I’d love your support to achieve [campaign goal].
Thanks for taking a few minutes out of your busy day! I’m writing because I have committed to raising [personal fundraising goal $] on behalf of [organization name]. [Share your personal fundraising story here: why you’ve decided to support this work and your personal connection to the cause].
It would mean a lot to me if you could provide your support, and donating is easy. Simply follow the link to my campaign page: [link].
Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.
I’m fundraising on behalf of [organization name] because [share reasons why you’re fundraising and your personal connection to the cause].
I’ve seen firsthand the positive impact of their work and have a personal goal of raising [$ amount]. The money we raise together will support [specific program/project].
Please join me!
Q: You say, "12.5 years. No matter what." What does "no matter what" mean?
A: Kids cannot be kicked out of the program for any reason, except if they move outside of Shawnee County. The program we're modeling this after has a retention rate of 87%.
Q: Will kids have the same mentor for 12.5 years?
A: The Bridge will commit to each child for 12.5 years. We will ask new employees to commit to at least three years. The average employee sticks around 5-7 years.
The program is designed for each child to have several mentors over the 12.5 years. They will have at least one during elementary school, a second mentor during middle school, and a third during high school. This will help us better meet them where they are developmentally.
Q: What if the person I ask to donate is already a monthly donor? Can they increase their monthly donation?
A: Yes! Just turn in their request to increase their donation to The Bridge office and we will take care of the rest. And we'll make sure you get credit for that increase on your campaign page.
Q: What if a donor wants to write a check?
A: Great! They (or you) can mail it to The Bridge, 1023 SW 8th Ave, 66606. And we'll make sure you get credit on your campaign page.
Q: What if I have more questions that are not on this page?
A: Thanks for asking! You can ask in the comments below and we'll see about adding it to this list or we'll get a response directly to you.
What is peer-to-peer fundraising?
Peer-to-peer fundraising is a form of crowdfunding, a way for us to raise funds for the important work of mentoring at-risk kids.
Individuals can create personal fundraising pages on behalf of The Bridge. Through our website they share their page with friends, family and community members for donations (hence “peer-to-peer”).
We have signed up for a new website and we're giving it a trial run during the month of December. They specialize in this kind of fundraiser, and they're very helpful, but as you can imagine we have a lot to learn. So we are asking you to help us run an experiment.
Would you be willing to participate in our trial run peer-to-peer fundraising campaign?
Here are our goals:
How do I get started?
Six Steps to Start Your Own Fundraiser for The Bridge
1. Talk with your spouse and set a personal fundraising goal: How much do you want to raise? $500? $1,000?
2. Create your own, personalized landing page for the campaign.
4. Point them to your landing page.
5. Thank them personally (by text, email, phone call, or in person).
6. Take notes on your experience and give feedback: Join us on Zoom on January 6 to discuss it as a group .
Check out our campaign page here. If you're ready to sign up, just click "Become a Fundraiser," and they'll get you started!