Thank you for signing up for HuskyTHON 2015, which benefits Connecticut Children's Medical Center through Children's Miracle Network Hospitals! Whether this is your 1st year participating or your 5th, whether you're on a team of 200 or a team of 2, each participant makes a difference, and each contribution brings us closer to helping make miracles happen. HuskyTHON 2015 is March 7th - 8th, but it's never too early, or too late, to start fundraising. We can accept donations right up through the night of the Dance Marathon!
Your most vital resources are the ones around you: friends, family, your friend's family, and your family's friends. They already know you and it's a chance to share something important to you. Explain to them what HuskyTHON is and why you chose to participate.
Reach out to families you babysit for, high school teachers, former coaches, music instructors, professors, co-workers, local companies, and restaurants in your community.
Ask for a donation and see if a company will match the amount!
How To Ask
In person! Just by talking about HuskyTHON, you may find potential donors. Talking to people face-to-face about HuskyTHON will allow them to see how passionate you are about it.
Write a letter. Take the time out to handwrite a personal letter to someone. Everyone appreciates the effort that goes into it!
Send an e-mail. This allows you to reach out to people you might not have as strong of a connection with, but it is formal and will give them insight regarding what HuskyTHON is about.
Don't forget about social media! Think about how many newsfeeds you must show up in on adaily basis. Your Donor Drive page has a link you can share or tweet in only seconds. Facebook messaging is a great way to reach out to your friends as well.
Go canning outside of grocery stores or large shopping areas with a few friends for a few hours on a Saturday morning! Whether your team is big or small, this is another easy to make instant HuskyTHON cash.
If you have any questions or for more information, please contact our Director of Canning, Molly Leahy.
ZumbaTHON & Spin-a-THON have both been largely successful, and we owe a lot of thanks toour Miracle Walk fashion show.
What can you put on? A walk-a-dog-a-thon? Forget Late Night, how about holding your own Karaoke? Start your own tradition; maybe a pasta party the night before HuskyTHON, or a pancake breakfast the day of. Any day of the week is a good day for a fundraiser; think of something new like crepe & omelet night or delivering cupcakes.
There's nothing like some friendly competition to raise money.
The possibilities are endless - ask for a fee per team and maybe find a prize for the winners! Hold your own tournament. Golf tournaments (mini golf counts too!), different THONs (marathons, triathlons, dog-walk-a-thon, you get the idea!). Depending on how large you make it, you can even sell concessions like sodas & snacks for some extra profit!
What Can You Sell?
Everyone has a few items they could do without. A yard sale or a closet sale is an easy way ofgetting rid of your excess and getting cash fast. Organizing a textbook sale could be beneficial to everyone, too. What else can you sell that people would buy? Do you have team shirts for HuskyTHON? Sell them for a little more and add the profit to your fundraising goals. Remember those lemonade stand days and advertising homemade carwash signs in bubble letters? When was the last time you took part in a cake walk? Or a dunking booth? There's nothing quite like pie-ing someone in the face. These classics have worked in the past, why not now? Put a twist on an old classic. BE CREATIVE, you never know you'll come up with!
10 General Fundraising Tips:
Put just $1 in a jar every single day for 100 days.
Dump your change at the end of every week into a container and set it aside until the big day.
Shop online and get money back when you buy items from sites like Ebates, UPromise, and RetailMeNot.
Opt for water instead of a drink when you eat out.
Deposit those cans and bottles at a bottle return, which can be found at your local supermarket.
Go canning outside of grocery stores or large shopping areas with a few friends for a few hours on a Saturday morning!
Skip that pricey Mani/Pedi and DIY - either by yourself or with your friends! And you don't even have to tip!
Instead of buying coffee every day from Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks, make it yourself and watch your savings pile up!
Have you done anything with your tax returns yet?
Make connections with corporations and ask for donation matching.
If you need any help fundraising or coordinating an event, please contact Allison Cui, our Director of Strategic Fundraising, or Jessica Solotruk, our Vice President of Fundraising. The Management Team is always ready and available to help!