2018 Huntington Towpath Century Ride

Build a prospect list.  A prospect list is like a fundraising map of everyone you know who may be interested in donating to your cause.  Some people the list might include are your spouse, your parents, your friends, your co-workers, and your neighbors.  Don't be afraid to get creative when making your prospects list.  Include people like your hair dresser, barber, your favorite store owner, or anyone else you interact with regularly.

Make sure to explain why you're fundraising.  If you are passionate about your cause, others are more likely to follow suit.  Make sure people know why you think the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail is important and why you want to see it completed.  Showing your passion about the Huntington Towpath Century Ride will spark donations.  Don't forget to set up your fundraising webpage to help advertise your passion about the Towpath Trail and Huntington Towpath Century Ride.


Don't be afraid to ask.  There is an old adage in fundraising, “If you do not ask, you will not receive a contribution.”  While it may sometimes be awkward to ask friends and family to donate, if they use the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, they most likely will donate to your cause because they will want to support the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail and your efforts. 


Provide a suggested amount for your donors  While there is no minimum donation for the Huntington Towpath Century Ride, it is often easier to provide suggested amounts of .25, .50 or $1.00 per mile, or a specific contribution amount and then let the donor decide how much they would like to contribute.  Always start by suggesting the highest amount you think they would be willing to donate.

Remember to mention the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.  Any donations made to the Huntington Towpath Century Ride are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law

Be sure to thank your donors!

 

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