By helping people to understand Ocean’s Harbor House, you are also educating and bringing awareness to people about homeless and runaway youth, helping people to understand Harbor House
Educating people about the cause of youth homelessness is the main key to gaining support from others ... not to mention that you are cycling over 180 miles!!! WOW!!
If you are dedicated to the cause and passionate about who the money will help, this often eliminates many of the boundaries! You’re not asking for money for you, you’re asking for money for youth in need.
Our mission is compelling and worthwhile and will change the lives of not only the young people served, but also the entire community.
You want to be sure to have a few main statements you are comfortable saying when asking people for donations. Let people know you are RIDING 180 miles or SUPPORTING the riders for 3 days. Harbor House is an agency dedicated to assisting homeless, runaway, abused, neglected and abandoned youth. You could not do the ride without their support.
How much do I ask for? Good question, it depends on who you are asking, this is a blurb about fundraising so there is some information in here about asking large corporations for money, but let us get the obvious out of the way…your family and friends! Most people will want to help and support you because they love you! You do not have to ask them for a specific amount, just explain what you are doing….and then direct them to the site. (Facebook is great for this) Now if you want to go for the big fish (we always encourage the big fish) here is how to do it. Have your script in place and be prepared to answer questions about your cause. Donors are typically flattered by the "over ask." Why would they not be? So, aim high, but be prepared for some negotiations.
Donations comes with a slew of benefits, both tangible and intangible. Explain the tangible (obvious tax benefits etc.) and the intangible (this gives you the opportunity to pull heartstrings and really tell the story of Harbor House). The path to success is to keep asking and there is a benefit to every in-person conversation with a donor. It builds the relationship, and may even secure future donations.
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