Spring Sprint Fundraising 4 Ways

Spring Sprint 2015Toronto-TotalRaised just opened for registration and we’re excited for everything to come this year!

We know that it isn’t always easy asking other people for money to support you as you lace up for brain tumour patients and survivors. So, let’s get creative! A little humour behind your ask can help relieve some of the pressure you may feel when reaching out for donations.

1. The Swear Jar
Whether you stub your toe, bite the inside of your cheek or are simply having a frustrating day, sometimes you can’t help but let out a curse word (or two!). And you’re definitely not alone! Why not put out a Swear Jar at your home and see how much you can collect leading up to Spring Sprint?

2. Sponsored Silence
Sometimes you just need to keep your mouth closed – and in this case it’s for a good cause! You can do a sponsored day of silence that involves you, your family, your friends or your coworkers. Create a sponsor sheet and have people pledge your silent time. You can sell minutes by the dollar amount or simply set a total you’d like to raise and pledge to keep quiet for an entire day if you hit your goal.

3. The Bakeless Bake Sale
It’s a new year and people often vow to get fitter or be healthier. Help folks keep to their resolutions and do a Bakeless Bake Sale. You can send this cheeky letter to loved ones or coworkers letting them know about this topsy-turvy fundraiser:

You’re invited to NOT bake a cake, pie, cookies or brownies. You do NOT have to find the recipe. You do NOT have to shop for ingredients. You do NOT have to mix. You do NOT have to decorate or ice. You do NOT have to cut. You do NOT have to wrap. You do NOT have to wash dishes. You do NOT have to clean up your kitchen. You do NOT have to deliver the baked goods. BUT… You CAN pledge me for Spring Sprint and stay home, enjoying doing something for yourself or with your loved ones!

(Don’t forget to add in a link to your online fundraising page or details on how someone can pledge you!)

4. Polar Bear Dip
Being that we’re in the thick of a Canadian winter, I’d be remiss not to mention the ever-popular Polar Bear Dip as a fundraiser. You can have people pledge your ice-cold plunge and donate the dollars to Spring Sprint. No body of water nearby? Try doing an ice-bath or come up with a unique way to dunk yourself into freezing water. Just be sure to have a warm blanket, toque and boots on standby!

Ideas 3 and 4 are from a terrific website with lots of ideas to help you fundraise. You can also download our ’27 Days of Fundraising’ for additional DIY fundraising tips.

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