Fundraising

At the bottom of this page are several forms you can print and use to help in your fundraising efforts.

30th Chevron Walk to End HIV Fundraising Suggestions

            1. Use your status update to inspire and fundraise

Inspire your friends to sponsor you by posting HIV/AIDS facts on Twitter or Facebook.  Be sure to include a link to your personal fundraising web page in each status update.

            2. Include Link to Donate in Your Email Signature

Include a link to your Personal fundraising web page in you signature.  Each time you send a message, the recipient will be provided with a reminder to sponsor you.

            3. Use our logo

Make your profile picture the Chevron Walk to End HIV Logo

            4. Give thanks & get sponsors at the same time

When somebody sponsors you, thank them publicly by updating your status with a message of thanks.  This not only lets that donor know how grateful you are for their kind donation, but also inspires others to donate!

            5. Advertise your events

Create a Facebook event to invite all of your friends to your next Chevron Walk to End HIV fundraiser.  Make it an open event so it appears in searches and so guests can send it to their friends.

            6. Remember Matching Gifts

Many employers will match the charitable donations made by their employees.  You may be able to double every donation you get!

            7. Post a Chevron Walk to End HIV Poster or Flyers

Put up a sign by the elevator, coffee maker, copy machine, vending machine, break room, or bathroom letting everyone know that you are having a fundraiser for the Chevron Walk to End HIV and that you would be grateful for their donation.  Or create flyers for your team, place flyers in businesses you frequent.  Ask your friends that are Uber or Lyft drivers to place the flyers in their cars.

            8. Raffle it Off!

Use your connections to get prizes donated for a raffle.  You can ask businesses that you frequent (restaurants, spas, hair salons) to donate.  Sell tickets at $2 each or 10 tickets for $15.  People won’t be able to say no to that bargain.

            9. Organize a 50/50 Raffle

Anyone can organize this type of raffle, it’s easy and the prize is CASH! Let everyone know that half of the proceeds from tickets sales will go to your Chevron Walk to End HIV fundraising total and half will go to the lucky winner.  Make your own raffle tickets, so you don’t spend anything!

            10. Ask Your Boss

This will provide a real incentive for your Team Members to raise as much as they can!  If matching the total amount raised by the team is not an option, ask if he/she would be willing to match what the team raises at your next fundraising event.  Or ask them to donate $25 for every person who registers on the team.  Just ask!

            11. Ask Your Payroll Department

Spread the word about your Chevron Walk to End HIV team fundraising by including promotional flyers with every paycheck.  The flyers should include information on how to register as part of the team and how to donate.

            12. Auction Your Skills

Are you a trained massage therapist?  Can you organize a closet like no one else?  What about cleaning house or re-vamping someone’s resume?  You can even be the “designated driver” for your friends for a night out on the town.  Let people know that you are willing to trade your services for a Chevron Walk to End HIV donation.  Set your price high – it’s for a good cause!

            13. Silent Auction

Another great way to raise money using donated items is to hold a silent auction.  Reach out to everyone you know and ask for product donations, gift certificates, etc. You can make attractive gift baskets out of smaller items.  Display the prizes in a high traffic area with a bidding sheet in front of each item.  Your co-workers will silently write down what they are willing to donate for each.

            14. “Denim Days” or “Dress Down Days” at Work

Ask management if you can plan Denim Days to benefit your team at work.  Charge people $5 to wear jeans to work on Fridays or any other specified day.  This is a quick and easy way to raise big bucks.  Everyone wants to be casual at work; help people be comfortable on the job and contribute to a great cause.

            15. Guest Bartending

Ask your local bar if they’ll allow you to be a guest bartender for a night, or even for a few hours on a Saturday afternoon.  Send out an Evite, inviting everyone you know to join you there for a drink, and ask them to invite everyone they know.  Create a sign to place on the bar or a flyer that reads, “All tips collected tonight will go directly to Joe Walker, who’s walking 2 miles to raise money for people living with HIV/AIDS.”  When people see the sign, they may be willing to dig a little deeper in their pocket!

            16. Office Potluck

Ask everyone to cook and donate an item for a theme luncheon in the office.  Take a vote on the theme, and then ask everyone who partakes in the lunch to donate $5 to the Chevron Walk to End HIV.

            17. Dinner with Friends

Ask your favorite restaurant to help you fundraise.  Is there a local restaurant that you frequent?  Are you friendly with any restaurateurs?  Ask the owners to donate a portion of one evening’s proceeds to your Chevron Walk to End HIV fundraising total.  Then make flyers with the information, create an Evite, and invite everyone you know to dine there on that evening.  You’ll bring in more business to the restaurant and more money to your Chevron Walk to End HIV fundraising total.

            18. Bake Sale/Garage Sale/Car Wash

Simply make some of your very best cookies, cupcakes, or pies, go through your garage, or organize a car wash.  Have your co-workers and friends get involved, especially those that can’t sponsor you financially.  Advertise the sale and then watch the profits come in.

            19. Chevron Walk to End HIV Sports Challenge

Choose any sport from basketball to dodge ball!  Charge a donation at the door to watch the game.  Secure donated goods and sell them at your concession stand with proceeds going toward your Chevron Walk to End HIV fundraising total.  You can make this a faculty vs. student tournament and the losing team has to do something over-the-top, if they dare!

            20. Benefit Concerts/Gigs

If you know a rock band, barn dance caller, jazz group, DJ, comedian, or string quartet, ask them if they will do a benefit evening for the Chevron Walk to End HIV at a local club or coffeehouse.

Tips form Expert Team Leaders

            21. Start a friendly Competition

Start up a friendly competition to see which group in your office could get the most donations.

            22. Give Team T-Shirts as an Incentive

Have unique, good quality shirts designed for the first 30 Team Members that sign up; Team Members are proud to wear them long after the Chevron Walk to End HIV and are telling others where they got them (so now the shirts have become a recruiting tool for next year).

            23. Reach Out to Previous Donors

Ask previous donors to take an active role and become a Team Member.

            24. Recognize and Reward Participating Students

Give community service hours to students who walk and award additional community service hours for money raised.

            25. Provide Easy Online Registration and Donation Opportunities

Advertise with signs and set up tables in your breakroom cafeteria with laptops so employees can register online during lunch.

These are just a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.  Be creative in coming up with other fundraising ideas!

 

Keep in Mind…

  • Not everyone will have the same response.  If you are getting all “no” or all “yes” responses, you are not asking enough people. 
  • People are busy.  If you do not receive a response to a phone call or e-mail right away, it is good to follow up.  Even people that are very excited to support your efforts may need reminding. 
  • Most people can and will give.  It is important to remember that every single dollar you raise translates directly into services for people living with HIV and AIDS.  That means that every donation, whether $1 or $1,000 matters.  With that in mind, please do not make assumptions about who can give or how much they can give.  Provide everyone the opportunity to contribute to your fundraising efforts and be open to all levels of support. 
  • Giving feels good.  People enjoy the feeling of supporting great causes, as well as the people in their lives.  It is important to always honor and acknowledge such generosity with a thank you.  Help your donors know how great it feels for you to have their support and how much of a difference they are making in the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS with a written acknowledgement. 
  • ASK, ASK, ASK!  The number one reason people do not give is that they were not asked.  It is important to remember that people want to support worthy causes and they also enjoy supporting their family, friends, and neighbors – You are providing them with an opportunity to do just that. 

Follow These 10 Easy Steps to Raise $1,000 in 1 Week!

Action

Total

Sponsor yourself for $25     

$25

Ask 5 family members for $25      

$150

Ask 10 friends for $20    

$350

Ask 5 co-workers for $10

$400

E-mail 12 people asking for $25   

$700

Ask 5 neighbors for $10 

$750

Ask 2 local businesses you frequently patronize for $25 

$800

Ask 5 members of a club or organization that you are a member of for $10

$850

Select 1 person or organization in your life and ask them to sponsor you at $50     

$900

Select 1 person or organization in your life and ask them to contribute $100  

$1000!


Start Fundraising!  Good Luck!

(Updated forms for 2019 coming soon)

Use the Registration Form to register as an individual the day of the Walk and the Team Form to register a team.

Team Leader Guide

Team Captain Checklist

Fundraising Goals Sheet

Fundraising Business Cards

Sponsor Request Letters

Club 250 Challenge

Donation Form

Walk Shirt Order Form

Get The Word Out