Fundraising Tips and Tools

Top tips from our Prouty Fundraising superstars:

  • Most importantly, Don't be afraid to ask! You're not asking for money for your personal use; you're working to find a cure for cancer!
  • Set a fundraising goal and let your potential sponsors know what it is.
  • Write a personal letter; create a newsletter or press release. If you write a letter, include a donation form and a self-addressed stamped return envelope.
  • Suggest a minimum gift amount or put down options in your letter soliciting for support/donations ($100, $50, $25).
  • Write a personal note of thanks to each of your sponsors. This will go a long way, especially when you approach them next year!
  • If you are doing this in memory or honor of someone, ask that person's friends and family for pledges and let your potential sponsors know. Telling a personal story about someone with cancer is a way for people to relate to you and your cause.
  • Don’t forget to mention - All donations to the Friends of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center are tax deductible. The tax ID is 26-4812335

 

FIVE STEPS TO FUNDRAISING $500 - FUNdraising doesn’t have to be hard - check out these five simple steps for raising $500!

  1. Ask four family members to sponsor you at $25 each = $100
  2. Find five friends or co-workers to sponsor you at $20 each = $100
  3. Email 10 people & ask for a $10 donation = $100
  4. Ask your company for a $100 contribution = $100
  5. Ask four businesses you frequent for $25 and you've met your goal! $500

 


FUNDRAISING LETTER SAMPLE (must be edited by you!)

Email Subject: Time to Prouty! Support the 37th Annual Bike, Walk, Row & Golf Event

Highlighted Message:
How has cancer touched you this year?

Email Text
In November, my best friend, Nancy, found out she had stage IV breast cancer.

Don’t we ALL know someone a family member, friend, colleague, parent, child who has been affected by this deadly disease? With every cancer diagnosis I feel more driven to do something about finding a cure for cancer—and I want to ask you to be part of my efforts to fight cancer.

On (DATE), I am going to bike 100 miles in The Prouty™ to raise money for cancer research at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center. One hundred miles is quite a distance and The Prouty route through the Connecticut River Valley is challenging. But when I think of Nancy and my friends and family who have battled cancer, I realize that my bike ride is nowhere near as tough as what they experience.

To participate in The Prouty, I’ve committed to raising $150 toward cancer research. But it’s my personal goal to raise $1,500, $500 more than I raised last year! You can help by sponsoring me (again); just click on the website link listed below.

If you prefer to send a check, make it payable to FNCCC/DH-H and mail it to Friends of NCCC, The Prouty Office, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756. Make sure that you indicate that it’s for my ride by placing my name in the memo area of the check.

Money raised by The Prouty supports cancer research and patient services at Norris Cotton Cancer Center—our premier facility is one of just 47 in the country designated by the National Cancer Institute as a comprehensive cancer center. It’s also the ONLY comprehensive cancer center in northern New England servicing New Hampshire and Vermont.

Prouty dollars support researchers with creative new ideas. Seed money for these pilot projects allow the researchers to obtain data that can then be used to apply for much larger federal grants. Over a five year period, Prouty Pilot project grants totaled $1.2 million and then brought in more than $20 million in federal grants. Money raised through The Prouty™ also makes possible patient supportive services that are otherwise unfunded.

Research conducted here helps cancer patients not only in the Upper Valley, but all over the world. If you’d like more information on the research done at Norris Cotton Cancer Center, go to www.cancer.dartmouth.edu

Together, we WILL make a difference in the fight against cancer. Thank you for your support.


RECRUITMENT LETTER SAMPLE (must be edited by you!)

Email Subject:
Come fight cancer at The Prouty™ on July 14

Highlighted Message
For me, it’s time to do something about cancer!

Email Text
How about you? Don’t we ALL know someone a family member, friend, colleague, parent, child who has been affected by this deadly disease? This year my best friend, Nancy, was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. So I wanted to do something about finding a cure for cancer. Will you help me?

On (EVENT DATE), I am going to participate in The Prouty to raise money for cancer research at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center. I’ve chosen to bike 100 miles. But you certainly don’t have to bike 100 miles to participate in The Prouty. There are lots of ways to participate: from a 5k walk on Saturday in Hanover, NH, to a two-day, 200-mile ride starting Friday in Hanover, NH, and cycling through Vermont, or even a rowing event on the Connecticut River for sweeps and sculls.

Sure, The Prouty routes—biking, walking, rowing, and golfing—through Hanover and the Connecticut River Valley can be challenging, but being with so many people who are all there in support of finding a cure for cancer is inspiring! (It’s also really fun.) Plus, when I think of Nancy and my friends and family who have battled cancer, I realize that my ride is nowhere near as tough as what they’ve been through.

Participants in The Prouty come together to celebrate and support the courage of cancer patients and survivors everywhere and to raise money for crucial research and important patient support services at this nationally-recognized cancer center. Norris Cotton Cancer Center is the ONLY comprehensive cancer center in northern New England. Yet, research conducted here helps cancer patients not only in the Upper Valley, but all over the world.

Prouty dollars support researchers with creative new ideas. Seed money for these pilot projects allow the researchers to obtain data that can then be used to apply for much larger federal grants. Over a five-year period, Prouty Pilot project grants totaled $1.2 million and then brought in more than $20 million in federal grants. Money raised through The Prouty also makes possible patient supportive services that are otherwise unfunded.

I hope you will click here, www.theprouty.org, to register now to participate as an individual, by joining or starting a team, or by signing up your family to be part of this critically important event. YOU have the power to make a difference in the fight against cancer.

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