The first 5 things you should do

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1. Start by making a donation to your own fundraising page

Other people are more likely to donate to your page when they see that someone has already contributed. Donating some of your own money also demonstrates to potential supporters that you are serious about helping the cause.

2. Personalize your fundraising page

Remember, your potential donors will be interested in the cause, but they are primarily interested in you. Make sure you tell them why you are getting involved and what your connection to the cause is (it doesn’t have to be long). You can also personalize the photos and videos on your page. If you have a lot of images or videos you want to share, feel free to delete the Young Leaders Society images on your page. Remember to add a profile picture, too!

3. Set a realistic fundraising goal, and surpass it!

The suggested fundraising amount is $500, but feel free to set your goal to $100 or $100,000. Every amount is absolutely appreciated!

4. Set a fundraising deadline

We hope to start installing Hydration Stations this summer. With this in mind, give yourself a time-frame in which to raise your goal and communicate your end-date to your friends and family.

5. Send individual emails to your five closest contacts and ask them for donations first

Getting your “inner circle” to donate to your page will help you build up some momentum. It’s also good to start with the people you are most comfortable with!

Bonus tip! Have fun!