The fundraising ideas library at www.The3Day.org is your best source for real-life fundraising ideas from
other Breast Cancer 3-Day participants. Here are some additional ideas.
ASK! ASK! ASK!
2. Forget-me-knots: Tie a pink ribbon on your potential donors’ fingers and ask them not to
3. Corporate Matching: Take advantage of corporate matching gifts programs. Many of your
4. Advertise while you walk: Ask local companies to sponsor your efforts and in return you will give them logo or name representation on a T-shirt you wear on the event.
5. Corporate Sponsor Shirt: Identify one corporate sponsor that you can ask for a large donation. Offer to wear their shirt for advertising while training and on the event.
6. Waiters: Ask the waiter/waitress or bartender at your favorite hangout to donate a day’s tips. If you have a friend who waits or bartends, ask them, too.
7. Spare Change: Ask your favorite restaurant or local pub to put out a jar for donations of spare change. Decorate it with quotes, pictures, pink ribbons. Anything to get someone’s attention. We’ve even seen port-a-potty piggy banks. Put these out somewhere obvious — you’re sure to get some attention.
8. Donation for Days: Ask people to donate an amount per each day of your Breast Cancer 3-Day commitment. Instead of a 25 dollar donation, encourage them to make three 20 dollar donations! Remember they can pay over the course of three months. Reminding your donors of the option to donate over time is a great way to increase the size of donations (keep in mind that donations can only be paid over the course of 4 months maximum).
9. Delegate: Give 10 friends 10 donation slips and ask them to get donations for you.
10. Birthday: In lieu of a gift for your birthday, ask your friends and family to make a donation to the 3-Day.
11. House-Warming: In lieu of a house-warming gift, ask your friends and family to make a
12. Wedding Gift: In lieu of a gift for your wedding, ask your friends and family to make a donation to the Breast Cancer 3-Day.
13. Retirement Gift: In lieu of a retirement party gift, ask your office to support you in the Breast Cancer 3-Day. What an incredible way to kick off your new life!
14. Ask your doctor(s), dentist and veterinarian for a donation.
15. Ask your chiropractor and therapist for a donation.
16. Ask your yoga instructor or personal trainer for a donation.
17. Ask your lawyer and insurance agent for a donation.
18. Ask your auto mechanic or dry cleaner for a donation, or for coupons that you can use at a fundraising party or raffle.
19. Ask your neighbors: Write a note to all of the neighbors on your block or in your apartment
20. Ask your hair stylist: If not a donation in the form of a check, then perhaps in the form of haircuts! See if he/she will host a hair-cut-a-thon, in the salon (or in your garage!) You can
21. Tribute Donations: Encourage your donors to make their donations in “honor of”, “support of”, or “memory of” someone they know who has been affected by breast cancer. This is a great way to let them feel very much a part of your experience. Suggest a donation amount for them to sign a shirt or a placard that you will carry with you on the Breast Cancer 3-Day, or print their names on a twist of pink ribbon that you will pin to your shirt.
22. “Sit” for Donations: Baby-sit, pet-sit, house-sit. Offer services to the neighbors to get them involved.
23. National Holidays: Don’t forget about Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day weekend and all of those picnics. Bring your donation forms and a donation jar — ask everyone in attendance.
24. Spinning Class: Hit up your spinning class instructor and classmates. Set a goal at the