Fundraising Tips


Set a Goal

Set a financial goal for yourself and aim high. Share your goal with your potential supporters, so they understand exactly what you are trying to accomplish. 


Social Media

Get the word out using your own social media accounts!

  • Change your profile picture to the Walk for Hospice logo
  • Help get the word out with using our hashtag:
    • #walkforhospice
    • #southshorehealthsystem
  • Share your fundraising page on your "status box" and ask for donations
  • Ask for help!
    • Share your team page and ask others to join
    • Ask others to share your fundraising page on their newsfeed
  • Get a challenge going:
    • Share an incentive contest for your friends & family (Example; Anyone who gives more than a $10 gift will be entered to win a ___"
  • Thank your supporters online by tagging each person who has given in a post and maybe a fun memory of them. Those who see it will want to help you and get some recognition. 


Letter/E-mail Campaign 

Send a letter or email to friends and family to generate support. A few tips include:

  • Share your personal reasons for supporting Hospice of the South Shore. The more connected a person feels to your story, the more likely he or she will become one of your sponsors. 
  • Include a description of the Walk for Hospice. Let supporters know this is an event that draws more than 2,000 people on the South Shore. Last year’s Walk raised more than $191,000.
  • Don't limit your mailing list include friends, family, neighbors, former associates, committee members, and local organizations (for example, your child’s soccer team). You never know who has been helped by Hospice care, so broadening your potential contributors will only give you a bigger audience with whom to share your story.
  • Send your letters or emails in waves. Mail close friends and family first, and then keep adding names as you go.
  • Ask your local businesses such as hair salons, nail salons, grocery stores, dance studios etc. to help you by offering a coin jar or displaying posters.
  • Remember, people will give when you ask! No donation is too small!

Office Fundraising 

Ask your manager if you can send a company-wide email explaining why you’re participating in the Walk for Hospice. Encourage your company to sponsor a corporate team. Our staff is happy to come to your workplace to make a presentation to your colleagues about the benefits of corporate sponsorship. Ask your manager if your company has a matching gift program. 

General Fundraising Strategies 

Keep extra copies of the Walk brochure in your car - you never know when you might meet potential contributors. Need more brochures? Email to request them. 

Ask churches, community centers, and school groups to support you. Ask the businesses you patronize to support you - your dry cleaner, fitness center operator, or hair stylist. 

Encourage supporters to submit donations online or collect donations when people agree to sponsor you. This will ensure donations reach Hospice patients sooner and save you from having to contact sponsors later.


Thank Supporters

Send a personal thank you note to each of your sponsors as soon as you receive their gift. Also, plan to send out a final thank you note after the event. You may want to include a picture of yourself on the day of the walk wearing your Walk t-shirt. 

2017 Walk for Hospice Sponsors