Reaching Your Goal When Your Deadline Is Around The Corner

Posted by on April 25th, 2017
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Your deadline is coming up fast and you still have a ways to go on your goal. Don’t panic! Our top fundraisers have identified these strategies to help you get the most done during crunch time.

1. Break It Down. Break down your goal into a per-day mindset. For example, if you need to raise $500 and only have 10 days left, you need to raise $50 per day. This will give you daily manageable goals that are less overwhelming than your total goal. 

2. Get Organized. If you haven’t already, download our Donor Tracking Sheet and fill it with names of potential donors. Also, set aside a couple hours this week to focus on fundraising. Find a place where you won’t be distracted and spend some time listing out potential donors, then emailing, calling, or texting them with your personalized appeal

3. Post an Update to Your Fundraising Page. Posting an update to your page is an excellent way to alert friends and family on the progress of your campaign. Create an update that has a sense of urgency: clearly state that your campaign is coming to an end and that you believe you can reach your goal with help from others! 

Head over to the Manage tab of your page, then Story, then Updates. Those who have already given to your page will receive an email that you’ve updated your page and they might even donate again!

4. Follow-up and Social Media. Now is the time to call on all those who’ve said they’ll give but haven’t yet. Take a few moments to craft an appeal to them. Thank them for pledging to give and let them know that now is the time to follow through. Remember to stay away from being accusatory. Keep your tone positive and say something like, “Though my deadline is just around the corner, if you and 8 other people give $50, I’ll make my goal!”

Now is also a great time to post on Social Media. Try using Thank/Ask posts--Thank a donor who has already donated by giving them a shout-out, then ask if others will join. I.E. “Thank you to Jess for donating $25 to my fundraising campaign for education in Sudan! I just need 10 more people to be awesome like Jess--will you be one of them?”

Need Additional Help?

We've only seen it happen a few times, but sometimes a fundraiser does everything right and still makes no progress. If almost no one is giving to your campaign and you have tried everything on our Fundraising Support listcontact us for additional help. 

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