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  1. Be Committed:  Make the first pledge yourself online.  When friends, colleagues and family members see your contribution, they will be more willing to support you.
  2. Ask Everyone:  Ask family and friends first.  Branching out from there is simple; ask clients, co-workers and club members, among others.
  3. Ask via Email:  Send an email request for donations to support your participation (see Step 2-Fundraise page for suggested wording) to your friends, family and co-workers.
  4. Ask for a Specific Amount:  Set a goal.  Tell everyone the amount of your average pledge and ask people to donate more.  Ask for donations on payday.
  5. Turnabout is Fair Play:  Ask anyone who sold you candy bars, gift wrap and cookies over the years for their children's sports team or favorite charity to contribute to the Walk for Thought.
  6. The "Extra Change is my Pocket" collection:  Set up a box or jar with a sign requesting 'Coins for Thought' for your co-workers, and/or family and friends at home to collect their spare change.
  7. Make a List of Places Where You Spend Money:  Ask your doctor, hair stylist, and dentist.  Remind them that all donations are tax-deductible.
  8. Get Matching Gifts:  Contact your HR department to learn if your company has a corporate matching gift program.  If so, complete a form to return with your contributions.  This is an easy way to increase your fund-raising.  You can also encourage your donors to ask their employers for matching gifts.
  9. Corporate Matching Gift:  If a company does not have a matching gifts program, it will often support your efforts in other ways.  Ask your company to match the amount of pledges you receive from your fellow co-workers.
  10. Meet the Press: Does your company distribute a newsletter?  Does your company have inter-office email?  Take advantage of these...it's perfect to get the word out.
  11. Dress Down Day:  Ask your company to allow an official Walk for Thought Dress Down Day.  For the privilege of dressing down, employees donate $2 towards your goal!
  12. Ask You a Member of a Civic Organization?  Get on the meeting agenda.  Ask the group to sponsor you, form a team, or volunteer.
  13. House Party/Barbecue:  This is a sure-fire way to raise money.  Collect donations and entertain at the same time.  Select a theme for the evening's event and have fun!
  14. Raffle:  Everyone that contributes is entered into a raffle to win a special item you have made or bought, such as a homemade quilt or baseball tickets.
  15. Church Bulletin:  Write up a notice for your church bulletin/newsletter to invite them to support your participation by making a donation to the Walk for Thought!