Welcome to the Fundraising Guide! Below is a guide to help you make miracles happen.
Create a List of People and ask them for Donations
This list should contain family members, friends, co-workers, classmates, neighbors, and other individuals who may be willing to support you in your fundraising efforts.
Make sure that you establish connections with each type of audience you come across by finding a common interest. Know your audience when asking for funds. Tailor your “ask” to each audience. Make in person asks. Also, try to ask the friends and family you see on a regular basis to support you. Make sure to share your personal “why” with others so that can connect with you easily.
Set Goals for Yourself
Set a monetary goal for yourself to reach each month. Example: I will raise $250 this month
Ask for specific amounts. Example: I am trying to fundraise $25-$50 today for Prisma Health Children’s Hospital-Upstate
Ask donors to make small repetitive donations by clicking the “once a month” choice on donor drive.
Come up with Personal Fundraising Ideas
Birthdays: If your birthday falls over Christmas break, consider asking for a donation to support your fundraising efforts instead of a physical gift.
Sell items that you no longer use: Make use of secondhand clothing stores to sell your old clothes. Also, make use of stores that resell furniture, musical instruments, textbooks, bags, and other items that you have sitting around in your house. Ask your parents and extended family if they have anything they would be willing to get rid of.
Share videos and photos that help convey the impact that you are making
Statistics to use When Fundraising
Statistics really help to establish cause connections. Use these statistics when asking for donations
on Instagram, Facebook, emails, letters, and other forms of communication.
FUNDRAISING TIPS AND TRICKS
Shorten your donor drive link in your profile settings!
Post your link on social media--make a Facebook post sharing your "why" and include your shortened url!
Use the bio sections of social media profiles to include your link to Donor Drive
Ask your parents' companies to support Clemson Miracle (Most companies will match donations too!)
Send personal emails/letters/calls to family and friends
Send requests on venmo!
Personalize your pitch
Share what donations help the hospital!
Share Miracle Kid stories or personal stories about your experience with Clemson Miracle!
Anytime you get a donation, send a thank you email through Donor Drive or send a personal thank you!
Make sure you are fundraising yourself before asking others to give to you. Lead by example.
Ask for advice from others who are fundraising! They will have good tips and ideas.
QUICK AND EASY FUNDRAISING IDEAS
Use these simple fundraising ideas to reach your goal in no time!
Post silly or embarrassing pictures on social media for donations! Ex: For every donation of $5 or more I will post an embarrassing picture!
Set up a coin jar in any high traffic area - your kitchen, cup holder in the family cars, even your apartment or residence hall.
Do an embarrassing dare (like eat a really hot pepper) for small donations.
Tag people in your organization's Facebook group or GroupMe and ask for small donations of $1-$5
Be your friends’ Uber for donations
Ask for donations on your birthday and make a Facebook post about it! You can even shut down your wall so that people can only see your post about donating!
Deliver snacks or meals to friends during finals
"Rent" out your Netflix, Spotify, Hulu, or other accounts!
Send venmo requests for small amounts $1-$5!
Make a bet with friends at a rival school and have the loser donate to the other’s Donor Drive!
Sample Letter or Email
This year, I am participating in Clemson Miracle’s Dance Marathon. I am very excited about this event and I would love for you to consider supporting me in my efforts.
Clemson Miracle is Clemson University's largest student-run nonprofit organization. Clemson Miracle members work year-long to raise funds and awareness through campus wide and community events because Kids Can't Wait. At the end of our fundraising efforts, we host our main event, Dance Marathon, to celebrate with the Miracle Families and dancers.
This year, Clemson Miracle has committed to making Little Things Matter for kids and their families at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital-Upstate. This is our year long campaign to envision more memories, moments, milestones, and happiness for each child.
We will contribute our funds to pediatric summer camps for the second year as well as The Canine F.E.T.C.H (Friends Encouraging Therapeutic Coping and Healing) Unit, one of many Child Life programs at GHS. This team is comprised of four highly-trained facility dogs who partner with their handlers to provide emotional support to pediatric patients and bring comfort to siblings, parents, visitors, and staff.
I am participating in Clemson Miracle Dance Marathon to help make a difference in the lives of others, and I am asking you to join me in supporting this cause.
Any contribution will help, and all donations are 100% tax deductible.
Thank you in advance for supporting me, Clemson Miracle, and most importantly, the patients and families at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital-Upstate.
Checks can be made out to:
Prisma Health Systems - Upstate
Checks can be mailed to:
318C Sirrine Hall
Clemson, SC 29634-1323
You can donate to my personal fundraising page here: [enter fundraising page URL]
Kids Can't Wait,
Sample Facebook Post
This year, Clemson Miracle is committing to making #LittleThingsMatter at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital-Upstate in Greenville, SC. On March 2nd, I will stand on my feet for 11 hours to support the patients and families at the hospital! Please help us reach this momentous goal by donating to me at [Personal Fundraising Link] Please reach out to me if you would like to learn more about this organization!
Sample Instagram/ Snapchat Stories
Today, I am trying to raise $26 for the 26 days that most babies spend in the NICU at Prisma. If you would like to support me, please click on the link in my bio. Thank you!
Today, I am trying to raise $4 for the 4 facility dogs that snuggle, play and help laugh away the stress of being in a hospital for children. If you would like to support me, please scroll up and click on the link to my personal fundraising page.
Make #LittleThingsMatter with Clemson Miracle by helping me raise $20 for the child life specialists providing activities and educational services during a child’s time in the hospital.
Sample text message
Hey (Insert friend's name)! This year, I am standing for 11 hours with Clemson Miracle to support the patients and families at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital-Upstate! I have set a goal to raise [Your Fundraising Goal] to help Clemson Miracle commit to Envision More. Please consider supporting me by donating at [Personal Fundraising Page]! If you would like to learn more about this organization, please don’t hesitate to ask me!
Please consider supporting Clemson Miracle’s movement to make #LittleThingsMatter! Visit [your link here]
Sample Instagram Post:
*Post a throwback picture* I had the chance of living a healthy, happy childhood, but not every kid is that lucky. Help me help the kids at Prisma Health Children's Hospital-Upstate have a happy childhood by donating to the link in my bio!