Give your fundraising a boost with E-cards this holiday season.
If you are short on time as the holidays approach, you can still fundraise for your Summit. It’s a busy time with exams and winter break coming but you don’t want to lose momentum. We have an idea for you of a quick and easy way to ask for donations online. Sending personalized e-cards is something you can do in an hour after school or on the weekend, and can be very effective.
MAKE A LIST
The first thing you’ll need to do is create a list of names and email addresses for the individuals who will be getting your e-card. Ask your parents and siblings to help you think of people who may be interested in supporting your Summit, or simply hearing what you are up to. These can be relatives, neighbors, friends, and co-workers – anyone really.
There are a variety of free online e-card resources available to you. We like CrossCards, Punchbowl, and American Greetings, for example. These sites all provide an array of options to customize your e-cards. Once you have the design picked, it’s time to write the text. This is the most important part of the card! The most effective e-cards will include these points:
- The background: Explain briefly that you were nominated and invited to attend an Ambassador Leadership Summit at a prestigious Harvard, Johns Hopkins, or UCLA campus during the summer of 2017.
- Call to action: Ask for a donation toward your tuition. Describe what you hope to gain from attending so they can understand what their donation will be used for. You may include a suggested donation - this tells people that even a small donation is appreciated.
- How to donate: Don’t forget to include our website address and phone number! Our website will provide them more information about your Summit, and our phone number (509.396.5551) is an easy way for them to make a donation for you.
After proofreading the e-cards, enter your list of email addresses that you already collected, and send! Our office will let your parents know after each donation is made so you can keep track.
Be sure to reach out to each donor with a heartfelt thank you card or email.
Are you a superstar fundraiser? Let us know your ideas and you could be featured on our blog! just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Emily Hanson
Emily is the Program Coordinator at Ambassador Leaders. When you call or email us, you'll likely speak with Emily. She loves helping families find the perfect program for their student and hearing how confident and motivated they return home.