Can you believe it’s already July? I know for us with kids, the summer is going way too fast. Just this morning I took a look at the calendar and realized that the race is less than three months away! Yikes! All of our planning is coming together and things are going to be amazing yet again on race day.
One of the things that we like to spend our summer on is the ramp up of our FirstGiving fundraising pages. FirstGiving has been an amazing resource for us each year with last year topping out our fundraising just over $100,000. The entire race day brought in just over $200,000 so this is just about half our our total fundraising efforts each year. Traditionally, year after year we find that the same pages are created by the same loyal fundraisers. But this year we are seeing a dramatic change in the pages that are being created. We are so excited to see new faces creating pages and how easy it has been for them to get donations too. I know what you are all thinking, “I HATE asking people to donate!”. It’s not an easy thing for anyone to do. But luckily with social media, email, etc.. the asking part is much easier than the old days of making calls or going door to door. Now you just put your page out on your FB or twitter status and people just give.. pretty easy. This year we already have $20,000 raised and we are still 3 months away! Love it.
With summer upon us, seems like everyone I know is relaxing somewhere on the beach (if the rain stays away that is..). So for our July promotion, we can’t think of a better way to reward you for your help than by enhancing your beach relaxation and showering you will cool ISF gear and gifts that help enhance your summer. We get so many requests for our cool ISF shirts and merchandise so here is your chance to score it. And if your fundraising really takes off – we reward you even more!
Without delay, here are our new July fundraising promotions. Woo-hoo!
1. For anyone that creates a NEW FirstGiving page this month and raises at least $250 by July 31st, we will send you an awesome ISF package complete with our new tank or v-neck for women or polo for you guys out there, along with some additional ISF goodies. Click here to get started on your page!
2. For our current FirstGiving fundraisers, if your page can reach $500 by July 31st, we you be entered in a raffle to win a new Kindle Fire HD Tablet! For each $500 increment you raise, you will be entered again too. So, raise $1500 by July 31st – your name is entered 3 times! Soak up some of summer rays by reading the newest novel or stick this kids in front of a movie while you enjoy a glass of wine on your porch swing. 🙂 Ahhh.. sounds relaxing to me!
3. For ANYONE that donates to FirstGiving in the month of July, you too will be entered in a raffle to win the same Kindle Fire HD Tablet. We know that some people aren’t comfortable creating their own page but still want to give, and we want to thank them for donating. This is also a great promotion that you can mention when you tell people about your own fundraising page. Just by having them donate, they are entered to win. Pretty cool huh? Want to give now? Visit the page created in Isabella’s honor.
We are so excited to see this promotion take off and will be watching for progress the entire month. As always, know that we are here to make things as easy as possible for you so contact us if you would like us to set up your page for you. Our amazing Development Director, Maitland is just waiting for you to contact her so she can set it up for you. 😉 So email her at email@example.com for assistance and pointers on how to make your page successful.
Stay tuned for our upcoming August promotion as well as details on how you will be rewarded yet again in September by how much your page has raised with amazing prizes, giveaways and VIP experiences. We are crossing our fingers that we can pass the goal set last year of $100,000 and with your help, we think we can do it.
All of us here at the Isabella Santos Foundation hope that you continue to enjoy your summer. Be sure to cherish your families and the memories that you are making together. Don’t forget that the Isabella Santos Foundation 5K for Kids Cancer will be held on Saturday, September 21st in Ballantyne Corporate Park and registration is now open so get your entire family registered today!