The USJDP has created a great fundraising program to help all our European Tour participants raise money and help defray the costs of their tours. And the best part of this program is... every single dollar raised by the athlete, goes directly to the athlete! We have found this to be very beneficial to prospective sponsors as the people in your circle of influence want to help YOU, not the entire team, and therefore are much more inclined to help out in this scenario.
How It Works
We will create a dedicated webpage for each of our Selects Tour Team Participants (click here to view a Sample Player Page), complete with their own personal fundraising goals. You can then reach out to your network of family and friends, tell "your story", and ask for sponsorships. Each player will have a goal listed on their personal page, determined by you and your family, which you will strive to achieve . This goal may sound like a lot but when pitched correctly it is not (Remember… you are asking people to "Sponsor" your player, not donate to them... it’s all in a word that drives people to action).
Once your page is created, you can start sharing it! But be sure to have fun with it and to NOT treat it like the everyday, run of the mill fundraiser. Tell your network it’s like taking your player out to lunch, Starbucks or dinner. If 10 friends “Contributed” $25.00 each, you will have raised $250.00. The more you communicate to your network of friends the better your campaign will be. Today, a majority of people have a Facebook page or a Linked-In type of social media. If you have one, please add you personal link to your social media pages and also encourage all of your contacts to do the same. Remember… the greater the size of your network, the greater the net worth of your campaign.
Some interesting stats from our last Tour Fundraising Campaign:
- Total amount raised = $15,168, in ONE MONTH!!
- Total Contributions processed 214, in ONE MONTH!!
- 2 players raised 100% of their goal
- 4 players raised $1,000 or more
- 11 out of 17 total players participated and raised something
... and all in just 4 weeks! Imagine how much you could raise in 4 months. You could easily pay off your entire trip!
Get Started Today!
Follow these 4 simple steps to setup your own personal fundraising page and start collecting donations!
1. Create your own personal fundraising webpage.
This personal webpage is where your friends and family will go to make a donation to your tour. To setup your page, click the green "Get Started Today" button in the top right corner of this page, fill out all necessary fields and submit the completed form. Once you submit the form we will begin to create your own personal fundraising webpage and then email you the direct link once it is finished.
2. Share Your Link By Inviting Your Contact Base
Send a personal email to those that you want to contribute or sponsor and tell them about your cause. The more compelling you are about your cause the more success you will have. Please keep in mind, you are not asking for a lot of money just a little from a lot of people. Make sure you are stating that this support is for your player’s trip to Switzerland and the opportunity to compete against, as well as train with, some of the best hockey players in Europe. Once you have registered your friends, family and co-workers they will see some photos and a note from your player. They can easily make a contribution as well as leave a note or comment on the page. Add something fun in your note like… instead of buying me lunch this week, please sponsor me on my trip to Finland or Switzerland.
3. Invite Your Social Network
Post a message to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and any other social media platforms you have about the trip. Keep in mind, this part of your campaign is the most critical. We also need you to Like and follow the USJDP Facebook Page as this is where we post updates and news on the upcoming tour, as well as live upodates during the tour.
4. Ask Friends to Help You Promote
You can get other people (brother, sister, friend or someone who owes you a favor) to help you promote your campaign by asking them to copy your link and post it on their own websites, Facebook pages and other social media sites.
Remember, Communication is King!
The more you communicate with your network, the more success you will have.