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Tools and Tips

Every dollar you raise for the Gutsy Walk brings us closer to the cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.  To help you on along the way, we have included tools to help you with your GUTSY fundraising efforts.

PARTICIPANT FUNDRAISING TOOLS

Here are a few ways to boost your fundraising total and show some love to your donors.

Fundraising TIPS:

Aim high with your fundraising goal
A fundraising goal of $1,000 or more can feel daunting. We get that. But showing that sort of commitment to the cause can lead to larger pledges from your donors. Remember there’s no shame in not reaching an ambitious goal; any amount you raise will help better the lives of people impacted by Crohn’s or colitis.
Share your story
Once you have a fundraising page established, personalize it by sharing why the Gutsy Walk matters to you. Do you care for a child with Crohn’s or colitis? Do you take on IBD yourself? Have you overcome challenges after a surgery? This is where you can show potential donors why funds are needed, and the good those funds can do.
Get asking
One of the main reasons people don’t pledge is because they simply weren’t asked. People want to make a difference, as you do, and they’ll often step up when asked. Use the Participant Centre to email your contacts to ask for their support. Ask your friends, family, coworkers, and anyone else who could add their support.
Get social
Use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media accounts to spread the word about your walk. Include a link to your fundraising page in your tweets and Facebook posts. Put the link in your Instagram bio. Share the link with your professional connections on LinkedIn. The more people you reach out to, the better your chances of finding donors.
Gather pledges offline and track your progress
While most Gutsy Walk donations are made online, you can still find funds from folks who prefer to make contributions by cash or cheque. Print off a pledge form so you can add offline donations to your tally, and use the fundraising thermometer to keep you moving towards your goal.
Keep in touch with your donors

Use the Participant Centre to send thank you emails to the fine folks who have donated to your walk. The sooner you send a personalized thank you after receiving a donation, the better. It’s a nice touch to send a thank you message to all of your donors after the walk to let them know how the day went and how much their contribution is appreciated.

Create a TEAM...
Enhance your fundraising efforts and GUTSY experience by creating a team.

TEam Captain tips

How to build your GUTSY team?

Once you have registered online as the Team Captain, whether you are a Family, Corporate or School Team your next step will be to start building your team.
  • Communicate – by email, call or in-person let people know this event is important to you and they can help. The Online Participant Centre offers great tools to share information with this group including an email that has a link to join your team.
  • Encourage all members on your team to register online.
  • Set a goal. Donors will be motivated to support your team’s success.

How to motivate and resource your Gutsy Walk Team!

As the Team Captain, the following are some important tried and true tips to keep your team on track and inspired:

  • Remind your teammates to register on your team and to customize their personal fundraising page for best results. And, by having your team register online you will be able to stay in touch with them through the online Participant Centre. Through the Centre you can send your team emails and monitor their fundraising efforts.
  • Share with them information about Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis – crohnsandcolitis.ca.
  • Build team spirit by involving team members in creating a unique team name and designing your own team T-shirts or “outfit” or theme to wear at Gutsy Walk
  • Be creative, fundraising is more than simply asking for donations! Top up your team’s fundraising with some creativity and FUN by hosting TEAM FUNDRAISING EVENTS:
    • BBQ, bake sales, dinner party at home, pot luck lunch, pancake breakfast, cookie-gram
    • Bingo night, bowling, paint night, dress down days, workplace mini putt, garage sales, silent auction
  • Celebrate ALL fundraising wins leading up to the walk!  Congratulate your teammates as they achieve their personal fundraising goals, remember to thank donors, and thank everyone who has supported your team’s fundraising efforts.
  • Remind them of the great incentive prizes that can be earned for their fundraising efforts and the team contests.
  • HAVE FUN! - Remember, you are making a difference in the lives of people living with Crohn’s and colitis.