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7 Easy Steps to a Successful Promise Walk Team

February 23, 2015
What is a team? Just a group of people who want to hang out together and support moms and babies!

What is a team? Just a group of people who want to hang out together at the walk to support moms and babies!

You’re a valuable part of the fight against preeclampsia, eclampsia,  HELLP syndrome and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, and your participation in The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia will change the lives of others.

Whether you’re a team member or leader, here are 7 Easy Steps to a successful walk:

Step 1. Set your goal before you start fundraising. Think about the programs and services made possible by the money you raise that will benefit both children and adults affected by preeclampsia. As a team leader, you are the leader for preeclampsia education in your community network.

Step 2. Start early! Once you are registered to walk, your easiest donation will come from yourself. Decide what amount you would like to contribute and make an online donation. Remember that it is always easier to ask others, if you have already sponsored yourself!

Step 3. Ask everyone! Family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, business associates, vendors, teachers, doctors, and those you have supported in the past are just starting points. Ask your employer, religious or community group, and businesses that you patronize. Many companies have a matching gift program where the company will match every dollar donated to the Promise Walk by an employee.

Step 4. Choose a fundraising approach that works for you. You can reach a large number of potential supporters using a fundraising letter or e-mail. Other ideas include contact through postcards and telephone calls. Additionally, using social media like Facebook and Twitter will not only bring in donations but will spread awareness of the Preeclampsia Foundation.

Step 5. Select your style. Tell supporters your fundraising goal while talking about the walk. When asking for donations, be relaxed. Show your enthusiasm for the Preeclampsia Foundation. You’ll do best with the style of solicitation that reflects your personality. Make it personal and tell them your own story.

Step 6. Decide on a suggested donation level. People are more willing to donate when they know what you are expecting from them. $20? $50? Decide a level that works for you to get to your goal.

Step 7. Be creative! Establish a “dress down” day at work, hold a bake sale, car wash or dance contest; collect pocket change; have a garage sale or hold a silent auction.

To start a team, here’s a Team Captain’s Welcome Guide with more great tips on how to be the best team in the nation! To join a team near you, visit www.promisewalk.org.

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