“So I am registered to dance, now what?”
How to be the BEST!!
BREAK IT DOWN
Break Down Your Fundraising Total: $208 might seem like a lot of money, but if you
break it down it’s easy! $208 is:
1. Asking forty-two friends on Facebook for $5 donations
2. Asking twenty-one people on your floor/apartment building for $10 donations 3. Asking fourteen family members for $15 donations
*If you sign up when dancer registration opens that means 16 weeks to fundraise, that’s only 13 dollars a week!!!
; Participate in Fundraising Events: Your dancer captain will be emailing you weekly
about upcoming fundraising events – so be on the lookout for them!
; Donation Station/Canning: Set up donation stations at your parents’ work or if they
own some sort of business with pictures and a little blurb about what the money is for.
Canning is a great way to fundraise! Bring a can with you to class and make a short
announcement at the beginning, you will be pleasantly surprised. Dancers have reported
back with great success, you never know when you could find a random 20 in your can!
Script for Canning in the Classroom:
Hi! My name is (your name) and I'm (how you are involved in DM – committee chair, dancer, thetc) for UCLA Dance Marathon. DM is in its 10 year this year and will be taking place in
February. DM raises money for a great cause and all the money goes towards pediatric
HIV/AIDS related organizations. We hope that you will donate your spare change or a few
dollars to help support our cause. Any amount helps! If you have any questions, feel free to ask
me after class and be sure to check out the website – www.dancemarathon.ucla.edu! Thank
*Always ask permission from your professor prior to making your announcement. And keep in
mind canning is not restricted to classrooms. Canning can be done anywhere you go: think
Wooden, Dining Halls, your dorm floor, etc.
; Host a Dinner Party! Host a dinner, a party, or use extra swipes to plan a pizza party
for your floor. Ask all guests to bring a $5.00 donation to collect at the door or ask for
donations after dinner. Bake Sales are also great fundraisers, college kids are always
hungry and down for a delicious snack;
Some other ideas:
Hold a carwash, sell your old books, babysit (links to babysitting websites), UCLA Anderson or Psych studies (link to both), sending a blurb to be included in your high school’s monthly parent newsletter, drive down your block and get address numbers and send a letter to neighbors asking for their support, sell water bottles in front of the Wooden Center, arrange a professor brunch or attend office hours to share a little bit about the cause and how they can support you, hold a garage sale, the list goes on! Get creative and don’t be
afraid to think outside the box!
; These days it seems like no one has the time to read their mail or email anymore but
this does actually work! Emailing a short blurb or summary about the event and why it
means so much to you with the link to your fundraising page can get you donations
quick and fast. Tell them to forward it on to everyone they know! Click on this link for
a sample solicitation letter you can use for letter writing. Don’t feel guilty! They don’t
have to say yes but if they do they are literally saving lives and families all over the
; A little more about Letter Solicitation:
The way to start is to get contact information; talk to your parents and get addresses
from your family, neighbors, and friends. The more you can get the better. Next, write
your letter. You can write your own letter or use the template that is available here on
our website. Be sure to indicate to make all checks out to UCLA Dance Marathon.
Send out the letters as soon as you can. In the letter, you may also include things such
as self-addressed stamped envelopes to make it easier for donors to send back money.
; Pledge Booking:
Pledge Booking is door-to-door solicitation that offers a donor the opportunity to
pledge a gift, and fulfill it at a later date. Click here for a sample pledge form. To ensure
a safe and successful pledge-booking trip, please review the following checklist!
1. Introduce yourself in a polite and courteous manner
2. Carry a valid UCLA student ID
3. Supply other Dance Marathon materials, and be prepared to refer them to the
website, to legitimize your purpose
4. Do not fill out a pledge if the donor provides you with a donation at their door
5. Accept checks and cash. BUT gifts made in cash cannot be tracked or receipted
for tax purposes
; People you never thought to ask: Your doctor, dentist, old employers, old athletic team
coaches, church or community group members, old teachers, TAs, or administrators,
parents’ friends, your friends’ parents, old teammates, local businesses in your
community, really anyone and everyone! Never hesitate to ask you never know who will
be inspired by what you are doing and who will eventually help you reach your goal.
Company-matching programs: ;
Companies often will match any donations that their employees make on your behalf.
Remind friends and family members who donate to approach their employers to
support you as a Dancer. Click on this link for a list of companies with matching gift
Remember to always thank the people who help you reach your goal. Send them
pictures of the event and a short summary of how it went for you. They will know exactly
where their money went and how it made an impact. Empower them and inform them
about this incredible cause that is pediatric HIV/AIDS!
A note from the Fundraising Committee: When you are fundraising remember the 3 P’s: PATIENCE,
POSITIVITY, and PURPOSE. Be patient, thousands of dancers have raised the full amount in last 9 years of DM and well beyond the $208.00 so it is possible! But start early, it is the key to any successful fundraising campaign. Be positive! When you are asking for donations potential donors will sense your passion and enthusiasm for the cause. And finally remember a big part of your involvement in DM will be spreading the word about the cause through your fundraising efforts. At the end of the day focus on your purpose, educate yourself! Check out the website and do a little google searching of your own. (Links to beneficiary websites) Donors will ask questions and the more you know, the more information you can provide, and the more willing they will be to donate! So go out there and have fun! Here is a link to the official fundraising page for UCLA DM. Please if you find something that works for you share it with other dancers! Hopefully other dancers will do the same and you will be able to visit the page frequently for ideas and resources. Please email our Fundraising Director, Natalie, at firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions. Happy Fundraising!
TO ALL DANCERS: YOU ARE AMAZING!! On behalf of our beneficiaries and
the entire Pediatric AIDS Coalition we thank you for every minute you spend
spreading awareness about the cause and every dollar you fundraise. You are
what makes Dance Marathon possible!