Fundraising Tools and Tips
Here are some tips for your PMC fundraising campaign:
Customize your PMC Profile Page
Each rider automatically has a PMC Profile. To customize your profile page, just login and go to your profile page and click on EDIT PROFILE, then:
- Edit your settings
- Set your fundraising goal
- Upload your picture(s)
- Edit your story
Download and start using the PMC iPhone App
The app is a simple yet powerful fundraising tool that makes it easy to ask, track, and thank your donors. The app can use your profile picture and story to send out custom email solicitations to your previous donors and contacts from your phone. Simply download the PMC iPhone App and use it to ask your previous and prospective supporters to donate. The app tracks your requests, notifies you when a donation is received and makes it easy to thank your donors.
Fundraising Emails and Letters
For more information about fundraising emails and letters, click here.
Donation Page Link
To direct your sponsors to the donation page with your name already populated, you can use the following link with your Egift ID filled in at the end: www.pmc.org/egifts/XX1234.
Feel free to use PMC logos in your fundraising materials. To download them, click here.
Use PMC note cards for your Fundraising Letter or Thank You notes
Every year the PMC designs a note card. The back of the card contains facts on the PMC and instructions on how to donate. Note cards come 25 to a pack and may be ordered at the PMC store.
Customized Return Address Labels
You may order return address labels with the PMC, Jimmy Fund, and Red Sox logos. They are $3 per sheet, 30 labels per sheet. To order labels, click here.
Style one: PMC logo
Style two: Jimmy Fund logo
Style three: PMC/Red Sox logos
Style four: Mixed
Ask your sponsors to contact their HR department to see if they match PMC donations. The employee will need to follow their company's process. Most companies have an online matching system while others use paper forms. The match will be credited to your fundraising as soon as we confirm that the underlying donation has been made. The matching form should be sent in with the donation (if made by check) or receipt from online donation. Read more here.
Donations that include matches should be sent to the PMC office:
77 4th Avenue
Needham, MA 02494
Donor Advised Funds
Donor advised funds (DAFs) are an increasingly popular charitable vehicle, whereby individuals individuals set aside money to be granted to charitable organizations. Let your sponsors know that they can support your ride through a DAF grant. In addition, if the DAF is with Fidelity, the grant can be initiated by clicking on the DAF button on our check out page. Click here to learn more about DAFs.
Making gifts of appreciated securities or other assets is most efficiently and easily accomplished by first liquidating the asset in a donor advised fund (DAF), then make a donation grant. If a sponsor would like donate stock but does not have a donor advised fund (DAF), please have them contact Michele.
For more information about Fundraising Parties, click here.
Promote yourself in your local paper or radio
Let the media know that you’re participating and why. Local media outlets are very receptive to hearing about the lives of the residents in their communities. Our Marketing team, led by Bill Alfano, is happy to help.
We recommend directly linking to your PMC profile and/or eGift page in your Facebook profile or in a note or group. We do not recommend using the "Causes" application because it deducts a 5% fee from the donation.
Promote your ride with local merchants
Ask local merchants if you may hang up a sheet promoting your PMC ride. Include a description of the PMC, a picture of yourself, your reasons for riding the PMC, the PMC website address (www.pmc.org) and information on how to sponsor you. Offer to have the names of local merchants printed on a riding jersey or t-shirt that you will wear at some point on PMC weekend.
Organize a Spin-a-thon at a Health Club
Does your health club offer spin classes? Talk with the manager and arrange a spin-a-thon to benefit your fundraising. Talk with your favorite instructors and perhaps they would be willing to donate their time to teach the class.
From the new PMC portal on Booster.com, create and sell a custom-designed t-shirt to promote your ride/your team, then thru t-shirt purchases and additional donations from friends, family and other supporters --- you can raise money that will be credited to your personal or PMC team goal. For more info click here.
Use the PMC Classifieds
Boost your fundraising with the PMC Classifieds!
- Sell an old bike (or anything else in your garage)
- Advertise your own fundraising event
- Be creative and offer services in the “FUNDRAISING OFFERS” section
Ask your company to support you. Talk to your boss or human resources director. See if your company will donate a large corporate contribution, match everything you raise, sponsor a fundraising event, publicize your ride in the company newsletter and/or sponsor a corporate team.
Donation in lieu of gifts
For a special occasion, ask that a donation be made to your PMC account.