Three ways to fundraise
- Share the link to your fundraising page.
- Click on the button above
- Create a fun page title and enter your name
- Set your fundraising goal
- Create your account using email or Facebook
- Upload a profile photo
- Enter a few words about why you are fundraising
- Share your page through email or social media
- You can create a team or join one.
- Share the link to Paypal
- Use it in email or social media (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=U7XZ73WNSUS22)
- Donors will need to click on "Add special instructions to the seller:" and type the participant's name to designate money
- Mail letters to friends and family using our template
Donors can mail checks to:
Lafayette Habitat for Humanity
420 S 1st St
Lafayette, IN 47905
MEMO LINE: Cover Indiana, [Rider’s Name]
We encourage you to tell your story on your personal page - how long you've been riding, have you participated before, how you heard about the ride, etc. You can connect your Facebook, Twitter, MapMyFitness, or Strava accounts to keep your donors updated. Click on your name at the top right corner | Account | Manage Connections. This will help you raise more for Habitat and meet your goal quickly.
If you fundraise $1500 or more, we will refund your registration fee on May 6 at the registration table. This is to help students who may not be able to afford registration, but is a reward available to everyone. You may elect to forego this refund.
"How much do I need to fundraise?"
Each week-long rider should raise at least $75/day.
"Where does the money go?"
All donations will go to a Habitat for Humanity affiliate – rider's choice!
"I don't know how to fundraise."
Don't worry. If this is your first fundraiser ride or your 9th, we want to support you. You can do it, and we believe you can fundraise more than the $75/day minimum just as we know you're capable of biking 400 miles.
"I don't like asking for money."
It's not for you. Remember why we are doing this ride and familiarize yourself with the cause. Learn. Your donors may have questions about Habitat. You raise money when you ask. You don't when you don't ask.
"Where do I start?"
Make a list of potential donors or outlets for donating. Make a list of friends and family you want to ask - neighbors, people you've gone to church with, classmates, etc. Email, Facebook (general status or individual messages), snail mail - asking them to support you. Many times donors don't have a strong connection to the cause, and they give money simply because they want to support YOU.
Once you have the names down, decide how much you’ll ask for from each potential donor.
How close they are to the cause (have they ever volunteered or donated to Habitat for Humanity?)
How widely they contribute to charity?
Will they will be excited by your bicycle tour?
How much influence do you carry with them?
Use our template, but try to personalize your letters as much as possible. The first paragraph (or at least the first line) of each letter that you write should be unique. Open with a personal remark such as, “It was great seeing you at the…” or, “Knowing that you’re an avid cyclist, I hope that you’ll be excited about my plans for this May.” Be sure to address your letters to a specific name such as “Dear John” or “Dear Aunt Hilda.” Never begin a letter with “Dear Friend” or “Dear Friends.” A stock greeting like is cold and impersonal and will result in smaller donations.
"How do people donate?"
They can donate online or send a check to the Habitat office as described in the template provided when you register. Sign up on http://2018-cover-indiana.everydayhero.com/us/get-started to make it easy for your donors. When they donate, remember to send them a thank you note. If you sent them a letter, reply with a snail mail thank you. If they donated as a result of an email or Facebook status, thanking them via email or Facebook is appropriate, but a hand-written thank you will always be best. Thank them and they may be more likely to donate when you ride again next year!