1. Click on the button above
2. Cick on Start Fundraising
3. Create a fun page title and enter your name
4. Set your fundraising goal
4. Create your account using email or Facebook
5. Add a profile photo
6. Enter a few words about why you are fundraising
7. You can create a team or join one.
8. Share your page!
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.
Fundraising Reward Program
There are incentives for fundraising above and beyond the minimum goal.* This list will be expanded as we confirm details from our clothing provider.
- $450 | Free water bottle
- $550 | Free water bottle & socks
- $950 | Free water bottle, socks, & jersey
*while supplies last
"How much do I need to fundraise?"
Each week-long rider should raise at least $350.
"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 $350 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 2017CoverIndiana.com 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!