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    • Twin Cities RISE! uses GiveMN Team pages to meet fundraising goals

      Posted January 1/9/12, 2012 by Guest blog by Amy Anderson, Communications Associate at Twin Cities RISE! (0 Comments)

      Art Berman, President and CEO of Twin Cities RISE!, is one of those people who wakes up early and goes for a long run before coming to work, has conquered numerous marathons, and makes the rest of us not-so-fit people rethink taking the elevator up one floor.

      This passion for both running and our organization translated into Art snagging Twin Cities RISE! a spot as a charity team for the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon for the past three years, giving us the chance to provide runners with a spot in the race as well as fundraise on our behalf.

      The first two years went fine, but didn’t exceed expectations. So this year, once the general registration closed for the marathon, we made a push to offer up highly sought after spots for the small price of raising or donating at least $100 for Twin Cities RISE!. We offered a racing t-shirt to all participants, gift card incentives for raising large amounts, and a team dinner over race weekend. We also set up a team fundraising page on GiveMN, allowing our runners to see the fundraising progress and get donations online. It worked.

      We had 30 runners on our team, and 23 of them chose to set up fundraising pages on GiveMN. The process was easy both for us and for our runners. Early on, I sent out an e-mail to the runners explaining step-by-step how to set up a fundraising page within our Team Page. I encouraged people to personalize their pages, writing about why they’re running and why they chose Twin Cities RISE!. Using screen shots, I pointed out each editable section and feature. This, along with the user-friendliness of the fundraising pages, meant there was very little confusion for our runners.

      The results were great: we got stories of first marathons and 15th marathons, personal triumphs and how running has changed lives. We even got encouraging messages about why donors should support Twin Cities RISE!, many from runners who just learned about our organization themselves. We even had one of our runners featured in the Star Tribune! (http://www.startribune.com/sports/130675553.html?source=error)

      As the donations came in on GiveMN, so did the comments from the donors encouraging the runners and praising them for running for a good cause:

      “Great to see your perseverance and commitment.”
      “Sounds like a great cause!”
      “Here’s to a great run!”
      “Thanks for supporting such a great organization.”
      “Way to go! We’re very impressed!”

      We loved seeing both the dollars and comments coming in as the race got closer. On Sunday, October 2, our runners and more than 8000 others ran 26.2 miles in the sunny fall weather. Many met their personal time goals, and we met our fundraising goals. Through GiveMN alone, we raised $8,950 from 160 donors, in addition to the donations that came in the mail.

      More importantly though, GiveMN’s easy, interactive online fundraising helped us share our mission with a whole new group of people, who then actively shared it with their friends and family. Outcomes like that are truly what keep Twin Cities RISE! running!

      DOWNLOAD THE GIVEMN TEAM FUNDRAISING INSTRUCTIONS [PDF]

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    • Twin Cities RISE! uses GiveMN Team pages to meet fundraising goals

      Posted January 1/9/12, 2012 by Guest blog by Amy Anderson, Communications Associate at Twin Cities RISE! (0 Comments)

      Art Berman, President and CEO of Twin Cities RISE!, is one of those people who wakes up early and goes for a long run before coming to work, has conquered numerous marathons, and makes the rest of us not-so-fit people rethink taking the elevator up one floor.

      This passion for both running and our organization translated into Art snagging Twin Cities RISE! a spot as a charity team for the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon for the past three years, giving us the chance to provide runners with a spot in the race as well as fundraise on our behalf.

      The first two years went fine, but didn’t exceed expectations. So this year, once the general registration closed for the marathon, we made a push to offer up highly sought after spots for the small price of raising or donating at least $100 for Twin Cities RISE!. We offered a racing t-shirt to all participants, gift card incentives for raising large amounts, and a team dinner over race weekend. We also set up a team fundraising page on GiveMN, allowing our runners to see the fundraising progress and get donations online. It worked.

      We had 30 runners on our team, and 23 of them chose to set up fundraising pages on GiveMN. The process was easy both for us and for our runners. Early on, I sent out an e-mail to the runners explaining step-by-step how to set up a fundraising page within our Team Page. I encouraged people to personalize their pages, writing about why they’re running and why they chose Twin Cities RISE!. Using screen shots, I pointed out each editable section and feature. This, along with the user-friendliness of the fundraising pages, meant there was very little confusion for our runners.

      The results were great: we got stories of first marathons and 15th marathons, personal triumphs and how running has changed lives. We even got encouraging messages about why donors should support Twin Cities RISE!, many from runners who just learned about our organization themselves. We even had one of our runners featured in the Star Tribune! (http://www.startribune.com/sports/130675553.html?source=error)

      As the donations came in on GiveMN, so did the comments from the donors encouraging the runners and praising them for running for a good cause:

      “Great to see your perseverance and commitment.”
      “Sounds like a great cause!”
      “Here’s to a great run!”
      “Thanks for supporting such a great organization.”
      “Way to go! We’re very impressed!”

      We loved seeing both the dollars and comments coming in as the race got closer. On Sunday, October 2, our runners and more than 8000 others ran 26.2 miles in the sunny fall weather. Many met their personal time goals, and we met our fundraising goals. Through GiveMN alone, we raised $8,950 from 160 donors, in addition to the donations that came in the mail.

      More importantly though, GiveMN’s easy, interactive online fundraising helped us share our mission with a whole new group of people, who then actively shared it with their friends and family. Outcomes like that are truly what keep Twin Cities RISE! running!

      DOWNLOAD THE GIVEMN TEAM FUNDRAISING INSTRUCTIONS [PDF]

      Read More