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Every little bit helps

Asking for donations is never easy and it can leave even the most outgoing person with trembling knees. Just remember: what is the number one reason that people give? Because you asked! People give to people – not causes – and your passion and enthusiasm for your event and Special Olympics Texas are your best assets. Happy fundraising!

Quick Tips

  1. Most Successful Idea: Mail a fundraising letter to your friends, family and neighbors with a self-addressed stamped envelope. Alternately, email your contacts and include a link to your personal fundraising web page where they can make a donation online.
  2. Team Spirit: Form a team at work or with friends. Select a captain, choose a team theme - like “Super Plungers” and dress up like superheroes. Wear matching shirts or hats to make a statement.
  3. Extra, Extra… Tweet All About It!  Posting on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram is a great way to share information about your involvement in the event, and to solicit donations. Include a link to your personal fundraising page.
  4. Double Your Fun: Challenge a friend or colleague to take the plunge!
  5. Matching Funds: Ask your supporters about matching funds from their employers.
  6. Follow Up: Always follow up, via phone and/or email.  People will appreciate the reminder.
  7. Send Thank Yous: Always send thank you letters/emails to all sponsors (and include a crazy picture, so they remember you next year).

Who Do You Know?

Make a list:

Family Members


Child's Sports Team


Social Clubs




Child’s School


High School/College Alumni


How to Raise $400 in 10 Days

  Who to Ask Total
Per Day
Grand Total
Day 1 Sponsor yourself for $20. $20 $20
Day 2 Ask 3 family members to each match your personal donation of $20. $60 $80
Day 3 Ask your best friend to sponsor you for $20. $20 $100
Day 4 Ask your boss for a company contribution of $20 or to match the entire amount you raise. $20 $120
Day 5 Ask 4 local friends to sponsor you for $10 each. $40 $160
Day 6 Ask 4 out of town friends to sponsor you for $10 each. $40 $200
Day 7 Ask 4 businesses you frequent (barber, salon, dry cleaner, dentist, lunch restaurant) to sponsor you for $10 each. $40 $240
Day 8 Ask 4 co-workers to sponsor you for $10 each. $40 $280
Day 9 Ask 4 neighbors to sponsor you for $10 each. $40 $320
Day 10 Ask 8 people from your church/temple/social club, etc. to sponsor you for $10 each. $80 $400

Sample Donation Request Letter

Dear [Insert Name]:

I am writing to ask for your help. I have been selected as a member of Team Texas and will travel to the Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, Washington, from July 1 to 6, 2018! I will be competing in [insert sport]. I'm already training and will continue to work hard until the Games.

However, I must raise at least $800 to make it to Seattle, and I need your help to reach it!

If you'd like to help me reach my goal, please make your check payable to Special Olympics Texas and return it to me. Or, if you prefer to make your contribution online, visit the link provided below.

I am so proud to represent our great state, and I promise that I will make you proud!

Go Team Texas!
[insert your name]