Asking someone for money is not an easy thing to do! Here are some tips to make your Scotiabank Charity Challenge fundraising for Team Cassie & Friends a little less stressful.

  • Start talking! Before making the big “ask,” start by telling everyone (your family, friends, teachers, etc) about what you plan to do and why you are doing it
  • Get knowledgeable and passionate about what you are asking for (here are some quick and powerful facts you can share about arthritis in children).
  • Remember: while it’s easier to email or call, the most effective way to get someone to donate is face-to-face.
  • When asking someone if they are willing to donate, follow these steps:
    • Explain what the cause is
    • Tell them why it is important to you
    • Share your goal and what you are going to do to achieve it
    • Ask if they are willing to donate

It never hurts to practice! You can do this by trying out your approach in front of a parent or to yourself in front of a mirror. Lastly, never give up, if someone says no, go ask someone else!

Here is an example of how to ask for a donation:

On June 25th I will be joining Team Cassie & Friends in the Scotiabank run to raise money for kids and families affected by Juvenile Arthritis and other rheumatic diseases.

Juvenile Arthritis is a painful condition that affects 24,000 kids in Canada, [ME or MY FRIEND, XXXX] being one of them.

I have [seen/experienced] firsthand the effects this disease has and how it can take a childhood away from a kid. My goal is to raise $ ___ all of which will go to  research, support and programs to help those suffering from juvenile arthritis.

Would you consider joining me to support kids with arthritis  by giving a gift of $____? Thank you!