The Keys To Fundraising

Dance Marathon at UF is known throughout campus and the Gainesville community not just for the awareness we bring to the Children’s Miracle Network, but for the tremendous funds that we raise each and every year. In 2019, students came together and raised $3,230,025.23 all For The Kids being treated at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital!

As the most successful student-run philanthropy in the Southeast, we are so excited to provide tools and resources for those who share our passion for fundraising. Here’s a look into some of the most successful tactics for those who want to fundraise!

When jumping into your own personal fundraising, it is important to think of your own “Miracle Story” and pinpoint exactly what makes you passionate about this organization. Know your “why” and don’t be afraid to share what Dance Marathon means to you with the people you love. Whether it was a Miracle Child’s story or the feeling when you saw the grand total revealed at the event; something inspired your efforts to participate in this organization. 

Fundraising can be as simple as sending a text or email to friends and loved ones or offering to bring someone dinner for a donation. Know your audience and tailor your fundraising style toward them. If the holidays are coming up, offer to gift shop or gift wrap for someone. If it’s finals season, deliver coffee to friends in the library!

After receiving donations, show the personal impact that a person can have on this organization and the families we support. Donors want to see the tangible results their funds are contributing to. Sharing the accomplishments of our organization will show your donors where their funds are going and how they are improving thousands of lives in our local community. 

Remember, a simple “thank you” is the key to building everlasting relationships with your donors and showing them your ultimate gratitude for their support. Even if it is something they expect, it should by no means be overlooked. Here are personal ways to say thank you and show your supporters how much their contributions drive our organization’s success!

  • Send a handwritten “Thank You” letter
  • Send a personal text message upon immediate receipt of donation
  • Follow up by sharing pictures or videos of your experience
  • Post on social media recognizing your donors
  • Share updates on the health of our Miracle Children and experiences you enjoy with them