2015 Summit for Someone Fundraising Guide

Are you looking for fundraising ideas? An updated 2015 Summit for Someone Fundraising Guide has been released.. you can check it out here!

We also have a new resource available for our climbers: a library full of inspirational stories, videos, and quotes from BCM youth. Available on the fundraising page of the SFS site.

Create your own BCM Fundraiser

Did you know that Big City Mountaineers can help you add a fundraising component to your next run or walk, whether it’s a 5k, an ultra-marathon, or anything in between? We’re also working to become official charity partners of marathons in regions that we serve, such as San Francisco, Denver, and Minneapolis.

We’ll provide you with a fundraising guide, your own fundraising page, and a library of inspirational stories, quotes, pictures and videos of BCM youth that you can use to inspire your friends & family to donate to BCM.

Join folks like Ben Gipson, who raised over $1,700 running the Zion Half Marathon, or Lindsey McMeekin & Scott Schissel, who will be running 93 miles around Mount Rainier.

Unlike our Summit for Someone climbs that require a pledge to raise at least $2,900, there is no minimum fundraising requirement if you choose this option.

It’s easy to get started today:

  1. Create your fundraising page at Everydayhero or Crowdrise
  2. Personalize your page with photos and your story to help others connect with BCM’s cause
  3. Share your fundraiser to inspire donations and support from family, friends, and colleagues

For more information, go to http://www.bigcitymountaineers.org/summit-for-someone/climbs/custom/create-your-own-run

Fundraising 101

This month’s tip comes from Randy Hohf, who participated on last year’s Wind River climb and raised over $4,500 to support Big City Mountaineers youth.

“I think persistence is vital. Some say they will give but they forget. So I reminded them by sending out updates (newsletters), Facebook, and just asking them again. People have good intentions but often fail to follow through, so you have to not be afraid to bug them.”

It’s important to remember that your friends and family want to support your passion, especially if that passion is helping others, so don’t shy away from making an ask or a follow up. Keep your contacts in the loop with your fundraising progress, it will give you an opportunity to thank your donors and remind those that haven’t given yet to make their gift.

Need some fundraising assistance? Contact Anna at anna@bigcitymountaineers.org

Backpacker Magazine wants to get more kids outdoors this summer and you can help! Your annual subscription to Backpacker will help support Big City Mountaineers! For every subscription ordered, Backpacker will donate $3 to Big City Mountaineers. Use this link to order:http://bit.ly/1NOekBV

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A week without a phone?

Last summer BCM asked teens that had just returned from backpacking to answer some of our most frequently asked questions by potential participants. The responses ranged from funny to thoughtful but one of the best was when we asked what it was like to be away from your phone for a week: