How I raised $3,600 in 16 weeks

donateI met my fundraising goal last Friday, thanks to a whirlwind of donations in one day. I finished in less than four months, and basically did the whole thing from my computer, using e-mail, Facebook and Google Chat to ask lots of friends and family members for donations.

I tried my best to stay on the right side of the persistent/annoying line (but I’m not totally sure I did). I definitely found lots of friends, past and present, who were willing to help.

Here’s a breakdown:

Start: Oct. 21
Met goal: Feb. 13

  • 116 days
  • 16½ weeks
  • 71 donations
  • 66 donors
  • 7 family members
  • 59 friends
  • 5 co-workers (out of an office staff of 6 full-time employees, including me)
  • 13 friends from high school
  • 10 friends from college
  • 8 former co-workers
  • 30 Facebook friends
  • $1266 donated from Facebook notifications or messages, 32 donations
  • Largest donation – $250 (from my climbing partner, Lee)
  • Smallest donation – $10
  • Average donation = $50.70
  • Mass e-mails sent asking for donations: 1
  • Follow-up e-mails to individuals asking for donations: Approximately 75
  • Mass Facebook messages asking for donations: 1 (to 200 friends)
  • Follow-up e-mails to individual Facebook friends asking for donations: 8
  • Facebook status updates that led to donations: 6
  • People asked for donations via Google Chat/Instant Messenger: 5
  • Letters sent with donation envelopes included: 2
  • People who outright told me they couldn’t/wouldn’t donate: 3
  • People who ignored more than 5 reminder e-mails: 1

Timeline, donation-by-donation:
October 2008:
10-21     $200
10-22    $150
10-22    $100
10-27    $100
10-27    $50
10-27    $100
10-30    $50
10-31    $25
October total: $775

November 2008:
11-02    $250
11-03    $100
11-06    $125
11-07    $30
11-14    $10
11-21    $25
12-04    $50
12-05    $25
12-05    $60
12-09    $10
12-11    $50
November total: $735
Total to date: $1510

January 2009:
1-02    $25
1-05    $50
1-15    $56
1-15    $20
1-15    $14
1-15    $25
1-15    $14
1-15    $120
1-15    $50
1-15    $14
1-16    $50
1-16    $14
1-16    $25
1-16    $25.14
1-17    $28
1-17    $14
1-18    $50
1-19    $25
1-19    $25
1-19    $25
1-19    $14
1-19    $20
1-20    $20
1-20    $100
1-20    $50
1-22    $20
1-25    $14
1-26    $50
1-27    $100
1-29    $100
1-30    $50
1-30    $14
January total: $1221.14
Total to date: $2731.14

February 2009:
2-04    $50
2-06    $50
2-06    $100
2-07    $90
2-09    $25
2-09    $10
2-09    $20
2-10    $100
2-10    $25
2-10    $20
2-10    $100
2-11    $28
2-12    $20
2-13    $20
2-13    $25
2-13    $25
2-13    $14
2-13    $100
2-13    $20
2-13    $27
February total: $869
Total to date: $3,600.14

(I got a few more donations over the weekend that bring the total to $3685.14)

Questions about Summit For Someone? E-mail brendan@bigcitymountaineers.org or call 303-271-9200, ext. 403.

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