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Walk-a-thon Fundraiser: Pledge Software & Walk-a-thon Resources
Are you organizing a walk-a-thon fundraiser? If your organization has a walk-a-thon or any pledge event (bowl-a-thon, jog-a-thon, etc.) on the horizon, this resource center is the place to start! DoJiggy has created these free walk-a-thon resources to help you get started on the road to a organizing a successful walk-a-thon fundraiser. Whether this is your first time planning a walk-a-thon or you already have an established event, DoJiggy can help.
Here you will find a number of great articles, tips and helpful guidelines, along with our pledge software to help you manage all the details for your walk-a-thon fundraiser. Many people find it valuable to download our walk-a-thon guide which walks you through each step of the planning process to help you prepare, manage and execute a successful fundraising event. There are also a number of free fundraising templates you can download and use for your own event including: walk-a-thon pledge forms, participant waivers & instructions, flyer templates, and more.
Our goal is that these fundraising resources, used with our pledge software, will save your organization valuable staff and volunteer time, so you can raise more money at your next walk-a-thon fundraiser. And, if you've chosen a different kind of fundraiser, no worries! DoJiggy provides a number of fundraising resources and online fundraising software solutions to help you organize any type of fundraising event. Big results are entirely possible with careful planning and execution!
Walk-a-thon and Pledge Software
DoJiggy Pledge software is a complete registration and pledge management system for walk-a-thons, bowl-a-thons, Golf Marathons, Dog Walks, and any other type of event where individual and team participants solicit and track pledges. Each of your event participants creates and manages their personalized pledge page and invites friends and family to support your organization through secure, online pledges. Administrators configure a minimum pledge standard for participants, as well as the types of pledges accepted. Many organizations have already reported raising more funds with the DoJiggy pledge system.
How to Organize a Walkathon
In this resource, you'll learn when to start your planning process as well as which steps to consider first, how to recruit participants & sponsors, logistical considerations not to be ignored, tips for marketing your walk-a-thon, and much more. Intended to guide the first-time walk-a-thon planner, this guide offers a complete reference to everything practical and necessary when it comes to putting on a successful walk-a-thon, bowl-a-thon, swim-a-thon or similar pledge event. If your organization has a walk-a-thon on the horizon, start here.
Walkathon Guide: Your Complete Guide to Hosting a Walkathon
DoJiggy has created this walkathon guide to help you organize a successful walkathon or pledge-based event from start to finish. We hope these guidelines will help your organization carefully prepare, plan, manage & execute your fundraising event; helping you save time and resources, while raising more money for your cause.
Walk-a-thon Timeline & Planner
To plan a successful walk-a-thon, your organization will need to plan ahead, engage your community, and be well organized. Successful walk-a-thons are often year round events. This planner doubles as a timeline and project checklist, and begins with tasks for nine months to one year prior to your event. After your walk-a-thon, wrap up and thank yous are always important and our timeline won't let you forget these crucial steps. Formatted in Microsoft Word, this document may be customized to fit various event sizes, and may be adjusted to fit whatever timeframe remains between now and the event. Using the Walk-a-thon Timeline and Planner will help keep organizing efforts on track from start to finish.
Dog Walk Supplement
More and more, organizations opt to put a furry spin on their annual walk-a-thon by expanding its participant audience to our favorite four-legged friends. Planning a dog walk-a-thon follows many of the same familiar steps of a regular walk-a-thon. However, specific needs exist for accommodating both your human and canine friends. The following is designed to serve as an addendum to DoJiggy's How to Run a Successful Walk-A-Thon: A Compete Guide to Managing your Fundraising Walk.
Walkathon Pledge Forms
DoJiggy has created the following walkathon pledge forms to help you get started on your walkathon. Both of the these pledge forms are presented in Word format, so that your organization can easily customize them to your needs. It is generally a good idea to present the pledge forms to your fundraisers in printed or digital, PDF format. Your organization may choose to use one or a combination of these pledge forms for your walkathon. These forms can be customized and used in conjunction with your DoJiggy Pledge system.
Walkathon Flyer Templates
Marketing your event is an important process. Good visibility raises participation, and in turn, helps bring more dollars to your cause. To simplify this process, DoJiggy has outlined steps to help you create more effective walkathon flyers, and we've provided two customizable flyer templates. Simply customize the text and insert your own graphics or logo and you are ready to start spreading word about your event.
Sample Press Release for Walkathons
Looking for a sample press release for your walkathon? Press releases are a great way to spread the word about your fundraising walk. The local media is always interested in activities and events happening in the community, especially when there is a positive angle, such as an opportunity for the public to give back. Here is a sample press release as well as a few tips to help you successfully promote your walkathon.
Walk-a-thon Participant Waiver
Even with the best of intentions, accidents can and do happen. You can help protect your organization by collecting Waiver and Release of Liability from each of your participants before the event. This sample waiver includes basic language to help inform participants of the risks, while at the same time, reducing liability to your organization. As this is a sample form, you may wish to consult a local attorney for further advice specific to your organization and geographic area.
Walk-a-thon Participant Instructions
You are planning a big event, and you want as few opportunities for confusion come the big day. Help prepare your participants with a detailed list of instructions before the walk. Make sure they come with all they need to have a fun and safe experience. This list contains universal instructions, that may be easily replicated and customized to suit your event.
How to Get Sponsors to Support a Walkathon
To offset the costs required to produce a walkathon event and boost your fundraising dollars, you may be considering sponsorships. Corporate or community sponsors fulfill a critical role in any successful walkathon or fundraising event through financial contributions and helping to increase awareness for your event. Here are some useful guidelines on how to get sponsors to support a walkathon.
Walkathon Blog and E-Book
We found this great independent web site and e-book to help assist in your walk-a-thon planning. The site includes tips, ideas, guidance and encouragement for planning your walk-a-thon. The e-book will include over 100 pages of detailed guidance on planning a successful walk from start to finish, with pull out sections for each committee chair. You can get on the email list for regular updates and even have your walk-a-thon listed in the Walkstars page.
Fundraising Tools for Walk-a-thon & Pledge Participants
Here you'll find helpful fundraising tools, tips and sample templates to help you succeed in your upcoming walk-a-thon, bowl-a-thon, jog-a-thon or other pledge event including: tips for soliciting pledges, sample timeline, sample donation request letters and thank you letters, tips for team captains to recruit team members and more!