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Are you organizing a walk-a-thon fundraiser or Run/Walk/Ride fundraising event where individuals and teams raise money for your cause? DoJiggy is the leader in walkathon fundraising websites and tools. These free resources can help your organization organize successful walk-a-thon fundraisers – even if you need to move to a virtual walk this year. Whether this is your first time planning a fundraising walk or you already have an established peer-to-peer event, DoJiggy can make your walkathon more successful with fewer headaches.

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Organizing a Walkathon Fundraiser in 5 Steps

Organizing a walkathon fundraiser is no small task, but we’ve broken it down to these five steps and created a free ebook and resource page for more details on how to organize a walkathon. If your organization is planning a virtual walkathon during COVID, we have that covered too. Mobile giving features and our live stream integration make it easy.

Organizing a Walkathon Fundraiser in 5 Steps

Step 1: Assemble a Walkathon Leadership Team

Successful walk-a-thon and Fun Run fundraising events hinge on the recruitment and action of a strong leadership team. Don’t try to go it alone – get a committee in place early to help with all of the run/walk logistics.

Step 2: Determine Walkathon Logistics & Financial Goals

This step includes determining the date and time of your fundraising walkathon, fundraising budget and goals, walk-a-thon location, and the like. You’ll need to recruit plenty of volunteers to help on the day of the walk.

Step 3: Implement Walkathon Software

Peer-to-peer Crowdfunding software is a must for walkathons. This is where DoJiggy comes in! We offer the best, most affordable walk-a-thon fundraiser software in the industry. Ready to get started?

Step 4: Recruit Walkers and Sponsors

Recruit sponsors and walkers by working within your network of supporters, as well as by outreach and marketing efforts. Social media and traditional marketing and promotion efforts will serve an important purpose in raising awareness and drawing participants and donors for the walk.

Step 5: Manage Donations and Pledges Online

One of the most important considerations when planning a walkathon is how to successfully and securely manage donations and pledges. Our walkathon software has you covered.

Peer to Peer Walkathon Fundraising Websites

Our peer to peer crowdfunding software is a powerful registration and donation management platform for walk-a-thons, School Fun Runs, dog walks, and other events where individual and team participants solicit and track donations for your organization. Each of your participants manages their personal fundraising page which includes a fundraising thermometer and social media links and invites friends and family to support your organization through secure, online donations. Administrators configure the walk-a-thon website with registration fees, the types of donations accepted, prizes for top fundraisers, and much more in our powerful administration console.

Keep more money with us! With DoJiggy your team has the option to pay a percentage of funds raised (and pass the fees on to your donors) or use the software for FREE with our innovative tipping model.

Organizations report raising 2-3 times more by taking their walkathon fundraisers online with our P2P crowdfunding platform for walk-a-thons

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Benefits of Hosting a Walk-a-thon Fundraiser

If you’re still on the fence, here are some of the reasons why walk-a-thons make great fundraisers.

Family Friendly and Accessible Events

Walkathons are family-friendly and accessible events. Walkathons bring families and communities together, in a fun atmosphere. Almost everyone can participate in a walkathon, either by walking, being a spectator, or sponsoring a walker. The addition of business sponsorships helps local businesses make connections and join in the fun while raising more money for your charitable cause.

Introduce Your Organization to New Donors

Walkathons introduce your organization to new donors. Since walkathons are peer-to-peer fundraising events, your walkers are asked to reach out to their network and fundraise. Many people will give to your organization on behalf of a friend or family member who is excited about your cause. This gives your organization a chance to connect with new donors.

Healthy Fundraisers

Walkathons are healthy fundraisers. Physical activity and a healthy lifestyle can contribute to overall self-esteem, productivity, and enjoyment of life. All of these are enhanced by simply getting out and moving. We are also teaching our kids and encouraging them to be active.

Lucrative fundraising events

Walk-a-thons can be quite lucrative fundraising events. Software Advice analyzed survey responses from almost 100 event-planning professionals to identify events with the highest return on investment (ROI). She concluded that fun runs and walk-a-thon fundraisers are the easiest events to plan, generating moderate to high revenue for nonprofits of all sizes. Read more.

Walk-a-thon Themes Add to the Fun

Adding a theme to your walk-a-thon fundraiser can make the event more engaging and fun for your participants. Create a signature fundraising event that your supporters will look forward to each year, with a walk-a-thon theme!

Dog Walks

Dog Walks

Dog walkathons can add a lot of fun to your event. Participants bring their canine companions (on leashes!) and walk with them. Just make sure that everyone is safe, you have plenty of water for the humans and dogs, and your course is pet-friendly. A dog walk is a perfect theme for animal shelters and other groups where animal lovers seek to raise funds for animals. Read more about how to organize Dog walks.

Color Walks

Color Walks

Color Walks are great school crowdfunding events, yet can attract people of all ages with that extra pop of color during the walk. The walk-a-thon is done with a simple addition of including packets of colorful powders at registration and for spectators. The participants wear white to start and get to enjoy the day with bursts of colors they can do with what they wish. Learn more on how to organize one with our article on Fundraising with a Color Run.

Pajama Walks

Pajama Walks

Another fun walk idea to consider is a pajama walk or onesie run. Participants gear up in their pajamas before the event begins. Onesies have recently made a comeback in style, oftentimes mimicking animals like unicorns and foxes, and can be a fun idea for young ones and adults together. A more easily accessible outfit can simply be pajamas, in which events like Pajama Jamboree or Pajama Jog are names that roll with the theme well.

Night Light Walks

Night Light Walks

Consider this idea as a party that happens to be on a run or walk to the finish line. The event typically has a DJ playing high-energy music and participants are given glow-sticks to use and enjoy on their walk. Participation for this type of event draws in camaraderie by costume, where walkers can upgrade their outfit for an extra pizzazz with glow-in-the-dark socks, shoelaces, body paint, and clothing. Be sure to have all of these on hand to sell.

Turkey Trots

Turkey Trots

You guessed it! These are walk-a-thons that take place on or around the Thanksgiving holiday. This is the time of year when everyone wants to give back and connect with others. Turkey Trots are fun community events and let’s face it, we can all use a little extra exercise around Thanksgiving. Turkey Trots can be successfully incorporated with #GivingTuesday fundraising campaign kick-offs.

TV Show-Themed or Movie-Themed Fun Runs

TV Show-Themed or Movie-Themed Fun Runs

Another great option for walk-a-thon themes is to design an event after a TV show or movie. With the ever-growing popularity of shows like Game of Thrones or Star Wars, why not let people don their best Daenerys wig or Princess Leia buns? Start the enthusiasm with your themed walkathon crowdfunding website to get participants excited. Include costume contests with prizes for the best dressed.

Disney-Themed Walks

Disney-Themed Walks

A walk fundraiser that is fun for the younger crowd and elementary school fundraising is a Disney-Themed walk-a-thon. Parents and kids can get their best Elsa or Aladdin costume and run with the enthusiasm of Moana singing out at sea. Disney attire is not limited to just the princess or new movies, but can also involve the classics – like Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse ears.

Santa-Themed Walks

Santa-Themed Walks

Should you find yourself in need of a fundraising walk or run during the wintertime, it’s only so natural to make it a holiday-themed event. Everyone can get into the holiday spirit! A famous walk in New York City is called SantaCon, where participants join in costume as Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, or elves and Santa helpers. You can also do a Jingle Bell Jog, where everything from holiday sweaters to Christmas-themed costumes counts as an outfit.

Water Walks

Water Walks

Summer walkathons can get pretty hot. Why not add a cooling aspect to the run/walk with water guns? Registration packages can include a small water gun so everyone can join in the fun. What’s great here is that the event can have added activities, like water slides, water balloon tosses, and water sprinklers on the side or at the after-party, for participants and spectators alike to join in the water fun.

Halloween Costume Walkathons

Halloween Costume Walkathons

Halloween walk-a-thons can be good, spooky fun! If your walkathon is happening around the time of Halloween, why not go with the flow of the theme and make it a costume walk? Everyone will get in the spirit. A great way to end the walk is to host the best costume contest for participants. School fun runs and walks are often held in the fall, making this a great school fundraising option.

Zombie Lurch

Zombie Lurch

Zombies are everywhere, from shows like Walking Dead and iZombie to movies like Dawn of the Dead. Then there’s the ever-classic music video, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Becoming a zombie can be a fun idea for your walkathon or obstacle course fundraisers. Sell related items and offer games in support of the theme, especially around Halloween.

Walk for a Cure

Walk for a Cure

Walk for a Cure events aim to raise funds for breast cancer research and awareness. This is a great event that breast cancer survivors will want to attend. Have a few of these inspiring people speak at your after-party to share their experience and the importance of your fundraiser. Provide pink ribbons for all and sell other pink accessories at the walk and on your online store.

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Walk-a-thon Templates & Forms

We offer a number of free fundraising templates you can download and use for your Run/Walk/Ride event including walk-a-thon pledge forms, a sample press release for a walk-a-thon fundraiser, a sample participant waiver, peer-to-peer participant instructions, and walkathon flyer templates.

Walkathon Pledge Forms

Walk-a-thon Pledge Forms

DoJiggy has created the following walkathon pledge forms to help you get started on your walkathon. Both of 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.

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Walkathon Flyer Templates

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 the word about your event.

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Sample Press Release for Walkathon Fundraisers

Sample Press Release for a Walk-a-thon Fundraiser

Looking for a sample press release for your walk-a-thon fundraisers? 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.

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Walk-a-thon Participant Waiver

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 Waiver
Walk-a-thon Timeline & Planner

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 fundraiser, wrap up and thank yous are always important and our timeline won’t let you forget these crucial steps.

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Fundraising Tools for Walk-a-thon & Pledge Participants

Fundraising Tools for Walk-a-thon & Peer-to-Peer Participants

Administrators need to make it easy for fundraisers to succeed, by providing them with tools to help in fundraising. Here you’ll find helpful fundraising tools, tips, and sample templates to help your participants succeed in your upcoming walk-a-thon, jog-a-thon or other pledge events including tips for soliciting pledges, a sample timeline, sample donation request letters and thank you letters, tips for team captains to recruit team members and more.

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Walk-a-thon Guides & Articles

Here you will find a number of great articles, tips, and helpful guidelines 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 e-book which walks you through each step of the planning process to help you prepare, manage, and execute a successful fundraising event.

How to Organize a Walkathon Fundraiser

How to Organize Walkathon Fundraisers

Here you’ll learn when to start your fundraising walk planning, 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 nonprofit crowdfunding event. If your organization has a walk-a-thon fundraiser on the horizon or is considering hosting a walk-a-thon, start here.

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Walkathon Guide: Your Complete Guide to Hosting a Walkathon fundraiser

Walkathon Guide: Your Complete Guide to Hosting a Walkathon

We have created this in-depth walkathon white paper to help you organize a successful walkathon or peer-to-peer fundraising event from start to finish. We hope these guidelines will help your organization carefully prepare, plan, manage & execute your walk or fundraising event; helping you save time and resources while raising more money for your cause. The walkathon guide is a great resource for organizations of any size.

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Planning Virtual Walkathons

Planning Virtual Walkathons

Many organizations are turning to virtual walkathons during COVID – and raising lots of money by doing it. Virtual walks can occur in a couple of ways:

  • Participants walk or jog on a certain specified day. That morning, organizers can schedule a live stream video to get everyone excited about the virtual race.
  • Participants complete the required mileage at their convenience, within a week, month, or another specified period. This can make it easier for busy people to fit the walk into their schedule.
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Dog Walk Fundraising

Dog Walk Fundraisers

More and more, organizations opt to put a furry spin on their annual walk-a-thon by expanding their participant audience to our favorite four-legged friends. Planning a dog walkathon 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 download 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.

Information for Dog Walks
Color Run Fundraisers

Color Run Fundraisers

A Color Run is a non-competitive walkathon or Fun Run where participants and observers throw brightly colored paint on the runners. All participants should wear white to start to make the most of the colorful splashes. Color run fundraisers are safe for everyone to participate in when using non-toxic paint. Color runs offer a great spin on a classic walkathon and are a popular choice for nonprofit and school fundraising events.

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Encouraging Participants to Fundraise on your walk-a-thon website

Encouraging Your Peer-to-Peer Participants to Fundraise

The power of a walkathon peer-to-peer fundraising campaign lies in your participants’ fundraising abilities. As your participants tap into their social network, new people are introduced to your organization and many of them are likely to become donors. If your organization has decided to host a walkathon, the percentage of your participants that fundraise will likely be a key metric of your success. Find out how to make your walkathon participation rate high for a successful fundraising walk.

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Obstacle Course Fundraisers

Organizing an Obstacle Course Fundraiser

An obstacle course can be a great stand-alone alternative or addition to a School Fun Run. If your walk event needs a new twist, try this out this year! Easy to create obstacle courses can include old tires, mud pits, or crawling obstacles. The course can be broken up into sections with teams, where young participants can tag or pass a baton to team members to begin the next part of the course, or they can be completed per person in an obstacle course fundraiser.

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How to Get Sponsors to Support a Walkathon

How to Get Sponsors to Support a Walkathon Fundraiser

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. Hint – think about what’s in it for them!

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Five Tips to Help Walkathon Participants Succeed

Five Tips to Help Walkathon Fundraising Participants Succeed

Never forget that the success of your walk-a-thon fundraiser lies largely in the success of your individual participants’ ability to fundraise. One of your biggest jobs as a walk-a-thon administrator is to support your walkers, making it fun and easy for them to fundraise for your cause. This article describes in detail five steps for doing this successfully: helping your participants prepare for the walk, making fundraising easy and personal for your participants, providing sample forms to participants, and finally motivating your walkers by providing incentives.

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Peer-to-Peer Alternatives to Walk-a-thon Fundraisers

It’s important to find a fundraising event that matches your organization’s mission and motivates your participants. The good news is that there are many great crowdfunding alternatives to walk-a-thons. Here are some great ideas for nonprofit peer-to-peer fundraising events that are not walk-a-thons.

Types of Crowdfunding Events

More Fundraising Resources

Our goal is that these fundraising resources, used with our P2P walk-a-thon software, will save your organization valuable staff and volunteer time, so you can raise more money at your next peer-to-peer fundraising event. And, if you’ve chosen a different kind of crowdfunding event, no worries. DoJiggy provides a number of fundraising resources and fundraising software solutions to help you organize any type of fundraising campaign. Big results are entirely possible with careful planning and execution.

Fundraising Event Types

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