10 Simple Steps to Help You Raise Your $1,000 for AIDS Walk & Run

  1. Start by sponsoring yourself for $50
  2. Ask 2 family members to sponsor you for $50
  3. Ask 10 friends to contribute $20
  4. Ask 5 co-workers to contribute $20
  5. Ask 5 neighbors to contribute $20
  6. Ask 5 people from your place of worship for $10
  7. Ask 5 people you socialize with (yoga, Pilates, gym, etc.) for $10
  8. Ask your boss for a company donation of $50
  9. Ask 5 businesses that your company works with to contribute $40
  10. Ask 4 businesses that you frequent to donate $25

Add any or all of these ideas to your AIDS Walk fundraising plan.

Dinner Party

Host a dinner party for family and friends. No one can resist good food and good conversation!  Simply request that your guests make a donation to AIDS Walk San Diego.

Cocktail Party
Whether it’s cosmopolitans or margaritas, tempt your guests’ taste buds with a sumptuous selection of cocktails.  Request that guests make a donation to AIDS Walk San Diego.

Karaoke Kraziness
Host a karaoke night for friends, family, coworkers and classmates.  In the spirit of fun and giving back, dare someone to sing a specific song and sponsor your dare with $5.  The person that has been dared can either sing the requested song, or pay an additional $10 to pass the dare to the next person.  Each time the dare is passed, the amount doubles. 

Office Potluck
Ask coworkers to cook and donate an item for a themed lunch at the office.  Then ask everyone who partakes in the lunch to donate $5 to AIDS Walk San Diego.

Candy Jar
Fill a jar with candy.  Charge people $1 to guess the amount of candy in the jar.  The person with the correct guess wins the jar of candy.  Yum!

Balloon Pop
Fold up pieces of paper and put one in each balloon.  Fill the balloons with helium, and tie a long piece of ribbon to each one.  The paper either has a prize written on it (a gift card, a free cup of coffee, or a free lunch), or it says “Sorry, thank you for supporting AIDS Walk & Run San Diego.”  Some people will keep playing until they win, and everyone loves to pop balloons!

Penny War
Place different jars in a high-traffic area; one for each team.  Participants can drop their extra change into any of the jars.  Pennies equal one point in favor of the team, and any silver coins are negative points for that team (equivalent to the amount of the coin).  So participants WANT to place pennies in their own jar, while placing silver coins in their opponents’ jars.  The team with the highest score wins, and receives a prize!

Garage Sale/Yard Sale
Ask friends and family to donate items for a garage sale.  This is a great way to clear out unused items, while spreading the word about and raising money for the Walk. 

Car Wash/Dog Wash
Whether it has four wheels or four paws, it’s gotta be cleaned at some point!  Grab your friends and charge $10 to wash your neighbors’ Porsche or pooch, while also enjoying the summer sun. 

Bake Sale
Get your friends to whip up their favorite confections for a delicious bake sale!  This is especially effective in offices or classrooms, where sweet treats are in high demand!

Labor Day Delight
Plan a Labor Day Barbeque.  Break out the grill, hot dogs, hamburgers, and brats.  Summer is winding down, so enjoy those last days of warm sun with a volleyball, croquette, or bocce ball game.  You can even have a contest to see who can concoct the best barbeque sauce!

Apple Pie Contest
Invite friends and family to bake their best apple pie.  Request a $5 donation for AIDS Walk San Diego.  Have every guest taste and score each pie, in areas such as texture, flakiness of crust, and freshness of apples.  Tally the results, and crown the winner “Mr., Miss, Mrs., or Mx. Apple Pie!” 

Picnic Lunch/Auction
Participants create a lunch to be auctioned off at a picnic, or in a break room, with the proceeds going to your team.

Incentive Coupon Book
Make up small coupon books with employee incentives, and then sell them. For example: 5 dress down coupons sells for $5.

Penny Jars
Place a jar in a common area and collect pennies for your team. Put a sign on the jar to let people know that it is for AIDS Walk San Diego.

Company or Personal Cookbooks
Create a cookbook that includes co-worker recipes. Sell them to your family and friends.

Reverse Raffle
Pick a company chore, such as sweeping the sidewalk, or cleaning the coffee pot, and give everyone a ticket that enters them into a raffle. Have them sell the ticket back to you to avoid their number from being drawn, thus getting out of the task!

Host a High Tea
Teas are fun for everyone. They are also inexpensive to put on. Give your Tea a theme, such as Mother and Daughter Tea, and ask for donations at the door. Serve tiny sandwiches and tea, of course!

Hang Up AIDS Walk & Run Posters
We will provide you with great posters that you can hang up in common areas, such as break rooms or meeting rooms. Include an invitation to join your team and/or support you!

Start a Letter Writing Campaign
Write letters to your family and friends asking them to support you or your team. Include a self addressed stamped envelope to insure a response. 

Ask Your Company about Matching Funds
Many companies have a matching funds program. Call your HR department or look on your company’s intranet to check if yours does. They can provide you with the correct paperwork.

Happy fundraising!

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