In 2004, just a year out of college, I did my first fundraising-while-participating-in-an-endurance event. It was a breast cancer walk and I raised $2,000 and walked 60 miles over 3 days. It changed my life and had a direct connection to how I joined Girl Up.
After that LONG walk, I was hooked and went to work on other fundraising event series. Over seven years planning these events, I’m a believer that this is a great way to raise money and have adopted this into my personal philanthropy – I always run or walk for my cause!
This Sunday, I am running my second half marathon, in Miami, for Girl Up even though we don’t yet have a charity running team. I created a GirlRaiser page with a goal of $1,000, and I’m almost there! I even went online and made myself a running to shirt to wear with pride.
Anyone can fundraise like I did; you can do it for Girl Up or any cause you care about. You can run 1-mile, a relay of your own, a 5k, a half-marathon like me, or even a full marathon – if you’re up for it! Sign up for a local race that supports a cause, plan your own race, or do what I did and set up your own GirlRaiser.
The most important part of this fundraising tactic is to tell everyone you know what you are doing. And then ask them to support you! Send emails, post a link on Social Media and share training updates to connect them to your journey.
A great 5k to sign up for this year is with our brand new partners Girls on the Run – they have 5ks all over the country and your registration helps provide scholarships so more girls can participate in their programs. It’s a great way to start, and you may just get the “running bug” or the “fundraising bug” like I did!