4 Things I’ve Learned from Fundraising

Many of you were apart of the journey that I took these last few months in fundraising to run the Boston Marathon.

First, thank you!  I can’t believe that I reached my goal and I can’t believe how many people joined and supported me!  Grateful doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of how thankful I am!

During the last few months, I learned somethings about fundraising that I thought I would share for those of you that are considering doing something like this. So here’s what I learned:

  1.  Fundraising costs Money – creating an event and setting up for the event to make it just right takes money.  For the Christmas shopping event, I decorated a Rett Christmas tree, offered a glass of wine for ladies coming through, had raffle tickets prepared for purchase, provided light snacks, etc. All of these things add up.  However, the return on my investment was well worth the money spent on the details!
  2. Fundraising takes Time – Asking for donations, creating events, answering questions.  All of these things took time out of my day.  I ended up scraping the idea of a Silent Auction back in January because of the time that it would take to ask for donations and the lead time that many companies need in order to process a donation.  Do the research on what you are planning before you do it – and research tips for doing it efficiently. USE PINTEREST!!!
  3. Fundraising is Humbling – Asking for donations is tough. It’s humbling to ask for money in any regard, but even more humbling to ask for donations for a cause that is so near to my heart.  It’s difficult to convey how important curing Rett Syndrome would be for my sweet Lauren and her family. Trying to put those emotions into words is difficult at times and elicits emotions that make me a weepy mess.  I also met people along the way that humbled any self-centered notion that I had about the process – a husband and wife who lost a daughter to Rett, a young lady who’s best friend lost a sister to Rett and strong families that make daily adjustments to give their sweet Rett girls the best life possible.
  4. Fundraising is Rewarding – when I signed up for the $7,500 commitment, I thought for sure I would be coming out of pocket quite a bit at the end.  One thing that most people forget to tell you is that if you don’t raise the money – you pay it.  I can tell you that reaching 75%, 80%… and on up was so rewarding.  With every major milestone, I knew I was making a difference.  I knew that the funds and awareness I was raising for Rett Syndrome would benefit little girls that suffer from such a terrible disease!

Again, thank you for joining me on this journey.  I’ve had several people ask me, “Will you do it again?”  and my answer is Yes, the question is when?

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