Share and Spread the Word
Raising awareness and funds is about raising your voice. Start by reaching out to those who are closest to you—your friends, family, loved ones and co-workers. Let them know what you’re doing and, most importantly, why it’s meaningful to you.
Here are a few templates and tools that can help you spread the word.
Once you’ve let those you see everyday know that you’re raising funds and awareness for Joyful Heart through the Joyful Revolution Athletic Club, it’s time to let the rest of your community know. You know you have a bunch of email addresses from over the years in your Contacts folder, so let’s start there! All your fundraising is happening online, so email is really a great place to get going. Below is a template you can send to your contacts far and wide.
Dear friends and family,
I’m [RUNNING A 10 K IN MAY, COMPETING IN A TRIATHLON IN DECEMBER, TRYING TO GET IN SHAPE FOR THE SUMMER, ETC...DESCRIBE YOUR ACTIVITY HERE] and in doing so, raising funds and awareness for a non-profit organization I support called the Joyful Heart Foundation. The mission of the Joyful Heart Foundation is transform society’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse, support survivors’ healing, and end this violence forever.
Every 4 minutes, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. One in 3 women and 1 in 4 men experience rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime. More than 5 children die each day of child abuse and neglect.
Joyful Heart seeks to foster a community that turns towards these issues, that supports survivors in a lasting way and that says no more to violence and abuse. I have joined to raise awareness and give what I can to support their efforts and I would be so grateful if you could join me.
I am [DESCRIBE YOUR ACTIVITY HERE AGAIN] to raise funds for Joyful Heart. I have a goal of $ [IF YOU HAVE A FUNDRAISING GOAL AND DATE YOU'D LIKE TO RAISE IT BY, MENTION THOSE HERE] and it would mean so much to me if you could make a donation to support Joyful Heart and my efforts. If you would like to learn more about Joyful Heart, you can visit www.joyfulheartfoundation.org.
You can donate through my personal fundraising page here: [COPY AND PASTE THE LINK THAT WE PROVIDE YOU HERE]. Thank you in advance for your amazing support.
Let your followers know what you’re doing, how they can help and how you’re progressing. Once you start sharing the news about the Joyful Revolution Athletic Club—or should we say #JRAC—keep them updated on your fundraising goals, your training progress or wellness goal and when your deadline is to raise funds by. Here are some examples:
I’m [WALKING A 5K, CYCLING ACROSS THE COUNTRY, ETC] to raise funds for @TheJHF to end violence & abuse. Will you donate to my #JRAC page? [LINK TO YOUR PAGE]
Visit my page to make a donation to @TheJHF in honor of the women and men who are survivors of violence. [LINK TO YOUR PAGE]
I’m [RUNNING A RACE, HOSTING A ZUMBA-THON, ETC.] to raise funds for @TheJHF. Visit my #JRAC page & make a donation: [LINK TO YOUR PAGE]
Help me raise funds and awareness to end sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse by donating to my @TheJHF page: [LINK TO YOUR PAGE]
The same goes for Facebook! Keep your friends and family updated throughout your training and fundraising efforts through Facebook. Be sure to link them to your personal fundraising page so they can donate. Here are some examples:
I’m [RUNNING A MARATHON, HOSTING A KICKBALL TOURNAMENT, ETC.]to raise funds and awareness for the Joyful Heart Foundation, an organization I support that works to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, and to shed light into the darkness that surrounds these issues. Would you support me by making a donation? [LINK TO YOUR PAGE]
Help support me in my efforts to raise funds and awareness for the Joyful Heart Foundation by donating to my personal fundraising page. [LINK TO YOUR PAGE]
I’m [RUNNING A RACE, HOSTING A GOLF OUTING, ETC.] to raise funds for the Joyful Heart Foundation. Help me to raise awareness—visit my page and make a donation and if you can, team up with me for the cause. [LINK TO YOUR PAGE]
Blog and Pin It
We like to blog and maybe you do too! Whether you’re on WordPress, Tumblr or Blogger—or all three—blogging is a great way to share your story. So is Pinterest! Why not create a Pin Board of your Joyful Revolution Athletic Club activities? Share your page and any photos you have as you get closer and closer to reaching your goal!
As you share your efforts on your blog with the world, feel free to add links and ideas to the comments section below.
Share Your Story with Us!
We want to know all about your journey and share the joyful news of your efforts with our community. You’re already getting involved, so why not start inspiring others? Help us show others that there are so many ways to join the Joyful Revolution Athletic Club. Email a narrative of your efforts, links and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be sure to feature you as a Joyful Revolutionary in an upcoming blog post!