Are you an introvert? If you are, you’ve probably been misunderstood your whole life. Despite being labeled as a shy, quiet, rather-stay-home-on-a-Friday-night type of person, you are much more than that. It’s not that you don’t enjoy being around others; it’s that you get drained from social interactions. And there’s nothing wrong with that!
Introverts are incredibly driven and passionate, and they make excellent fundraisers. Your approach is probably different from that of an extrovert, so here are four fundraising tips to get started.
Reach Out to Loved Ones First
Asking for donations can be a little awkward for introverts, therefore try reaching out to people you know the best first, like parents, siblings, best friends and grandparents. They’ll be so happy and proud of you that it’s likely they’ll contribute to your fundraiser right away.
In addition, starting with people you’re close with is good practice and will give you the confidence you need before asking co-workers, distant relatives, college friends, etc.
Head to the Internet
It can be easier for introverts to communicate through writing, and we totally get that. Luckily, the internet was made for introverts! There are so many ways you can ask for donations besides face to face, including:
- Social media (did you know you can link your fundraiser to Facebook?)
- Ride For Roswell Fundraising app (which can do all the above!)
These methods make it incredibly easy to spread awareness about your fundraiser, and you don’t have to leave your house to do it!
Turn Fundraising Into a Fun Challenge
Fundraising should be fun, and there are several ongoing fundraisers that you can do right at your office. Remember, every little bit gets you closer to your goal. Collect bottles and cans at your office and then put that money toward your fundraiser. You can also put a jar on your desk and collect spare change — simple and easy!
If you’re looking to step outside your comfort zone, consider hosting a raffle or pancake breakfast with all proceeds going to your fundraiser. Get creative and have fun with it.
Use Your Strengths
It’s a common myth that introverts only like to spend time alone. While they do like their alone time, they also love being around a small group of people that they know, trust and love. Use this to your advantage! Look for opportunities to talk one-on-one with co-workers, neighbors, fellow parents, etc., and explain from the heart why you’re riding.
Maybe you’re a survivor yourself, lost a loved one to cancer or are simply passionate about finding a cure. Whatever your reason is, if people can hear and see how passionate you are and how much it means to you, they’ll be more willing to contribute. So, turn on that introvert charm and take your first step toward fundraising success!