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What it’s all about

By raising money for the Y in Central Maryland, you’re making a tremendous difference in the lives of so many children, youth, adults, and families living in poverty in our community. Here, you’ll find a few tips to get you started and a variety of fundraising resources to help you along the way.

For participants: Upon registering, you’ll be sent an email asking you to claim your fundraising page. Once you’ve claimed it (you’re awesome), you’ll be on your way to fundraising glory! Can’t find the email? Login here.

For fundraisers/Y Ambassadors: For those of you who purely want to fundraise, please sign up via the registration page. Once you’ve signed up, you’ll also be sent an email asking you to claim your fundraising page. Join us!

Six Fundraising Tips and Tricks

  1.        Get the fundraising party started by self-donating

There’s nothing wrong with getting the ball rolling by donating a few dollars to your own campaign. Not only does it really show your commitment to the cause, but it encourages other people to throw their weight behind your campaign, too.

  1.       Don’t be shy

You know the old expression ‘Ask not, want not’? Well, it goes the same for your fundraising campaign. Be sure to tell your best friend, parents, and work colleagues that you’ll be trotting on Thanksgiving morning and that their support would be absolutely delightful. If you can ask in-person, that’s perfect, but asking over email works well, too (check out the resources section below for help with this).

  1.       Tap into the power of social media

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (and all the rest of ‘em) are great ways to spread your fundraising message far and wide. You never know; your Cousin Sarah’s work might care about the cause as much as you do and send a few dollars your way!

  1.       Keep people in the loop

You’re doing something really cool for your local community! Don’t forget to inspire and excite those people around you by sharing your fundraising progress in person or over social media.

  1.       Perspective is key

When asking for support, express to your potential donors that no amount is considered too big or small. If they are worried they can’t afford it, remind them that by simply skipping this week’s $5 pumpkin spice latte and donating, they could make a BIG difference to the health and happiness of someone in need.

  1.       Say thank you

Saying thank you is important and makes your supporters feel happy and appreciated. So whether you do it in person, over the phone or on social media, when people donate to your campaign, tell them how wonderful they are.  

Resources for Fundraisers

Held bright and early on Thanksgiving morning at seven different locations across Central Maryland, the Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K is a healthy, family-friendly tradition that raises money for children and families in the local community. Open to individuals of all ages and abilities, everyone (including your pooch!) is invited to walk, run or leisurely stroll the 3.1-mile course and soak in the exciting and feel-good vibes of the day! Now in its 20th year, the Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K reminds us what Thanksgiving is about: appreciating our good fortune, bonding with friends and family and reaching beyond ourselves to help others. Register yourself or a team today at

Help Support Us

Make a Donation

The community needs your help more than ever this Thanksgiving. The Y serves thousands of children and families in the region and each year the demand for financial aid for Y programs grows. Proceeds from the Y’s 2017 Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K benefit children throughout Central Maryland who live at or below the Federal Poverty Level so that they can attend Y programs that keep them safe and engaged. Please make a donation today. Thank you for your generosity!

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