Did you know that you can fundraise for the Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K? That’s right! As soon as you register, we automatically set you up with a fundraising page which you can log into anytime at http://login.classy.org
To help get you started with your fundraising greatness, we’ve created a Y_Turkey_Trot_Fundraising_Guide with tips and advice to make your fundraising fun, easy and impactful.
By fundraising for the Y Turkey Trot, you are strengthening our community for all, for a better us. All proceeds benefit children and adults throughout central Maryland who need help affording Y programs that keep them safe, engaged and healthy.
What motivated you to fundraise for the Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K in 2017?
My motivation came from a few different places. One was raising money for kids in need… I figured it was one small way I can give something to the city we live in. It was also fun having a goal to work towards and a good reason to get out and run more regularly!
What are your top five fundraising tips for beginners?
Be sure to describe what you’re doing, why you’re doing it and how their donation can be impactful in a child’s life. Talk about your training and challenges. The more you offer, the better your chance of convincing people to give.
Consistency is key. Email regularly.
ALWAYS INCLUDE YOUR DONOR PAGE URL! ALWAYS!
Send a follow-up email after the event thanking everyone for helping to make the Turkey Trot a success. Tell them how much you raised and reiterate what a difference they made in the lives of children. Include a tired/sweaty post-race selfie of you—people want to know you earned their donations!
My last piece of advice is to thank each contributor individually. Write them a nice email thanking them, and let them know how they are helping to improve a child’s life.
What was your favorite thing about race day? Well, first it was a beautiful autumn morning—perfect for running! I loved seeing all the people out there, running, walking, jogging. Seeing everyone out there all doing the same thing, having fun at a charitable event, was both rewarding and motivating. Also finishing! Just finishing was pretty great.
Thanks for the tips, Jason!
And for all the 2018 Turkey Trotters out there, did you know that upon registration we automatically create a fundraising page for you? All you need to do is “claim it” and get cracking! We also have an awesome range of Fundraising Prizes available to all our top fundraisers. Check them out here.
We love seeing all kinds of groups participate together on the day; friends, family, work colleagues, a mixture of these! Groups that work as a team train harder, raise more money and have more fun! If you have already registered a team or are just thinking about being a Team Captain (do it!), here are some hot tips on how to create the ultimate team this Thanksgiving.
Set an inspiring team goal.
One of the first steps is setting a challenging (but achievable!) team goal. If you’re the Team Captain, you can set this goal upon registration and adjust it at any time. We recommend you grow your team by recruiting family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. How, you ask? Well, you can:
Use social media to share that you are participating and looking for others to join you.
Put it out there on your friend or family WhatsApp group.
Mention it at your next work team meeting.
Email your friends and family.
Talk about it until the cows come home…
Remember to share your team page widely so it’s easy for people to sign up. Once they are registered, we’ll automatically create a fundraising page for them to personalize.
Fundraise and communicate.
The more a team communicates, the more fun it’ll be! Team Captains should regularly keep members updated on team progress, including on new team members, money raised, and days left until the race.
If your team is on the social side, why not plan a pre-Turkey Trot kick-off party to discuss some “on-the-day” logistics like costumes, meeting points and times?
As well as communicating, team members should also be encouraged to fundraise. Click here for some fundraising tips for beginners.
Once your team has reached its goal (yay!), you can celebrate! Here are some simple and cost effective ways Team Captains can show gratitude to their teammates.
Host a post-event celebration party.
Blast an email and include all the pictures you took in a collage.
Get crafty – you can do so much with paper, scissors, tape and a Sharpie.
Give someone a yummy treat (homemade is nice for friends and family).
Post on social media! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #yturkeytrot
New to running or want the encouragement of a group? Register now for our 5K training program! Starting mid-September and meeting weekly, our 5K training program will help prepare you for the Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K or any other event this fall!
Registration INCLUDES an adult entry into the Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K and an official Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K race shirt.
Want to make a tangible difference to the lives of children and adults living in poverty in our community?
Registration is now open for the 2018 Turkey Trot Ambassador program! Our Ambassadors play a very important role in the promotion, fundraising and, ultimately, the success of the event. This year we are hoping to recruit at least 100 Ambassadors – will you join us?
What do Ambassadors do? Besides being awesome Ambassadors are responsible for:
Enthusiastically and passionately spreading the word about the Trot;
Getting involved in a variety of Turkey Trot volunteer opportunities;
Helping to reach a collective ‘Ambassador’ fundraising goal of $10,000 and making an impact on the lives of so many children and families in our community.
What are the benefits of being a Turkey Trot Ambassador?
A long-sleeved limited edition Turkey Trot shirt
Access to a private Ambassador Facebook Group
An invitation to our Ambassador Kick-Off Party
A fundraising page and coaching
First dibs on additional volunteer opportunities
A great feeling for helping others and being a part of something bigger.
Who can be an Ambassador? Anyone who is passionate about strengthening our community and having a bit of fun.
How do I become an Ambassador?
It’s easy. Visit our volunteersmatters page and register today. Once registered you’ll receive instructions about what to do next!
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Robyn Vance.
Attention All Turkey Trot Registrants Who Are NOT Current Y Members:
Good news! Your registration for the Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K kicks-off your complimentary Y membership – good for up to 30 days until December 31, 2018! Just register for Turkey Trot, then stop by any Y Center with a copy of your receipt (email or printed) to activate your free Y membership today!
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Host a Holiday Potluck. Want to throw a dinner party but is the menu daunting? What about a potluck holiday party? Come up with a theme and have your friends create dishes that will go together.I find it fun to order an awesome entrée and work the menu around that. Your friends can order some fun appetizers or side dishes to complement the entrée!
Celebrate around activities, not just food. It seems that activity and exercise are the first things to get tossed when our schedules get busy. Why not celebrate with friends and family by participating in some fun outdoor winter activities instead of just cocktails and hors d’oeuvres? Depending on your local climate you could go for a walk, meet in the park and play football or Frisbee, go ice skating, hit the slopes for a weekend or even organize an outdoor cleanup to bond over doing good for your neighborhood.
Make over your schedule. You really don’t have to say yes to every single party, cocktail hour or pub crawl you’re invited to this holiday season. We all know that everyone is really busy. Your friends will still be your friends even if you just want to stay home and watch a movie in your pjs.
Cook and swap. Do you have friends that like to bake and cook? Try a cookie swap. Each person bakes a big batch of their special cookie and on one night you get together and share cookies with others. Taking home a big variety when you just baked one batch is super fun and a lot less stressful than making a dozen kinds of cookies on your own. For inspiration, take a look at our baking tips! Make sure you discuss guidelines before cooking to address food allergies and dietary concerns.
See, you can have a good time during the holidays and while keeping your health a priority. It’s better for you and better for everyone around you.