October 15th, 2016

Here are a few tips to get you raising some dough with your Mo.

Fundraising 101
As a grassroots movement, the Movember Foundation is only as strong as our community and its efforts to raise funds. The thought of running a personal fundraising campaign can be daunting, but here are a few tips to get you raising some dough with your Mo.

Donate to Yourself

This may sound obvious, but it is a key first step to your campaign. By starting things off with a personal donation, you are showing the people you're asking to donate that the skin on your upper lip isn’t the only skin you have in the game. A good trick is to ask people to match your initial donation.

Make the Ask

Many Mo’s haven’t had fundraising experience before so it’s important to stress sending at least one email out to friends and family asking for donations. We even have pre-drafted emails on your Mo Space that you can copy, paste, and send if you’d like a template. Take some time to make it personal though; a personal appeal goes a lot further than a bulk email. Lastly, a little PDA never hurt anyone... publicly celebrate someone’s donation to you on your social media channels.

Set Goals

Goal setting gives you and your team something to strive for, but also gives donors an incentive to give because everyone loves to make dreams come true. Take some time to send out weekly update emails that document your moustache growth and fundraising efforts.

Take Your Donations Further with Gift-Matching

  • Encourage people to donate to you using Visa Checkout. For every donation of $50 or more, Visa Checkout will top you off with an extra $20! The additional donations will appear within 3-5 business days and Visa will add $20 to donations of $50 or more, up to two donations this year. Just make sure you have a Visa Checkout account (you can sign up at checkout.visa.com), add your credit card details, and then make sure you select Visa Checkout as the payment option when you donate through us.movember.com/donate. Encourage friends and family to use Visa Checkout as well-- the Mo the merrier!
  • Ask your employer or other business if they'd be willing to match donations made to your page. You can use the gift matching search at the bottom of our donate page, or ask your own employer if they'd be willing to match gifts.

A Little Competition

Create a friendly competition within your own team or with another team. While one team can subjectively say their moustaches were better than yours, you can objectively point to the fundraising scoreboard to set the record straight... and maybe put a little dinner or a trophy on the line too.

Say Thank You

We can’t say it enough: a little gratitude goes a long way. Take the time to write a thank you card for any donation you received...maybe throw in a picture of your upper lip for fun.

Collecting Checks?

The easiest way for people to donate is directly on your Mo Space page, but if someone insists on writing a check or money order made payable to Movember, note the name and registration number of the participant and mail it to:

Movember Foundation
P.O. Box 1595
Culver City, CA