Fundraising tips

Thank you for your continued commitment to raising funds for Special Olympics Missouri. We couldn’t be more grateful. Click here to watch a video that shows the impact that your support can have on a person with an intellectual disability.

First off, it's important to understand the organization you are supporting. Here's a little about us: 
For more than 45 years, Special Olympics Missouri has been spreading the message: people with intellectual disabilities can – and will – succeed when given the chance. With training and competitions in 16 Olympic-style sports, our athletes push hard and play harder. They strive to beat their personal bests, defying the odds again and again. From the local ball fields to the shining stage of the World Games, from swimming to bowling, our athletes showcase the talents and triumphs of people with intellectual disabilities. And we're not just about sports! Our athletes often have unmet health needs, so our Health & Wellness programs are designed to target their specific issues. We also offer Athlete Leadership Programs that teach real-life skills and help our athletes become more productive citizens in their communities. 

Here are some specific ideas to help you achieve your fundraising goals: 

  • Customize your fundraising page. Add pictures of yourself or the athletes you're supporting. Change the wording to explain to friends and family why this is so fun and worth their money.
  • Choose wisely. Your older relatives might appreciate a letter, while your more tech-savvy friends might respond best to an email. Think about how each person typically communicates with you and then ask that way. It might even mean making a phone call.
  • Shout it from the rooftop! Or maybe just your computer. Get the word out to near friends far and near by posting on Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to link to your personal fundraising page to make it easy for them to donate. Share this video
  • Fundraising is more fun with friends! Get a group of friends, family or coworkers to join you in the your endeavors. You'll bond over experiencing this adrenaline rush, and you'll be able to combine efforts in reaching the next fundraising level.
  • Ask to guest serve at a restaurant, cafeteria or bar. Many local places will do a profit share in addition to the tips you earn.
  • Have a raffle. Find something everyone in the office prizes (a parking spot, the boss's office chair, etc.) and raffle off chances to win a day/week/month with the item.
  • Make a trade. Offer to give your time for a donation. For example, "The first person to give me $25 gets their car washed" or "the first five people to donate to my fundraising page get homemade cookies." Be creative, and be prepared to make good on your promises.
  • Ask again. If you’ve already asked and haven’t received a response, don’t be afraid to ask again. Sometimes people forget or accidently delete your e-mail.
  • Here are some links to Facebook posts you can share: Stephanie Littrell, Jeremiah EllisSarah Byland, Ali Byrd, Kody ConnerMaddie Newton
  • Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more shareable content!