Fundraising Tips

Tip 1. Send the following email at least 3 times to family and friends

Send an email as soon as your register, a few weeks later and with 1 week left to fundraise. Let them know that YOU are dedicated to the event and the charities and that you will be giving back to the community for every $50 donated!

SUBJECT: I can play soccer with 2 time Olympic Gold Medalist Lauren Holiday but I need your help!

Dear friends and family,

As you know, I love soccer. I’m participating in a fundraiser for the charity TOPSoccer and Soccer for Success, and if I raise $250 I get to meet one of my favorite soccer players, 2 time Olympic gold medalist, LAUREN HOLIDAY!!!!!

TOPSoccer is a great non-profit charity because it gives kids with mental or physical disabilities an opportunity to play the AWESOME sport of soccer. TOPSoccer is also a non-profit organization, which means your donation is tax deductible! Soccer for Success helps inner city kids get to play soccer!

As a special incentive, for every $50 I raise, I will volunteer one hour of my time to help a youth soccer organization (for example, I could paint lines on the fields, help a coach with soccer practice, or I could even help the TOPSoccer program in Louisiana).

Donating is really easy. All you have to do is go to the website below and look for the “Donate Now!” box. Enter the amount of money you want to donate and pay with your credit card. Lots of kids are raising money. The top 48 fundraisers get to PLAY SOCCER WITH Lauren but I would like to be in the top ten fundraisers so I can sit at the table and have lunch with Lauren Holiday. And if I’m one of the top two, I even get to sit next to Lauren!!!!!


Thank you so much for your donation! I really appreciate it! 

Tip 2: Share Your Cause

Make sure to tell all of your donors what their donations are going to help support Louisiana’s TOPSoccer and Soccer Across America!

Tip 3: Change Your Mindset

While you are asking for money, remember that you are giving people the opportunity to make a tangible impact in the lives of those less fortunate.

Tip 4: Give to You

The best way to encourage others to give is to show that you’ve donated to your own efforts.

Tip 5: Make it Personal

Tell YOUR story about why you are fundraising. The more personal you make your requests, the more people will relate because most everyone has been touched by a friend or family member with a disability.

Tip 6: Ask, Ask, Ask!

You don’t get what you don’t ask for, so make sure you are asking! Donations don’t always come from where you expect them to, so cast a wide net and make each ask personal! Ask for specific amounts from people you know can give bigger gifts, and don’t be afraid to follow-up with a call if your personal e-mails aren’t getting responses.

Tip 7: Show Your Gratitude

Say thank you early and often to your donors. Update them on your progress and show them the impact they are having. Email your group your fundraising page link often!

Tip 8: Get Social

You’ll be surprised at the support you’ll receive from a Facebook post, Tweet, Instagram or sharing the event website ( Meet face-to-face with some of your potential donors. Nothing is more personal or effective than sitting down and having a conversation.

Tip 9: Follow Up

Most people are willing to give, even just a small amount, but need the reminder. Just because they didn’t initially respond doesn’t mean that they don’t want to support you. It’s okay to follow up! Send your fundraising link out several times!

Tip 10: Double Your Impact

Matching gifts are a great way to double, sometimes triple your impact! Make sure you and your donors check with your Human Resources departments to see if they’ll match. Questions? Email us at:

Tip 11: Special Events

Consider donating your birthday, or any other special occasion to TOPSoccer and Soccer Across America.