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THANK YOU FOR FUNDRAISING!


Your support matters!  If every registered rider raised an additional $50, Autism New Jersey would have $25,000 more to support its important mission.   

Here are 5 fundraising essentials to help get you started and on a path to achieve your fundraising goals.  

#1 Customize Your Personal Fundraising Page

The most inspiring fundraising pages include a personal story about why participating in and fundraising for the Ride for Autism is important to you.  Also include a photo, which could be of you preparing for “ride day,” a person you are honoring, or anything else that will motivate visitors to make a donation.  Update your page with your training progress and any challenges you have along the way.  Log in to your headquarters now

 
#2 Set a Goal

There is NO fundraising minimum at the Ride for Autism, but it is still important to set a fundraising goal. This informs donors what you would like to raise and in most cases, people will give a little extra to help you get there. When setting your goal, do not be conservative, aim high! It will inspire not only you but the people you are asking, too.

 
#3 Put Together a Donor Outreach List

Use our Donor Outreach (downloadable) tool to explore your network and reach out to as many people as possible. Include people you don’t think will donate and friends you haven’t seen in years.  You will be surprised how many people will support a cause important to you.

 
#4 The ASK and THE FOLLOW UP

Set up an email schedule and stick to it.  Set a date for your initial email informing people that you are participating in the Ride for Autism and ask for their support.  The follow up is even more important!  3-4 weeks later, send out another email thanking those who donated and reminder people who have not.  Continue to send an email every 3 weeks updating people with your progress. Don’t be afraid to keep asking, a lack of response is not a no!  Our headquarters has tools to help.

Customize our email template with your story, goals and anything that your donors will connect to.

Get creative with how you reach people. In addition to email, use a donate by mail form for less tech savvy folks.  Be sure to post on social media.  You will be surprised how many people donate to your page after seeing it on social media. 

Thank everyone who donates.

 
#5 Start or Join a Team

Teams aren’t for everyone, but there is something to be said about “power in numbers.” Teams provide healthy competition, comradery and will motivate you to stay focused with both training and fundraising.  You can even add team members who are "Virtual Riders" who can set up a fundraising page and help raise funds towards your goal. 
 
Check back for more tips and resources!  We'll be updating this page and sharing tips with you throughout the ride season.  
PRIZES FOR FUNDRAISERS

We are please to offer some great Ride for Autism gear for our Riders who meet the following fundraising goals.
 
  • Individual/$500: Camelbak Water Bottle
     
  • Individual/$1,000: Camelbak Water Bottle + Ride Jersey
     
  • Individual/$3,000: Camelbak Water Bottle + Ride Jersey + Ride Hoodie
 
  • Team/Club/$5,000: Teams raising $5,000+ receive complementary team table and signage
     
  • Top Fundraiser:  Rider raising the most funds will receive a special prize (TBD)
               
NEED HELP?

Check out our FAQs.  Contact us if you need assistance with setting up your fundraising page or have any questions.