Wednesday, October 3, 2012

What Have You Done Lately?

 We hope your answer is participating in NAMIWalks! We can tell you that over 21,000 walkers on 2500 teams are making a huge difference in their communities this Fall.  Through NAMIWalks’ public, active display of support for people affected by mental illness, we are changing our American communities and ensuring that help and hope are available for those in need.  Registration is easy through our local NAMIWalks pages.  Find a Walk near you by visiting

As walkers, we are going out into the community and sharing our story, building awareness, raising much needed funds, and most importantly having fun doing it! In last week’s post, we talked about fundraising in fun and easy ways.  

This week, we are going to issue a challenge: Raise 1 additional dollar more than what you planned this week.  Can you imagine if 21,000 walkers raised just $1 additional dollar?

Try out this strategy by adding 1 to something you do this week
Pick 1 idea or try your own.

Add 1 more person to your contact list. Think of who you haven't contacted yet about your Walk.  Check out this chart and pick one person you haven't contacted about your Walk.

Follow up 1 more time this week On average, it takes about 6 contacts for someone to take an action. Follow up this week by sharing a story about your fundraising or team.  Don't forget to  share your fundraising page link in the communication.

Add $1 to your suggested dollar amount. Using an odd number (instead of increments of 5), makes your ask interesting! Try $12 for your 2012 walk, $6 for the amount of people on your team, or $3.10 for the amount of miles in a 5K.

Find 1 hour this week to work on your NAMIWalk. Communicate with your team, take a Walk, share your story, or your link. Spend the full hour or break it out into 8 minutes a day!

Recruit 1 more member of your team. It's never too late to register for NAMIWalks. In 3 days, we had over 1,000 new walkers register this week!

Offer to do 1 thing different! One of our walkers told their donors they would walk the walk backwards if their goal was met. She exceeded her goal and walked the walk backwards on Walk Day! 

All it takes is 1 to make a difference. All it takes is you!

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