Over the past 13 years, Terp Thon has raised over 5.7 million dollars for Children’s National Hospital. Every ask and post you make makes such a huge difference at the hospital. We know fundraising can be tricky, so here are some tried and true tips to further your impact on the hospital.
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Make a facebook fundraiser

Easily connect your DonorDrive account to your Facebook to spread the cause to friends and family. The average Facebook Fundraiser raises $150! Click the icon for the steps to make your Fundraiser.

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Go Canning

Engage with the community at UMD sports games or local shopping centers and politely ask for donations. There are canning trips every month, and all funds raised during a trip are split between the DonorDrives of those who attend the trip. What an easy way to fundraise! Go on a canning trip with fellow Planning Team members or create your own event with some friends. Click the icon for more information.

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make the ask

The bravest thing you can do is ask! Click the icon for sample texts, emails, and Facebook posts for a variety of audiences (formal and informal).

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Get creative and sell items

Show your dedication through creativity and talent! A list of potential crafts to sell include:

  • Make jewelry

  • Tie dye or acid wash clothes 

  • Sell clothes that you would otherwise donate

  • Write a song for someone

  • Raffle off a gift card

  • Make holiday/care packages

  • Make stickers on Redbubble

  • Drive by performances for local donors

  • Make and sell masks

  • Make and sell Christmas ornaments

  • Offer to make college themed phone wallpapers  for seniors in high school just getting college decisions

  • Hold a class (like yoga or cooking) and have people pay for the zoom link

  • Host a bake sale

  • Create a personalized Spotify playlist

  • Create a personalized phone background

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Do an act of service

Show your community you care! A list of service ideas include:

  • Be your own UberEats for your close friends 

  • Wrap gifts

  • Offer to do people’s grocery shopping

  • Offer to tutor people 

  • Shovel snow off of a neighbor’s driveway

  • Rake a neighbor’s lawn

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Complete fun challenges on social media

Indirect social media asks can be incentivized with tasks that can include the following:

  • Dare bingo board

  • Do a popular TikTok dance and add your DonorDrive link

  • Post embarrassing pictures of yourself on social media in exchange for donations

  • Run/walk a 5K or similar kind of activity

  • Create a Truth or Dare challenge

Need a Fundraising Boost?

Here are a few of our favorite social media Venmo graphics! Put them on any social media story for an easy way to fundraise!

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Have some more Questions?

For more information about fundraising tips and suggestions, please contact:

Clarissa Halpern

Fundraising Chair

ttfundraising@gmail.com.