Are you a Super Strider?
Runners and walkers who raise $1,000 or more will be part of an elite group of individuals who will be invited to attend the Super Striders party in August, and become eligible to win 2 airline vouchers on American Airlines coach class for domestic travel (48 states).
Need help with your fundraising? See some of our great ideas below.
Fundraising Levels and Awards* -- FUNDRAISING IS THE GIFT THAT GIVES BACK
The best gift of all would be creating a world free HIV/AIDS. Every effort, big or small, puts us closer to that amazing goal. In the meantime, your fundraising also pays off with these terrific AIDS Run & Walk Chicago fundraising awards.
The first 6,000 participants who register and pickup their packet and bib will receive the official AIDS Run & Walk Chicago dry fit, long-sleeved shirt.
$0 - $249 Drawstring Bag
$250 - $499 Ballcap
$500 - $749 Gym Bag
$750+ Hooded, Zip Sweatshirt
*To qualify for a Fundraising Incentive Award, all donations must be received by 5 pm PDT on Friday, October 28, 2011. Fundraising Incentive Awards are not cumulative - only one award is granted per participant. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AIDS Run & Walk Chicago) reserves the right to substitute an award of equal or greater value. Awards will be mailed. Please allow until November 30, 2011 for delivery.
Fundraising Tips & Tools
- Become the King or Queen Social Media
Put a link to your fundraising page on Facebook or Twitter. Put training pictures on Flickr or Myspace. Add a note why this is important to you.
- Create an Email Signature With a Link
Include information about AIDS Run & Walk Chicago with your link to your online fundraising page in the signature link of your personal and work emails! For example:
Run. Walk. Pledge. I Move. I Am Greater Than AIDS. AIDS Run & Walk Chicago 2011
Visit www.aidsrunwalk.org to support me in the fight against HIV/AIDS on Saturday, October 1, 2011 in Grant Park. Pledges raised for AIDS Run & Walk Chicago will benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and more than 160 HIV/AIDS service providers throughout Chicagoland!
- Talk the Walk
Engage everyone you meet! This goes beyond family, friends and teammates; think about who you see at your place of worship, school, work, your commute, the salon, the gym, the dog park, day care and beyond! Direct them to your personal fundraising web page, they cannot make a donation if they are unaware you are participating in the event.
- Dine for Dollars
Is there a restaurant that you frequent often? Do you know the owners at your favorite neighborhood find? Chat up the waitstaff and owners to encourage the donation of a portion of an evening’s proceeds to your fundraising total!
- Trade Your Skills for Pledges
Are you the next Top Chef with coveted recipes? Do you help out your neighbors with their pet care? Are you an excellent swimmer that teaches children how to rule the pool? Are you a reliable babysitter? Dedicated tutor? Offer up your skills and services in exchange for AIDS Run & Walk Chicago pledges!
- Spare Some Change
By the end of the day, we all have a collection of pennies, nickels, and dimes. Put that change to good use and fill up an AIDS Run & Walk Chicago change jar to put toward your fundraising goal.
- Be A Girl Scout
Set up a sweets area in your office or building with sought after goodies. Place information about AIDS Run & Walk Chicago along with a suggested donation sign of $1 per treat. You will be amazed at how quickly the goodies disappear and the donation jar fills up!
- Host a Carb-Loading Party for Runners!
Summer is the season of 5K, 10K, and Marathon runs! Support your friends in their training endeavors by cooking pasta-based dinners the night before big training runs or races – including AIDS Run & Walk Chicago. Charge a few dollars per pasta-plate so they can support you as you support them!