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Seeking Pledges

To maximize the impact of Storm the Stadium, we hope that all participants will use the event as an opportunity to seek pledges in support of the Notre Dame Veterans Fund, which helps offset tuition and living costs and provides resources that enable military-connected students to continue their education at Notre Dame.

Here are some tips on how to go about fundraising.

Set up a personal fundraising page with Storm the Stadium: Use your creativity and unique voice to personalize your Storm the Stadium participant webpage. Here you can:

  • Let people know you’ve set a goal—and plan to achieve it.
  • Track your fundraising progress.
  • Send potential donors reminder e-mails as event day approaches.
  • Thank donors for their generosity.

Just ask: Get the word out by asking family, friends, and coworkers to support your Storm the Stadium campaign. Then ask them to tell their family and friends and watch as your network grows!

Reach out through e-mail: Send an e-mail message to your entire contact list explaining the Storm the Stadium challenge and your support for the military & veterans at Notre Dame. Be sure to include a link to your personal Storm the Stadium page.

  • Share your personal goals—both for fundraising and the Storm the Stadium challenge.
  • If you or someone close to you served, be sure to tell their story!
  • Introduce people to some of the inspiring military-connected students that attend Notre Dame.
  • Remember, enthusiasm is contagious. Share your excitement about Storm the Stadium and people will jump to help you!

Add an email signature: Promote your Storm the Stadium participation by creating an automatic email signature that links to your fundraising page. Download the official Storm the Stadium email signature here. Follow these simple steps (link to step-by-step guide) to setup your e-mail signature in Microsoft Outlook and Gmail.

Promote on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn: Tweet or post status updates to start an event day countdown, track your fundraising progress, share inspiring stories about our students and the close relationship between ND and the U.S. Military, or thank donors.

Host a happy hour: Pick a local establishment and invite friends, family and coworkers to support your fundraising endeavors over beverages.

Have a game night: Invite friends and family over for a fun poker, bingo or casino night where all winnings go toward Storm the Stadium.

Share your unique skills: Get creative and leverage your natural abilities. Know how to bake amazing pastries? Invite friends for a cooking lesson in your kitchen and ask for a donation in support of Storm the Stadium. Got a green thumb? Offer to weed neighbors’ gardens or plant flowers in exchange for a contribution. Whatever your talents are, use them!

Organize a Guitar Hero or Rock Band Competition: Get together your friends for a fun night of musical rivalry in support of Storm the Stadium! Charge each competitor an entry fee and donate all proceeds to your campaign.

Scope out matching gifts: Check to see if your employer has a Matching Gifts program and be sure to ask donors if their companies have one. Such programs can help double your fundraising efforts!

Do some fall or spring cleaning: Hold a garage or yard sale and give all the proceeds to Storm the Stadium. Ask friends and family if they have any unwanted items they would be willing to donate for your fundraising event.

Make your gift a Storm the Stadium gift: Have a birthday or anniversary coming up? Ask family and friends to skip the presents and donate money to your Storm the Stadium campaign instead.

Every dollar counts: Remind people that every contribution makes a difference, no matter how large or small.

Give thanks: Be sure to send a personalized thank you to everyone who makes a contribution in your name. Your personal Storm the Stadium web page makes it easy to do!

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These fundraising tips were borrowed from our friends at SkyRise Chicago.