As easy as GotSneakers makes it to start and run a sneaker drive, getting contributions still takes dedication. Staying motivated and keeping a positive attitude is the best way to convince people to give to help you meet your fundraising goals. Take a look at these five tips for maintaining your motivation.
When it comes to asking friends, family, and coworkers to contribute shoes to your sneaker drive you may have to ask more than one time. We all lead busy lives and remembering to grab shoes from the back of the closet may not be top of mind when they get home at night. That being said, don’t be afraid to ask twice (or three times)! Your friends want to help you reach your goals, they might just need a gentle reminder!
If you go a couple of days without receiving new contributions you might feel discouraged but looking at your total will keep you motivated! Remember you’re not just raising money for your cause, you’re also keeping shoes out of landfills which is helping the environment. Your mission is worthy and you’re doing a great job!
Another way to stay motivated during your GotSneakers drive is to set milestones. Like most fundraisers, you could set milestones for achieving 25%, 50%, and 75% of your overall goal. If you need smaller milestones, consider setting them for every 10% or 20% that you reach. Then, celebrate meeting each milestone to recognize all of the hard work that you’re doing for your cause.
Start every interaction with a potential contributor on a positive note. Along with keeping you motivated, setting an upbeat tone creates exciting energy around your sneaker drive, making the contributor more likely to contribute and help you spread the word. Don’t be afraid to ask your friends and colleagues to ask their friends to contribute too. The more the merrier!
Expressing your gratitude to contributors is a clever way to build relationships. It may encourage others to join your effort in order to get recognition as well, especially if you post the recognition on social media. Best of all, making others feel acknowledged and appreciated can make you feel good and inspired to keep collecting sneakers for your cause.
If you have a team of people helping with your GotSneakers drive, you can use these tips to keep them motivated too. No matter what, you can stay motivated by remembering all the people that the contributions will help.