Team or Personal Fundraising -- It's Fun and It's Easy!
We are so proud and grateful that this event has raised and donated over $130,000 in the past five years, with proceeds supporting biliary atresia (BA) research at the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Liver Center in Baltimore and promoting organ donation awareness in our community.
HOW TO SET UP A TEAM/PERSONAL FUNDRAISING PAGE ON CROWDRISE FOR COLLEEN'S BA 5K
Below are the simple steps to set up a fundraising page...DON’T WORRY...IF WE CAN DO IT, YOU CAN DO IT!
Step 1: click here for the 2019 link
Step 2: Click on “SET UP YOUR FUNDRAISER” on the right of the page and choose “START YOUR OWN FUNDRAISER”
Fill out the form and get started.
1) People want to help...but...people give to people not causes...personalize your page...add a photo and share a personal story about why you’re passionate about supporting the cause.
2) Let people know exactly what your personal fundraising goal is and keep them updated on your progress.
3) Get the word out...utilize social media, email, snail mail, whatever it takes to reach out to your community.
4) Many companies will match your fundraising efforts -- ask about yours!
5) Remember: donations are tax deductible! (Greater Washington Community Foundation will send a receipt).
SAMPLE LETTERS FROM LAST YEAR (2018):
Letter #1 (from a family with personal experience)
In June, we will again participate in and volunteer for the fifth annual Colleen’s BA 5K. Colleen’s BA 5K was organized in memory of Colleen Mitchel—the daughter of a dear friend of mine and, like Anna, was born with biliary atresia (BA). Unfortunately, Colleen died in 2013 at the age of 19 due to complications from liver disease, while awaiting a second liver transplant.
While Anna and Colleen sadly shared the same horrible disease, they also shared the same wonderful doctors at the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Liver Center. Without the amazing team at Johns Hopkins and the generosity of organ donors, Anna would not have been able to have not one, and not two, but three liver transplants before the ripe old age of 7! We are happy to report that Anna’s health has been relatively stable since her last transplant in 2005 and Anna, being Anna, takes everything in stride and enjoys life like any other 19 year old girl enjoying her freshman year in college!
We are proud to be a part of this event and are excited by the impact of our past and future fundraising. Thanks to the generosity of our friends and family, Team Anna was the fundraising leader last year at $3,725!
To build on this momentum and to maintain our position at the top of the leader board, we have set a family fundraising goal of $3,750.
Now, this is where you come in. If you are able to help us meet our goal and support these causes that are so near and dear to our hearts, go to Team Anna and make your donation TODAY! No amount is too small. Your gift is tax deductible, and you will receive a receipt from the Greater Washington Community Foundation*.
Thank you for your support! Susan, David, Ethan, Jonah and Anna
*The Colleen Mitchel Memorial Fund is a component of the Greater Washington Community Foundation. For more information about the Run and the Colleen Mitchel Memorial Fund, please see www.colleensba5k.org.
Letter #2 (from a friend of Colleen’s family)
In June, I am going to be running/walking in Colleen’s BA 5K, which was organized in memory of Colleen Mitchel. Colleen was born with biliary atresia (BA) and died in 2013 at the age of 19 due to complications from liver disease, while awaiting a second liver transplant.
For the past four years, Colleen’s family has organized an annual charity run/walk, Colleen’s BA 5K, to raise funds supporting organ donation awareness and pediatric liver disease research. To date, this event has raised over $100,000! This year, we are vamping up the fundraising effort and hope to raise an additional $15,000.
It is my intention to not only finish this 5K in record time (!) but to personally raise over [insert your amount] for this worthy cause. This is where you come in. If you want to help me meet my goal, and support continued research for liver disease, go to my personal fundraising site and make your donation TODAY! No amount is too small. Your gift is tax deductible, and you will receive a receipt from the Greater Washington Community Foundation*.
Thank you for your support of my effort.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me via my email at [insert your personal email or contact if you wish].
Thanks for your support,
*The Colleen Mitchel Memorial Fund is a component of the Greater Washington Community Foundation. For more information about the Run and the Colleen Mitchel Memorial Fund, please see www.colleensba5k.org
Letter #3 (team sample letter)
Colleen's BA 5K is a race held in honor of Colleen Mitchel who passed away at 19 from complications resulting from liver disease (biliary atresia) while awaiting a second liver transplant. Colleen was one of our best friends at the University of Michigan. She was incredibly spirited and had such an impact on our life in the short time we were privileged to know her.
All funds raised go to organ donation awareness and BA research at Johns Hopkins Pediatric Liver Center. In the four year history of the race, over $100,000 has been raised! Our team of Colleen's UMich friends are striving to raise [insert amount] in her memory. Your gift is tax deductible, and you will receive a receipt from the Greater Washington Community Foundation. The Colleen Mitchel Memorial Fund is a component of the Greater Washington Community Foundation. For more information about the Run and the Colleen Mitchel Memorial Fund, please see www.colleensba5k.org
Please help us spread the word by sharing this website and our Facebook page with your family and friends.
Thank You For Your Participation!
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
The Colleen Mitchel Memorial Fund is a component fund of the Greater Washington Community Foundation. The Community Foundation is recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization by the Internal Revenue Service, federal tax identification number 23-7343119, therefore all contributions to the Colleen Mitchel Memorial Fund are eligible for tax deductibility.