Fundraising Toolkit

Step Up 2018 Success Tips

We are so excited that you are going to climb the tallest building in Virginia with us! With participant support, this will be our most successful year ever. The funds raised by supporters like you will ensure The Up Center can continue to improve lives in our community.

Check out these tips for promotion, fundraising, and training. Thank you for being part of our team, good luck!

Fundraising and Promotion Success

  • Create your page! Make sure you have created a personalized fundraising page that you can share with friends and family. Tell them why you care about The Up Center and ask them to support you as you climb the tallest building in Virginia!
  • Fundraising Events! You can turn anything into a fundraiser! The Up Center staff is here to support you with any tools, tips or ideas to make your fundraiser a success!
  • Share with family and friends! You are getting ready to climb the tallest building in the state, make sure people know what you’re doing and why, follow The Up Center on Facebook and Twitter to get updates on our work and ideas for messaging to share.
  • Attention team captains make sure to encourage your teammates to fundraise. You can create a team page and your team members can choose to fundraise for your team on the main page!
  • Lastly, keep your supporters updated on your progress, set goals leading up to April 28 and let people know when you reach them. We’re excited that you are part of this event and we know your supporters will be too!

Fun and Creative Fundraising Ideas

  • Online fundraising: The most effective way to fundraise. Let everyone know how they can help and support your efforts by sending mass emails, posting on social media, etc. Ask us for tips!
  • Social networking: Use sites such as: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Post a shortened version of your fundraising letter on your site with a link to your personal fundraising page. Challenge friends to “Like” and “Share” your page to hit new audiences!
  • Personal letter writing/email campaign: Ask The Up Center staff for sample letters/emails.
  • Restaurant night or Happy Hour: Invite friends and coworkers to have dinner with you at a restaurant that will donate a percentage of the profits to The Up Center. Or work with a local favorite bar to host a fundraising Happy Hour. We have a list of restaurants for you!
  • Have a party! Wine and cheese tasting, costume party, a BBQ. You can turn any party/gathering into a fundraiser! Suggest a minimum donation and request food/wine donations from stores or restaurants.
  • Wine Cellar: Host a get together at home and have your guests each bring a bottle or two of their favorite wine. Have multiple raffles or one big raffle for all of the bottles!
  • Live, silent or online auction, 50/50 raffles or sports pool: Ask us for helpful hints and suggestions. 50/50 Raffles are easy to hold at parties, sporting events, or with groups of friends and Family.
  • Special event: If you have a birthday or anniversary approaching, host a party and ask that guests make a donation to your Team Up team in lieu of gifts.
  • Scavenger hunt: Suggest a minimum donation to enter and have prizes for the winner.
  • Game Night/Poker Night: Suggest a minimum donation to enter and/or a donation to compete in each game.
  • Special skills: Know how to knit? Cook? Speak another language? Fix computers? Offer your services for a donation to your team (tutoring, coaching, cooking, cleaning, accounting, whatever!)
  • Garage/Ebay sale: Need to get rid of some stuff? Hold a garage sale and sell your things for a donation. Have Team Up signs displayed to make sure donors know the proceeds go to The Up Center
  • Car wash: Suggest a minimum donation.

Training Success and rules to guarantee your progress:

Rule #1: PATIENCE – Patience is everything. If you don’t have it, you will make yourself crazy or worse quit. All other rules point back to this one so read it until you get it.

Rule #2: Making multiple changes at a time will often create more problems than progress. You won’t know which manipulated variable is producing changes, Too many changes at one time decrease the likelihood of sticking to making change; overload.

Rule #3: Small moves, making the most out of least. Don’t make big, drastic changes. You won’t necessarily get drastic results. Why jump from 20 minutes of cardio to 1 hour and 20 minutes? You will miss out on the progress that you could have seen at 30, 40, 50, 60 minutes. Your body will only become efficient at the new task, work load and then there is nowhere to go from there. Make small moves and leave yourself room to grow.

The following exercises are excellent for stair climbing preparation training:

Do 1 set of each exercise without resting, and keep track of the time it takes you to complete the circuit. Rest for double that time, and then repeat the circuit. When you can finish the first circuit in 90 seconds, skip the rest period.

  1. Body-Weight Squat: 36 reps
  2. Body-Weight Alternating Lunge: 18 each leg
  3. Body-Weight Split Jump: 18 each leg
  4. Body-Weight Jump Squat: 36 reps.


Check out some of these other resources for tips on preparing for a stair climb at the links below.



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