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Tips for organizing a walk or run for your favorite charitable organization

Organizing a charity run is a big undertaking – make it easy with our tips

You want to raise money for your favorite cause and a charity walk/run sounds like a great way to do it. The problem? You have no idea where to start.

Organizing a charity walk/run is a big undertaking and can be very stressful if the process doesn’t go smoothly. But you can pull it off with ease by taking a few steps to lay the groundwork and get organized.

You can do it! We’ve got you! Read on for some pro tips to get you started and run a successful event:

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5 Steps To Organizing A Successful Charity Walk/Run Event

  1. Plan, Plan, Plan: When organizing a charity event, it’s important that you plan as much as possible for every element of the day. Form your team well in advance and get them together to brainstorm and establish:
    • Your big-picture vision for your cause.
    • The mission for your event.
    • Your specific goals.
  2. Pinpoint Your Cause: Before you decide to hold a charity walk/run, have a specific cause in mind. For example, instead of holding a “Charity Run/Walk for Animals,” you may want to focus on an animal rescue or a designated wildlife fund.

    Pinpoint Your Cause: Before you decide to hold a charity walk/run, have a specific cause in mind. For example, instead of holding a “Charity Run/Walk for Animals,” you may want to focus on an animal rescue or a designated wildlife fund.

  3. Outline the Budget: Every event – especially a charity event – requires a budget. Look to your committee to help outline the cost of overhead, equipment, supplies, etc. This is important for accounting purposes and transparency, since you’re holding a charity event.

    Have another brainstorming session with the specific goals in mind such as:

    • Where will the money go?
    • How much will you need to get started?
    • What’s your donation goal?
  4. Line up Sponsors: To lighten your burden with the budget and maximize your profit, start with private companies and non-governmental organizations to help sponsor your event. They can provide financial support or supply volunteers to help you on the day of your event.

    Additionally, private companies can provide essential supplies like water bottles, energy bars, and other items you’ll need for the event. Some companies will also sponsor branded T-shirts and other souvenirs for participants in the event.

  5. Get the Word Out: Promotion, promotion, promotion. Robust advertising and marketing are key to a successful event. Once you’ve set a date, it’s time to start spreading the word. Reach out to friends and family, leverage your social networks, and advertise in your hyper local website or online newspaper. Sometimes sponsors will help publicize the event as well. The more people hear about the event the better.

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Although things might get a little stressful when you’re in the midst of organizing a charity run, at the end of the day the returns of being part of such a fun and heartwarming event are worth the work. Go get ‘em!

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