Check out these Fundraising Tips

Register Online: is an easy way to get started towards your fundraising goals and track your progress. Here you can customize your fundraising page with photos and stories, and recruit donors using our easy-to-use e-mailing system! The e-mailing system has pre-written emails for you to send to family, friends, and colleagues and easy to share messages for social media.

Customised fundraising  pages can see up to 17% more donations raised.


Start a Team: Recruit people to join your team and work together on your own fundraising leading up to the event like car washes, dinner parties, bake sales, and casual clothes day at work or school.

Sharing is Caring: Social media is a great place to recruit team members and donors. Share your profile to social media and be sure to include your why. Why are you fundraising? Your personal story can really motivate people to get behind your cause and donate. You want to be inspired by other people’s stories visit

Know Your Cause: Learn more about the YMCA and get to know get to know other people who have been impacted by the YMCA at

Set a fundraising goal. Ask yourself what kind of an impact you want to have. Remember that with the support of our generous sponsors, 100% of the funds you raise will help the YMCA provide life changing programs and services to your community. If you need a little extra motivation you can check out these great incentive prizes.

Make the first donation: If you back yourself, others will too. Start off on the right foot by making the first donation then share your donation via email and social media!

Bank your fundraising money as you go: It's super fun seeing your fundraising tally rise on your individual and team page. Try to bank your money before the Move to Give so you and your potential donors can see just how close you are getting to your goal. Mail in your pledge form with cheque(s) made payable to YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka or drop off your pledge forms along with your collected cash donations at your local Y.

Add Your Own Incentive: Show your friends and family how much this means to you by adding in your own incentive for them. Tell them that if you make your target you will match their donations; complete the Move to Give in a funny costume, dye your beard green or some other motivating end result.

Thank you, thank you! Always thank your supporters, whether it’s a small or large donation let them know how grateful you are, our website can help you make sure no one gets missed.