Here’s a great way to raise a lot of money in a short period of time. Participants have raised tons using email-writing campaigns. Six weeks prior to the start of the 31-Day Challenge, set aside an hour or two and you can have it all done.

Compose a quick email.

Write as if you are sending the email individually to a close friend. Include a preface that, as a friend, you thought they would be interested in this important cause. Remember, you can choose which department or division at Children’s Hospital will receive your fundraising dollars.

Balance fact with feeling.

Include what the 31-Day Challenge is (fact); why you are involved/what it means to you (feeling); and remind them to seek a company gift match if their employer offers that benefit (fact).

Early on, make the “ask.”

Don’t limit your donors, but ask for a specific range. Ask for “$10, $20, $50 or whatever your budget will allow.” Give a deadline for response. People tend to respond when there is a sense of urgency. Make sure to include a link to your personal fundraising page.

Send it to EVERYONE you know!

Make sure you blind copy (bcc) all recipients. They don’t need to know who else is receiving your note.