Fundraising Tips


Check out our Fundraising Guide and Participant Center video! 

Take a look at our comprehensive guide to help you fundraise and reach your goal! It is filled with easy ideas and helpful tips. We also created a new Participant Center video to help you navigate all the fun fundraising features once you register!


Share a Graphic on Social Media

Download and save to photos to easily post on one of your social channels! Don't forget to use our hashtag #sdwalkforanimals

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FB Shareable Virtual Walk

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FB Shareable Virtual Walk


Add a Facebook Frame

There is no easier way to show your support online than with a Facebook frame! Add the Virtual Walk for Animals Facebook frame to your profile picture today to spread the word to your animal-loving network.


Customize Your Personal Fundraising Page

Tell people why you're passionate about raising money for the animals at San Diego Humane Society. We recommend posting a photo or video of you and your furry friends!

If you need help updating your page check out our new Participant Center video >


Send Emails

Your Participant Center is filled with email templates you can use to let your friends, family and colleagues know that you’re participating in the Virtual Walk for Animals — and ask for their support! We've even included heartwarming animal stories for you to share.

If you prefer to send messages from your own email account instead, remember to include a link to your personal fundraising page — just copy and paste the URL right into your email!

Fore more information on how to send an email check out our new Participant Center video >


Start a Facebook Fundraiser

Fundraise with social media by creating a Facebook fundraiser that your entire network can see. Any donations you receive show up automatically in your Participant Center. Facebook makes it super easy and we highly recommend you give it a try!

  • Log into your Participant Center and click on the button that says "Connect Fundraiser to Facebook" on the right hand side of the homepage.
  • Once your fundraiser is created, you can update the photos and content. Remember to share what the Virtual Walk means to you and why you're asking for support!


Donate to Yourself

The easiest way to jump-start your fundraising efforts is to be the first to donate! It's easier to ask for a donation if you can speak from experience, and it shows a dedication to your cause. Collect your loose change and skip buying takeout for a few weeks. Even something small will be impressive! Simply visit your personal page and click the blue "Donate Now" button at the top.


Set a Fundraising Goal

Share your goal with friends, family and co-workers so they can help you achieve it.


Don't Be Afraid to Ask!

Decide who you will be asking to donate. Also, don’t forget that it takes up to three asks to get a response! To get started, make a list of people to ask for support, such as:

  • Family.
  • Friends.
  • Neighbors.
  • Co-workers.
  • Members of clubs or groups you belong to.
  • Businesses you frequent.


Write a Letter

Old-fashioned? No way! Pick up that pen and personalize your letter with details about yourself and the reasons you're walking — you could even include pictures of your pets! Remember your audience when you are crafting your letter. Tailor it to fit friends, family, business owners, colleagues, etc. And consider enclosing a self-addressed, stamped envelope to make it easier for them to contribute.


Matching Gifts

Many companies offer matching gifts to employees fundraising for an amazing cause. This is a great way to double the money you raise. Reach out to your Human Resources department, and check with your friends and family to see if their companies do this.


Say Thank You!

Whether you do it through a handwritten card, via email or by tagging someone in a social media post, don’t forget to say thank you! You can find thank you emails in your Participant Center that make this part quick and easy. Don’t forget a personal note to make your donors feel special. Remember, saving thousands of animals this year would not be possible without generous donors, and of course — YOU!

For questions, info, or more fundraising ideas email or call 619-243-3493.