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Four Fundraising Tips for Introverts

Do you love alone time? Are you quiet? Do you have a small group of friends? Then, you might be an introvert. Even though social interactions might not be your thing, you have everything you need to be an excellent fundraiser.

Introverts are super passionate and driven, which makes them great at fundraising for a cause they believe in. We know fundraising can be intimidating if you’ve never done it before, especially if you’re quiet. However, we know just how capable you are. Here are four fundraising tips to get started.

Start With Fam and Friends First

The best way to ease into fundraising is to ask your family and friends first. They’ll be so happy and proud that they’ll want to donate right away – and may be willing to spread the word, too!

Asking people you’re close with first is also good practice. Try out your sales pitch on them and see what they think. If they offer any advice on how to improve, take it! This will help give you the confidence to talk to others.

The Internet is Your Friend

Many introverts love to communicate through writing, which makes the Internet the perfect place to fundraise.

Get on your fav social media platform and spread the word. Ask some friends if they’d be willing to share your message on their accounts, too.  Send text messages to classmates, teammates and neighbors. Remind them that it’s not about the amount – every bit helps. There are so many ways to use the Internet to fundraise and you don’t even have to leave the couch to do it!

Turn Fundraising Into a Fun Challenge

Fundraising should be fun, so turn your efforts into a fun challenge! Leave a change jar on your desk and collect any spare change from classmates and teachers. Collect bottles and cans in the cafeteria. Maybe ask your teacher if you could host an ice cream social for your class.

There are so many small things you can do that will really add up at the end.

You’ve Got Strengths – Use Them!

Introverts are great at connecting with people in small groups. Look for opportunities to talk with neighbors, coaches, relatives, friends of siblings and more. If you can explain from your heart why you’re doing this, people will be more likely to donate.

You’ve got the heart, passion and commitment to fundraising successfully. Turn on your introvert charm and work your magic!

A Little Art Makes A Big Difference

Chelsea Crane has color on her mind and beads in her carrying case as she walks throughout Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. As one of the five Artists-in-Residence, she’s here to offer patients a creative escape.

Today, she’s with Lisa, who is no stranger to creativity. Lisa shows Chelsea rocks she painted, which she collected at Sturgeon Point on Lake Erie, New York.

They’re big rocks, about 6-8 inches across. Lisa painted them with scenes from nature, like a waterfall, a bridge, trees and bunnies. They’re gifts for her doctors.

“You want them to know that you care for them as much as they care about you,” she says.

Lisa is a lymphoma patient at Roswell Park. She’s spending several weeks in her hospital room preparing for a bone marrow transplant. Although, she’d rather be painting at home or walking the beach. So, when she sees Chelsea come in with her stacks of art supplies, she lights up.

Lisa is making window decorations with beads. She digs happily through bins of colored beads, picks stones in earth tones and begins to string them together. She and Chelsea talk while they make colorful art together.

For Lisa, these visits keep her spirits up.

“It takes your concentration off having tubes in you,” she says.

Chelsea, a dancer with a master’s degree in social work, finds herself humbled by her interactions at Roswell Park.

“As an Artist-in-Residence, I’m able to connect with others in such a unique way,” she says. “We’re able to build our interactions upon art, and I find that this allows people to communicate through a language we don’t often access.”

What Makes These Programs Possible

Thanks to donor gifts, Roswell Park funded 30 quality-of-life programs in 2017, including Artists-in-Residence. These programs help patients get through their battle while finding joy and escape in the smaller things. Roswell Park’s Artists-in-Residence visit clinics and inpatient areas offering music, dance and art activities to those who are interested and feel good enough to participate.

“I always find it touching when a patient says that for a moment they forgot they were in a hospital because I know that the creative interactions are making a difference, ” Chelsea says. “Our team of Artists-in-Residence are truly thankful to all the donors and supporters of our program because it allows us to continue fostering healing interactions.”