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You have committed to raising funds for research that is dedicated to finding the cause and cure for Parkinson’s disease and advancing therapies that improve the quality of life for people living with this disease. Whether you are walking in honor or memory of someone you love who has Parkinson’s disease, or you have Parkinson’s disease yourself, get started with your fundraising and make every step count.

Walker Fundraising Guide

The Walker Fundraising Guide has all the tools you will need to successfully raise funds for Parkinson’s research.

Recently updated for 2014!

Walker Checklist

Use the Walker checklist to move closer to your fundraising goal – one step at a time.

My HQ Highlights

Download MY HQ Handbook

Login to My HQ

Recently updated for 2014!
  • Set a fundraising goal.
  • Tell your story! Add a photo and explain your connection to the Walk.
  • Set an example. Make your own donation.
  • Share your story on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Email your family and friends.
  • Download the PUW logo to maximize your fundraising efforts.
  • Activate PUW's Facebook application and connect with your friends.
  • Team captains have the option of connecting with each other.
  • View reports to track your individual and/or team donations.
  • Send out a personal thank you and stay in touch with your donors.

Go Social!

Go social! Expand your reach and raise more funds for research. Give your donors and supporters an easy way to take action and help you. Use the medium that your supporters are already using— chances are they are already online and on their mobile devices.

 

Create Customized T-shirts

Create customized t-shirts and walk in style  Consider ordering t-shirts for you and your family and friends. Order your t-shirts through Instant Imprints and they will donate a portion of the sale back to your fundraising efforts on behalf of the Unity Walk.

Walker Goal Setting Form

Walker Fundraising - Goal Setting Form. Creating a fundraising goal keeps you focused and moving forward. So go ahead and create the goal that is right for you.

You have committed to raising funds for research that is dedicated to finding the cause and cure for Parkinson’s disease and advancing therapies that improve the quality of life for people living with this disease. Whether you are walking in honor or memory of someone you love who has Parkinson’s disease, or you have Parkinson’s disease yourself, get started with your fundraising and make every step count.

Walker Fundraising Guide

The Walker Fundraising Guide has all the tools you will need to successfully raise funds for Parkinson’s research.

Recently updated for 2014!

Walker Checklist

Use the Walker checklist to move closer to your fundraising goal – one step at a time.

My HQ Highlights

Download MY HQ Handbook

Login to My HQ

Recently updated for 2014!
  • Set a fundraising goal.
  • Tell your story! Add a photo and explain your connection to the Walk.
  • Set an example. Make your own donation.
  • Share your story on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Email your family and friends.
  • Download the PUW logo to maximize your fundraising efforts.
  • Activate PUW's Facebook application and connect with your friends.
  • Team captains have the option of connecting with each other.
  • View reports to track your individual and/or team donations.
  • Send out a personal thank you and stay in touch with your donors.

Go Social!

Go social! Expand your reach and raise more funds for research. Give your donors and supporters an easy way to take action and help you. Use the medium that your supporters are already using— chances are they are already online and on their mobile devices.

 

Create Customized T-shirts

Create customized t-shirts and walk in style  Consider ordering t-shirts for you and your family and friends. Order your t-shirts through Instant Imprints and they will donate a portion of the sale back to your fundraising efforts on behalf of the Unity Walk.

Walker Goal Setting Form

Walker Fundraising - Goal Setting Form. Creating a fundraising goal keeps you focused and moving forward. So go ahead and create the goal that is right for you.

 

Matching Gifts

The easiest fundraising you’ll ever do. Remind your donors to ask if their employers have a Matching Gifts Program. Matching gifts can double their donation. Encourage them to contact the Human Resources Department at their company or organization. The Unity Walk staff will process the matching gift forms once they are sent to our office but donors first need to ask their employers how to get the process started. The PUW's EIN is 13-3842415. Matching gift companies generally send matching checks from one to six months after the original donation was made to PUW. All companies have a different policy. Once we receive the matching check it will be added to your personal donation page.

Milestone Celebrations

Milestone celebrations are a great way to raise money. Approaching a milestone birthday or anniversary? Getting married? Ask your friends and family to donate to the Unity Walk in lieu of a gift. Or make a donation in honor of this milestone and the Unity Walk will send you acknowledgement cards you can give to your supporters.

Order T-shirts

Create your own t-shirts
Many walkers and teams choose to create and wear their own t-shirt at the Walk. Order through Instant Imprints and a portion of the sale will be donated back to your fundraising efforts on behalf of the Unity Walk.

Shop on Amazon

Shop on Amazon using this link and the Unity Walk will receive a referral donation from your purchase..

Shop eBay and PayPal Giving Fund

We encourage sellers on eBay to give a percentage of their proceeds to PUW upon listing items for sale.

Shoppers: Purchase any item from participating sellers and 10% to 100% of the final sale price will be donated to the Unity Walk.

 Participating sellers are rewarded for their generosity with special eBay Giving Works features that help them get more bids and higher sale prices. For more info, please visit PayPal Giving Fund.

 

Etsy

Etsy. Are you a seller on Etsy? We encourage you to donate a portion of your proceeds to the Unity Walk.

 GoodSearch


Download the GoodSearch – PUW toolbar
  • Use GoodSearch when you search the Internet – they will donate a penny to us every time you do.
  • Use GoodShop.com when you shop online – they work with more than 2,600 major brands, have over 100,000 coupons and donate a percentage of every purchase you make to us
  • Enroll in GoodDining.com - they will donate up to 6% of every dollar you spend when you eat at one of 10,000 participating restaurants

Teams are at the core of the Parkinson’s Unity Walk. Team members comprise over 80% of registered walkers and are responsible for close to 90% of the total funds raised by our walkers. As a team captain, you play a critical role in recruiting, motivating and inspiring others to participate in the Unity Walk and raise funds for research.

Team Captain Fundraising Guide

The Team Captain Fundraising Guide has all the tools you will need to successfully lead your team as you work together to raise funds for Parkinson’s research.

Recently updated for 2014!

Team Captain Checklist

Use the Team Captain checklist to move closer to your fundraising goal – one step at a time.

 
My HQ Highlights

Download MY HQ Handbook

Login to My HQ

Recently updated for 2014!
  • Set a fundraising goal.
  • Tell your story! Add a photo and explain your connection to the Walk.
  • Set an example. Make your own donation.
  • Share your story on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Email your family and friends.
  • Download the PUW logo to maximize your fundraising efforts.
  • Activate PUW's Facebook application and connect with your friends.
  • Team captains have the option of connecting with each other.
  • View reports to track your individual and/or team donations.
  • Send out a personal thank you and stay in touch with your donors.

Go Social!

Go social! Expand your reach and raise more funds for research. Give your donors and supporters an easy way to take action and help you. Use the medium that your supporters are already using— chances are they are already online and on their mobile devices.

Create Customized T-shirts

Create Customized T-shirts.   Walk in style and create team spirit! Order your team t-shirts through Instant Imprints and they will donate a portion of the sale back to your team’s fundraising efforts on behalf of the Unity Walk.

 Goal Setting Form

Team Captain Fundraising - Goal Setting Form.  Creating a fundraising goal keeps you focused and moving forward. So go ahead and create the goal that is right for you and your team.

 

 

Shop online using these links and the Unity Walk will receive a referral donation.

Amazon
Shop on Amazon using this link and the Unity Walk will receive a referral donation from your purchase.

eBay and MissionFish
Sellers: are encouraged to give a percentage of their proceeds to PUW upon listing items for sale. Shoppers: purchase any item from this list and seller will donate 10% to 100% of the final sale price to the Unity Walk. Participating sellers are rewarded for their generosity with special eBay Giving Works features that help them get more bids and higher sale prices. For more info, please visit MissionFish.

Etsy
Sellers on Etsy are encouraged to give a percentage of their proceeds to PUW.

GoodSearch

Download the GoodSearch – PUW toolbar.

Walk in Style – Create a Team T-shirt
While walkers who have raised $100 or more receive the Unity Walk t-shirt, many teams choose to create and wear their own team t-shirt. Our teams’ creativity is impressive!

Consider ordering t-shirts through Instant Imprints and they will donate a portion of the sale back to your team’s fundraising efforts on behalf of the Unity Walk. The donated portion based on your t-shirt order will be credited to your team’s fundraising efforts.

T-shirts are $9 for lighter colors, and $13 and for darker or neon colors or tie-dye cotton t-shirts. This includes custom printing on the front and back. They will need your artwork in an eps or high definition pdf file and not a jpg file. Their staff is available to help you if you need assistance preparing your artwork. Instant Imprints is located in NJ but orders can be shipped nationally. Actual UPS fees will be charged and not a set shipping and handling charge.

For more information or to place your order, email Colin Ormrod at cormrod@yahoo.com rather than ordering through their website. Questions? Call Colin or Laurie Spziani at 973-252-9500.

 

Team Fundraisers

Pins and Ornaments Benefit
Felt dopamine heart pins and ornaments.  Crafts person will donate 25% of all sales to the Unity Walk.

Bracelet Benefit
Purchase Inspiration 2012
, a sterling silver-onyx bracelet to benefit Team Marlene’s fundraising efforts on behalf of the Unity Walk.

There are so many ways to raise funds for the Parkinson’s Unity Walk – large and small. Some are new and others stand the test of time.

Think about who you are connected to. They are more likely to be willing to help. We know participants who have created events in collaboration with their yoga instructor, favorite restaurant owner, the staff at their dentist’s office, and the local minor league baseball park, to name just a few.

You can create a fundraising event, whether you plan to attend the Walk in New York or live at a distance and are unable to join us in Central Park in April. Either way, an event in your local community supports your fundraising efforts and raises funds for Parkinson’s research.

Here are just a few of the fundraising events you may want to consider creating:

Let us know about your event so we can feature it on our Parkiinson's CHAMP in Action page.

Step 1

Brainstorm with your friends and family. Come up with an idea that is fun, manageable and has buy in from those who are prepared to work on this with you.

Step 2

Prepare an event budget as part of your planning process.

Step 3

Figure out how you are going to pay the expenses associated with your event. There are several options.  You may:

Step 4

What is your plan to raise money?

Keep in mind:
Sponsors and donors will receive an acknowledgement for tax purposes only if their check is made payable to Parkinson’s Unity Walk or if you send a check representing their cash donation to the Parkinson’s Unity Walk along with their name and address.

Step 5

Work out the logistics – date, time, place, venue, space constraints, etc. Leave yourself enough time for planning depending on the complexity of the event.

Step 6

Contact the venue to confirm their requirements to secure the space (e.g., permits, deposits and applications). Possible venues include but aren’t limited to schools, parks, places of worship, bars, and restaurants.

Step 7

Contact the PUW office to discuss your plans or if you need any assistance.

Step 8

Spread the word! Develop a strategy to promote your event.

Step 9

Add your event to the PUW calendar.

Step 10

Enjoy your event and take satisfaction in knowing that you have raised funds for Parkinson’s research!



PUW Memory Quilt

The top 50 team captains will be entered into a raffle drawing for a 2014 PUW memory quilt featuring team t-shirts from this year's Walk. Picture a quilt similar to this but featuring PUW team t-shirts. Eligibility will be based on donations received by 6/7/14. 

Approximately fifty team t-shirts received by the Unity Walk will be used to create a handmade memory quilt.  The Unity Walk reserves the right to select which t-shirts to include in the quilt.

Walkers may mail their team t-shirt to the Unity Walk office prior to the Walk (PO Box 275, Kingston, NJ 08528) or leave their team t-shirt with a volunteer at the Team Photo booth the day of the Walk.

2013 Memory Quilt  

Lead Off Next Year's Walk

The top Rookie Team at the 2014 Unity Walk will have the honor of leading off the Walk the following year.

 

 

 EMAIL TEMPLATES
Login to "My HQ" to access email templates.

SAMPLE OFFLINE FUNDRAISING LETTERS
  Instructions for offline letter writing campaign
 
 Sample fundraising letter – walker

  Sample fundraising letter – team member

 Sample fundraising letter – team captain

  Sample thank you letter – walker

YOUR FUNDRAISING EVENT LETTERS
  Your fundraising event – sample sponsor request letter

  Your fundraising event – sample thank you letter to sponsors and donors

  Your fundraising event – budget tracker

Individual fundraising event – In Kind donation form

WALKER RESOURCES AND OTHER IMPORTANT FORMS

ABOUT PUW
You may use the links on our About Us page to learn more about the Walk or to send information to potential donors and sponsors.

Create your fundraising event to benefit the Unity Walk – as an individual or a team. The ideas for these events are generated by and organized by our participants.

Make it official!

Download the PUW logo from your To Do List in “My HQ.”  Several versions – with and without the date and the PUW website, for both participants and team captains – are available for your use. Individual participants and teams may use these logos on any printed and web based materials in promotion of your fundraising event on behalf of the Unity Walk.

Fundraising Events A-Z

Fundraising Events A-Z.  From an art show to a zumbathon, the possibilities for fundraising are endless. Create an event that makes sense for you and your supporters.

10 Steps to a Successful Fundraising Event.

10 Steps to a Successful Fundraising Event.  Fundraising events have a beginning, a middle and an end. Follow these steps and see how much fun you can have in creating your own fundraiser.

If you have any questions about how to structure the finances of your event, please call the Unity Walk office before you finalize the details and start promoting your event.

Promote Your Fundraising Event

Click here to submit your event for posting on the PUW calendar.

Email us the flyer and/or registration form for your fundraising event to the PUW office. We will repost it on our social media sites.



Budget Tracker

Planning is key in creating a successful fundraising event. Use this budget tracker to get you started.

Submit Your Donations

Submit Your Donations After Your Fundraising Event.  Your event was successful. Now you need to send in your donations so they are credited to your fundraising efforts and ensure that your supporters receive the benefit of a tax deduction for their donations.

 

Fundraising Event Forms and Letters

Brochures and Forms
Sample Fundraising Letters

 

 Showcase Your Fundraising Event

The Parkinson’s CHAMP in Action page highlights the creative ways our walkers are raising funds on behalf of the Unity Walk. Complete this form to include your event on this page. Sharing what you’ve accomplished may inspire others to create fundraisers of their own