Thank you for joining the Unity Walk to help raise funds and awareness! Every donation raised goes to research funded by seven major organizations, donations that provide dedicated researchers – opportunities to find a cure. This is why we want to make fundraising as easy as possible for our registered walkers.
From talking with our top team captains and walkers, we’ve learned that successful fundraisers send out regular donation requests and reminders. We are always searching for ways to make asking for support easier for participants and we can now announce three new tools that will help our registered walkers to fundraise! They are a mobile application, Facebook application, and an email signature …
We are excited because in addition to sending individual emails to family and friends to ask for support, we now have these new tools for our participants! So if you’re registered for the Parkinson’s Unity Walk, take these three steps to increase your success as you fundraise for Parkinson’s disease research:
Step 1: Fundraise on the go using the mobile app
For fundraisers who are always on their phone or tablet, the Unity Walk mobile app is just for you! All from the palm of your hand you can manage and share your Unity Walk experience from your iPhone and Android devices. You can use the app to personalize your participant page—this means updating your photo and story just got so much easier; you can upload a photo from your device! You can connect with family and friends through social media, emails and text directly from the app. The app also makes it easy to keep current with Walk news, giving you access to our Twitter and Facebook updates.
Participants can download the app by searching for “Unity Walk” on the App Store and Google Play Store.
Step 2: Expand your reach via the Facebook app
Our top fundraisers have reached their fundraising goal by asking people beyond their family and friends. They search deep within their network and ask who else can help me with my fundraising efforts? Because every 9 minutes someone is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, there’s a chance that you may know someone who may know someone who has been affected by Parkinson’s. This is why using the Parkinson’s Unity Walk Facebook App is effective because it lets you expand your reach to your friends on Facebook—the contacts you may not have updated email addresses for!
Much can be done with the Facebook app including setting your profile and cover photos. You can schedule posts, track your progress, countdown to Walk Day, and set (and forget it!) automated newsfeed updates when you reach important milestones throughout your fundraising.
Step 3: Show your commitment with the email badge
Successful fundraisers find unique ways to raise awareness and show their commitment. This is why we’ve added the Parkinson’s Unity Walk Email Signature to help you show your connection to the Unity Walk each time you send an email.
We recommend using the email signature because once installed, it lives on the bottom of each of your emails and hence a low maintenance fundraising tool. The signature consists of a graphic that automatically updates with your fundraising progress and links back to your participant webpage! It is supported on multiple web and desktop email clients including Gmail, Outlook, Mac Mail, Hotmail, and AOL Mail.
Because every penny we raise together goes to critical research, we hope you maximize your fundraising efforts by taking 1 … 2 … all 3 steps into your fundraising for the Parkinson’s Unity Walk. Whichever tools you choose to download, they will surely increase your success as a fundraiser—all of our apps and email signature link back to your participant webpage which is where your friends and family can easily make their contribution and/or join you—one significant reason why these apps will make fundraising so much easier for you.
Go ahead and give them a try! All of these new tools can be downloaded by logging into your participant headquarters.
If you need help talking through additional ideas about how you can help to raise awareness and funds, please let us know we’re here to help you!