2018 Common Heart
In 2006 four friends, motivated by God's love, made a decision to get out and serve the needs of their neighbors. They pooled funds, efforts, and spheres influence to create a "common cupboard" to draw from serving our neighbors in need.
It started with a 'small revolution of kindness' and has grown to women, men, teens and children from every background, ethnicity, socio-economic condition, faith community 'bridging the gap together' for families and communities in their backyard.
On our journey we have found friends, strangers, communities, churches, schools and corporations with the desire to help change the lives of those in need. Little did we know we would be as blessed as those we serve.
In 2018 we are feeding over 700 families each month, plus 1000 more at Thanksgiving (approx 32,000 people a year) through:
During the past few years we have been adjusting our course a little. Not only are we "giving folks a fish" but we are "teaching folks to fish," and "empowering them to make the fishing hole a better place!" Through our new program, Advocates For Change, our neighbors living in poverty are being empowered to change their family's life and stepping up to have a seat at the community table. Through "Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin' By World" we are creating Leaders for Change from poverty and through "Bridges Out of Poverty Workshops" we are training Allies for Change from Middle Class and Wealth. Together they'll be working not only to improve their own lives, but the community as well. For more information contact Keith@CommonHeart.org.
All Fundraisers enjoy
- Race Day T Shirt
- Personalized fundraising webpage, training & help
- Bi-weekly newsletter filled with fundraising & training tips
- Personalized ‘conversation starter’ print pack
Some of our Fundraising Goal Incentives
- Carrowinds Gold Pass
- Paid Race Entry (for those who reach the $500 goal)
Set A Goal
While the fundraising minimum is an easy goal to reach, it is beneficial to advertise a higher goal to your donors. This usually will encourage donors to contribute more, if they see your target amount is higher. It also helps to breakdown your goal in to smaller increments to make it less daunting to your donors. For example, if you set a goal of $1500, that’s only 100 donations of $15 each or 15 donations of $100 each.
Upon registering with the Common Heart Firecracker Run you received a link for your own personal fundraising page. This page will be your home base as far as communication with your donors, friends and family. Make this page as personal as you are – add photos, quotes or anything that is uniquely you!
As donations come in, your total will automatically be updated and donors’ contributions will be posted on the website. Keep your communication open and your page up to date. It’s important for donors to know where their money is going and that you are making good on your promise. Also, be sure to add in any offline donations (checks or cash), every donor needs to be recognized for their contributions!
Now that you’ve set your goal and created your fundraising page, it’s time to get the word out. Thanks to social media and the internet, it’s easier than ever to let people know about your commitment. First, be sure to identify your network. This can include, friends, family, coworkers, neighbors or just about anyone. Don’t be afraid to talk to people about your journey. Even though hunger is such a big problem, you would be amazed at how many people just don’t know the facts.
Since some people are uncomfortable asking for money, make your pitch about the mission and very fact related.
Send out emails and post on your social media pages to make your reach as big as possible. Choose your wording carefully and keep it fun, short and sweet – writing a novel will lose people’s attention real fast. Also, be sure to put a deadline that is a little before your actual fundraising deadline, this will ensure you have enough time for stragglers