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Fundraising Tips

The professional staff at the American Lung Association will give you all the advice and support you need to develop and implement a fun and successful fundraising plan. They will work with you individually to help you get the word out about your goal. Once you start, you'll be surprised at how many people are willing to contribute to you and your adventure, which will directly benefit this important cause.

CFCA Jeff Newman

"There are few among us untouched by lung disease. The Reach The Summit program afforded the opportunity to both support the nation’s premier lung heath charity, the American Lung Association, while I embark on the adventure of a lifetime. My participation in this program deepened ties with my community as they cheered me on in my fundraising efforts. I forged new relationships with fellow climbers and the Reach The Summit staff. Then, one bright August morning, as I stood on the summit of the Northwest’s most iconic peak, my supporters rooting for me and a great cause enriched through my efforts, tired as I was, I simply could not stop smiling. Would I do it again? I'll see you on the top next year!"

Jeff Newman
Mount Rainier 2015.

The average participant raises more than the required amount. Most of the climbers have never fundraised for an organization before. The American Lung Association provides the following tools to help you reach your goal:

Online Resources

The easiest way to send fundraising emails to your contacts is through your personal account. If you would prefer to use Convio, the online system we use and their templates, below are some instructions to help you get started.

Participant Center Help

Setting up your fundraising web page (PDF)   |   Creating a personal web address (PDF)

Importing email addresses (PDF)   |   Saving an email template (PDF)

Offline Resources

A guide to successful fundraising

Fundraising 101 (PDF)

Mt. Climber memory Sign Round Corners

Ask Letter Templates

Fundraising Sample Letter #1 (Doc)   |   Fundraising Sample Letter #2 (Doc)
Fundraising Sample Letter #3 (Doc)   |   Fundraising Sample Letter #4 (Doc)
Fundraising Follow-up Sample Letter (Doc)

Thank You Letter Templates

Thank You Sample Letter #1 (Doc)   |   Thank You Sample Letter #2 (Doc)

Participant Help

Fundraising Business Cards Template (Doc-Avery-8371) - Customize these cards and carry them with you and share them with people you meet at work, around town or while you’re training 

Specific Fundraising Ideas (PDF) - Some creative and time-tested ways to raise funds

How to Submit Your Donations (PDF) - Instructions for sending us your offline donations to post in your fundraising account

501(c)(3) Tax Verification (PDF) - American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific 501(c)(3) verification and tax ID#

Reach The Summit Forms

Climbers Hugging on MountainCredit Card Donation Form (PDF) - Use this form to take offline credit card donations.

Donor Receipt Form (PDF) - Use this form if your donor would like a receipt for their donation right away. We will also be sending them a receipt by email or through the mail.

Donation Collection Form (PDF) - Use this form to record and track pledges and donations towards your fundraising.

Donor Mail-in Form (PDF) - Use this form to give to your donors so that they may mail in their donations towards your fundraising.

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