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Pollinator Week Peer-To-Peer Fundraising Challenge: Work Together To Make a Difference

By Melissa Manuel on 1. June 2024
Melissa Manuel

This June, the Xerces Society is excited to announce our new peer-to-peer fundraising challenge! We are inviting you to join us in supporting pollinator conservation – and win some great prizes! Peer-to-peer fundraising empowers individuals like you to leverage their passion and networks for a cause they believe in. To participate, you organize a fundraiser for your community, and together raise donations as a group.

This challenge will run from June 1st through the end of Pollinator Week on June 23rd, after which we will award prizes! Join us in making a difference for pollinators. Together, we can make a real impact!

 

A sunflower being visited by both a butterfly and a bee
Just like pollination takes a whole community of different bugs, supporting pollinator conservation is easier when we work together. (Photo: Preston Keres CC-BY).

 

Five ideas to inspire your pollinator fundraiser

Your fundraiser can take many different forms! Here are five ideas to get you started. Use them as-is, or go where inspiration takes you!

  • Pollinator Poetry Slam: Organize a poetry slam focused on pollinators. Participants can sign up to share their original poems about bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Supporters can donate to attend the event or vote for their favorite poems.
  • Sing for the Bees: Unleash your inner rockstar, host a karaoke event and turn applause into donations. Donations can be pledged for songs. As you sing, you can create a chorus of support for pollinator conservation.
  • Movie Night: Host a movie night featuring documentaries or films about pollinators and their importance. Participants can donate to attend the screening, and you can provide additional information about pollinator conservation efforts during the event.
  • Party for Pollinators: Sometimes all people need to inspire them is a good old-fashioned party! Host a party for pollinators with multiple opportunities for guests to donate.
  • Pollinator Trivia Night: Organize a trivia night focused on pollinators. Prepare pollinator-themed trivia questions and offer fun prizes for the winners.

While these ideas are extra creative, you can keep your fundraiser easy and low-key. Simply creating your online fundraiser and sharing it with friends and family is so helpful in raising awareness and support for pollinators.

 

Three easy steps to run your fundraiser for the June challenge

  1. Register your fundraiser: Start by registering your fundraiser. It only takes a few minutes to set up. We encourage you to customize your fundraising page to make it uniquely yours.
  2. Share your fundraiser: Spread the word and rally support for your cause. Utilize our email and social media templates to quickly and effectively raise awareness. Your personal fundraising dashboard provides a seamless way to promote your campaign online with social sharing templates.
  3. Thank your donors and celebrate your impact: You and your donors are the hero in the story of pollinator conservation. Please thank everyone who participated and give yourself big kudos! We have a thank you for you as well.

 

Prizes to show our gratitude

Fundraisers that achieve these dollar amount goals will receive the following Xerces goodies as prizes after the contest closes:

  • Raise $150 Get a one-year membership to Xerces
  • Raise $250: Get a Xerces Pollinator Habitat sign, along with a membership
  • Top prize: The very top fundraiser will get all of the above, plus a Xerces tote bag and hat, and special recognition on our social media platforms!
The three types of prizes: Xerces' Pollinator Habitat yard sign, a grey baseball cap with the Xerces logo, and beige canvas tote with the Xerces logo
While only one fundraiser will receive the top prize, everyone who reaches the two other prize thresholds will receive a reward!

 

Help make Pollinator Week a win for conservation

The fundraising challenge period lasts from June 1st - June 23rd, 2024, encompassing the entirety of Pollinator Week (June 17th - 23rd). All funds raised must be collected online before the end of the fundraising period.

 

Start your fundraiser today!

 

Please reach out if you have any questions about your fundraiser. We're here to guide and support you every step of the way. Call 855-232-6639 x 2 or email us at [email protected]. Thank you for being a part of the Xerces community!

 

Authors
Melissa joined Xerces in 2022 as the Donor Engagement Specialist, working with the Membership team. She is a "retired" young farmer with over a decade of expertise in urban farming, agroforestry, garden design and education. Before joining Xerces, she worked as a horticulturist at Leach Botanical Garden. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Portland State University and has worked with a number of environmental non-profit groups throughout her career.

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