To all of the members of Team Harlem United, thank you for Running with a Purpose.
By running with Harlem United’s Team Harlem United you’re not only making a commitment to yourself to run a marathon, but you’re also dedicating your time and energy to helping others. The funds that you raise will go towards our client programs and help us serve the Harlem community. The pledged minimum for guaranteed entry is $3,000 for the marathon and $1,000 for the Half-Marathon. Runners with bib numbers (but wish to raise funds on behalf of a charity) the minimum is $1,500 and $500 respectively.
These Fundraising Tools have been designed to help you achieve your goal while you help others achieve theirs. Included are fundraising ideas, a proposed fundraising plan, sample letters, and access to a personalized fundraising page.
For more information please contact us here.
For those interested in supporting Team Harlem United
Even if you’re not running, but would like to support Team Harlem United you can by:
- Making a donation
- E-mailing all of your contacts requesting their support of one of the runners (see sample e-mail below)
- Assisting our runners with their individual fundraising efforts
If you’d like to make a donation please go to Supporting Team Harlem United to make a donation on-line or please send a check payable to “Harlem United – Team Harlem United” to:
306 Lenox Avenue
New York, New York 10027
Who do you know? And who do they know?
- Create a list of contacts to help you. Whether they plan donating or can help you spread the word about your fundraising, it is good to get in touch. Remember, you can always turn to your family. Ask them to make a small contribution or pass along a list of contacts that you can reach out to with their assistance.
- Make a list of people you see regularly (daily, weekly, monthly, etc.). A few ideas include: coffee shops, gyms, dry cleaners, favorite lunch spots, social clubs, etc. Even if they can’t donate, maybe they can help you with one of your fundraising events down the road.
- Ask your company about matching gifts. If you’re not sure if your company matches, check with your Human Resources Department.
How about a little get together?
- There are many inexpensive events that you can host: wine party, dinner party (even an informal pizza get together), bike run, barbeque, trail walk,
- Talk to the people who work at some of the places you visit regularly . Maybe your favorite restaurant or bar would be willing to give you a discount for a party or a donation per person or per drink sold.
- Take the expression “out with the old and in with the new” to a new level. What about having a garage sale to benefit your fundraising?
- Do you and your co-workers meet over coffee? What about bringing in cake and pastries for a month and asking your colleagues to chip in with a small donation?
- Have a birthday party for yourself and ask the guests to donate towards your goal instead of bringing a gift.
Sometimes the smallest things make the biggest difference.
- Buy a large bag of candy and sell it at work or school for $2 contributions.
- Everyday take the change from your pocket and put it in your “NYC Marathon” fund. Ask your family to do the same thing. Every penny goes a long way!
- Give up something until the marathon. Whether it's coffee, chocolate or alcohol, give it up and add the money you would have spent towards your fundraising goal.
- Have a hobby? If your hobby is a craft, your knitted socks just might be a high demand item. What about your talents?