PLAYATHON: HOW TO FUNDRAISE

 
HAVE A PLAN
  • Build your list of potential donors – relatives, friends, neighbors, etc.
  • Set a goal
  • Plan your time. Ask for donations right away. Don’t wait until the last week to start.
  • Say “thank you” – to everyone, even if they don’t donate.
  • Invite them to the Playathon concert.
HOW TO ASK FOR DONATIONS IN PERSON

Introduce yourself and tell them you’re with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra.

  • Tell them what MYSO is…
    • The largest after-school orchestra in the U.S.
    • MYSO has 1,000 enrolled musicians
    • MYSO is more than classical music. In addition to symphony and string orchestras, we offer flute, wind, and percussion ensembles, and jazz and steel pan bands. More than 25 ensembles.
    • MYSO musicians are ages 8-18.
  • Tell them what MYSO means to you. For example (use your own words):
    • It’s like my second home
    • It’s a place where I can find kids who are just as interested in music as I am.
    • It’s a place I have fun making music together with other people.
  • Tell them why their support matters.
    • Membership fees cover less than 1/3 of the true costs. Donations like yours help to cover the remaining two-thirds of costs and keep fees affordable for everyone.
  • Ask them if they would like to make a donation.
    • If yes, complete the donor envelope for the donor (envelopes available in the MYSO office) and collect the donation. We accept cash or checks (payable to “MYSO”). Drop off the envelope at our office, or mail it in.
  • Thank the donors for their support
  • Invite them to the Playathon concert, or any other concert. (Concert schedule at MYSO.org).
HOW TO ASK FOR DONATIONS ONLINE
  • Go to the Playathon home page. Create your individual fundraising page by clicking on “create my own fundraising page.
  • Personalize your individual fundraising page. Add a photo (maybe of you with your instrument) and your story about your involvement in MYSO.
  • Email your family, friends, and neighbors, and others.
  • Tell them what MYSO is (see above).
  • Tell them what MYSO means to you (see above).
  • Tell them why their support matters (see above).
  • Ask them if they would like to make a donation.
  • In your email, share the link to your individual fundraising page.
  • Thank the donors for their support, and invite them to the Playathon concert, or any other concert this season (schedule at myso.org).