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Whether you start a fundraiser or give to one – every dollar supports the Medical University of South Carolina in its lifesaving mission.

Become a Fundraiser
Patients, Students, Health Care Workers of MUSC

Getting Started


It can be intimidating to ask for donations, especially if it’s your first time. Don’t worry! We’ve put together tips from our best fundraisers, as well as resources that will help you get started with confidence.

Your first week

Make a donation

Day 1: Make the first donation.

Nobody likes to be first. That’s why it’s always a good idea to get your fundraiser started by making your own contribution first. Donating to your own fundraiser shows your commitment and makes it easier to ask for support from others.

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Day 2: Email your closest family and friends.

Those who love you most are most likely to support you. Send personal emails to five to 10 people and ask them to donate to your fundraiser.

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Day 3: Email everyone else

Reach out to everyone else in your contacts list: friends, neighbors, co-workers, members of your church and anyone else you’re comfortable emailing. When they see that you already have some donations, they’ll be more likely to give. Studies show that success breeds success! Get email writing tips.

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Day 4: Duplicate your fundraiser on Facebook

Once you create your personal fundraising page you can easily duplicate it on Facebook to maximize your reach. This gives your friends a fast and easy way to donate and share your fundraiser. The best part – you won’t have to manage two separate fundraising pages or copy and paste links. We’ll sync both fundraisers for you.

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Day 5: Promote your fundraiser on social media

You wouldn’t plan a party and not bother sending invitations! On your Facebook fundraising page, there’s a box on the right that allows you to invite people. Invite everyone – not just the people you think will be interested. You should also post frequently about your fundraiser on Facebook, Instagram and any other form of social media you enjoy using. Get social media tips.

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Day 6: Send a friendly reminder

Don’t be afraid to follow up with those who haven't donated. Your close friends and family won't mind hearing from you a few times and will probably appreciate the reminder. Let them know sharing your fundraiser with their networks can be just as impactful as donating!

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Day 7: Thank your donors

By now, you should be well on your way to meeting your fundraising goal! Be sure to thank every donor on your page. When possible, you should also follow up with a personal call, text or email to show your appreciation.


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